Designing an attractive yard is a lot like designing a home. You need to set a budget, determine the features you want, and then make blueprints for the design. Working with a landscape design company is the best way to bring your ideas to life in a way that looks natural yet is professionally done. Here are some ways professionals can help.

Provide A Landscape Architect

Landscape design is much more than choosing plants and installing a patio. An architect considers formal design elements that determine the length and width of sectioned spaces and hardscapes. You may not give it much thought, but certain shapes are more pleasing than others. By following rules of design, your yard will have a satisfying appearance rather than a chaotic look.

If your landscape project has many elements, then having a landscape architect draw up blueprints is a good way to ensure your hardscapes and planting areas flow together naturally and create the peaceful oasis you desire.

Perform A Site Evaluation

A landscaper will evaluate your site to determine what needs to be done to get it ready for its transformation. The land might need to be graded to control water drainage. Trees may need to be removed, and you might need topsoil trucked in if your soil isn't suitable for healthy plant growth. Basic things like having utility lines marked and locating septic fields and wells are also necessary during the evaluation phase.

Oversee The Construction

A landscape designer may work with one or more contractors to build the outdoor living area you have planned. You may want an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, swimming pool, retaining walls, walkways, and raised beds for flowers and plants. The hardscapes go in first, and they may require the services of an electrician and plumber to hook up outlets, water lines, and gas lines.

Choose And Install Plants

A landscape designer helps you choose the right plants for your yard. Things like height, color, and texture are considered as well as the amount of care the plants need. When it's time to install them, trees and big plants go in first followed by plants and flowers. The new sod will probably go on last and be the finishing touch for your new outdoor living space and front yard.

Even if you have a green thumb and look forward to choosing plants and caring for them, it's still a good idea to work with a landscape designer, so the finished appearance of your yard has the most pleasing look when it comes to scale and placement. As your plants mature over the years, a well-designed landscape will continue to get more beautiful and add to the value of your property.

For more information, contact your local residential landscape design professionals.