Landscaping can be a great way to improve the value of your property and make your home look great. Like any home-improvement task, a landscaping project requires planning. And there is perhaps no more important aspect to your plan than a practical, realistic budget. Creating a budget is a great way to gauge the scope of your project and help prioritize what is most important. By focusing on the areas you use most or require the most immediate attention, you will certainly get the most bang for your buck.
To help you get the most out of your hard work, we are happy to provide some tips for developing a landscaping budget for your projects:
Set Clear Priorities
Before you begin any project, you must identify what you want do to as well as what is most urgent for your property. For instance, it doesn’t make much sense to splurge for a new patio when there are more pressing issues to attend to such as treating diseased trees or addressing drainage problems. There is a chance you may only be able to afford one of the other, so it pays to know what is needed so you can choose your priorities in advance.
Take Full Advantage of What You Have
You should always make a full inventory of what you already have on-hand. It may come as a surprise how many useful items are hiding in plain sight around your property. Sometimes instead of replacing plants, simply relocating, pruning, weeding, or sprucing them up with mulch can help turn them from an afterthought to an asset.
We recommend focusing on “maximum value” areas. These are the areas of your home or yard that will help provide the best return on your investment. Take a minute to think about long-term considerations like how long you plan to live in the home and what the long-term maintenance costs may be. Does it make more sense to break your project up into phases over time? Sometimes spending a little bit more now can be extremely valuable later on.
For many people, the best way to maximize their budget is to hire a professional lawn care service like Turf Shield. By letting the professionals handle the landscaping, you may develop a better understanding of how to most efficiently budget your project and avoid costly mistakes along the way. For more information on our entire line of lawn care services and how we can help you with your landscaping project, contact Turf Shield today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more lawn care tips and updates.