Find a Landscaper
Once you've finally decided to take the plunge into landscaping your yard, you need to find a qualified landscaper who can make those intangible dreams a concrete reality.
A good landscaper should know the basics of the initial planning stage of mapping out your yard, noting down utilities and citing existing structures and plants. He or she must have extensive knowledge of hardy plans for both your zone and your micro-climate around your house. The landscaper should install a good irrigation system and help you maintain it properly. Any great landscaper should be able to weave the five basic elements of landscaping design into one harmonious aesthetic. Color, line, form, texture and scale must balance each other and bring your yard to its fullest potential.
To find the right person who can tackle all of these requirements, first feel out the industry by looking through a phonebook and talking to a few landscapers. The web is another source in which to sift through professional landscape companies. Word of mouth is another great way to find trustworthy landscaping specialists who have made a solid impression on one of your friends or family members. Ask the reference whether the landscaper met their expectations, whether he finished in a timely manner and whether the workers were polite and professional. If he or she was satisfied on all fronts, call the landscaper to discuss your own design ideas and begin on the journey to a better yard! Good Luck!