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If you’re thinking about upgrading your yard to improve your home’s curb appeal, you may be tempted to take a DIY approach. You may be able to handle planting and some other tasks yourself, but it’s a good idea to get advice from a landscape designer so you choose plant species and other features that are appropriate for your property and your budget.

A Landscape Designer Can Set You up for Success
If you seek advice from a professional, you may receive suggestions that you never would have thought of yourself and may be able to avoid making costly errors. Landscape designers work on properties with a variety of layouts, features and soil types. They understand which plant species work best in specific types of soil, how much sunlight and water they need, and how other factors can affect plants’ ability to thrive. 

Landscape designers have learned how to handle a multitude of problems and avoid costly mistakes. A professional can tell you if a plant species that you’re considering wouldn’t do well in your yard so you don’t waste money and time on a project that’s unlikely to be successful.

A landscape designer can incorporate native plant species in your yard, which can increase the likelihood that they will thrive and help you keep your overall maintenance costs down. A landscape designer can also give you advice on irrigation, drainage and other critical aspects of a landscaping project. 

A professional may recommend that you place trees or plants in specific areas to control the amount of sunlight that enters your house. That may help you lower your utility bills and save money throughout the year.

A Landscape Designer Can Give You a Reality Check
You may have all sorts of creative ideas, but that doesn’t mean they’re all feasible or advisable. Some may be difficult or impossible to execute for practical reasons, may create new problems or may be much more expensive than you imagine. In other cases, it may be possible to realize your vision at a reasonable price, but the amount of maintenance involved may cause you to think twice. A landscape designer may be able to suggest an alternative that will be more realistic and manageable and will still allow you to have most of the things you want.

A Landscape Designer Can Help You Implement Your Vision
If you are unable to carry out the project yourself or would rather not because of time constraints or other factors, a professional can do it for you. Many landscape designers work with contractors who follow their instructions, while others have identified local contractors they trust and will wholeheartedly recommend. A professional can also ensure that whatever changes you decide to make to your yard will comply with local codes so you can avoid expensive fines. 

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