Professional gardeners planting flowers on a large commercial landscape construction project

Need an Outdoor Makeover? Tips for Landscape Construction

If you’re unhappy with the look of your home’s exterior, it may be time for a landscape makeover!  Many homeowners are intimidated by the thought of doing a large DIY backyard makeover. And even more so when there is hardscape construction involved for retaining walls or large patio areas. This is where landscape construction professionals come in to lend a helping hand.

If you’re unsure where to start or need help planning your project, here are some tips to get you started.

What is landscape construction, and what does it involve?

Landscape construction is the process of creating and installing landscapes, which may include planting trees, shrubs, flowers, grass, and other plants; building walls, fences, and other structures; and adding decorative features such as rocks, water features, ornaments, and sculptures. Landscape construction may also include the installation of irrigation systems, drainage systems, and paving.

Your project begins by contacting a local landscape professional. They will help you establish a budget and a timeline. You will want to hire a company with proven landscape design experience and success for a large makeover. And if your project is a very large undertaking, such as for civic, industrial, or commercial landscaping, you may want to consider hiring a landscape architect.

Tractor with a scoop and backhoe attachments excavating for a patio

How to Find a Landscape Architect

Finding the right professional to help you achieve your desired results is important. Landscape architects are professionals who design landscapes, while landscape contractors are the professionals who actually construct them. Most reputable landscape companies have a landscape designer on their team, while individual contractors may be better suited for small jobs. Here are a few tips on how to find the right landscape architect or company for your project:

  1. Ask for referrals from acquaintances or business associates who have recently had a landscape makeover. Chances are, they worked with a landscape architect and would be happy to recommend one.
  2. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce or home builders’ association for a list of qualified landscape architects in your area.
  3. Search online for landscape architects in your area. Be sure to read reviews from past clients before hiring anyone.
  4. Schedule consultations with several landscape architects to get an idea of their design style and pricing. Keep in mind that the more detailed and complex your landscape design is, the more expensive it will be.
  5. Choose the landscape architect that you feel best suits your needs and budget. Trust your gut – if you don’t feel comfortable with someone, chances are you won’t be happy with the end result.

How to Find a Landscape Contractor

Just as you need a landscape architect to design your landscape, you also need a landscape contractor to build it. Here are a few tips on how to find the right landscape contractor for your project:

  1. Get recommendations. Ask friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations. You can also check online directories such as the National Association of Landscape Professionals or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
  2. Do your research. Once you have a few names, check out their websites and social media accounts. Look for reviews and testimonials from past clients. Make sure they have the experience to meet your needs with either residential landscapes or commercial landscaping.
  3. Schedule a consultation. Meet with the contractor to discuss your project. Be sure to ask about their experience, qualifications, and price.

Tips for Planning Your Landscape Project

Whether your makeover is a patio installation or a new outdoor living space, there are some things you need to bear in mind in order to make sure the finished product is just what you wanted. Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want before you start talking to contractors or landscape architects. Draw up sketches of what you have in mind, and be as specific as possible about your requirements. Think about what hardscape or landscape features you want to incorporate and where you may want them.
  2. Choose your materials carefully. The materials you choose for your project will greatly impact the final look of your landscape. Work with your contractor to select the right products for the job.
  3. Budget wisely. Landscape construction can be expensive, so it’s important to plan your budget carefully and make sure you’re getting good value for your money.
  4. Think about drainage. Proper drainage is one of the most important aspects of any construction project. Ensure your contractor understands how you want water to flow off your property and deals with this issue during construction.
  5. Get expert advice. If you’re not sure about anything, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional contractor or landscaper. They’ll be able to give you expert advice and help ensure that your project goes smoothly from start to finish.
Landscape architect design with backyard pool plan for large outdoor makeover project

What Happens During the Landscape Construction Process?

Once you’ve hired a landscape contractor and have your design in hand, it’s time to start construction. Construction typically begins with a site analysis, which is used to determine the best location for your landscape features. Next, the landscapers will excavate the area and prepare the site for planting. Finally, they will install the plants, structures, and other features according to the landscape plan.

The Benefits of Professional Landscape Construction

Landscape and hardscape construction is a complex process that requires a high level of skill and experience. When you hire a professional landscape contractor, you can be sure that your landscape will be installed correctly and will look great for years to come.

Some of the benefits of professional landscape construction include:

  1. Proper installation of plants and other features – A professional landscape contractor will know how to properly install your plants and other features so they will thrive and look beautiful.
  2. Experience with various landscapes – Professional landscape contractors have experience with various landscapes, so they know how to create the perfect look for your home.
  3. Knowledge of local conditions – Landscape contractors are familiar with the local conditions in your area, so they can design a landscape that is suited to your climate and soil type.
  4. Use of proper tools and equipment – Professional landscapers have access to the latest tools and equipment, which allows them to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
  5. Knowledge of proper installation techniques – Landscape contractors know the best techniques for installing landscapes, which ensures that your landscape will be beautiful and long-lasting.

Looking for a Beautiful and Functional Landscape?

The benefits of professional landscape design-build construction are many. A well-designed and installed landscape can add beauty and value to your home while also providing you with a space to enjoy the outdoors. Heartland Landscape Group has the design-build construction expertise for your Lake of the Ozarks landscaping needs. We specialize in high-end landscape construction and installation, so you can be sure that your new landscape will be installed properly and look great for years to come. Contact us today to get started!

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