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5 Reasons DIY Landscaping isn’t Always a Good Idea

Why Hire a Professional Landscape Architect

Many homeowners spend a significant amount of time and money working on the landscape design of their home. Lawn care can be difficult and stressful if you don’t understand the work you are tending to. However, with the help of a professional landscaping team, you can rest assured that your landscaping will be in great hands and look more beautiful than ever.


Why is DIY landscape design a bad idea?

Although many homeowners can successfully care for different areas of their landscaping, they may run into a few issues down the road DIY landscape design projects. Professional landscaping designers can help create outdoor spaces that involve the right materials and the right plants for your location, climate, and budget. 

Professional landscape contractors are also familiar with how to direct water flow and can prevent potential disasters from occurring during the landscaping process. As a result, we strongly recommend hiring a pro when it comes to designing a new outdoor space or when it’s time to update your current space. Here are a few reasons why DIY landscaping isn’t always a great idea:


1. Improper installation can affect your home’s foundation.

One common project homeowners attempt to complete on their own is the installation of new outdoor structures. From patios to pergolas, there are many different ways to spice up the exterior of your home and garden. However, this could result in long term damage that could cost you more money and stress in the future. 

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Attempting to install patios or other structures can affect your home's foundation and structural integrity. Professional landscaping architects understand the complex structural processes involved in the installation of exterior structures, such as selecting the right position for materials, the type of materials needed for a particular project, constructing according to building codes, and more. If you are looking to install a patio or other outdoor structures, it is best to leave it to the professionals. 



2. Climate can impact your landscaping.

Some homeowners are unaware of the effects the climate in their region can have on landscaping. If your landscaping isn't ideal for your region's climate, it won't last long. Understanding the impact of changing climates can become confusing to the average person if they are unaware of how to care for their landscaping throughout the year. 


A professional can help you determine which landscaping will be ideal for your home and environment. Because different types of landscaping can flourish or quickly deteriorate in specific environments, it’s incredibly important to understand how climate impacts the beauty and health of your plants. 



3. DIY landscaping takes significantly longer.

If you aren’t interested in spending months or years on one landscaping project, DIY landscaping probably isn’t for you. Choosing to do your own landscaping is a significant time commitment many homeowners don’t realize on the front end. Instead of having free time to spend with family and friends, working on your next big landscaping project yourself means you’ll be spending a significant amount of free time working outside.

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Many homeowners are passionate about the exterior beauty of their home and spend a significant amount of time working to make it appear the way they want. We applaud this and love to see others invested in the beauty of their landscaping. However, hiring a professional landscape contractor for large landscaping projects can relieve this stress from your life. Professional landscape designers have the tools and resources to complete your landscaping project in a fraction of the time you will possibly spend.


4. Professionals are familiar with building codes.

There are a variety of important things to consider when starting a new landscaping project, including interference with HVAC equipment, swimming pools, and more. Causing damage to these areas can result in project delay or failure, significant financial issues, and structural problems to your home. 

Being cautious and experienced around these parts of your home can be a game changer in your landscaping projects. A professional is familiar with building codes, and they know how to design landscaping that doesn't interfere with HVAC equipment, swimming pools, and other factors. Don’t risk making a landscaping project a total home renovation project. Hire a professional who can ensure that your landscape design meets building codes and doesn’t damage essential home equipment.



5. Professional landscaping can add value to your home.

Great landscaping can add significant value to your home. If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, hiring a professional to take care of your landscaping needs can be one of the best investments you make to increase your home’s curb appeal for potential buyers. 

Most individuals are able to tell the difference between professional and DIY landscaping. Your home will stand out in comparison to other homes with minimal landscaping. If you choose to hire a professional landscaping architect, especially if you plan to sell, you will soon reap the financial benefits of adding value to your home through great landscaping.  



Professional Landscaping Design Services in Memphis, TN

Although we encourage homeowners to stay involved in the care and maintenance of their homes and their landscaping, we understand there are major projects that may require professional help.  If you are interested in adding value to your home through professional landscaping services, our team at Gurley’s Azalea Garden is passionate about meeting your home’s unique needs. 

For nearly 60 years, we have been serving the Memphis area by providing homeowners with quality landscaping services that have continued to impress. Contact us today for more information on how our team can best serve you. 


Posted by Andrew Butas at 12:42