When you do your first professional landscaping, many people have the mistaken notion that it’s all about color and design. This is not true – residential landscape design is an essential part of your success, and you need to know how to answer the most frequently asked questions about residential landscaping.
The average homeowner does not think that much about what happens to their lawn. Most people don’t even realize that there are such things as watering schedules, or what the right kind of fertilizer is for their lawn.
If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t have a daily schedule for watering your lawn, so you are in effect watering twice a day, four times a week. And if you do have a daily schedule, you will often forget to water your lawn when it’s a little drier.
So you end up with a flat lawn, with no “punch” in the middle, which makes it a very dull yard. And in any case, you aren’t going to spend all that time watering your lawn each week.
Your residential landscape design should include a little extra juice in your yard because otherwise, your neighbors will call your bluff. Not that they really want to talk about the fact that you have not watered your lawn in months, but what they may say just might set you off, and they certainly don’t want to take the same route you are taking.
One of the questions frequently asked by people who are considering a residential landscape is what kind of fertilizer to use. For me, it was a no-brainer.
You can’t get any fertilizer unless it has been certified organic. That means that it is free of chemicals, and you have to be really careful about using chemicals in your yard, as well. You also have to get to know the rules about the use of these products, so that you can use them safely.
So I was willing to spend the money on the fertilizers that were certified organic. If you’re not worried about chemicals, you will probably just choose a very large bag of fertilizer for a good price. But if you do want to be really safe, then you’ll want to make sure that the fertilizer you buy is certified organic, and you will be able to tell from the label.
In my experience, chemical fertilizers generally do a better job than organic ones. But remember that you can get organic fertilizers at garden centers, as well as natural gardening stores if you wish to purchase one. But you are on your own in terms of whether you can find a home for that fertilizer at a later date.
You will also have to learn what kinds of plants thrive in different environments, and what kinds you have to be careful about getting in your yard. So you will need a landscape design plan to help you with this.
These are the questions most people ask before starting a residential landscape. Hopefully, they will not have to ask it again when their yard is done.