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How to Plan a Landscaping Project

Sep 1, 2019 | Services

A large landscaping project can be a daunting task. The outside of your house is the first thing your friends and family notice when they walk up to your house, and you want that first impression to be strong and beautiful. But you don’t need to worry about it. Johnson’s Landscaping is here to help!

Planning a project takes time, patience, and creativity, but it does not need to be stressful! We have come up with a few suggestions for you so you can make the most out of planning this project.

Break Up the Project

If you are looking to complete a large landscaping project, it can seem daunting to get started. Building the patio, planting, fencing, and lighting all at the same time takes a lot of hard work and can cost a fair amount all at once. However, you can break up the project! Do the planting in the spring, get your patio done in the summer, and do your lighting in the winter. That way, your spring flowers bloom beautifully, the patio is ready for your summer barbeques, and the cold, winter nights are easier to bear with tasteful lighting. You probably do not need to do the entire project at the same time, so spread it out!

Decide Your Priorities

Let’s say your in-laws are visiting in July, and you want the house to look perfect; but, they didn’t tell you they were coming until June! No worries. We recommend making a list of your priorities of what you want done before they come. Maybe your complete project would ideally include fencing, planting, lighting, mulching, and a new walkway. Decide which of these results you want the most. What’s most valuable to you? Maybe you talk it over with your partner, and the two of you decide that you want to focus on planting, lighting, and mulching. We can do these projects first, and then you can tackle the rest without the impending stress of a deadline.

Trust Yourself and Trust Your Designer

In the age of the internet, there are so many different ideas available upon request. Do a simple Google Images search of “outdoor landscaping”, and you will be overwhelmed by different ideas and designs. For that reason, we recommend you trust your landscape designer. This individual has an in-depth view of what you are looking for in your landscape, taking into consideration space, climate, and budget. They will have a personalized landscape creation that is unique to your house, so trust them to do their job. Trust that you gave your designer everything you are looking for, and trust that they will do their best to make it happen. That being said, we know you’re reading this blog post on the internet, but we are hoping you take away what you learned and you go outside to design your new project!

Follow the 5-Step Plan

First, you will meet with your landscape designer to talk about what you want out of this project. Are you taking on a big project? Or are you making some small changes to your house? How much money are you willing to spend on this project? We can talk about all of those details with you, and we will come up with the foundation of your project.

The next step is to plan your dream landscaping! We will take all of your ideas and create a custom proposal for your house. This step is often the most stressful for our customers because there is a lot to take into consideration when thinking of what you want in your dream landscaping.

If you’re looking to take on a big landscaping project, give us a call. Our experts are ready to help you make your project manageable.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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