Gardening: DIY vs Professional Landscape Artists
Creating your own garden from scratch sounds like a romantic idea but the idea does not always go according to plan, which is why many people cut to the chase and hire a team to do the job for them. However, there are factors to take into consideration when deciding if you have the skills necessary to create a landscaped garden that both survives and thrives.
Some people have the time, money and inclination to landscape their garden themselves, but for others they just want a product that is going to look fantastic for the foreseeable future, without too much work on their part. Let’s have a look at the factors to consider before making that decision.
If you are a horticulturalist by either hobby or profession then it is likely that you will know a lot about plants, including what they need to thrive, how their root systems grow and where to best place them in a garden. In this case, your extensive knowledge would be an advantage if you were to landscape your garden yourself.
Having said that, industry knowledge is what you would be getting if you hired a team of landscaping experts, and this is a different arena entirely. Firstly, by using a landscaper who does landscaping for a living will enable you to get the best price on materials. Additionally, they will usually keep abreast of developments in their industry and will be able to advise you on modern gardening techniques and styles of which might not be aware. Last but not least, they would know exactly which council permits (if any) are needed.
Size of the Job
The size of the area that is to be landscaped is definitely a factor that needs to be taken into consideration. If there is a small landscaping job to be added to an existing garden, repair work, or if your idea is for a small garden with a simple design, you would most likely be able to do this yourself. But if there is a large area, or a detailed plan with bold additions that you may not be sure how to execute, you will find that the benefits of hiring a team will outweigh the costs involved.
Budget and Time
If you are a person who has a large budget (in case costs blow out), which often they do if you are doing it yourself, and have a lot of time on your hands, then doing it yourself is likely to be a very rewarding experience and worth the trouble. However, if you are on a limited budget, and are very time poor, hiring a team will ensure that the work is done in a reasonable time, according to your own specifications and within budget.
For landscaping ideas or for help with finding a landscaping team to make your garden beautiful, come and have a chat with our friendly staff at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre today.