Why contract a landscaping company?

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If you are reading this, you probably have a pretty good idea of what landscaping is already and also why you need it. What you may not know is that any activity that causes a visible change in the features of an area of land is considered landscaping as well. This includes flora or fauna, bodies of water, landforms, terrain elevation and shape, gardening, the weather and even lighting conditions.

We don’t recommend doing your landscaping yourself unless you are an expert. Landscaping requires expertise in art, design, and horticulture. It is both an art and science – you need an artistic sense, a sense of what is visually appealing, an understanding of aesthetics. But you also need some pretty specific technical knowledge. Rarely does one person have both – we just aren’t wired that way.

A real professional understands the land and knows what the right tools are to work it. Construction and development require study and observation. As landscapes vary depending on the geographic region, we suggest contacting local nature experts, especially if you are new to landscaping. Understanding the land and site is one of the key essentials for successful landscaping. Diverse natural features like topography, frost line depth, terrain, soil qualities, native flora and fauna and prevailing winds must be taken into consideration.

In some cases, the land just cannot be landscaped – you have to change its shape completely. This, too, is possible, and it is known as grading. This might be necessary where your yard or lawn is in really bad shape – for instance if someone just laid sod over rocks and clay and it ended up washing away. This is fixable. You could add organic matter to the clay, plant some trees and shrubs, or lay gravel over the worst parts. Better yet, why not contract a landscaping company? There is a wide variety to choose from. If grading or filling is needed, a company would be indispensable. It might be dangerous to try to do this yourself, and what’s more, you might not have the right equipment. Filling involves adding earth to the land.

Sometimes cutting may be needed. This is the opposite of filling – it means removing earth. This is done to get rid of excessive rocks, soil or waste.

What tools are used in landscaping, most commonly? At first the landscaping professional makes a sketch of what could be done with your garden / yard. It’s important to be really clear and specific about what you want at this stage. Rarely is a beautiful landscape achievable without a bulldozer, a chainsaw or a lawnmower or several of each. The plant qualities are different depending on the area. A huge amount of fertilizer is needed to this end. If the area you want landscaped is relatively large, it would be best to mix rocks of varying sizes with gravel to make it look more appealing and don’t forget you can always see which chainsaws are the best for the job here.

 

If you want something really unique, however, you should look into aqua-scaping, arboriculture, and horticulture.

 

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My name is Lisa and my husband Carl, and I are the owners of the Night Helper Blog. We have been married for over 30 years and we have three awesome children, plus four adorable very active grandkids. From time to time they too are contributors to the Night Helper Blog. We enjoy reading, listening to music, entertaining, travel, movies and of course blogging. The Night Helper blog was created in 2008. Since then we have been blessed to partner with many well-known Brands like Best Buy, Fisher Price, Toys "R" US., Hasbro, Disney, Teleflora, ClearCorrect, Radio Shack, VTech, KIA Motor, MAZDA and many other great brands.

63 thoughts on “Why contract a landscaping company?

  • December 26, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    I loved how you mentioned that a professional will know what type of tools to work with. My husband and I recently moved into a new home and we can’t seem to find any time to work on the landscape and to make it our own. We’ll have to look into hiring a landscaping company to make our yard look nice!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Thanks for explaining that construction and development require study and observation. I am planning on redoing my yard, but I know for sure that I haven’t done anything like study landscaping before. I will be sure to hire a professional that has spent a lot of time in honing their craft.

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  • March 22, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    I like how you said that a real professional understands the land and knows what the right tools are to work with. My father has been remodeling his entire home. It may be beneficial for him to hire a landscaping service.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    I like that you explain how professionals know what tools are right for the work to create the design you want. This would also be useful for maintenance services so that the work is done correctly in order to keep your chosen design. If someone is looking for a company for landscape maintenance and other services, it would probably be a good idea to check local companies online and contact them in order to determine which one has the equipment, experience, and skills to complete the necessary work so they can get quality results.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    This is definitely a nice landscape! My brother has someone come and do his lawn as well, it just saves his time and energy. Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 14, 2018 at 10:34 am
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    Your post really a great post. I inspired from your this post. I want to do something awesome for me. Please write more like this for us.

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  • May 4, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    At times I can imagine the beauty for which landscape may offer; it becomes often times a struggle due to disability and intense pain!Affordability is the key factor to which is often the decider.

    Given that of my judgment, It is agreed to being both an art and science – though I am said to have an artistic sense, my creative thoughts often end up in that of things becoming quite out of my budget so I have to deal with just that of the basics (if / when funds are available).

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  • May 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    Wow, beautiful. Love all of the flowers, and the green grass, brings life and color!

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  • May 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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    This is definitely a beautiful landscape! My dad has someone come and do his lawn as well, it just saves his time and energy. 🙂

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    What a beautiful yard! Unfortunately, we have a dry landscape because of the drought.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    We have a lawn service that comes but we do most of the work ourselves.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    I have A professional landscaper that comes to my house two times a year and worked his magic, and then I just keep it up the rest of the year. Makes it so much easier for me

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:47 am
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    This lawn is so pretty. We work in our yard but it doesn’t look like this one.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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    I have a landscaper working on mine now. Cant wait to see the results.

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  • April 29, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    We just have a regular size front and back yards. The both of them together are about an acre. My husband takes care of our lawn, bushes, & the one tree we have in our front yard. He’s always seeded, mowed, watered the lawn and plants. I worry though – he is 69 years old and I have been looking around & price comparing the lawn service companies around here.
    Thanks for the insight!

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  • April 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    What a beautiful landscape.

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  • April 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    My Husband does all of our landscaping, we have 4 acres to take care of and it’s a big job for him

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  • April 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm
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    I think hiring a landscaper really can make a difference in your lawns appearance! We have one and we love it. I do like to plant my own flowers, but it’s a huge help when it comes to maintenance. Great post!

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  • April 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    I never knew this – around here “landscaping” companies pretty much just mow the grass and weed eat!

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  • April 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    We have a nice size yard and would love to have it landscaped.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    If it weren’t for my husband I would hire a professional because I am a serial plant and lawn killer. I don’t know why I can’t get the concept of healthy yard maintenance

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  • April 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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    One of our neighbors got rid of all grass and did all flowers and flowering shrubs. Her yard is beautiful and full of hummingbirds!

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  • April 27, 2017 at 10:07 am
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    I’ve always wanted a beautiful garden. Can’t afford a landscaper, so I plant my own.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 10:06 am
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    It’s always amazing what a landscaper can do with a lawn thatyou think is hopeless.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 5:59 am
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    Great post on landscaping. I dont own a home yet but when I do I would love to hire a professional to landscape my home beautifully. I love how creative it can get it can truly bring a home to life.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    We had a landscape professional turn our weed filled front lawn into a beautiful courtyard.
    I had the vision & he turned it into reality. Worth every penny.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 12:50 am
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    Our neighbors preferred that they do their own landscaping. Apparently, they have friends who lent them the materials and gave them tips to do it properly. For us, we prefer asking help from professionals. 🙂

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    It is always a nice idea to contract a landscaping company if you really want someone to get your lawn done professionally. One must consider also maintenance. The lawn is beautiful.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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    I love looking at beautiful landscaping like this. Even knowing I couldn’t do as good a job as they could? I loved getting my hands dirty by planting and weeding. I’m in an apartment now, so I can’t do this, but I’m hoping to one day!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm
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    This is the first summer we are using a landscaping company. WE decided that we just cannot keep up with what we want anymore. I hope that is goes well this summer with our new company.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Landscaping companies can really help you understand what plants work best in your area.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    We have a fairly small yard now so we just take care of it ourselves. I love working in the garden! When we move and have more land I am sure I will need some help!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    Our yard has so much rocky terrain and hills I would be curious what a landscaper can do with it.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    It’s always so nice to be able to hire someone who specializes in what they do. I am for one not a handy or a crafty person, so I know I would not have a great yard, if I didn’t hire someone to maintain it for me. Ha!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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    That yard looks beautiful!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    My dad always had us outside working on our yard on Saturdays, when I was younger. He never hired a landscaper as he said that’s why he had kids lol 🙂 He also knew and we knew that he never had money to hire a landscaper.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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    Great article. I will share this with my daughter. I rent and landscaping is the last thing the management cares about (unfortunately).

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  • April 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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    My sister in law is a landscape architect .. and to be honest I never quite understood why someone wouldn’t simply do it themselves. That is until she came to visit once and made some really great suggestions. Layouts and plants we never would have thought of. Now I go to her for everything!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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    My yard could be beautiful but it needs some work!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    It is nice to have someone that understands what plants work best in different climates. I like low maintenance yards best.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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    i move from ny to nv i miss the grass and flowers

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  • April 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    We discussed hiring a land scaper this year, but instead, we just had to do it ourselves. I think it looks pretty good, but I would love to have a professional!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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    I do my own landscaping but nothing that looks as good as this.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    we need all the help we can get over here – neither myself or my wife are very ‘green’ and our yard shows it every year!! thanks for sharing this, I’ll be looking into getting help for sure!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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    I would love my yard professional landscaped, but do to finances my husband is the Landscaper.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    I love the look of a beautifully landscaped yard. It really is a lot of work though! Yours looks great to me. It sure would be nice to have a professional do it.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    Our yard has gotten so out of hand, I think the only way to tackle it is a landscaper! Way too much to take on ourselves!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    this is some great ideas and very beautiful

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  • April 26, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    I would love to do my own landscaping, but I have terrible allergies, so I always try to hire a local to maintain my yard every Spring!

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  • April 26, 2017 at 9:08 am
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    A landscaped yard is a credit to a beautiful home.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:57 am
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    To be honest our yard is a joke is so sad, I may consult with someone to help us get it where it should be

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Beautiful but it looks like so much upkeep. I could never have that much.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:11 am
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    It would be nice to consult a professional to get a better looking yard. My lot is wooded so I have limited options.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 6:28 am
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    Oh my gosh. We used to have a beautiful yard/garden. We had to lay off our gardener though because we couldn’t afford him after my husband lost his job. It is such a mess now. It makes me so sad. It would be a dream come true to have a professional come and fix the disaster. I used to LOVE to garden. I would spend hours planting flowers. Now, there is no room for flowers because there are so many weeds. Breaks my heart. 🙁

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  • April 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    I absolutely agree at leaving landscaping up to the professionals!! Worth every penny and since its something that lasts for a long time it’s something you want done right 🙂

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  • April 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    We have someone mow our lawn but I do the landscaping. I must admit in the 20 years we have been in this house I managed to create a monster of a garden. I wish I could afford a landscaper.

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  • April 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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    Beautiful grounds!

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  • April 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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    It would be very nice to have someone else to do our lawn. i am sure it could be very pretty. We just do what we can to make it like we want it to look like. But it would be nice to have a professional to do it.

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