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Landscape Installation: Contractors vs. DIY

Landscape Installation: Hiring Contractors vs. DIY
Landscape Installation: Hiring Contractors vs. DIY

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Importance of landscape installations

Ah, landscape installation! It’s that seemingly magical process that transforms a plain, boring yard into a breathtaking oasis. If you’ve ever admired a beautifully designed garden, you’ve probably marveled at the artistry that went into it. But have you ever wondered how it all comes together?

The landscape installation process is what brings landscape design to life, it’s where the rubber meets the road. It’s not just about sticking a few plants in the ground; it’s about carefully choosing and arranging plants, hardscape elements, and other features to create a harmonious and functional outdoor space.

A well-executed landscape installation not only enhances the curb appeal of your property but can also provide a fun, memorable experience for your family to enjoy.

Landscape installation process

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to landscaping. It typically starts with a design phase, where a professional landscape designer or a savvy homeowner creates a plan based on the property’s characteristics and the owner’s preferences.

Once the design is finalized, the real fun begins: the installation phase. This is where plants, hardscape elements, and other features are put into place, following the design blueprint.

So, how should you tackle landscape installation? Well, you’ve got a couple of options: you can either hire a professional installation contractor or roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.

Hiring Professional Contractors

Advantages

When you bring in the pros, you’re getting years of experience, specialized knowledge, and top-notch skills at your service. They’ve seen it all, and they know how to tackle any challenges that might pop up during the installation process.

Plus, they have access to industry-grade tools and materials, which can help ensure your landscape is built to last.

Disadvantages

Let’s face it: hiring an installation team can be pricey. Depending on the size and complexity of your project, the landscaping costs can quickly add up. Additionally, you might have to work around their schedule, which could mean waiting longer than you’d like to see your dream garden come to life.

And, while most contractors strive to meet their clients’ expectations, there’s always a chance you might not see eye-to-eye on some aspects of the design.

Introducing Plant By Number

If you’re looking for a simple, fun, and affordable way to create a beautiful landscape or flower bed, look no further than Plant By Number.

We’ve developed a revolutionary solution that empowers homeowners to create their dream garden using our custom landscape fabric and patented numbering system.

With our Garden Maps, you’ll get a fully customized, professional design that’s printed on our premium landscape fabric. The fabric doubles as a weed barrier, making your landscape super low maintenance. Each Garden Map is the actual design made to scale. It’s a garden blueprint that YOU can bring to life!

But what really sets our Garden Maps apart is our numbering system. Each plant is assigned a specific number that corresponds to its exact location on the fabric. This eliminates the guesswork and confusion that often comes with a new landscape installation and turns it into a landscape project that’s fast and enjoyable.

How it works

Step 1. Assess your space

First things first, take a good look at your space. It’s essential to know your garden’s dimensions and the lay of the land before diving headfirst into your project. Snap a few photos and jot down some measurements – it’ll save you a headache later on. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself for this little bit of prep work.

Step 2. Position your Garden Map

Next up, it’s time to roll out your Garden Map. This nifty landscape fabric is like a treasure map to gardening gold! Simply lay it down on the area you’ve chosen for your garden and align it to your liking. Don’t forget to stake it in place, so it doesn’t go walkabout while you’re planting. With the Garden Map secured, you’re ready to rock and roll!

Step 3. Add your plants

Now for the fun part – adding your plants! The Garden Map has a patented numbering system that makes it a breeze to know where each plant goes. Just follow the numbers, and you’ll be planting like a pro in no time. This father and daughter duo had a blast turning their Mailbox Landscape into a living artwork. It’s like painting by numbers, but with plants! How cool is that?

Step 4. Step back and enjoy

Whew! Time to put down the trowel and admire your handiwork. Once you’ve finished planting, take a step back and marvel at the fruits of your labor. Watching your garden grow and flourish is one of life’s great pleasures. Plus, you get to share the experience with your loved ones – what could be better than that?


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With Plant By Number, you can create a beautiful, low-maintenance garden quickly and easily, without breaking the bank.

Plus, getting your family involved in the process can create lasting memories and learning experiences for everyone involved.

We invite you to explore our vast selection of gorgeous landscape designs and discover the full potential of your property.

Whether you’re looking to make a beautiful mailbox landscape for curb appeal or create a lush oasis in your backyard with a privacy hedge landscape, we have the perfect design and installation for you. Make your dream yard a reality today!

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FAQs

Are plants included?
  • If you order a design from our Limited Collection and choose the option “Garden Map + Plants”, you will receive plants with your order. If you choose the option “Garden Map only”, you will receive the design printed on landscaping fabric, but no plants.
  • If you order a design from our Ready Made or Modular collections, you will only receive the design printed on landscaping fabric. These two collections do not include plants; however, you will receive a plant shopping card to help you find everything you need in the closest plant nursery or garden center.
Is this just a digital download of a landscape design template?

If you checked the “Digital Blueprint Only” box, then yes. If not, you will receive our actual Garden map, printed on our custom-made landscape fabric.

Should I start with seeds or plants?

Whether you should start your garden with seeds or mature plants depends on several factors, including your gardening goals, experience level, budget, and patience. If you have the option, we recommend you start with mature plants for several reasons:

  • Instant garden: When you start with mature plants, your garden looks established and full right from the beginning. If you’re planting trees or shrubs for shade or privacy, starting with mature plants can provide instant results.
  • Faster results: Mature plants typically produce flowers, fruits, or vegetables sooner than plants grown from seeds.
  • Less effort: Adult plants need less maintenance than seedlings. Additionally, starting from seeds often requires setting up indoor growing spaces with appropriate lighting, temperature control, and ventilation.
What do I get with a digital blueprint?

A digital blueprint is the layout in a .PDF format. If you are comfortable reading a scaled schematic and think you can handle the installation without the extra help, this option may be for you.

When I order a Garden Map, what do I get?

Garden Map is the design layout printed on our custom-made landscape fabric. Along with the printed fabric, you will receive installation instructions.

  • If you order a design from our Limited Collection and choose the option “Garden Map + Plants”, you will receive plants with your order. If you choose the option “Garden Map only”, you will receive the design printed on landscaping fabric, but no plants.
  • If you order a design from our Ready Made or Modular collections, you will only receive the design printed on landscaping fabric. These two collections do not include plants; however, you will receive a plant shopping card to help you find everything you need in the closest plant nursery or garden center.

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