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Landscaping on a budget

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When deciding to take on a landscaping project it is very important to consider a budget. You don't want to be stressed about spending more than you can on your residential landscaping. At the same time, you don't want to risk what money you do invest on a poorly installed landscape that actually reduces the value of your home. 

Compare Costs and Value

Some consumers only look at the price when they get different quotes on their landscaping project.  Then, after they have their landscaping done, they often see why they were charged so little. After a poorly installed job is done, you may have to re-install it yourself or hire another landscaper to do it properly. The costs can end up being substantially more than if you did it right in the first place.

Beware of low-ball landscape estimates

Does your landscape estimate look too good to be true? Then it probably is. We see a number of very low landscape estimates especially in spring. There are many landscapers who are hungry for work at the beginning of the season and therefore they give out a lot of low estimates in order to get the work. We often get calls in the middle of summer from people complaining that their landscaper never showed up in spring, and months later they are stuck trying to find a landscaper to do the job. More often than not, the estimates they were given are very low. It's obvious the landscaper didn't honor these low-ball estimates because he could not make any money off them and chose to work in greener pastures. 

Quality, not quantity is always better

If you are on a tight budget, it is always better to do a good job of what you can first, rather than try to do it all and end up with a bad landscaping job.  If you can only afford trees and sod at first then choose them, and get them installed properly. Grading of your property is going to require some time and financial investment and that is a very important part of your landscaping.  Make sure you hire a company who is skilled at grading and knows how to do a proper job.  Drainage issues could become a costly problem down the road.  If you do choose to get only the grading, soil, sod and trees, then afterward, if you like, you can always cut out some sod and create some stone garden beds, paving stone walkways or patios. 

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