Now that I have my ideal landscape design can I have it installed in stages? Can I do some of the installation myself?
Installing a landscape plan in phases is a fantastic way to get the yard you ultimately want while working within your budget. The important thing is to make sure that each phase is part of a master plan. This way, each area is sure to blend in with the rest and look continuous. A professional Landscape Designer will help you create a master plan that fits your desires, needs, and budget. You can landscape on a budget!
Each phase can be as large or small as you want it to be. It usually works best to start in one area and work your way around the house in terms of priority level. This might mean starting with your front entryway, then the back patio space, then the sides or perimeter, and so forth. Starting with the front of the house is always a good idea because it can set the tone for your day. You see this area every morning when you leave for work and every evening when you get home. If you have a great front landscape it can help put a smile on your face. The back patio or yard space is often a second area to complete because it may be a primary view from inside your home or be your relaxing, free-time destination.
If completing one entire section is too much strain on the budget, consider installing the area itself in stages. One example of this is installing the planting beds (edging, rock/mulch, berms) in one stage and the plants in the second stage. If your budget allows, think about installing a few key plants right away and supplementing with the other plants as you are able.
Your landscape designer can help you determine the best, most efficient order for installing your plan. Your designer can also recommend which tasks would be easiest to install yourself and which might be better off installed by a professional installation crew. Either way, one of the most important bits of information you can give the designer is your budget, initially AND long term.