Questions to Ask About Backyard Landscaping

Sep 10, 2022 | Blog, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance

According to Business Wire, more than half of homeowners use their yards for activities such as entertaining guests, spending time with family, or simply relaxing.

It’s no surprise then that many people look for ways to improve their backyard landscaping. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are four questions to ask a landscaping company about backyard landscaping.

1. What Types of Plants Are Right for My Yard?

There are several things to consider when selecting plants for your yard. You have to think about the climate you live in, soil type, and sun exposure. If you live in a dry area, succulents, cacti, and native plants are all good options. If your yard gets a lot of sun, you might consider planting trees to provide some shade.

You’ll also want to consider the size and shape of your yard. It’ll help determine the number and size of plants you need to create the design you want.

2. How Can You Help Save Water?

Drought is a major concern in many parts of the country, so choosing plants that don’t require a lot of water should also be an important factor. There are a number of ways to save water in your landscaping, including using drought-tolerant plants, installing irrigation systems, and using mulch to reduce evaporation. You can also collect rainwater to use for watering your plants.

Another way to save water is to choose native plants. Native plants naturally occur in your area and are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. They don’t require as much water, fertilizer, or pesticides as non-native plants, so they can be a more sustainable option.

Learn more about how to help your lawn during a drought.

3. What Are the Best Materials for My Yard?

You can use several different materials in your landscaping, including stone, brick, pavers, gravel, and mulch. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. For example, stone is durable and low-maintenance, but it can be expensive. Gravel is less expensive, but it can be more difficult to maintain. 

An expert like Archer can help you compare each material, while considering your needs, design aesthetics, and budget. 

4. How Much Maintenance Will My Yard Need?

An often overlooked factor in backyard landscaping is the amount of upkeep it can require. The type of plants you choose, the climate in your area, and how much traffic your yard gets will all impact maintenance.

For example, planting a lot of trees may provide full cover shade, but you’ll also need to do more pruning and trimming throughout the year. If you have a lot of foot traffic, then you might need to do more repairs over time. 

Fortunately, a landscaping company like Archer can help you determine the right mix of plants that won’t be too burdensome to maintain. And when you do need extra help with upkeep, Archer can also help keep your lawn looking beautiful all year long.

These are just a few of the questions you should ask about backyard landscaping. Professionals like Archer can help you narrow down your options and choose the right plants, materials, and maintenance schedule for your yard. 

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