We have seen it happen: the property owner doesn’t want to take time to get ideas down on paper. Basic instructions are given to the crew. Then, half-way through the project, there’s a change of plans. Time is wasted. Frustration ensues.
Don’t do that — not to your crew and not to yourself. Always begin a landscaping job in the right place: On paper.
Landscape Planning: Three Simple Steps
It’s not rocket science, it doesn’t take long, and it’s well worth the effort. Here’s how to avoid wasting time and money on your next landscaping project.
- Measure the dimensions of the area to be worked and sketch them on drafting paper. You can also use a computerized tool, like Google Sketchup.
- Now for the fun part. Make all the “mistakes” you want (on paper). Move the various components around on your sketch. Experiment. And be sure to include irrigation and lighting configurations.
- When you are ready, print it out and hand it to your landscaper. The job will go smoother and turn out better, with just a little bit of planning.
Now, about life
This simple concept works well with many things in life. When we are felling a tree, we don’t just rush in and fire up a chainsaw, we consider the ramifications. Where are the potential hazards? How will we remove the debris? What will the resultant effect on the rest of the property be (shading, etc.).
Take a breath in between what you think and what you do. Use paper and a printer to sketch out the plan. Then think before acting. It helps, it really does help.
And when you need help, remember to contact Rent A Son. We are on your side.