Ask a seasoned DIY-er why he prefers to do projects by himself instead of letting professionals do it for him. Most likely, he’ll tell you it’s about the savings. And who cannot use a few extra dollars in his pocket?
For other DIY-ers, however, it goes beyond the savings. It’s about seeing a project through to its completion and feeling the pride of starting and finishing something with your own hands.
However, there are some projects that are best left to the experts. Take landscaping, for example. The associated risks can range from simple injuries to unnecessary expenses — and sometimes, a wounded ego.
Before undertaking any DIY projects, including landscaping projects, there are a few things that you will need to consider objectively. First, be honest about your skill level. Some projects are simple enough that almost anyone can complete them. And then there are projects that are too complex that you need to have a solid foundation and experience.
Next, consider how much time you can allocate toward a project. Some landscaping projects can be done over an extended time frame while there are others that need to be completed ASAP in order to avoid inconvenience.
After that, determine which tools the project requires. Do you already have these in your shed or do you need to buy these? Are you going to use these tools and equipment in the foreseeable future?
Finally, consider the risks involved. In landscaping, there are a few risks that you need to know and carefully weigh.
Proceeding without a plan
Ideas do not constitute a plan. A plan should detail the tasks involved, the tools and equipment that you will need, and a project timeline. But perhaps, most important of all is having a specific theme that will unite disparate elements into something cohesive.
Exceeding the budget
Another reason why you need a plan before starting a landscape project is to ensure that you won’t go overboard with your budget. Failure to set and adhere to a budget can lead to a waste of time and money.
One of the quickest ways to exceed your budget is to re-do a failed attempt. Some mistakes can be too costly to correct.
Also, most consumers do not have access to wholesale prices like professionals do. You might want to factor that in when you are setting your budget.
Creating form without substance
A good landscape design incorporates both form and function. Some homeowners think that updating a landscape is as simple as adding a few plants, a tree or two, and a patio.
DIY-ers should also take into account how the space will be used as well as other important elements like lighting, irrigation, and heat sources.
A lacklustre look
Finally, a shabby appearance does not necessarily mean that you do not have an eye for design. More often than not, a lacklustre appearance stems from the lack of attention to the smallest details that bring the whole landscape together.
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