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When deciding to reinvent your outdoor space, there are several factors to consider. DeWitt Landscaping is here to help you create your vision. Check out the following articles for some helpful tips on how to decide what you want for your landscape and how to best plan for it.
Steps in Planning
- Develop two lists: one of landscape improvements you need and another of improvements you would like to have done.
- Why are you considering a change in the landscape? Are there problem areas such as drainage, too much shade or sun, erosion issues in your landscape, or do you simply want to improve your outdoor gardening experience? What are your expectations?
- Come up with a budget range and communicate that with your design team so they can guide you through the consultation process. If there are “must-haves” such as specific plant material or a particular stone for your new walk-way, make sure you are aware that there are always material options, should price become a deterring factor. Establishing realistic financial goals for your landscape renovation project will make it easier for us to come up with a solution. Would you be willing to complete the project in phases? This may allow you to get your dream landscape, but in two or three phases instead of one.
- Soil testing helps us individualize the service to your lawn. If we find low nutrient levels or the need for lime, corrective applications can be made so that we can make your lawn look the best it possibly can.
- Most soils aren’t perfect for growing good lawns. Many lawns are growing on sub-soil left over after new home construction and the soils can be very different from lawn to lawn.
- A soil test is environmentally responsible. Over-applications of nutrients can be harmful to the environment and in the long run, hurt your lawn.
- Soils constantly change. The quantity of plant nutrients in the soil changes as a result of rainfall, clipping removal, and the addition of fertilizer.
- A soil test is the best way to tell if your soil can supply the nutrients for a good lawn.
- A soil test is a series of tests done on your soil to see if everything is O.K.. A soil test is like “a physical exam” for your lawn. It shows us if there are any “hidden hungers” and how much and what to prescribe for a corrective application.
- A soil test tells us if your lawn is too acid or alkaline and shows if levels of phosphorous and potassium are adequate. A soil test is the only way to know for sure.
Choosing a Water Feature
We offer many types of waterscape designs that work with many types of yards. When deciding which one is right for you, consider the following:
- Where do you want the water feature to be placed?
- Do you want a pond, waterfall, bubbling rocks or all of the above?
- How much space do you want to use for your water feature?
- What is your budget for the project?
We can work with your ideas and budget to create a beautiful, serene outdoor space. We are often asked about pondless water features. A pondless water feature is basically that – a waterfall and stream, without the pond. The water flows by gravity over the falls and down the stream to an underground reservoir where it is pumped back up to the top…and the cycle begins again. Since the water in the reservoir never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, it gives the appearance of a pondless waterfall. Pondless waterfalls and streams are our most popular water features.