Winter is finally over! Hopefully... March is here and the sun is shining and hopefully everyone is finally able to go outside! Now I know, everyone is excited for their favorite basketball teams to play for a National Championship but, that does not mean your yard should not look as good as a game winning shot!
Developing Your Landscape Plan
Having a plan is essential to start the development of your landscaping. What are you interested in? What type of plants do you want? Are you interested in mulch or rock? Have you measured the area that you are going to be landscaping? Are you going to be doing the work or do you plan on hiring someone? What is your budget?These are all very important questions in regards to starting your landscaping.
Step 1: Research and Budget
Researching for plants that are practical for your landscape can be tough. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate from what you like and what will look good. One thing that you need to remember is that the plants you buy are going to grow and or look different eventually. No plant ever stays the same. You will need to research the heights and widths of every single plant that you plan on purchasing to make sure you do not have a cluttered landscape.
Budgeting for landscaping can also be very difficult. Many people assume that plants, rock, mulch, and other landscape material can be expensive once it all adds up. Finding a reputable person or company to give you a FREE consultation is going to do nothing but benefit you in the long run. Even if you plan on tackling your landscape on your own, having as professional that can give you ideas, pricing, and advice can only benefit you.
Step 2: Designing Your Landscape
Once you have found plants that you want, it is now time to start designing! Designing a proper layout of where each plant will specifically go is crucial. Eye balling or guessing any measurements can totally throw off ones landscape.
A layout of where everything will go can help prevent mistakes and can help speed up the process of planting. Knowing where everything is going to go before you do anything outside can save you from wasting time and tons of frustration. This can also save you money because you will know exactly what you are purchasing before you step foot inside of a store.
Step 3: Buying the Material
Today is the day. You wake up bright and early on a hopefully somewhat cool, sunny morning and are ready to buy your plants! Hopefully your landscape beds are clear, clean and ready to go.
When buying plants, it is important to go to companies that have a vast array of options for your landscape. KenMulch just so happens to be one of them. We offer a wide variety of landscape rock, mulch, and plants to help satisfy any landscaping needs.
Step 4: Planting and Beyond
Landscaping is no simple task. If you have the means of hiring a landscaping company than you are done! Sit back, sip on some lemonade and watch your landscaping transform into a masterpiece.
If you are planning on doing this project yourself here are the proper steps to ensure a smooth and easy process of making your landscape a masterpiece also!
Step 1: Clean Out Your Landscape Beds!
This is where you will most likely accumulate all of the dirt in your fingernails. Having a clean landscape bed is essential before starting your new landscape. There should be nothing but dirt unless you plan on re-purposing plants that were in your previous landscape. It makes your life a whole lot easier when their is nothing in your way.
Step 2: Planting!!!
Once you have purchased plants and your landscape beds are clear, it is time to start planting!
-Take the plant out of the pot!
-Loosen the roots on the bottom of the root ball!
-Dig a hole 2 inches wider than the width of the root ball.
-Dig the hole deep enough to where the top of the root ball is 1 inch above the ground.
-Once the plant is in the ground, fill in the hole with dirt, soil mix, or mulch.
-Make sure the plant is in the position you want it to be in!
-Look at the plant from different angles to make sure it is straight.
Step 3: Weed Cloth
After all of your plants are in the ground, you are now ready for what is considered the most important step in your landscaping. Putting down weed cloth is very important because it ensures that weeds will not be able to grow or show in your landscape!
The standard size of most weed cloth covers 150 square feet. Make sure to measure your landscape beds to know how many rolls you need.
You will also need sod pins to hold down the weed cloth. We sell both weed cloth and sod pins at KenMulch.
Step 4: Rock or Mulch
You are on the home stretch! The final step to complete your new, beautiful landscape is to cover the weed cloth with rock or mulch. Either option is a great option. Here at KenMulch we offer a wide variety of rock and mulch to put in your landscape beds.
Step 5: YOU ARE FINISHED!
You are finally finished! Invite everyone over to show off your new and improved landscaping! It might have taken some time, hard work, and a good amount of money, but I am sure you did a great job and it looks amazing!