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What's Involved in Paradise?

A well-manicured landscape begins long before the initial seeds hit the ground. Every home landscape differs, but the process is similar regardless of how the finished product looks. Whether you do the job yourself or hire a landscaping company, an understanding of how landscaping works prepares you for the process.


Prior to break ground for any landscaping project, you need a plan that defines what you’re doing. The program should include the scope, budget, dimensions and details of the undertaking. For example, if you’re assembling a raised planting bed from bricks, the plan would outline the magnitude of the planter, including width, depth and height. The landscaping plans maintain the project organized and also help you compute materials needed. For a large-scale project, a landscape designer or architect can help you create a plan that will do the job.

Ground Preparation

The ground requires at least some groundwork before you can start installing the landscaping elements. General preparation often includes removing grass or existing landscaping, removing rocks or other debris, and leveling the ground. The particular preparation steps depend on the existing condition of the lawn as well as the type of landscaping you’re doing. If you’re just adding a small garden, the prep will involve removing the bud and amending the soil. If you’re constructing a paver patio, the homework might involve removing the bud and leveling the ground in planning for the paver foundation.


With all obstructions from the way, you’re ready to install the landscaping features. The hardscape elements, like fences, patios, walkways and retaining walls, typically go initially. These features define the space and build the framework of the landscaping. These elements also typically take the most time, money and effort to install. Together with the hardscape in position, the area is ready for planting. The landscaping program guides where the crops go.


The quantity of maintenance needed depends on the type of landscaping you install. Plants may need supplemental irrigation, weeding, fertilizing and pruning. Native plants often require less maintenance since they thrive well in the environment. Wood structures, like fences and decks, benefit from occasional power washing and sealing or painting. Pavers, stones and bricks also need occasional cleaning to look attractive. Weeds also have a tendency to develop between the bricks, so weed removal is a care thought.

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