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Questions to ask yourself when landscaping

Updated: May 12, 2023

A well-planned landscaping project can enhance the beauty of your property, improve its functionality, and increase its value. Proper planning can also help to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.


Planning a landscaping project well is crucial as it can have a significant impact on the overall success of the project. A detailed plan can help to identify potential challenges and develop solutions to overcome them. Additionally, a well-planned project can help to minimize accidents impacts, like damaged pipes and cables, and ensure that the final result is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.


A hand sketching out a building design
A hand sketching out a building design

When considering landscaping your garden, there are several questions you should ask yourself to help you make informed decisions:

What is my budget for landscaping my garden?

It is important to have a realistic budget for your landscaping project because it helps you to determine how much you can afford to spend and prevents overspending. A budget also helps to prioritize tasks and materials, ensuring that you get the most value for your money. Tools, plants and even soil and the cost of labour must all be included in the budget. Additionally, having a budget can help to prevent financial stress during the project and ensure that the final result is both beautiful and affordable.


If cash is low there are ways to reduce expenses, such as doing the labour yourself and propagating plants yourself so you do not have to buy them from the nursery. The trade-off is that you will probably have to spend much more time to complete the project.


Garden store
Garden store


What is the purpose of my garden?

Do you want a place to entertain, a place for children to play, or a space for growing vegetables? It is important to identify the purpose of your garden before planning and designing it to ensure that it meets your specific needs and goals.



Relaxing in garden
Relaxing in garden

What is the climate in my area? What plants will thrive in this climate?

Different plants have varying temperature and moisture requirements, and understanding the climate in your area can help you choose plants that are adapted to your specific environmental conditions. This can result in healthier plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases, and ultimately lead to a more successful and productive garden.


Woman surrounded by philodendron
Woman surrounded by philodendron


What is the soil quality in my garden? Do I need to improve it before planting?

Different plants thrive in different soil types, and knowing your soil type can help you choose the right plants for your garden. Additionally, soil type affects the drainage and nutrient availability in your soil, which can impact the overall health of your garden.


Black soil
Black soil

What is the amount of sunlight my garden receives? Will this affect the types of plants I can grow?

Different plants have different light requirements, and insufficient or excessive light can lead to stunted growth, poor fruit or flower production, or even plant death. By understanding the amount and duration of sunlight in your garden, you can choose the right plants and position them in the optimal location to ensure their successful growth and health.



Tropical garden with shade tolerant plants
Tropical garden with shade tolerant plants

What is my preferred style of landscaping? Do I want a modern, minimalist look, or a more natural and organic feel?

This can affect the type of plants, materials, and features that you choose for your garden, as well as how they are arranged and combined. Having a clear vision of your preferred landscaping style can also help to ensure consistency and cohesiveness throughout the garden.


Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden


What is my level of maintenance? Do I want a garden that requires a lot of maintenance, or one that is low-maintenance?

Knowing how much time can be spent on maintenance is important for your garden as it helps to ensure that you are able to keep up with the necessary tasks required to keep your garden healthy and thriving. By understanding how much time you can dedicate to your garden, you can plan accordingly and choose plants and design elements that fit within your schedule.


What is the timeline for completing the landscaping project? Do I want to finish it quickly or take my time?

Deciding on a timeline for a landscaping project is important because it helps to establish a clear plan and sets expectations for when the project will be completed. It allows for better coordination and scheduling of tasks, ensures that necessary resources are available, and helps to keep the project on track. This is especially important when working with a landscaper and unnecessary delays can increase expenses.





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