Although taking care of your own landscape needs may seem like a good way to cut expenses, it can end up costing you more than professional landscape design services. Your investment in time to learn about proper lawn care procedures and money to purchase necessary landscape equipment and products may not be worth the effort.
If professional landscape design services cost you a little more than DIY landscape care, the benefits will be worth the difference. A lush green lawn and well-maintained landscape will enhance the beauty of your home and impact your home’s value. Take a look at some of the benefits of hiring a professional for landscape design services.
Better Curb Appeal
The appearance of your lawn and landscape has a big impact on your home’s curb appeal. A beautiful, lush green lawn that’s healthy and well-maintained year-round enhances your home’s character while providing an inviting entrance for guests. An ill-maintained landscape with weeds or overgrown grass, trees and shrubs gives your home a neglected, vacant appearance and quickly destroys curb appeal.
When it comes to your home’s curb appeal, first impressions are crucial. By hiring a professional to provide landscape design services, you can turn a boring, lack-luster landscape into a beautiful landscape filled with lush greenery, colorful blooms and spectacular curb appeal.
You won’t have to worry about the time and effort it takes to maintain your lawn and landscape or the impression it makes on your neighbors and guests. With regular professional services, you can make sure that your Northern New Jersey home has great curb appeal year-round.
Higher Property Value
A beautiful, well-maintained landscape means a higher property value, something that’s extremely important if you’re thinking about selling your home. A home with a green, healthy lawn and landscape can sell for up to $10,000 more than a home with overgrown grass, weeds and untrimmed trees and shrubs.
According to real estate and landscaping experts, a lush, healthy landscape that includes a few trees and well-manicured shrubs can make an enormous difference in the sale price of your home. Real estate studies show that homes on tree-lined streets can sell for as much as 15 percent more than homes in neighborhoods with fewer trees.
In an analysis of over 2,600 real-estate transactions over a 10-month period, researchers found that homes with trees sold for approximately $7,200 more than homes without trees, and also sold several days sooner.
Well-maintained trees and large shrubs provide numerous benefits for your landscape and your home:
- Absorb rainfall and prevent soil erosion.
- Reduce carbon dioxide in the air and provide healthier outdoor air.
- Promote energy savings with shade trees that cool your home in the summer.
- Prevent wind damage to your home by buffering high winds.
Lower Energy Costs
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly placed trees can reduce your energy costs up to $250 or $300 each year. Planting shade trees and windbreaks in the right landscape areas can reduce winter heating bills by up to 15 percent and summer air conditioning needs by as much as 75 percent. A landscape professional can provide expert landscape design services and select the right trees and shrubs that will help reduce your home’s monthly energy expenses.
When selecting trees and shrubs for your landscape, it’s important to know sun and shade requirements, growth patterns and maintenance needs. If you’re planting new trees in the yard or shrubs along your property line, it’s important to know how large they will be when fully grown. A tree that gets too tall or has a large canopy that hangs over your roof can cause problems if not properly trimmed and maintained each year.
Shrubs along your property line or driveway that spread out to your neighbors’ yard when full grown can require constant maintenance to avoid problems with your neighbors. A landscape professional can choose varieties of trees and shrubs that will thrive in your existing landscape conditions and grow to sizes that won’t cause constant care and maintenance.
There are so many species to choose from, including many low-maintenance, low-water shrubs and trees that are native to Northern New Jersey. You can replant with a variety of evergreens for year-round greenery or add color and texture with shrub and tree varieties that produce colorful blooms or berries throughout the year. Shrubs with deciduous or evergreen foliage are decorative and, like trees, they provide interesting shape and texture in any landscape.
A Greener, Healthier Landscape
Your lawn requires basic care and maintenance like regular mowing and watering to stay well-maintained, but it requires a lot more than that to stay green and healthy all year. Keeping your lawn healthy requires attention to landscape details that can signal potential problems. You need proper knowledge and skill about mowing techniques, soil types, plant growth patterns, climate and light conditions, feeding and pruning schedules and selecting the proper lawn care products for your existing landscape conditions.
Landscape professionals, like Borst Landscape & Design, have extensive knowledge in landscape design services. They know and understand different flower, plant, shrub and tree varieties and their growth patterns during different seasons.
They are also knowledgeable about different types of pesticides and herbicides; fertilizers and fertilization schedules; proper pruning techniques; lawn and plant diseases; outdoor pest control and proper irrigation and drainage. Professional knowledge and expert care means a greener, healthier lawn and landscape for your Bergen County home.
Landscape and Garden Renovations
Landscape companies that provide professional landscape design services can also provide landscape and garden renovations to replace damaged turf and plants or simply give your home a new look. Professional, experienced crews can replant your lawn with new sod or seed, plant new shrubs and trees, remove damaged or dead plants and create wonderful garden areas.
If your existing landscape has erosion problems, professional, experienced crews can build a beautiful rock or stacked stone retaining wall that will prevent further erosion. If you have property drainage problems, the installation of a French drain will eliminate standing water and drainage problems in your landscape.
A professional landscape company who provides landscape design services can also provide grading and re-sloping services for great outdoor features and landscape structures.
At Borst, our professional garden designers can help you create the garden of your dreams. They have extensive knowledge and experience with all varieties of plants and flowers, their growth requirements, proper planting times and necessary care and maintenance. They can help you with many valuable garden services for your Bergen County home including:
- Annual and Perennial Garden Design
- Container and Window-Box Plantings
- Raised and In-Ground Flower Beds
- Seasonal Bulb Plantings
- Garden Renovations and Upgrades
- Fall and Winter Plantings and Displays
- Holiday Lighting and Decorating
Special Landscape Features
A healthy, well-maintained landscape certainly increases curb appeal and property value, but when special outdoor features are added to your landscape, those things increase even more. With a qualified, professional who provides landscape design services, you can add wonderful outdoor features that will bring year of enjoyment to your family:
- Swimming pools
- Spas and hot tubs
- Outdoor fountains and waterfalls
- Backyard ponds
- New driveways
- Natural stone walkways and pathways
- Patios and terraces
- Outdoor kitchens
- Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits
- Retaining walls and fencing
- French drains
- Landscape lighting
The benefits of using professional landscape design services are endless. You can spend your free time with family and friends instead of mowing the grass and trimming the hedges. With professional landscape design services, you can make sure that your Bergen County landscape stays green, healthy and well-maintained year-round.