Digging Tips for your Landscaping Project

LandscapingSpring has finally sprung, tempting gardeners to set all of their plans in action for a colorful landscaped outside living area. Everyone wants to have the nicest yard blooming with perennials and annuals. Although everyone does not have a green thumb, it does not take a rocket scientist to tailor a beautiful outside area to relax and appreciate nature. Before busting out the shovels and digging into your lawn, it is extremely important to know what lies underneath your lawn to save you thousands of dollars in damages, and to keep you and your neighbors safe.

Beware of What’s Underground

Homeowners who are sold on landscaping ideas for their yards should press ahead with some caution in where and how they are going to dig their yard for landscaping needs. Digging for flowers are not too much of a problem, however if one is going to consider transplanting trees, shrubs, and bushes or even a patio or deck, there is much to consider and research first, such as the possible dangers included with the project. The homeowner should be aware of where wires and pipes are in and around their property, in order to avoid a catastrophic event, due to digging too deep and in the wrong places. If they need to do a lot of deep digging then it is wise to call Miss Dig to mark danger areas.

Put it on Paper

Get ideas on paper, as to where and what is to be accomplished with this landscaping project. Where do they want to dig and what do they want to plant? A mixture of annuals and perennials are a good choice. Perennials will come up year after year, and with a little bit of shaping and TLC will flourish year after year. Annuals are beautiful flowers to add to any landscape. Perennials are more expensive; however they are more cost conscious as one does not have to keep buying these plants every year. The homeowner can just add more perennials every year.

Edging Options

Once the homeowner has dug out their landscape they need to think about some sort of edging. Some people prefer brick, others wood rails hard rubber or plastic edging. Any kind of edging seems to give yard areas the right touch around the lawn, patio or driveway. Its duel function is to help stop weeds from infecting your flower beds. There are numerous designer bricks that one can chose according to taste and budget, some interlock and some do not. It is up to the individual.

Other Tools You’ll Need

Simple tools of the gardener to complete a foundation for their landscape project would be an approximate 20 foot measuring tape, a garden hose, a spade with a pointed edge for digging, a safe spray paint or chalk that is biodegradable in order to trace around the hose and decide on where edging should be placed. Estimate the amount of bricks that is going to be needed to complete the project. A carpenter’s level to make sure bricks are levels every ten or so, and a rubber mallet to gently urge bricks into place without using fist or hand power.

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