Professionals have the right equipment to do heavy work - and they have insurance too. They can do in a few hours what would take you weeks to accomplish on your own without the equipment. Some projects may seem small, but really do require a professional. Removing a tree may seem simple if you have a chainsaw, but do you also have the equipment to remove all that timber that will come crashing down? Cranes and trucks will make short work of it.
Large projects such as drainage or underground irrigation, and hardscaping projects such as walls, paths, pools and patios will usually need a professional for successful completion. While you may feel that the extra laboring costs will add a lot to your budget, remember that if something goes wrong, the pros will have to fix it for free. If you do the job yourself and something goes wrong, you will have to spend more money to get it fixed.
If you have no expertise in building, construction, paving and brickwork, then it would be wiser to leave those jobs to professionals who are trained for it and also have the manpower and right equipment to complete the task safely and efficiently.
If your block of ground has any problems such as bog, or if it is really steep, then your landscape design itself may need a professional to at least go over what you want and tell you if your plans are possible. However, if you have an ordinary suburban block and you just want to re-vamp it a bit, then you could probably manage without.
You need the services of a professional for tasks that are hard to do; that you don’t have the knowledge or equipment for, or if your plan includes something unusual such as the creation of a miniature tropical rainforest in an area not totally suited to it.
Some homeowners may prefer to have a professional in to do everything, while others may feel able to complete certain tasks themselves. What ever you decide to do, it’s wise to take your time over the planning stage. This is extremely important because you want to get it all just right before spending money on the actual work.
Remember too, to ask the landscape designer for some kind of portfolio to look at so you can get an idea of what he has done in the past. This will give you a good idea of whether he is the one you need for your work.
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