We just moved into a new home. The developer will be planting a lawn and a few plants for the front. We need to landscape the back. The finished front landscapes of other homes in this development are not very appealing. A few homes have done a more extensive planting in front. We have some funds available for landscaping. What do you suggest our best approach would be for landscaping our home?
There are several ways you could develop your landscape depending on the amount of funds available and how much of the work you would like to do yourself.
The best approach would be to hire a local landscape architect or landscape designer. I would start by looking at landscapes you like in your own development or other nearby areas. The best way to select an architect or designer is to ask the owners who designed and installed their landscapes. Also ask about how much the landscapes cost to install. Make note of particular plants that appeal to you.
A second approach would be to use a design-and-build landscape contractor. They do both design and installation. Most landscape contractors will also install a design made by a landscape architect or designer.
If you have more time than money, you might consider doing the installation of your own landscape with the help of professionals to do the design and some of the more difficult parts.