Landscaping is a chance to make the terrain surrounding your home or business clean, fresh, attractive, and hopefully beautiful. You can come home to an inviting yard that feels comfortable after you’ve been out all day, knowing it’s just as welcoming to family and friends, hopefully even the envy of your neighbors. In the case of a business, you want the right landscaping to be in place to put customers in a good mood ready to do business or shop, and at the least set a professional tone that uplifts your staff moods after they’ve been sitting in traffic.
Still, for all the potential upside involved in the right landscaping, there can also be quite a bit of risk involved in this whole situation. Keep reading to learn some steps you can take to eliminate particular risks when you do landscaping.
Get Your Soil Checked: You might think that planting things is as easy as putting plants in the dirt, and then sunlight and water help them grow, right? Wrong. They also need proper nutrients from the soil, and even the right kind of soil. Get samples of your soil checked out by professionals so you can know its texture, composition, and type. That will tell you what you can and can’t plant there, which means you’ll eliminate the risk of landscaping with things that will die on you or need more maintenance than they’re worth.
Call Before You Dig: You probably see these signs all the time, but they’re up for a reason. Utility lines, cable television, phone lines, power lines, natural gas, and water and sewer lines are among the many things you might find in the ground underneath your property. Hitting one by accident can result in quite a mess, which is bad enough. Being responsible for the resulting damage and potentially getting hit with fines and lawsuits is again worse. Know what’s down there before you dig and get the proper permissions to avoid a financial crisis you might not be able to afford and certainly don’t want. Turf Distributors offers another eco friendly alternative to sod and can help prevent weeds when getting artificial turf.
Think Ahead In Planting: While you want your property to look full and plush from the get-go, you need to give plants room to grow to their full potential. If you don’t leave them enough room, you’ll have branches scraping buildings, larger plants crowding out smaller ones and killing them off, and roots and branches encroaching into parking spaces, sidewalks, and even those underground pipes. Get a professional to do a proper design at the start so that everything has breathing room later on and your human functional spaces are protected.
Keep Trees Away From People And Property: Trees are very beautiful and very valuable. They provide shade and absorb humidity, so they can help with property cooling, but you also don’t want them too close to people or their property. Falling limbs or trees that come down or get split in a storm can be a potential hazard that could result in injury or even death. At a minimum, it’s a lawsuit you don’t want to face.