Designers Touch: Planning Your Landscape

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

Plants and trees add a lot of beauty to a home but sometimes they can also hinder the home's appearance. It's important that the trees and shrubs you have are the right scale for the house instead of overtaking it.

Susan Murphy owns the business, Landscape Solutions, and she's in the business of giving advice.

"You have to analyze the things that are in place," says Murphy, "How old they are and what shape they're in will determine whether you want to keep them in your landscape plan."

To get the most personal, best concept for your home, Murphy says you should find a designer you can trust.

"That person should identify your needs through a series of interviews. Some like formal landscape and some informal,” Murphy says, "some have certain budget parameters and wanna phase it in."

Once your plan is on paper and your budget is pretty set, it's time for planting. And finally, make sure you're aware of the type of plant maintenance your plan requires. A lot of small trees will need yearly pruning and plants may need fertilization once or twice per year.

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