Flower beds are a beautiful addition to any yard, and they go a long way in creating curb appeal. They add color and visual interest, and they make your yard look polished. With any luck, adding flower beds might make your neighbors just a little jealous.
Now for the bad news: Installing flower beds is tough, grueling work. While some people love to do it themselves, others can’t stand the thought of investing all that time, effort and sweat. If you’re in the latter camp, you might be thinking about hiring a professional.
Types of Flower Beds
If you can imagine it, you can design it (within reason, of course). Your options are almost unlimited when it comes to flower bed design. You can place flower beds in more traditional spots such as along the house or surrounding walkways, or you can get creative and place them in the middle of the yard in flower boxes. You can stick to a single color or you can opt for a bed with an array of colors. Opt for a minimalist design or stuff the beds with flowers if that’s your fancy. Introduce just a little greenery or a lot. The list goes on.
Some other things to consider include:
- Type of mulch – bark, compost, rocks, wood chips, etc.
- Border material – bricks, wood, stones, etc.
- Upkeep – how much work will the flower beds require?
- Cost – which flowers and materials produce the most bang for your buck?
- Annuals vs. perennials – do you want the flowers to live only one season so you can give the beds a fresh look each year? Or do you want the flowers to come back?
Before you hire a professional, it’s important to do some research to get a rough idea of what you want. Browse sites like Pinterest and Houzz to get design inspiration. A landscaper or a landscape architect can design the beds for you, but they can’t read your mind. They won’t know your tastes and preferences unless you tell them. Homeowners tend to be happier with the final result when they’ve worked closely with the landscaper on the design.
Why Hire a Professional Landscaper?
Aside from the reason above – that you just don’t want to do the work – hiring a professional is a smart idea if you don’t have much experience with flowers or just don’t have a green thumb. It can be expensive upfront – plan on paying $1,000 to $3,000 for an average-sized yard, not including the cost of flowers – but it can actually save you in the long run.
Why’s that? Well, because flowers and shrubs are expensive, and if they’re dying every year you’re throwing money down the drain. Experts know which flowers will work best in your climate, the type of soil and on your property. For instance, a shady yard will need different types of flowers than a sunny yard. Professional landscapers and landscape architects can also recommend flowers and shrubs that produce the most bang for your buck. If you absolutely love a flower that is astronomically priced, experts can suggest a close alternative.