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How to Redo Your Landscaping from Scratch

October 28, 2022 / Written by: Carlos Gonzales

October 28, 2022
Written by: Carlos Gonzales

Redoing landscaping may be a good idea for a number of reasons and the landscaping that came with your house might not be what you were looking for when you purchased it. Despite living in the same home for decades, you're starting to notice the deterioration of your outdoor environment and you might also want landscape remodeling because your family's needs and wants have changed.

It may not be necessary to completely replace your landscaping even if it is suffering from major problems. Here are some suggestions to get you started if making those decisions feels overwhelming.

When to Know it's Time to Redo Your Landscaping?

You might be getting some hints as to when to begin redoing your landscape, though there aren't any definitive answers. The obvious thing to do is to remove unhealthy plants or those that have died completely.

A healthy lawn is one that is free of invasive weeds and crabgrass, including any unhealthy sections of the lawn. Brown patches are most commonly seen as a result of heat stress. Whenever you are unsure, step on your lawn and watch for the footprints.

You can check your lawn by seeing how quickly it recovers after being stepped on. There may be stress on your grass if the footprint remains.

Ways to Redo Your Landscaping from Scratch

The process might seem overwhelming, especially when you're not sure if you need to completely start over or if you can just replace some plant material. Professional landscapers are often seen as taking an all-or-nothing approach, which is why homeowners are reluctant to hire them. When existing plant material is in good condition, it's not uncommon for experts to reuse or repurpose it.

In some cases, landscape architects reorganize existing plants to create an attractive landscape installation rather than simply plopping them in with no rhyme or reason. Many times, replacing plant materials will be more cost-effective. There are, however, some homeowners who are willing to take the risk because of their attachment to certain plants.

Gather Your Landscape Design Inspiration

Finding and curating photos of landscapes that you like is a good place to start if you are unsure of where to begin. Look through your saved photos and see if you can find any patterns or trends. See if they incorporate well with your patio, walkway, driveway, and garage space.

Look for common ground between them. The colors, features, and styles of the gardens will vary, so you can choose whether you like the beauty of modern or traditional styles. In addition, see what types of plants and flowers are used, and look for succulents, bushes, or flowering trees.

Observe whether there is a brick path, quality pavers, modern irrigation, or an attractive fence and gate feature, 

Determine which Landscape Design You Like

Your style will become apparent as you curate photos that you like. In essence, you are curating your garden style when you begin collecting photos. Creating a cohesive look for your new landscaping projects will be easier if you do this.

You can use certain plants, materials, and features to bring your particular garden style to the forefront once you determine your style. By doing so, you will save a great deal of time and eliminate a lot of decision fatigue.

Draw a Plan of Your Landscape and Take Note of the Existing Features

You should sketch out an idea of what detail you would like to include in your newly-improved backyard before you step foot in a garden center. When drawing up your plans for landscaping, keep in mind a number of landscaping trends that might help you come up with some ideas. 

The area of your outdoor space and other factors that may influence the plants and materials you choose are all important factors to consider when planning out your garden. Mark the distances on a sheet of paper along the perimeter of your property before starting your scale plan. Long distances can be measured with fiber tape reels, which are simply large, flexible tape measures. 

Hire a Professional if You Want to Get the Job Done Seamlessly

Landscapers may be needed to help you with at least some aspects of landscape construction or remodeling your yard from scratch. When removing large trees and shrubs from your yard or tearing up large sections of dirt, stone, soil, or mulch from your lawn, you will require specialized skills to accomplish these tasks safely.

Ensure that the company is a member of a state or national trade association since these will be the most up-to-date in terms of industry best practices. It is important to look at multiple examples of a company's service before selecting one to work with to determine whether you are a good fit for their style.

Let’s Start on Your New Landscape Project Today!

When you work with a professional landscape architect, you will be able to prevent many problems and guarantee the best results.

Wise decisions will have the best impact on your property when you work with a landscape professional to create a master plan for you. Making the most of your investment is what it's all about.

West Hills Masonry is the best choice for landscape remodeling and maintenance, whether you're building an elevated deck or tearing down an unstable retaining wall. With our experience in landscape services, our team knows what you need based on your requirements for a budget.

To learn more about landscape remodeling, email us at Info@westhillsmasonry.com or contact us at 714-519-5009 at West Hills Masonry today!

Carlos Gonzales
He is the co-owner and project consultant of West Hills Masonry – a industry leading hardscape and landscape contractor providing the finest in custom outdoor-scapes in Orange County, CA. Carlos and his team at West Hills Masonry have over 50 years of combine experience. Carlos is very keen on understanding client perspective and integrate their vision with professional recommendation for proper finished installation.

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