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DIY Landscaping: What NOT to Do

DIY Landscaping

If you’re the type of person who loves doing work on your home or landscaping, there are many DIY landscaping tasks you probably tackle without thinking twice.

If you’re the type of person who loves doing work on your home or landscaping, there are many DIY landscaping tasks you probably tackle without thinking twice. While many people have gifted green thumbs and effortlessly take on landscaping projects around the house, others bite off much more than they can chew and end up with a D-I-why landscaping job. Here are some of the projects that you should never attempt to do without the help of a landscaping professional.

Installing Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems, like lawn sprinklers, seem like simple and easy things to get done on a weekend morning. However, homeowners almost never install irrigation systems correctly! Some of the most common mistakes include using the wrong type of backflow device for the climate of your home, using pipes that are too big or too small, using low-quality components that can’t stand up to use, and using too many sprinkler heads per zone of your yard. Professional landscaping companies know how to properly irrigate your lawn and can set up your sprinklers without a hassle.

Paver Patios and Walkways

While many homeowners take the liberty of installing their own paver patios and walkways that wind through their landscaping, it is almost always apparent that the job wasn’t done by a professional. Real hardscaping professionals have expensive, high-quality tools that even the above-average homeowner does not have access to. While your patio paver patio might look nice for a few weeks, signs of aging and disrepair will set in rapidly.

The most common landscaping issues with DIY patios and walkways include improper base preparation, no border course along the edges, pavers that aren’t properly aligned, poor-quality cuts at the edges, low-quality patio paver selection, and weeds growing in the joints. A landscaping and hardscaping professional can tackle your patio installation for you in less time as well!

Big Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are large and intimidating structures, so many DIY landscapers don’t bother trying to work alone. That’s a good thing because over 90% of the retaining walls built by homeowners are built improperly. While you can get away with this for a small retaining wall, large retaining walls will be obvious and can actually do some damage to the drainage systems in your yard. The most common problems include a lack of base preparation, no drainage chimney to remove water, inexpensive wall blocks without caps, and mitered cuts at the corners.

Atlantic Maintenance Group Wants to Be Your Preferred Landscaping Company

If you are looking for help keeping your residential or commercial property free from soil erosion or other lawn diseases, Atlantic Maintenance Group is ready to help you with our variety of landscaping, asphalt, snow removal, and concrete maintenance services. We are experts in our field and we are prepared to meet your needs with a price and product that will leave you grinning. If you’re interested in getting a free quote or more information, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 768-4720. To see examples of our work and stay up to date on our specials, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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