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.
All of Your Landscaping Needs from Atlantic Maintenance Group
Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full-service landscaping company, providing maintenance, design, and construction, as well as snow removal, and asphalt and concrete services. We are your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We are a self-performing landscaping company, meaning we don’t hire subcontractors, and senior management is involved with every project. Our highly trained team of professionals receives constant, ongoing education on the latest industry trends, updates, and safety measures. This ensures we can deliver outstanding customer service and results to our clients, regardless of the size of your job.