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Summer means being out in your yard n’ garden


  • So you need to make your yard n’ garden the best place to be.
  • Perhaps that place to be may be on your new patio or deck – enjoy a cold drink with friends and family.
  • Or maybe walking on stones through a beautifully, designed flower garden and pond area.
  • Perhaps that best place will be a new swimming pool or playground area for all types of games.
  • Wherever that best place may be, now is the time to plan your garden landscaping before the summer season gets in gear.
  • Use the step-by-step below to get the process going.
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Use this 6-Step Home Gardening “Quick Guide” to review the landscaping process. It assembles information you may need and outlines it a step-by-step review with references.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start any landscaping project, run the financial numbers to determine whether your landscaping is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review these cost-related issues to garden landscaping vs. buying a new home.

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Step 2: Collect Ideas

The 2nd step for planning summer landscaping is deciding what you would like to do.

Will it be a –

  • installing a new deck or patio,
  • doing an in-ground or above ground swimming pool,
  • building flower and/or vegetable garden beds,
  • laying our stones and other decor features,
  • wiring for garden lighting,
  • constructing a backyard play area,
  • or something else.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of landscaping and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each landscaping element.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a landscape contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis. Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you selected the contractor and finalized the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for landscaping design. Start with a home equity line of credit or use the bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing electrical where needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the landscaping project inspected before releasing any funds.

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