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Should you do your own landscaping or hire a pro?

By Andrew Bell

If you have a yard of your own, you have a big choice to make when it comes to caring for it. You can certainly do all your yard work, gardening, lawn care and so on by yourself, but you can also hire a professional to do it for you.

There's no right or wrong answer to whether you should do your own landscaping or call in a pro, simply because every person's yard is different and will require its own levels of expertise to get it looking picture-perfect. For instance, if your lawn and plants already look great when you move in, maintenance certainly shouldn't be that difficult – but if they're in need of a little more attention than normal, you might have your work cut out for you.

Important considerations

If you're thinking about using your lawn as a DIY project, that can be a great way to spend some time and beautify your home, but it does take some serious commitments. For one thing, investing in all the right tools and materials needed for proper landscaping – lawn mowers, mulch, soil, plants, seeds, gardening tools, etc. – can get expensive quickly.

There is also the time commitment to think about: Do you really have the time to properly care for your yard on an ongoing basis? Depending on what your yard needs, the work may consume hours every week, or just require monthly maintenance to continue looking its best.

When to call in the pros

If you find that the cost of getting up to speed on proper landscaping will be too great – either in terms of the financial or time commitment – or you've been struggling to keep your lawn and trees looking their best, it may be wiser to get in touch with a professional. As long as you get the proper quote on either a single job or an ongoing care plan, you will be able to crunch the numbers and find a solution that works for you.

Of course, even if you do your own work on an ongoing basis, some jobs – such as planting trees or adding flower beds – might be more easily handled by professionals.

When you want to find a home with a gorgeous yard, rely on the pros at Ray White Surfers Paradise. We can help you find the house you're looking for with a yard that will be the envy of the neighbourhood, so get in touch with us today.

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