Your back yard should be a relaxing and enjoyable place where you can unwind, entertain guests, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature. A livable yard is a great feature to have and something every homeowner should be able to enjoy. An overgrown backyard full of weeds, brush or debris makes it difficult to enjoy and not somewhere you want to spend your time. With a little planning and creativity, it may be time for a backyard landscape transformation that not only reflects your personal style and enhances your lifestyle, but makes your backyard enjoyable.
But turning that jungle into an oasis is no small task however. The first step to creating the backyard of your dreams is to properly prepare the site. Doing so will ensure that no matter what landscape project you are taking on, you have created the foundation for a successful transformation into a livable and enjoyable space.
Remove the junk
Yards are notorious for collecting junk. From old car parts, gardening equipment or the kid’s old toys, backyards can very easily accumulate junk over the years. Begin by removing these items from the yard.
Store items you would like to keep in a shed, donate unneeded items to charity and dispose of the rest (roll-off dumpsters can be helpful for big projects). You will also want to remove any natural materials that you don’t want to include in the new landscape design (old plants, brush, rocks, etc.).
Removing any junk and debris will save you time and money by lessening the chance of delays when landscaping begins.
Demolish any old sheds or structures
Old sheds, garages or worn out patios are an eye sore to any backyard. Remove these structures before your landscaping project can begin.
Hire a contractor that specializes in demolition to get rid of any unwanted structures. Even a small structure can require trucks, special equipment and manpower. Hire a properly licensed contractor to to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.
After demolition, you will need to remove debris and dispose of it in a safe and environmentally friendly way. You will need to have the site cleaned up. The area may even need to be back-filled and resurfaced to meet the future needs of the site.
Tree and stump removal
Eliminating brush, cutting trees and removing stumps are necessary to prepare the land for any backyard transformation. Trying to cut down a large tree without knowing what you are doing and without the proper equipment can be very dangerous. Also, extracting a stump and its roots and grinding it down will require heavy machinery and the proper equipment.
Consider hiring a contractor for cutting down any big trees and for removing stumps. They have the equipment and expertise to get the job done safely and correctly.
Landscape grading and drainage
Addressing any grading and drainage issues before landscaping will save time, money, and aggravation in the long run. Having a smooth, flat yard is key when it comes to livability and functionality.
Grading your yard will help with drainage issues. Most often, correcting a drainage problem will require heavy machinery and professionals that understand all aspects that can contribute to a drainage issue.
Before you begin your landscape project
The excitement of starting your landscape transformation job leaves you ready to jump right into project. Before you get too excited, take the time to prepare the area for the changes that will take place. A fully prepared site makes the actual landscaping go much faster and ensures a job done right. Now you can take the time to envision how you want your backyard to look and function and work with the contractor to design the perfect backyard for you.
Taking the proper steps to prepare the site is essential to the overall success of any landscaping project. New England Enterprises can help you with any yard transformation, big or small. We have the equipment and expertise to do the job right. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your yard transformation, from start to finish!