Your yard should be a relaxing and enjoyable place for your family and friends to gather. 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. 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. No matter what project you are taking on, having a properly prepared site is the foundation for 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 will not be included 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 can be a plain eye sore to any backyard. They will need to be removed before landscaping can begin. Consider hiring a contractor that specializes in demolition to get rid of any unwanted structures. Even a small structure can require trucks, special equipment and manpower, so hiring a properly licensed contractor is the best way to ensure the job is done safely and correctly. After demolition, debris will need to be removed and disposed of it in a safe and environmentally friendly way, the site will need to be cleaned up, and 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 stump removal. They will 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. Having your yard graded can also 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.
The excitement of starting your landscaping 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. Having a yard fully prepared for the project makes the actual landscaping go much faster, and ensures a job done right. Taking the proper steps to prepare the site is essential to the overall success of any landscaping project. New England Enterprises can help with any yard transformation, big or small, and has the equipment and expertise to get the job done right. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your yard transformation, from start to finish!