How to Minimize Work on a Large Landscaping Job

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:22

Whether you love landscaping, hate it, or can take it or leave it, larger jobs can be quite off-putting. When you approach a large scale landscaping job, you may feel a bit apprehensive, and a bit overwhelmed, leading to the inevitable procrastination that only makes these bigger jobs worse. So, use the following tips to easily minimize your work, and your yard should be in ship-shape in no time at all:

Proper Maintenance Over Time

Keeping your yard well-maintained, of course, within reason, can save you a ton of time and effort on your landscaping duties. Simply taking the time to cut the grass weekly and trimming the bushes properly, when needed, can prevent your large landscaping job from becoming an unbearable overhaul that you wish to avoid.

You should also take the time to prune back overbearing trees before they hit your roof or adjacent power lines, causing another, unrelated headache. Also, weed your garden and flowerbeds religiously to ensure prosperity and proper growth. Not doing so means that your previous labor during the planting phase will go to waste.

Break it Down into Smaller Jobs

A large landscaping job may seem formidable, but it doesn't have to be. Looking at the big picture can cause you to feel overwhelmed, but breaking down the project into smaller tasks will simplify the job, and make it appear much less intimidating.

There are a few ways to go about this. You could divide your yard into different sections, like front, back, and sides, or you could divide your overall project into jobs, such as trimming, mowing, and raking. Either way, make a mental note to yourself to not start any other jobs on your list until you have finished the one that you are currently doing. This will help to lighten your load while allowing you to see your progress and feel as though you have accomplished something for your efforts.

Don't Do it All in One Day

Spread your workload over a few days so the tasks don't seem as daunting. If you have a day job, try to get a little bit done each night after work, as long as there are enough daylight hours. That way, you have already started your project before the weekend, when you can really put your nose to the grindstone.

You can try to get certain tasks out of the way each day of the week, such as weeding on Monday, power-washing your sidewalks and driveway on Tuesday, mulching on Wednesday, and so on. This will eliminate a good portion of your workload so you can get down to business in your off time.

Get Help

If your landscaping job is way too big for one person to scale, you need to know that there is never any shame in asking for help. You can ask your spouse or roommate to pitch in. After all, it is his or her yard, too, and that person should split the work with you if he or she is going to derive an equal benefit from the property.

Or, better yet, what about your children? You can teach them responsibility by giving them chores around the yard to lessen your load. You can even teach them about the value of hard work by paying them for their time and services.

You could also have your friends pitch in and buy them some beer and snacks for their troubles. You may even know someone in the landscaping business that can give you a few pointers on how to get things done.

However, if you don't know anyone that can help, perhaps you should consider hiring a local lawn care or landscaping service. These professionals can really get your landscaping project on track and can save you the time and labor of having to do all the work yourself. Most of the time, these services can be found in any neighborhood and can be vouched for by your friends and neighbors. Many are quite affordable and work pretty quickly.

In conclusion, there are many ways that you can minimize the work involved in a large landscaping job. By following all or some of these tips you should be able to take on any landscaping project with ease and the reassurance that the job can get done well without burning yourself out.

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Carol Evenson

Carol is a home renovation specialist with a background in organization and sales. She assists realtors with business management and growth.

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