When To Hire a Professional Landscaper

One of the most common questions we get is: Do I need a professional landscaping? So here’s the situation: You have the interior and exterior of your home just the way you want it, and you look outside and notice that your landscaping could use some work, no problem you can do it yourself right?

The answer to this question is yes and no. Yes, you can go to your local hardware store and nursery and pick out the plants and lighting you want, but do you have the time and skills it requires to choose and install these items properly?

The last thing you want to do is to waste your time and money by buying and installing the wrong landscaping. Landscaping is more complicated than most people realize and listed below are some reasons you may want to call a professional landscaping company to do the work for you:

Knowledge and Expertise

Professional landscapers have both the knowledge and expertise to create a stunning landscape that will not only look fabulous; it will also add curb appeal and potentially increase the value of your home. Professional landscapers know the environment you live in and will utilize plants and materials that can survive and thrive where you live.

Ideas and Conceptual Design

Professional landscapers can take your ideas and create a variety of landscape designs for you to choose from. Professional landscapers are not only creative they can design a landscape that includes what the homeowner wants while also making sure to utilize the current landscape and ecosystem properly.

Professional Landscaping Budget

Professional landscapers have the knowledge and ability to create stunning landscaping designs to fit any budget. Many professional landscapers also offer financing options so let your imagination soar.

Project Management

One of the best parts of hiring a professional landscaper, they do all the labor. That’s right you can sit back and relax while the experts create a stunning landscape and you don’t have to lift a finger. Professional landscapers can properly manage any landscaping project you require as well as having insurance to give you peace of mind.

Professional Plant Selection

Professional landscapers are experts and know which plants will grow best where you live and can also offer you options you may not have thought of. They can also provide you with the information you need to maintain your landscape properly, or they may offer services to maintain the landscape for you.

While many individuals can create a small flower garden, add some mulch, or create a simple walkway, many landscaping projects require a professional to install.

Large projects like retaining walls, pools, waterfalls, decks, or ponds require technical knowledge to ensure they are installed properly and are safe for your family to enjoy.

Many large projects also require proper permits and inspections which your professional landscaper can obtain for you as well as utilizing large equipment that most individuals lack the experience to use.

Hiring a professional landscaper should definitely be considered for most complicated landscaping projects, including the ones listed below:


Hardscaping refers to landscaping elements that include non-living materials including brick, stone, wood, concrete or metal.

These elements are used to create retaining walls, walkways, fences, gazebos, or pergolas. Hardscaping requires utilizing heavy materials that require special equipment to install as well as obtaining the proper permits and inspections.

Hardscaping needs to be precise and engineered properly to function properly and look good, so it is highly recommended that you utilize a professional landscaper for these landscaping projects.

Tree Care

Properly caring for your tree’s can be complicated and dangerous if you do not have the skills or proper equipment, so it is best to call a professional landscaper to care for your trees.

Professional landscapers can evaluate your trees to make sure they are healthy and do not need to be treated for a disease or removed before they pose a hazard of coming down during inclement weather. Professional landscapers also have the proper equipment and tools needed to reach and trim trees safely.

Outdoor Lighting

Homeowners usually hire experts to work on the electrical and lighting features inside their home; outdoor lighting requires utilizing experts as well.

Professional landscapers can not only provide expert advice on where and what lighting would work best with your landscaping, but they also have the proper tools and knowledge to install outdoor lighting safely.

Water Features

Installing large water features including waterfalls or ponds are complicated and it is best to have a professional landscaper install them.

Professional landscapers will be able to file for the proper permits before installing a water feature as well as having the proper equipment to excavate and remove the large amounts of material as needed.

Installing the proper pipes, pumps, and electrical equipment can be complicated and if not installed properly will become aggravating and costly, so it is best to use a professional landscaper to save you time, money, and frustration.

Pools and Spas

If you are looking to install a pool or spa, it is best to consult a professional landscaper as they can help you design, plan, and properly install your pool or spa.

Pools and spas require removing a large amount of material and require large excavating machines that can be very dangerous to operate if you are not used to using them.

It is also important to make sure your pool or spa is properly located or excavating large amounts of material can cause structural issues with your home so hiring a professional landscaper is highly recommended because they not only have the experience but they also carry insurance that will give you peace of mind.

Professional landscapers also know what permits are required and can obtain them for you saving you time and aggravation.

Many landscapers offer maintenance services to once they have installed your pool or spa they can also provide routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure that you can enjoy your pool or spa for many years.

Decks or Patios

Constructing a deck or patio is more complicated than many individuals understand so it is best to hire a professional landscaper to do the job.

Installing decks and patios require structural engineering and knowledge of water drainage for a deck or patio that not only looks great but is safe for both your family and your home. Professional landscapers can also provide you with materials that not only look good but are also within your budget.

Many landscaping features require a professional landscaper to install because they require proper permits, heavy equipment, proper materials, and the knowledge and expertise required to create and install these features.

To have beautiful landscaping that can be enjoyed for years, it is important to make sure you are using the proper plants and hardscaping materials that not only look aesthetically pleasing but also are the best materials for where you live.

Professional landscapers can save you time, money, and aggravation by designing and creating the landscape of your dreams while also using their knowledge of the environment you live in to ensure your landscaping will survive and thrive based on the weather in your location.



Ready to get started on your landscape project? Let Dogwood’s team of professional experts help make the design, build, and maintain process an easy and enjoyable one. Contact us HERE or by calling 678-368-7000 to take the first step towards making your outdoor oasis dreams come true. And remember, Your Backyard Has Dreams Too!