You’ve probably been there before. You’re nearly finished with a landscaping project and you’re right on target to hit the budget when it happens – some kind of last-minute issue pops up that you have to fix you need to drop more money to make your landscaping dream come true.
There goes the budget you painstakingly set out, right?
It doesn’t have to be this way, you know. There are several different landscaping hints that we can give you that can help you set the right budget from the start so that you’re not paying more than planned at the end of the landscaping job.
It sounds crazy, but we’ve been doing this for a long time, and through countless trials and errors, tried-and-true methods, and over 150 years of combined experience, we’ve certainly figured out some of the best ways to avoid making budget mistakes.
Next time you’re planning a landscape project, whether you choose to work with us or not, try to avoid these 5 common mistakes while you’re laying everything out so that you can have an accurate, realistic budget from the start that you can stick to without issue.
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Avoiding Looking at the Long-Term
It’s hard to not just consider the landscaping in the moment you’re installing it. Sure, those plant beds and pallets of plants you picked out are going to look great once they’re in and will likely cost exactly what you projected, but what about a few months from now? Do you think you’ll need to replace them? Will they undergo so much wear and tear that they need to be recycled, renewed, or refreshed? What happens if they get damaged sooner than that? It’s tough, but try not to think solely about what your landscape needs at the moment you’re installing it. Try to look far enough into the future that you can include replacement flower, plants, shrubs, etc. in your initial budget. That way, when the time comes to get replacement flora and fauna (and it might come a lot sooner than you think), you’ve made room in your budget and won’t be in for any rude surprises.
Overlooking Some of the Most Vital Services
If you can, try to include the necessary landscaping services in your budget that are going to follow the installation. Often, people set a price for their landscaping and fail to add in room for the necessary and vital services that have to come after it. It’s not just about the costs you’ll incur doing regular lawn stuff like mowing the grass or trimming the hedges, but the bigger services that you’ll need to try to build into your budget. Consider how much plant replacement will cost (like we spoke about above), what large tree care will cost you (like pruning, trimming, and other care), and what irrigation maintenance will cost (like when your irrigation system needs routine maintenance). Adding in all of these future costs to your initial budget can help you stay sane and fully aware when these costs start to pile up.
Forgetting Focal Point Maintenance
When planning your landscaping budget, especially if you have a commercial property, try to take a detailed inventory of the biggest focal points in your landscape. Do you have a front entrance that will need special attention? Are there amenity areas like rose gardens or meditation zones? Do you have signage and other focal points that will be receiving constant attention? Planning to prioritize these areas that need consistent upkeep and special installation design can help you get a better idea of what kind of budget you’re really looking at. Remember, these are points of serious visibility, and you want to make sure that they’re staying clean, trim, and beautiful. Try to make a list prioritizing which areas are going to need the most attention, and how often, so that you can get a clearer picture of the type of budget you need to allocate to this particular part of your landscaping allotments.
Landscape Liabilities Have to be Included
If you’re going to be working on your landscape, or have someone else working on your landscape, you need to make sure you’re saving room in your budget for landscape liability. Think about it, you’re going to be hedging, pruning, cutting, trimming, and doing all kinds of physical labor with (likely) heavy machinery and sharp blades – we’re not saying you’re irresponsible, just that accidents happen. Try to set aside some money for any cuts and bruises you might get along the way. Further than that, you’re going to want to spend the right amount of money on keeping the landscape safe for visitors. Have uneven turf? That could trip someone! You’ll need to take care of that, so add that into your budget as a future expense. Have overgrown trees blocking your road? That could cause an accident! Make sure this is in your budget.
Failing to Think of Irrigation Changes or Emergencies
The beautiful thing about living in Florida is that irrigation needs are flippant, fleeting, and constantly changing. It might rain for a month straight, saving you a ton of money on watering your landscape and plants, and then you might go through a dry spell that lasts long enough to really add up that water bill. Try to account for unpredictable irrigation needs for your plants, flowers, and lawn, and build those needs into your budget.
Did you enjoy our blog about the five mistakes to avoid for your landscaping budget? We hope so! If you’re interested in chatting about ways to construct an accurate, realistic budget that goes beyond these few mistakes, give us a call! We’d love to talk about your landscaping, design plans you might have, and some of the sure-fire ways to create, and stick to, a landscaping budget. Call us at (727)-201-3947. Want more landscaping insight? Check out blog for weekly updates on Florida landscape tips and tricks, inspiration, and more!
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