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Some Landscape Projects Need a Professional Hand

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You’d do best to call in a professional landscaper to install complex projects like a retaining wall. Photo: Scott Costello, Flickr

There are many, many things you can do yourself to create your ideal home landscape: put in a lawn, add a raised bed, install a deck (maybe!), etc. On the other hand, unless you have personal experience in outdoor construction, there are some projects that really do need professional expertise: main stairs, retaining walls, front walks, in-ground pools, etc.

Any project where visitor safety is a factor (uneven or slippery stairs or walks can cause serious injury) or where redoing a botched project would be costly (poorly installed retaining walls tend to lean and collapse, a badly seated in-ground pool can not only leak, but could rip out half your lot if it collapses suddenly) deserves proper installation by professional landscapers who know what they’re doing.

And while you’re at it, make sure that the people you hire have excellent references and offer a solid guarantee!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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