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Is Landscaping Really Hard Work?

Yes, landscaping is challenging and it is really hard work.

That said, the results are worth all the challenges and all the hard work.  The primary reward is seeing the tangible results of ‘before’ and ‘after’, the sensation of creating a spectacular space out of something less.

After creating a design for a unique landscape and deciding with the client what is to be done that’s when the physical labor begins.

Landscaping consists of basic redundant tasks including:

  1. Moving dirt. Moving dirt back and forth is a huge part of the job.  Rakes and shovels are primary tools along with the wheelbarrow.  Loading, carrying and emptying wheelbarrows is a large part of a landscaper’s job.
  2. Shaping terrain. Early stages of landscaping sometimes include the ‘destruction’ of a landscape in order to rebuild.
  3. Irrigation installation. Landscaping companies in Phoenix know that the dry climate requires irrigation.  Irrigation is typically installed at the original dirt-moving time.  Trenches are dug, cleaned out, pipes installed, and heads inserted very early on in the process.
  4. Shape the land to conform to the original design. Here is where room gets left for paving materials for patios, walkways or carpentry projects.  Depending on the design, carpenters may be forming gazebos, fences, trellises or any number of things.
  5. Plant everything. The ‘hardscape’ is complete.  Now it is time to plant.  The plants and trees, called for in the original design, are delivered and planted.  Depending on the soil, planting can be tough, sometimes requiring picks and mattocks to get the hole a decent size to handle the plants and trees.

If grass is in the design it is laid after the planting is completed.  Each roll weighs twenty to forty pounds and, depending on the weather and the amount of clay the grass was grown in, this is another difficult, tedious aspect of landscaping.

However, the impact is immediate aesthetically making it a satisfying, if tiring chore.

Now that everything is done the finishing work begins.  This involves laying in mulches or stones around the planting beds and placing art work into the landscape then cleaning the place until it’s spotless.

Landscape maintenance is a function of the design and will require an established routine either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly to keep the new landscape healthy, clean, safe and attractive.

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