Custom landscaping refers to any lawn care, patio design, water features, or decking that is installed and cared for by a professional service. Landscaping may include the planting and treatment of all types of flowers, bushes, and trees, as well as mowing the lawn and a host of other lawn care services. Some clients choose to include winter care, such as snow and ice removal, in their custom landscaping agreements. Landscapers are well trained in their profession, have all of the necessary tools and supplies, and can save their clients a great deal of time and effort.
Spring and summer lawn care is normally an important part of custom landscaping. Clients can choose to have the landscaping service mow the lawn, maintain the appearance of the entire yard, and plant flowers, shrubs, or vegetables. Landscapers also sow, water, and care for the lawn grass in addition to preventing unsightly weed growth. Garden design may also be requested, and many landscapers have specialized training in creating unique garden designs for their clients. Factors such as the garden's size, exposure to sunlight, and the client's preferences are considered in the garden design.
Another common aspect of custom landscaping is patio and deck design. Many landscapers are equipped to take care of the plants in the yard as well as to construct and maintain outdoor structures such as patios, decks, and gazebos. It is not uncommon for clients to work directly with their landscaping professional to create unique, one-of-a-kind designs for yards and gardens. Concrete, wood, and metal are often used in the construction of patio and deck features.
Water gardens, fountains, and fixtures are becoming increasingly popular in landscape design, and can be easily added to a custom landscaping plan. Landscaping professionals can install ponds and other water accessories to add visual interest and value to the property. Water-friendly plants and decorative fish are often used to enhance the appearance of the water features. Landscaping services can also be hired to care for these special plant species.
Custom landscape design is often a combination of several types of lawn care and maintenance. Clients are usually offered a list of services to choose from in order to create the most appropriate plan for their home or business. It is not unusual for landscaping services to be scheduled in the spring and fall seasons only, and some clients choose to schedule services more often during the growing season.