Get outdoor update ideas at show

March 1, 2012

OGDEN — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an expert come to your home and give you some landscaping ideas?

There are several landscape artists in the area, and many of them will be at the Spring Home & Garden Show this year to give tips and ideas to residents who may need some extra help in the yard.

Dave Andre, owner of Andrescapes in Layton, has plenty of ideas when it comes to rock landscaping. Andre said not only does rock add beauty to your yard, it never has to be replaced.

“Rock landscaping is the least expensive, and it will literally last forever,” he said. “If people are interested in the rock landscaping, we will come out to their home and talk about their ideas and give them some of our own ideas. People usually want something that will give them more flat space and ways to create more usable areas.”

Andre, who has been working in the field since he was 19 years old, said rocks can be turned into walls, sandstone stair cases and even signs.

“There’s so much you can do with rock landscaping,” he said. “It’s beautiful and has a natural look, and really fits with pretty much any landscaping ideas.”

Paul Keeler, owner of Deseret Land Design, will also be at the Home & Garden Show with a big backyard display. The company will design and sketch multiple landscaping ideas with its clients and focuses on safety, function, beauty and sustainability.

“It all starts with the plan,” Keeler said. “The first thing a person should do is find a landscape architect with experience and good references and reputation. Anyone can call themselves a landscape architect, so it’s important to make sure you hire someone who is qualified, especially when you’re handing them your money. You wouldn’t go in to your mechanic for a headache and ask him to do exploratory surgery.”

Keeler, who designed nearly 300 residential landscapes last year, said his company always goes to the home and sketches a plan on-site with his clients. He goes over all of the possibilities, such as where to create the best shade, the most privacy, the most living space.

According to MSN real estate, homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of their home’s value on landscaping. The website recommends spending money to improve your soil, adding trees and hiring an expert if you can afford to do so. Not only can an expert give you some great ideas, they can save you money in the long run. Sometimes it pays to spend in order to save.

You can also save money on landscaping if you buy small, buy in bulk and buy late in the season, when retailers are trying to get rid of their items. Check to see if you can divide your plants and always try to make your own compost.

“The bottom line is to make sure you do your research when choosing someone to landscape your yard,” Keeler said. “The two most important things when it comes to landscape is your front yard entry way, which is either going to increase or decrease the value of your home, and your outdoor living space, where you can go outside and really enjoy life.”