Creating usable space out of areas hard to landscape is why people hire the professionals. For most of Central Florida, the land is flat, but there are exceptions. A few neighborhoods have slopes and valleys that require some thought and creativity to get the most space out of the layout of the land.

DIY Versus Hiring a Pro

Most often, when homeowners try a DYI project on a weekend, they either do a less than professional job, or end up calling a professional to complete it for them. DYI shows on TV make it look so easy as the projects flow effortlessly from one stage into another. The reality of outdoor projects in Florida is quite the contrary.

First, the heat is unbearable, making it hard to think. Next, without the proper tools or skills, you are going to waste a lot of your time and money. So, if you are trying to save, DIY isn’t always the best option.

Space Out of Thin Air

To create usable space in your yard has many elements to consider. If you have a septic system, you also have a septic drain field. You definitely don’t want to disturb that area, unless you want the system to back up into your home! That’s just one thing to think about before you break ground.

Creating a grade that allows for proper runoff and drainage without compromising the building.

A well versed professional has seen many different scenarios, and has addressed them successfully. Sloped areas are hard to manage. Placing grass on a slope doesn’t always work. Sometimes the grass will root, sometimes it won’t. Depending on many factors like, soil composition, soil PH, the amount of rain or irrigation that area receives, the percentage of runoff in that area…etc.

Retaining Walls

The use of wall stones with stairs.

Retaining walls are a good way to establish a grade that will allow for usable space as well as diverting water away from the buildings on your property. Walls can be made of block, stone, poured concrete or wood. Some are even made of railroad ties. This option isn’t our favorite because of the chemicals that are sprayed on to the wood to make them last as long as they do.

Railroad ties that have become an eyesore.

Railroad ties used for landscaping are usually recycled, as new ones go to replace old ones.

Flat Pavers

A paver project in the works.

Flat areas can also be transformed into usable living space by the use of paving stones or bricks. Pavers come in all shapes, sizes and colors to create a clean usable space in almost any area.