Take your own soil sample.
Supplies you will need:
- Gallon Zip-lock Bags
- Sharpie Marker (to label samples)
Send soil samples to the University of Delaware.
KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT
Carefully read and fill out the Client Interview provided on this site. This questionnaire will help you save time and money. If you invest time in understanding what you really want and need, it will make for a wildly design successful experience.
INSTALL SMALL MATERIALS
Smaller plant materials will eventually grow. This is a great way to save money up front. I always try to guide my clients to install larger shrubs and smaller perennials, since perennials mature quickly.
LEARN ABOUT WEEDS
There are great guides out there that will help you understand everything you want to know about weeds. It is important to understand their life cycles, how to identify weeds quickly, and the appropriate removal method.