decision to design and install
new landscaping can be daunting
and many homeowners are at a loss
when the time comes. However, with
the proper research and the correct
professional direction, landscape planning
should no longer be a fearful process.
It should be viewed as the first step in
an exciting venture toward a wonderful
new outdoor lifestyle to be enjoyed
to the fullest for many years
Why Do I Need A Landscape Design Plan?
A: The development
of a good, professional design plan
is paramount to the success of a well
balanced hard and soft landscape.
Properly scaled and appropriately
detailed, the plan provides the blueprint
for the installation crews or the
Q: How Do I Find The Right Designer
A: Finding the
right designer that will work for
and with you in harmony to a common
goal is an important task. Referrals
are a key factor as well as finding
businesses that belong to industry
related professional associations.
A successful meeting of the minds
between a homeowner and the designer
generally leads to a successful project.
Ask questions, review portfolios,
visit projects. The proof is in the
information you research.
Q: How Do I Know If The Designer
Will Listen To My Needs and Plan What
A: The unknown
– especially to a novice gardener
– can lead to concerns and trepidation.
A first interview with a designer
should provide a sense of ease. If
it does not, move on to the next.
This is your home and you have to
live with it, in and outside. Simply
ask, ‘Will you listen to me?’
Q: I Have Heard That Plans Can Be
Expensive…How Much Does A Plan
A: Design plans
vary from company to company and each
has their own fee structure. The cost
of a plan, although important, should
not be the deciding factor in choosing
to have a design created or not. As
design plan details can range from
very simplistic to incredibly comprehensive,
the importance should be placed
on the ability of the designer to
work with you to a common goal. Design
fees are only a small portion of the
whole homeowner package yet design
plans are key to a successful project.
A simple sketch scratched out with
no measurements; scale or little thought
is not likely to lead to a successful
Q: Can’t I just save the cost
of a plan and put the money toward
the plants or materials myself?
A: Yes you can.
However a good professional designer
could save you a great amount of money,
time and frustration on your repeat
quests to create a good landscape,
especially for the novice. Having
to replace plants and other materials
time and again can lead to much higher
costs in the end.
Q: Can I Just Get A Plan And Do The
A well designed plan should be easily
understood and for the homeowner with
great skills and a desire to be hands-on,
the installation can be fun and rewarding.
However, it is important to realize
that a task may be beyond your capability
and might be best left to the professionals.
As you begin this journey you will
soon understand that knowledge and
experience go a long way on the road
to a successful landscape project.
Q: I Want To Start My Construction
In The Spring…Should I Wait
Until Then To Contact A Designer?
A: The answer
is simply…no. You run the risk
of companies being booked entirely
for the spring season or for the entire
year. Both the designer and contractor
need time to organize and structure
their projects from year to year.
A good design takes time so give a
good designer time.
Q: When Can I Get Started?
A: The answer
is…NOW. The designers at Landscaping
With Style would be happy to work
with you on your landscape design
plans. Please feel free to complete
our information form and we will contact