Why Hiring A Landscape Designer Can Save You Time And Money
Have you ever started a home improvement project and decided half way through you were in over your head or didn't have the time or experience finish it? When you finally have reached that point and brought in an expert, you find out that it is going to cost you more money to fix everything you did wrong! Everyone has been there don't feel bad! This happens to many people when it comes to everything from a kitchen remodel, painting and plumbing to yes, even landscaping! In This article, All Terra Landscape will provide you with reasons you should start with a well, thought out landscape plan from the beginning that will save you time and money in the long run.
1. HIRE A LANDSCAPE EXPERT
Would you try to install new plumbing in your home without ever taking educational courses on how to do so? Or, would you build a house without a plan or knowing the steps of construction and local codes? More than likely you would call a local plumbing and construction expert to do the job and landscaping should be no different.
What if your vision of your dream yard includes inviting brick paver pathways and patios, landscape lighting, beautiful plantings and a relaxing back yard pond with a waterfall? Would you have the knowledge to properly install these landscape elements so that they will last for years to come? If you want to ensure that your landscape dollars stretch as far as possible, you'll want to hire a professional landscape design and installation company that has experience in landscape construction practices. A company that knows what plantings work in your area or how to construct hard-scape projects with specifications suitable for your locality.
2. LANDSCAPE DESIGN IDEAS AND KNOWLEDGE
Landscape Designers have the education and training that can assist you in all aspects of your landscape. Knowing which plants are hardy to your region is important as well as proper spacing to allow for mature growth to avoid having to tear out plantings down the road because they've outgrown their space. Knowledge of construction techniques when it comes to installing your hard-scape will help to avoid failure of retaining walls and brick patios due to improper foundation preparations. Landscape Designers can also plan a well thought out landscape with creative ideas based on your needs and wants while incorporating important design and installation methods to create an outdoor living space that's installed properly the first time, saving you money in the end. Here are a few things Landscape Designers consider when developing a landscape plan:
Existing site conditions such as views to enhance or to screen for privacy
Sun, shade, soil, heat, cold, sound and soil conditions of your site
Site inventory of existing landscape elements such as trees, shrubs, and structures
Adjacent neighboring properties and the affect on a client's landscape plan
Utility locations and measurement of property
Client's preliminary budget and needs for their outdoor living space
Logistics of material delivery and storage during a landscape project
Knowledge of local landscape supply companies with the best pricing
Needs of heavy equipment for landscape installations
Pedestrian movement and requirements
Landscape maintenance thresholds of client
Watering needs such as lawn or plant irrigation
Choosing plants based on local climate zones
Views of the landscape from interior spaces
3. LANDSCAPE DESIGN COMPANIES OFTEN OFFER OTHER LANDSCAPING SERVICES
Take advantage of other services your landscape designer may offer. It's usually a good idea to hire a landscape designer that has the knowledge and capability to install and maintain your investment to keep it looking it's best. There are many landscape designers out there who have never installed a landscape so do your homework. At All Terra Landscape, we have 25 years of experience designing AND installing landscapes for businesses and home owners in the Greater Lansing MI Area. We offer the following professional landscape services to help you create and maintain the yard of your dreams.