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Top 5 Questions your Landscape Designer Should Ask

The 5 most important questions your landscape architect should ask you…

To truly create a space you will love for years to come depends on several questions you should be prepared to answer when hiring a landscape architect.

First. What do you want your property to look like in 10 years? An experienced landscape architect will create a landscape plan that will reflect what your property will look like in 10 years. A proper landscape plan encompasses your entire property and takes into account the way the garden will mature and grow.

Second. Do you have the necessary documentation of your property? (i.e. land survey, plat, POA guidelines)

A landscape plan and certified landscape architect will correct or take into account any and all erosion, grading, or setbacks on your property. Grading is extremely important when building a home and installing an outdoor living space and garden. If your property is not properly graded you will most certainly have to correct the issue in a matter of years, and if set backs aren’t accommodated that too will be an issue that needs to be corrected.

Third. How do you want to use your outdoor living space? A landscape architect should always listen to how you want to use your property. Is it for entertaining, privacy and leisure on the weekends, recreation for grandchildren, or just a space to enjoy the outdoors? These questions are important for a landscape architect because they are able to customize the position, size, and even materials of your space.

Fourth. What would you like to see when you look through your windows? An experienced landscape architect should be very aware your views. If at all possible it is best to bring in a landscape architect to help position the home before building. He or she will be able to assist with views throughout the home, and proper placement of pools, outdoor structures, or even driveways.

And last but not least….TIME. A landscape architect should consider how much time you want to spend maintaining your outdoor space. The answer to this question helps the architect decide types of plants, size of sodded areas, and even types of materials. An experienced landscape maintenance crew is imperative to properly maintain the investment and space you have created. An efficient and experienced landscape maintenance crew can also be a large provider of the extra time you are looking to spend with your family and not in your yard.

Before you meet with a landscape architect you should consider your answers to these questions. Your answers will help you to get the most out our your property and investment, and  help you truly enjoy your outdoor living space for years to come.

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How To Be A Mindful Consumer

This day in age we are all our own best advocates. We find ourselves having to express our needs, wants, and expectations in order to receive what it is that we are asking for.

The professional landscape industry is no different that any other. It is critical that you are a mindful consumer. You should able to fully express your expectations, and arm yourself with the knowledge of which landscape professional has the qualities and proper expertise that are the best fit you and your property.

A landscape professional needs an authoritative knowledge of the industry. This type of knowledge allows them to tell you what is best to plant in your region. So many things vary from region to region….length of seasons, soil types, temperatures, etc. You don’t want your plants to make it through 3 seasons, you want them to still be growing and thriving for years tocome.

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A comprehensive knowledge based approach is also vital to the success of your garden. Just as you wouldn’t hire a baker who had knowledge of the ingredients, but who had never actually baked a cake before; you shouldn’t hire someone who just knows the names of the plants. An experienced landscape professional will not only know which plants will thrive & where to place them, but also what they will look like in 10 years on your property.

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Another aspect to consider while thinking what it is that you want for your property would be...

“Do I actually like this landscape professional’s design style? “

You should consider their taste just as you would your interior designer. The final product should be a beautiful seamless extension of the exterior of your home as well as a reflection of your own personal style.

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Last but not least...always ask for references. The experience of designing your garden should be enjoyable, and a landscape professional with great references should give you the peace of mind to enjoy the process and know that your needs, wants, and expectations will be met and that your investment is a good one.

 

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