By Lisa Doyle with J. Rockcliff Realtors
Serving all your Real Estate needs
It may still be cold outside, but homeowners are already dreaming of creating beautiful garden settings around their homes come spring. Landscaping success does not have to be hit or miss, and if it has been for you, it may be time to call in a professional landscape designer.
Why? Because in the long run, hiring a landscape designer can cost less than doing it yourself. You will get a double design created right the first time, saving you the cost of repeated tries at getting it right or planting the wrong plants in the wrong spots.
Plus, a high-quality landscape increases home sale prices up to 10.8 percent, compared to a home with a simply average landscape, according to the Journal of Environmental Horticulture.
Here are some tips from professional landscape designers to create your dream garden.
First, consider your space and any issues that it has. Hiding an unsightly air conditioning unit, adding privacy and changing boring views to beautiful ones are issues that landscape designers face with many clients. A designer sees the problems that you see, and often the ones you do not, and can offer solutions to create beautiful, functional and earth-friendly landscapes.
Next, do your homework. Tear out favorite pictures from gardening magazines, and start making a file on what you would like for your dream garden. While not everything might be possible for your garden, it will give your landscape designer a visual starting point.
Take your time. Avoid the temptation to impulsively start buying plants at a garden center and attempting a garden make-over. This can be a costly gamble for those without experience. Many homeowners find that it takes the help of a designer to create a well-planned landscape project that includes both plants and hardscape.
Research and reach out to a few landscape designers. Be sure to interview several designers to find one who meets your needs and personality. Review the portfolio or website of each designer, and visit some of their work if possible. Finally, if you have a budget in mind, share this with the designer up front.
Get ready to get dirty. You can hire a landscape designer for a range of services. You might choose to hire a designer for a two hour consultation for ideas and suggestions that you might implement yourself. You could also hire a designer to give you a complete design for your garden. When it comes to implementing the design you have choices—involve the designer while you hire a recommended landscape contractor or even do some of the work yourself.
Also, you do not have to complete the whole plan at once. A landscape can be installed over a period of time as well. Homeowners can decide what areas are most important and start there.