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Why You Should Invest in Professional Landscape Design

Everything worth doing starts with a plan…

By Nick DiBenedetto

If you want things to turn out the way you expect them to, you have to start with a plan of some kind. It’s why people buy recipe books or hire financial planners. You should also have a plan before you let someone start digging up your yard.

But not just any plan will do. 

A landscape design is about more than laying a patio or planting a garden — it’s a detailed, thoughtful plan that takes into account the features you want to include in your landscape along with the logistics to make it happen. And it’s something worth paying for.

Can I design my landscape myself?

The short answer is yes… if you’re a professional landscape designer.

In fact, having a professional design is so crucial for the success of your project that we won’t build a project without it. There are too many things to consider when designing a landscape to leave it to chance.

To design a landscape you’d need to:

  • Know about drainage and how to correct any issues before they become problems — the last thing you need is water seeping into your basement because you didn’t get the grading quite right.
  • Be aware of your property’s limitations and be able to see its potential — you might not think you have room for a pool because of a sloping yard, but a designer can make it work!
  • Know the local building codes and regulations — having to move a feature or eliminate it altogether after it’s built can put a dent in your budget. 
  • Understand how wind patterns and sun exposure affect your design choices — no sense putting in a patio without constructing a shade structure in you have a southern exposure.
  • Have a background in horticulture so you know which plants to use and where to plant them — you also need to know how big they’ll get when they mature. That cute little bush could take over the entire garden if you’re not careful.
  • Know the best materials to use while staying within your budget — sometimes just subbing out one product for another, similar product could save you a boatload of money.
  • Know where to put electrical hookups, plumbing, irrigation and outdoor lighting — the time to run the electrical wiring you need is before you pour the concrete or lay the patio stones…

You also need to have a basic understanding of construction, an eye for aesthetics and the ability to bring everything together to create a landscape that’ll take your breath away.

Why pay for a professional landscape design?

If the above information hasn’t convinced you of the value of professional design services, here are a few more benefits for you to consider:

  • You’ll have someone help you articulate your dreams for your property — Landscapes can be hard to visualize. While you may be clear on the features you’d like to include in your landscape, you might not be entirely clear on where they should go. A designer can make your ideas come to life.
  • You get to see how your landscape looks before you build it — Being able to see exactly what you’ll be getting before construction begins can save a lot of time and money. Your designer will take the ideas you talked about and create a full-scale 2D drawing so you can see how everything fits together. It’s far easier to make adjustments at this stage if something doesn’t look quite right.
  • You’ll receive an accurate quote and timeline — Once the design is finalized you’ll know how much you’ll need to invest and how long the project will take to complete. 
  • You can be confident you’ll get a professional result — When you work from a professional landscape design, you’re handing the crew who will be building your landscape a blueprint to follow. Everyone on the team will know exactly what you want and you’ll be kept abreast of various milestones along the way.

When you pay for design, you’re showing you’re committed

When you pay for design you’re letting us know that your landscape is important to you, and that you’re willing to trust us to deliver the kind of results you’re looking for. 

By charging for design we also eliminate tire-kickers who aren’t ready — or willing — to commit, which lets us spend our time and energy servicing our clients who are.

Are you ready to get started? 

Design is the first step toward building a new landscape or refreshing your current one. And, when you consider that the investment in design is only a fraction of the over-all project cost, it’s a relatively small price to pay to get it done right.

Incredible landscapes don’t happen by accident. They’re the result of creative design, careful planning and expert installation.

At ND Landscape Services, we offer a turnkey solution to your landscaping needs. If you’d like some more information or you’re ready to speak to our designer, simply book a consultation and we’ll be in touch.