How to choose a Landscape Gardener

Choosing a landscape gardener or a garden designer an important part of any project. It’s hard enough deciding on the changes you want to make to your garden but getting someone who understands your vision is vital for your piece of mind.

Here’s our top tips on what to consider when choosing a garden designer or landscape designer.

  1. If you can, opt for a company who can do it all. Someone who has expertise in both design and construction can make sure the transition from design to reality is efficient and stress free. They will be able to source materials, will have a trusted team and will be able to oversee and manage the entire project making it easier and cheaper.

  1. Research anyone you are considering using. Take a look at their website and look at their portfolio. Make sure it’s updated so you know they’ve been doing regular work. Make contact with them to see whether or not you will be able to reach them easily before, during and after your project. Ask them to explain the process to you so you can be assured you are going to receive a professional service.

  1. Get at least three quotations or estimates. This will provide a feel for costs and also will show you, by comparing the quotations, who has got a better understanding of your brief. Ensure you give the same information to all three so that you can easily compare and they are pricing like for like.

  1. Know what it is you want to achieve. A good designer will inspire you, and it’s important to use their expertise and advise, but that doesn’t mean you have to give them full control over the design and allow them to add elements that will impact on the cost.

  1. Don’t be misled by cheap quotes. It’s important to remember that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Remember you should have three quotes, compare them to see if there are any which are vastly cheaper than the others. If a quote is out of your budget, speak to the company and see if there are ways to alter the design to match your budget. A good designer or landscaper wants a mutually beneficial working relationship based on trust, as much as the client does. Often an alternative or tweak of the design or use of materials can be offered.

  1. Make sure the company understand any regulations that may need to be considered. For example will planning permission be needed, or what compliance is needed with regard to drainage on driveways and around the house.

Make sure everything in writing including all costs, timetables, and assurances, contact us to discuss your landscape needs

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