Today, we discuss when it is a good time to hire a landscape designer for your yard and garden, and when a project is manageable to do it yourself. Whether you are considering changes to lawn or garden, this episode is worth considering if you have a busy lifestyle and your time is valuable.
When to hire a designer
I come from DIY background
DIY – good for small projects, maintenance
Can be haphazard
Can cause long term issues
Goal is beauty and less work
Many designers good at beauty
Many becoming better at low maintenance
What to consider about your yard projects
Do you know what you’re doing?
What scale is the design?
How substantial is the change?
Do you have existing beauty?
Is it comprehensive?
Is it cohesive?
Do you know the right timing for your project?
Do you have time to plan your project?
Do you have time to implement your project?
Do you just need a super quick spruce-up?
Do you lack design skills?
Are you aware of any permits and requirements for projects
Benefits of design
Updated, in style
What to ensure
Clear, open, frequent communication
Clearly communicate expectations
Get clear on what you want from your yard
Openly discuss with family about what you all want, and don’t want
Discuss how to make the landscape as low maintenance as possible
They are the expert, and also the provider of service
You need to ensure you maximize their knowledge and your satisfaction by fully understanding and clarifying your needs
Touch base throughout design process
Acknowledge and encourage parts you like
Ask as many questions as needed to fully understand