My wife and I have decided that its time to re-haul our entire property as it relates to our landscape. We are sick of our current bushes, trees, and weeds. Quite frankly, it looks like a mess. We are interested in getting new landscaping that looks clean and organized.
I’ve asked my current landscaper to provide me with some thoughts, but we quickly realized that he had no clue as to what to suggest. I think when it comes to landscape work (not lawn cutting), you can go one of 3 ways.
Cheapest (Basic Landscaper)
Find a landscaper who basically cuts lawns. If you know you want, they can install it. We didn’t go this way because we wanted someone to come back to us with suggestions.
Middle (Landscape Designer)
Though landscape designers did not go to school for this type of work, they have suggestions. They may or may not come back to you with actual designs, but they have ideas that are aligned with your interests.
We had 3 landscape designers come out to our property for estimates. Our 3 estimates for this option came out to $7,000, $10,000, and $12,000
Expensive (Landscape Architect)
Landscape architects are certified and have typically gone through formalized training. They take a lot more into consideration when offering suggestions including the lay of the land, slope, drainage, sun exposure, and much more. They will most likely come back to you with full designs drawn completely to scale. They know a lot about the plants, trees they are proposing and you know the work will look great.
Our estimate for this option was $21,000
Needless to say, we went with the middle of the road option. Unlike comparing roofing estimates, its hard to compare apples to apples since all landscapers come back with different suggestions. However, we liked the options provided to us with the $7,000 estimate, got a good vibe from the landscaper. We hope to get the work done quickly before the first frost. I’ll post before and after pictures when the work is complete.