Where do you need Landscapers?
When it comes to landscaping and gardening, a well designed landscape can add value to your home and ensure that you and your family enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the trends going towards usable outdoor spaces and outdoor living, it is worth engaging the services of a professional landscaper to ensure that your garden does what you want it to.
Many landscaping professionals offer a wide variety of services including:
Typically, landscaping professionals design the garden, put the project into place and manage the project, and ensure that the various elements of the job are being completed on time.
If you are planting new plants yourself, a nursery will be able to help you select the correct plants for your area. Choosing plants for your local conditions means that they will thrive.
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There are several things that will affect the way that your garden is designed and planted. These include if you have pets, if you have children, if you want to entertain or simply relax, if you need a pool or spa, the usability of your garden (growing vegetables and herbs etc), the amount of maintenance you’re prepared to undertake, and the budget that you have.
A landscaping project can be quite considerable cost-wise, so a good rule of thumb to try and stick to is to not spend more than ten percent of the total value of your home on the garden. This amount of money includes all of the elements of the garden, not just the plants. If you have a limited budget initially, try to spread the project out over a number of years as your budget allows.
Because a new garden is such an outlay, try to keep the design as simple and classic as possible, so that it will be lasting and timeless.
Also ask to see the professional’s qualifications, references and ask what experience they have had. You want the professional to share your vision so comfort with the professional should be a major factor in your decision.
If you are a hiring a professional to do garden maintenance, ask what their fees are for various services. Compare these fees in order to get an idea of how much things cost. Ask what experience they have and ensure that you see their qualifications. If possible, get references from other clients.
Hourly rates for landscape gardeners can vary widely from $50 per hour to $250, reflecting either experience or the the complexity of the job. Expect to be quoted a flat fee for a project, which can be broken down into labour and materials. Jobs that involve installation of water features and intricate irrigation fixtures will obviously be charged at a premium.
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