Where to start with landscaping…

So, you’ve made the initial step of contacting various landscaping companies and you’re well on your way to creating your dream outdoor area.

But before you go ahead, remember to…

  • Do your research – make sure the company are who you think they are. Ask for testimonials and check their work beforehand – look on social media sites and review websites to get a full picture of the company.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – are you confused where the costs are going? Do you not like an idea the landscaping company has put forward? Ask to change it – most good landscaping companies like to listen to their customers and design their garden their way.
  • Don’t be afraid to be adventurous – your chosen landscaping company should make your garden fantasy a reality.
  • Be 100% sure on the plans for your garden before you say yes. Don’t feel pressured into agreeing to anything until you are ready. After all, it’s too late to change your mind once the new garden is installed!

A great place to start when looking for a landscaping company is looking through trade member sites such as ‘TrustMark’, Marshalls or APL (The Association of Professional Landscapers). This way, you are sure to find a reputable company who have been vetted and judged by industry peers and customers.  A general lack of knowledge on landscaping companies can make the decision making process a difficult one. By using these sites, you can find trusted, dependable companies in your area with ease.

A good landscaping company will meet with you and discuss the wants and needs of your outdoor area. They should discuss the purpose of your garden – do you want to entertain in this area? Chill out and relax in it? Or should it be designed with children/pets in mind? A sign of a good landscaping company is if they are able to offer you a wide range of ideas – this shows they have created and installed many gardens and therefore have a wealth of experience. Although this is important, you must make sure the company does not overpower your views – if you don’t like the idea of something the company has suggested or want something different, voice your opinion, after all, it’s your garden, not theirs!

If you are happy to go ahead with this company after you’ve met with them and discussed your needs and budget, the landscapers should produce a design of your gardens. Most companies use either computer aided designs or create hand drawn bespoke designs.

A formal quote with terms and conditions should then be produced stating the specification of the work, the price of the work, when the work is scheduled to start and how long it should take. (Bear in mind there are a number of factors which can delay work – landscaping work is weather permitting)

The bottom line: Really make sure you have investigated into every aspect of your chosen landscaping company – once you’ve agreed to the work it’s too late to decide to choose another company!

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