8 Reasons to Get a Professional Landscape Design
It takes a professional eye for a great design.
Planning the perfect outdoor space for your home takes creativity, vision and skill. With a knowledge base of horticulture, soil biology, engineering and art (to name a few), professional landscape designers and architects bring unmatched value and beauty to your landscape.
A professional landscaper’s job isn’t just to place trees, plants and hardscapes, but to work with you to design a space that fits your needs and embraces your style. Forgoing the DIY approach and working with a professional ensures safety and sustainability, eliminates hassles, and results in the landscape of your dreams.
Here are eight reasons to get a professional landscape design.
1. Increase Your Home’s Value
Hiring a landscape designer or architect is one of the best investments you can make in your home. A professional landscape can add as much as 15 percent to the value of your home over comparable properties. This is about more than just curb appeal; a professional is well-equipped to design an outdoor space that will extend your home’s living space, creating a more desirable property. This can be done in numerous ways, from installing outdoor kitchens, patios and decks to elements like water features, fireplaces and eye-catching gardens.
2. Idea Generation
You may know what you want for your yard but aren’t sure exactly how to achieve your vision. Or perhaps you don’t have a specific idea of which options to include. Landscape designers have loads of ideas from past projects, keeping up on industry trends, and staying up-to-date on the latest materials. They can work with you to assess your space and determine how to make your vision work. They also can make suggestions and spark ideas to help you figure out exactly what you want for your yard — and then put that plan into action.
3. Site Analysis
Because every parcel of land is unique, professional landscapers first analyze your yard, paying attention to the type of soil, elevation, existing elements and other factors. A local landscaping company has expertise in selecting plants that will succeed according to your region’s climate.
4. Creating a Plan
Professionals view landscapes as systems, assessing both a property’s problem areas and possibilities before creating a solid plan that addresses both the big picture and the exact details of how your yard will look. Using landscape design rendering tools, they create a realistic visualization of how the job will be done, including the selection of ideal materials, styles, textures and colors for the project.
5. Budget Creation
Understanding what things cost is half the battle when it comes to staying on budget. Professional landscapers understand the cost of plants and building materials as well as the time required to complete a project. If changes or challenges arise once a budget is set, they’ll make the necessary adjustments in materials or plans without compromising overall quality.
6. Experience & Technical Knowledge
You may like the appearance of certain trees, shrubs or flowers, but a professional will know which varieties will thrive in your yard. A landscape designer has the expertise to advise you when it comes to native plants, the best location to plant trees, or any plants that may be considered harmful to the local environment. They also know what to include if you have specific desires or needs, like a low-maintenance garden, lower energy bills, an irrigation system, a pet-friendly yard, or more eco-friendly pest management [link to integrated pest management blog].
7. Project Management
A professional landscape designer is involved in the whole process, from the planning stages to completion of all construction. They serve as a liaison with the installation team, taking on the responsibility of managing a large project with multiple entities. They also deal with any unforeseen complications that may arise over the course of the project.
8. Peace of Mind
A landscape professional will handle all the details, saving you time and stress. Professionals take the uncertainty out of landscaping projects, leaving you free to relax in your beautiful, new yard.
Rossen Landscape offers comprehensive, creative landscape solutions and management. Our team of certified designers, landscape technicians, horticulturists and other experts work together to create and maintain your environment. Learn about our landscape design and build services here, or contact us to schedule a consultation.