Your Landscaping Needs

What are you looking for from your landscaper? What sort of garden (or garden work) do you expect him (or her to deliver? Are you looking for someone to replace a damaged path or do you want to replace your whole existing garden with a new design?

Consider in advance your landscaping needs, what you want to do, and why you want to do it.

  • Is it for children to play in?
  • Do you want to grow vegetables and flowers?
  • Do you want to use it for barbecues and entertaining?
  • Do you enjoy gardening and have you to time to do it or do you want a low maintenance garden?
  • Do you want a new lawn, play area, shed, water feature, patio, raised bed, archway, steps etc?

You need to decide upon the features you would like in your garden and what you want it to look like. It is important to be clear about this before you get people in to give you quotes. Come up with some landscaping ideas yourself with the aid of books and magazines and TV programmes, and then you will be able to discuss these with the professional designers.

Low maintenance does not mean your garden has to be dull. It is probably a sensible option for a beginner gardener with little time at their disposal. It is better to have a simple, gravelled space, with some colourful pots on display than an unkempt lawn.

To meet you landscaping needs perhaps you will decide upon a certain style of garden. Here are some examples:

A modern design that will transform your garden into an inspiring and unique outdoors room in which to entertain or just relax.

A practical family garden that is fun and safe for children of all ages, and still delightful for adults all year round.

A great-looking, open and easy to maintain garden that gives you all the space and style you need to entertain all year round.

Perfect if you want to relax and entertain all year round in a beautiful and varied garden that requires very little maintenance.

When it comes to garden design, the final choice is yours. The look of the design is a matter of personal preference. You might prefer formal look with straight edged beds and plants in orderly patterns. Or you might prefer a more natural look with sweeping curves and irregular clumps of plants. The style you choose is up to you. What is important is that your garden looks good to you.

Do not forget the rather boring bits. Gardens have to be practical as well as pretty. You will need somewhere to put the wheelie bin and the recycling bins, somewhere for a washing line. Storage is vital: you may need a shed to store bikes, lawnmower and garden tools. You may need a hidden place for the compost bin.

Garden security is another important aspect that should not be overlooked.

Your Budget

Be realistic about your budget. Hiring a landscape gardener is not cheap. Hiring two men for a day to do a basic job may cost you £200 but a complete garden makeover will cost you thousands. Simply hiring a professional garden design service without installation may cost £300 to £400. Get an approximate cost for your project at the initial consultation stage so that your final plans and quotes can be drawn up within your budget.