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Garden Design - Costs, Quotes & Advice

Last updated: April 18th 2017 Hear from approved garden designers today

If you’re looking to spruce up your property, garden design can help. Whether it’s a commercial or residential establishment, garden designers can create a look that is welcoming and inviting while also being easy to care for. The right garden design should ideally reflect your personality while also complementing your architecture and the professionals in our network can easily help you do just that.

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the process of garden design

Processes Involved in Garden Design

The garden design process begins with a site visit to your location. During that time, landscaping experts will take note of your terrain and existing plant life in order to develop a plan that will highlight your garden's positive attributes. They’ll also talk with you a bit to find out if there is a certain look you are trying to achieve, what the space might be used for, and the amount of time you plan to dedicate to maintenance. After that, a preliminary sketch will be drawn up or computer software might also be used to give you a better idea of what the finished product might look like.

What Can Garden Design Include?

Garden design does not just consist of planting trees or flowers; it can also include lighting, water elements and hardscaping, which involves the use of “hard” materials to create certain landscaping features. Landscape designers might add features such as a retaining wall, paved walkway, or fountain to a garden area. Bird and squirrel feeders could also be included in an area if a wildlife habitat is being created in a backyard.

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Benefits of Professional Garden Designers

There are lots of benefits to using a professional designer rather than attempting to develop your own landscape. That’s because garden designers are familiar with the types of plants that can be planted in a certain area based on the soil type and amount of light it receives. They also have an uncanny knack for knowing which plants will grow well together while also creating exactly the look you are after. Designers can advise you as to which plants could require excessive maintenance so you can avoid them if possible. By being able to suggest the right elements to use in the beginning, you could save a great deal of time in planning your project, so you can enjoy the benefits much sooner.

Things to Know about a Contractor

Not all garden design contractors have the same amount of skill or experience. Before hiring a contractor, you should find out how long the company has been in business and the type of training they provide their technicians. You should also ask for photographs of some of their past work in order to get a better idea of the quality they provide. Using our contact form to find a landscape designer can also be a good idea, because we have pre-screened providers that will provide quality workmanship whether you have a large or small landscaping project.

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Garden Design Costs

Average garden design prices not have to be expensive. The contractors in our network will work hard to stay within your budget while also designing a landscape you will be proud of. Several things play a part in garden design costs, and a few of them include:

  • Type of plants chosen
  • Whether or not certain features such as a pond or waterfall are included
  • The condition of the soil-if soil is in poor condition, its pH balance may need to be adjusted before planting can begin
  • Terrain features-some designs may require ground to be levelled or trees to be removed
  • Size of the area being landscaped
  • Type of accent features chosen to complement the garden design
  • Location and condition of electrical wiring or plumbing (when elements that require water or electricity are added)

Design vs. Landscaping

Landscaping is the act of creating an outdoor space that may include everything from the type of grass on your lawn to the hardscapes and features in your garden. There's no real emphasis on any one aspect of the design; it's an all-encompassing term used to describe the act of designing, building, and maintaining an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space. Garden design, on the other hand, is like landscaping, but there's one major difference – a garden designer specialises in plants and how they grow, and has the knowledge required to plan for lighting and hardscapes that will complement the garden area and help it thrive.

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Fruit and Vegetable Garden Design

One of the best ways to save money and improve the quality of the food you and your family eats involves growing your own fruits and vegetables. It’s becoming quite the trend in many parts, and there are garden designers standing by to help you incorporate your garden into your home’s exterior design. Remember that a vegetable garden can be appealing to the eye, and with the right designer, it can be separated from the rest of your home’s outdoor flora.

Garden design includes planning where to place the garden, how to distinguish it from the rest of your plot, and even choosing the right fruits and vegetables to meet your family’s unique needs.

Designing a Container Garden

If you live in an urban area without space for planting a garden in the ground, one of the newest trends in the UK (and worldwide) involves planting flowers, herbs, and even vegetables in containers. In fact, this provides a mobile sort of design that will allow you to arrange and rearrange your containers as often as you’d like. A designer can help you choose the right plants for containers, proper placement to ensure plenty of sunlight, and how to care for your container plants.

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Your Garden Design Questions Answered

The primary things to consider when designing your garden are soil quality, climate, and water availability. You soil may need to be supplemented with nutrients to make it usable, your climate will determine what plants will thrive, and water needs to be readily available, especially just after planting.

Yes, there are though most don't do it exclusively. Many landscapers will also work on garden design because the work is much more delicate and detailed. If you'd still prefer to do it yourself, there are software programmes specifically created to help you design your perfect garden.

A professionally designed garden will have a variety of benefits, including proper irrigation and drainage, and will be filled with plants that will thrive in your area. Completing a full design on paper or digitally can also make the final installation easier.

A garden can be designed on a computer on paper in 1-2 weeks, depending on how complicated the job is. However, actually installing the garden design can take between 6 and 10 weeks.

Larger areas could benefit from dwarf fruit trees or berry bushes, while smaller plots of land might be better suited for growing cabbage, turnips or strawberries in.

Absolutely! If you want to grow vegetables or flowers, a garden designer can help regardless of the size of your plot of land. It's possible to grow gardens in containers, which is beneficial for those who live in areas where the soil quality is poor and there's not much usable space.

Remember that a garden designer is someone who will help you get your garden started initially. These individuals focus primarily on aesthetics, not maintenance and upkeep. This means that you can certainly maintain your own garden, should you so choose, or you could hire a professional gardening company to do the job for you.

Sure! If you have an idea of the type of plants you’d like to include in your garden, you can provide your garden designer with that information. Remember that not all flora will thrive in all climates, so your garden designer will provide you with some valuable information in that regard.

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Example Garden Designer Requests

21 Sep Ideas Needed

We would like to do more with our garden that is currently just laid to lawn. Perhaps a summerhouse or decking area plus some planted areas. Please get in touch with design ideas.

21 Sep DIY Design Plans

Our daughter and son-in-law have just purchased their first home. We would like to surprise them with a nice garden design that they could follow themselves as they love gardening. Please provide a quote for this work.

21 Sep Consultation Needed

I have a nice flower garden that I have handled myself for the past 6 years; however I would like to have a more organized and attractive design. Could you please send someone out for a consultation and then prepare a quote?

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We have just moved in to a new house and the garden is a complete mess. How much would a garden designer charge to come up with a layout that suits our needs better? Can we also get free quotes for the completion of the garden work?

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