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3 tips for working with a landscape designer

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

A landscape designer can help turn your ho hum yard into the yard of your dreams, but that doesn't mean you don't have to do any work yourself. Here are three tasks for you. Tackle these, and your relationship with your designer will be that much smoother.

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  1. Take pictures. You can talk about your ideas for hours, but nothing actually spells out what you want like a picture. Search magazines and websites, or get out there with your own camera and snap some photographs. The landscape photos will help the design consultant understand what you really want.
  2. Talk budget up front. You need to know how much you can spend. Do the math before you meet with your designer, and discuss your budget right away. Don't forget about services. Will you be hiring someone to mow your lawn? Will you be paying for weed control services? Factor those costs into the budget.
  3. Know your tolerance for maintenance. Some landscape designers provide upkeep like pruning or weed control services, but many designers simply lay the foundation and leave the follow-up to you. Before you and your designer make any decisions, make sure you've discussed how much yard work you're willing to do. You can even discuss time-saving landscape design ideas if low-maintenance is a priority.

Lots of companies can provide lawn maintenance or weed control services, but if you want help with a larger vision for your yard, a designer is the way to go. Tackle these three tasks, and you'll be prepared for a productive conversation.


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