The more information given up-front, the better a plan can be shaped for your yard.
Do some research
Look at pictures in books, look on pinterest, walk your neighborhood, take pictures of plants you like, go to a plant nursery (not a home improvement store), and see what catches your eye.
Every contractor is different and every homeowner is different. Seek out qualified contractors through trusted friends and family that have taken on similar projects. There are so many contractors available that all claim to be professionals, but will cut all grass types to the same height, spread the same fertilizer on every type of grass, and put the wrong plants in the wrong spot. You do not want to be an amateur landscaper’s guinea pig when it comes to installing a new landscape. We recommend selecting one or two companies that you trust so that you are not overwhelmed with too many different ideas and inundated with different recommendations and information. Too many ideas or recommendations can make the process frustrating, and it is supposed to be exciting for you!
Know your budget
A landscape installation project can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. Knowing what you would like to spend will help guide your contractor toward recommending the most cost-effective and important aspects of the landscape installation process. You don’t want to waste your time or their time discussing 10 different, comprehensive ideas to find out that you are only able to spend $1,500 in total.
Get a plan drawn up
It’s one thing to talk about ideas, but it’s another to see it on paper. A good contractor will either draw up a plan in-house– which we do at Precision– or recommend a professional to have a formal plan drawn up. The initial investment can seem daunting for some people (a plan can be anywhere from $500-$3,000 depending on scope and detail). Having a plan in place, however, can help you plan for 1-10yrs down the road rather than a “band-aid” solution for the time being. It also allows you to see the layout and flow of the different plant choices, pathways, yard space, lighting layout, and other elements of the installation.
Communicate throughout the project
It’s usually very easy to make a change while the installation is happening, but not so easy after the fact. If you see something that you realize in the moment will not work well for your family or your lifestyle, or if you see something that just doesn’t look good, tell your contractor. Sometimes an item was installed, a plant chosen, etc. for a specific reason; however, an item choice can be changed, and a happy solution can be found. At Precision it is our goal for you enjoy the finished product, and not look at it every day and wish something was different. Therefore, we follow these guidelines and advise our clients in the same way. Communication always makes things go smoother and a good contractor will handle that well!