By Alan Burke, asla

Landscaping can be a complex series of decisions. You’ve got the basic aspects of wind, water and sun as well as soil, slope and drainage. Mix in the difficulties of budgets, phasing and the fact that you have to make the decision with that pesky spouse of yours…and, well, we don’t need to tell you how difficult it is. We help people make these decisions all the time. It really doesn’t have to be that difficult for you. In fact, if you break it into simple steps, landscape solutions can be relatively easy to resolve.

Ask your landscape designer questions for help designing your basic landscaping plan.

Keep in mind that one of the greatest mistakes you can make in commissioning a design is when you don’t set budget parameters for your designer.

We know. We bid plans from other companies. They are usually over budget.

You’ll want to be careful that your designer can guarantee that your project will stay within a stipulated, mutually agreeable budget. We are what is called in the trade, a “design/build” firm. That is, we install what we design. We will always try to design within a pre-established budget for you. At the same time, you are always free to “shop” our plans.