When I talk to a client over the phone to schedule a consultation I always tell them that we don’t charge for consultation, but we do charge for landscape design. We do this because the consultation allows us to evaluate a project and determine if it is a good fit for the services that we provide, and it gives a potential client a chance to meet with us and determine if we are the best fit for their needs. At the completion of a consultation, I quote a design fee, and ask the client how they would like to proceed. While some small projects don’t require a design, most do. Read on to learn why. Continue reading Do I really need a landscape design? What you get from a Bright Leaf Landscaping design.
We recently taught a class at Duke Gardens called “I Need a Plan: the Fundamental Steps to Create a Garden.” The 3 part class taught participants how to plan and implement their own garden, a task that can seem daunting when first getting started. We discussed which plants grow in similar conditions and are suited to plant together, taking into consideration the unique features of different shrubs, groundcovers and perennials.
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When I meet with clients one of the first questions I ask is ‘do you have a budget?’. While lots of our clients don’t have an exact number in mind, and aren’t sure of what landscaping costs, I find that most people have a number that they don’t want to exceed. And, when a client is willing to share that number with us, it is really helpful – having a budget enables us to focus the project on what the client cares about most, and develop a plan that is within reach, or that can be implemented over time, in reasonably sized phases. Read on to learn how to set a budget and stick to it for your project.