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- what exactly do I want from my landscape? Be incredibly specific about the feel and result you want to get out of the finished landscape, ( shade, sun, grass, water features, stone areas, vegetable gardens, etc.)
- what is your budget ? Have you priced some of the items you want ?
- are your expectations realistic for the money you want to spend ?
- have you researched the plants you want to install ?
- have you visited other public or private gardens to get ideas ? Photographs help define your interests.
- do you want a garden enhancement or a full re-work of the area, including irrigation and drainage?
- have you "looked into the future" to predict how the trees and plants will look in 5 years?
- do you plan to be at that house for a long time ? If not, then the design may change to reflect the short-term ownership. Many designers like top pack a lot of plants into small spaces for the finished look the day it is completed, but the long term maintenance of overly dense landscapes is a big problem.
- do you really need a landscape architect, or just a good landscape contractor ? The price will differ markedly, just as with a building architect versus a building contractor.
- Many landscapes need a reduction in plantings, and perhaps a change-out of plants to reduce maintenance. Sometimes you need to look at what to remove and not what to add.
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