What Kind of Landscape Suites your Fancy?

When you think about landscaping in your yard what trips your trigger?  Do any of the bullet points below hit home for you?  If not, what would suit your fancy?

   -A veggie garden would be a kick.

   -I need to be the proverbial Jones’ to beat in my neighborhood. 

   -I want to create a kids fun zone with interesting and non-toxic plants in the yard.

   -I want my yard to be artsy with cool, funky plants.

   -I have water in the basement to manage and I don’t care about anything else.

   -We have large parties and need the space for tables, dancing and karaoke.

   -My dog is my life and I want a special place for her enjoy.

   -The retaining wall in my back yard needs to be replaced.

   -I want to enjoy my garden at night too.

   -I want edible items in my garden to add to our salads.

   -Water gardening soothes my soul and I want to hear it from my 3rd floor balcony.

   -My favorite color is orange and I only want orange flowers in my yard.

   -I live on a lake and the yard is eroding into the lake.

Whether you have a green thumb, simply appreciate the garden or have a functional reason for hiring a landscaper you need to think about what you want for your space.  Hopefully the list above prompted you to find the thing(s) in your yard that trip your trigger.  Having a high level idea of what you want will help the designer / landscaper create a space to meet your specific wants and needs.  For instance, you don’t need to know how the patio sprinkler works, the name of the climbing rocks or non-toxic plants installed, but you do need to know that you want a safe and interesting place for your kids to play.  The person you hire should know all of the details and be able to speak to them at whatever interest level you need.  Like any other remodel or home project, landscaping is an investment that can add value to your home if done well.   If you don’t know and the landscaper doesn’t listen you may invest in something that doesn’t quite suit your fancy, which is unacceptable. 

Before meeting a landscaper think about what you want in your paradise and keep an open mind. Based on a few key investigative questions about you and your family they may provide you with a very cool idea that never occurred to you, but now you NEED.  

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