Landscape Design for DIY Homeowners ~ Your Consultation

You can have a beautiful, sustainable landscape that saves you money & time!

Rather than paying high water bills and constantly throwing money at your yard, let’s look at landscape design and care from a sustainable perspective…

What if you could install plants in your landscape that didn’t have to be sheared into cubes or spheres? How about installing plants in your yard that just grow and fill the space you put them in — without needing to be cut back every 2 or 3 weeks? And wouldn’t it be great if the plants in your yard could go a week or more without additional water from you — and still look good?

Plants like these REALLY DO exist.

In fact, there are hundreds of choices of native and well-adapted plants that:

  • stay green — even in the middle of a Texas summer
  • produce herbs, food, or flowers throughout most of our super-long growing season
  • bloom for you right through the blistering heat of July and August
  • are permanent habitat for vital beneficial creatures like ladybugs, butterflies, and bees
  • are beautiful, drought-tolerant, water-wise, and low maintenance

You’ll Have Time & Energy to Enjoy Your Yard

Once you install well-adapted plants in your landscape, you’ll have a useful, beautiful, inviting outdoor space that you will want to go out and spend time enjoying. And since you’ve wisely chosen lower maintenance plants, you’ll actually have some time to spend enjoying it, since you won’t have to spend most of your time applying chemical amendments, fighting weeds, and constantly cutting plants back to keep them under control. And one of the best things about creating a landscape like this is that you can do it in stages, and reap the benefits every step of the way!

There really is a better way to do this whole outside thing.
We want you to know what it is so you can stop fighting your landscape — and ENJOY it instead!

Getting Started

The first step is getting together and walking your property. As we tour your yard with you, we’ll want to hear everything you want to tell us about:

  • what in your yard frustrates you
  • what you don’t like about your yard
  • what you DO like about your yard
  • what views or features you want to use as focal points
  • areas you want to screen or hide

And anything else you want to tell us about how you want to use and enjoy your outdoor spaces.

As we go, we’ll point out any plants you have that are high maintenance and poorly adapted, or that need specific maintenance so they’ll thrive. We’ll also bring any potentially dangerous situations to your attention, like trees with decay or disease, branches that are likely to fall, highly invasive species living on your property, or drainage problems.

If we do see things that need attention, we’ll explain your options for dealing with them, and we’ll offer solutions you can note down and immediately act on to get more control over your outdoor space.

Tell Us About You

Next, we’ll sit down together and learn all we can about you and the scope of your project:

  • how you want to use your outdoor spaces
  • your preferences in flowers, shrubs, vines and trees
  • the kind of structure or hardscape you want to create
  • how much time you want to spend on care and maintenance of your new landscape
  • the timeframe you’ve mapped out for completing your newly landscaped area

We’ll also spend some time talking about your budget. Specifically, the types of materials you plan to buy to create your structure or hardscape, whether you also plan to buy and install edgings for newly landscaped areas, how mature you want the plants for your landscape design to be, and whether you already have materials on-property (like stone or pavers) that will be used for your project.

Because we believe that you should be able to set a budget and complete your entire project for that amount (or less), these are the items your budget will cover:

  • Your consultation
  • The structure you want to build (like a pergola) & the materials you’ll buy to create it
  • The materials you’ll buy for installing a hardscape (like a ground-level patio or retaining wall)
  • Your landscape design plan
  • All the plants for your newly landscaped area
  • Delivery of your plants
  • Professional guidance and expertise every step of the way

Because a large landscape project — with a DIY structure or hardscape — involves so many materials and a large area of your property, you’ll need to have a minimum of $7,500 budgeted for your project.

A Win-Win Situation for You

When we finish touring your yard and consulting with you, you’ll have gained:

  • 2-3 hours of professional guidance concerning (1) your existing landscape, (2) your DIY building project, and (3) your new, sustainable landscape
  • Tips, advice, and recommendations about your current landscape and how to better care for your existing plants
  • A DIY action plan for immediately improving the health, functionality, and beauty of your yard
  • Confidence — that you can create the new outdoor space you want — and stay within your budget!

At this point, you’re probably wondering how much we charge for a great service like this. A consultation is $500, but should we decide to work together, we will deduct 100% of the consultation fee from your plant costs and landscape design fee.

The Right Landscape Designer for You

Obviously, you’ll want to make sure you hire a professional who is a good fit for what you want to do with your property, how you want to do it, and how much you want to spend.

Our goal is to provide you with a stellar experience, so that you absolutely LOVE the whole design and creation process, and say “Wow! That’s just what I wanted!”  In order to do this, we have some qualifications to make sure you are a very specific type of client and that we will be a good fit to work together:

  1. We only work with organic gardeners concerned about sustainability. We won’t work with you if you want to keep using RoundUp, Amdro, MiracleGro, Scott’s and other common herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. These are NOT brands we use, and we won’t recommend them to you for your yard. These synthetically produced fertilizers and poisons are bad for humans, bad for animals, and bad for our environment.
  2. You want to develop an ecosystem on your property that provides habitat for beneficial creatures, and you understand that using a wide variety of native plants of Texas and the southwest is a vital component to this process. If you want to use common annuals (like pansies, marigolds, or ornamental kale, for example) as your main source of color and bloom in your landscape from season to season, then our services will not be a good fit for you. When you tear out and throw away annuals each season, you are NOT creating an established ecosystem; instead, habitat for beneficial creatures is destroyed each time masses of plants are removed from your landscape.
  3. You have at least $7,500 budgeted for your project. This amount will cover such items as the materials you’ll buy to build your structure, your consultation and landscape design plan, all the plants for your design, mulch, edging materials, equipment rental fees, and any other costs involved with creating a structural feature and installing new plants in your landscape according to the landscape design plan we create for you.
  4. You live in Arlington, Texas, or within our service area (a 30 mile radius around Arlington, Texas).
  5. We absolutely do not sell and do not recommend plants that are listed as invasive species in Texas. Plants we shun include many that are commonly sold in DFW nurseries, like: Vitex, standard Nandina, Bermudagrass, Chinaberry Tree, Chinese Pistache, English Ivy, Chinese & Japanese Privet, Pampas Grass or any of the other nearly 200 species of invasive plants. These plants crowd out native flora, and do not provide the habitat that our native fauna need to thrive.
  6. You understand that we are landscape designers, not landscape architects or landscape contractors. We don’t draft structural design plans, build the structural element you want in your yard, install hardscapes, dig flowerbeds, or install plants. You can think of us this way: we are all about function, care and beauty — NOT drafting, building and installation.

And that’s it! If all of these critical components involved in creating a beautiful, sustainable landscape resonate with you, then you are exactly the kind of client we want to work with!

So, if you’re ready to get started working and creating together,
we invite you to contact us today and request a consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S. –

At this point, you may be wondering what you should expect once we start working together. We’re glad to answer that for you!

Once we’ve toured your yard, taken measurements and pictures, and learned from you all we can about what you like (and don’t like) about your current landscape, we’ll brainstorm, think through the project you’ve got in mind, and do any research necessary to make sure your new landscape is a complete success.

In 1-2 weeks, you’ll receive our quote for your landscape design plan and plant costs. Once you’ve approved that and are ready to move forward, you’ll complete some basic paperwork, and then we’ll get started creating together.

The Design & Creation Process

Lay the Foundation

In addition to the research and work you’ll do to build and install your structural features, you’ll have other tasks to check off your list. To help you stay on track as you complete each phase of your project, we’ll start out by sending detailed emails to you that remind you about (for example):

  • action items from the walk-through of your property
  • brands of organic fertilizers and amendments, and where to find them near you
  • vendors who supply hardscape materials you need
  • tasks that require more research and planning on your part, such as selecting a building plan for your structural feature, or deciding what type of material you’ll use to lay your in-ground patio or build your retaining wall
  • other professional services that may be needed, like tree removal, landscape architecture, or drainage work

Email exchanges concerning your project are unlimited, so you can feel free to ask as many questions as you need to and we’ll offer guidance, provide solutions, and keep you on track as you move forward in creating your new landscape.

Select Your Plants

Right away, we’ll start introducing you to the plants we recommend for your design. By email, we’ll refer you to pictures of plants in various stages of foliation, bud, and bloom so you can decide if each plant is right for you. We’ll also ask more questions about your plant preferences as they relate to your overall project and your lifestyle.

Plant selection takes 4-14 days, during which time you’ll want to respond to emails promptly — and thoroughly — since you can’t move forward in creating your new outdoor space until this phase is complete.

Once we’ve presented you with a palette of plants that we know will perform beautifully for you, and you have given us a “thumbs up” on the ones you like best, we’ll email you a final list to approve so that we’re all on the same page about the plants we can select from as we create your design. This way, you won’t be unpleasantly surprised or disappointed because you’ll know exactly what you’re getting — right from the start.

Prepare Your Site

Depending on the amount of work you need to do to get your site ready, the materials you need to purchase, and how much work you have already done, it’s highly likely you will be preparing your site while the plant selection process is going on.

We will thoroughly work through the coordination of all the steps of your project with you so you can have everything ready when your landscape design plan is finished and it’s time for us to deliver your beautiful, healthy plants.

We’ll also guide you through working in areas where you have existing plants you want to keep. Making sure you work carefully and strategically ensures that you don’t damage or destroy plants you like, and that you want to incorporate into your new landscape design.

And — as with every phase of your project — we’ll be available to:

  • answer questions;
  • provide solutions;
  • offer helpful and timely reminders; and
  • help you stay on track.

Your New Landscape Design Plan

As we work with you through the initial phases of your project, we’ll continue to review pictures of your yard, house, and existing plants to formulate the perfect design to present to you.

Rather than just meeting with you once and then creating a design without further input from you, we want you to be part of the process so you know what’s happening and are free to ask questions and give us more information each step of the way.

Designing like this allows us to fully explore all the options available to you, and get totally creative with — for example — plant placement, containers, vertical gardening, water features, dry stream beds, mosaics, seating areas, focal points, and other wonderful design principles and concepts that will make your yard uniquely yours.

Since you’re involved all through the design process, there will be no need for revisions, and no unwanted surprises when we deliver your final design plan.

The design for your new landscape will include an outlined, aerial view of the area to be landscaped, with all the plants plotted and labeled, so you know exactly where everything goes when you begin planting.

Additionally, we’ll create a digital photo collage for you that will give you a sense of how all the colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of your plants will look together in the finished design.

Take Delivery of Your Plants

Delivery of your hand-selected plants (from our local suppliers, or our own nursery inventory) is an additional service we offer to save you time, to save you the possible frustration of discovering later on that you have a different plant than you thought you were getting, and to make sure your design looks uniform right from the start. (We also do it because we love to see your face when you get your new plants! 🙂 )

We’ll deliver your plants in phases so you can install foundation plants first, giving you time to continue your work on other aspects of your project before more plants are delivered. Doing this ensures that you won’t have dozens of plants sitting around in pots all at once waiting for you to put them in the ground (and tend them until you get them in the ground). You’ll also avoid stepping on, or struggling to work around, smaller plants while you’re still working on building your hardscape or structural feature.

A Winning Design — Start to Finish

As you can see, our landscape design service is so much more than just a few hours of consulting, followed by a design that you see for the very first time on delivery.

Instead, you’ll get the guidance you need to keep your project on track every step of the way, a selection of plants you love, recommendations for all phases of your project, and a creative, synergistic design for your new, sustainable landscape. All accompanied by one-on-one help, every step of the way. You can:

  • Send pictures by text or email that enable us to see what you’re working on. (If you text, we may be able to offer help and feedback right when you need it.)
  • Email questions that come up while you’re working.
  • Text quick questions that need a brief answer.
  • Request a phone call to discuss lengthier questions, or address problems you need help solving.

So, let’s get started working and creating together!
Contact us today to request a consultation.