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Phoenix Landscaping: How to Choose a Landscaper

Sep 4, 2008
Are you looking for a professional landscaper to design your outdoor living environment? This article will provide you with important things to consider before you hire a contractor for Phoenix landscaping and design services. Whether you're looking to add functionality and beauty to an empty space or to fix an old design, the following information will help you avoid costly mistakes.

Landscape design is just as important as that of a home or building. It can increase the value of your property dramatically if it's done correctly. Your landscape is usually the first impression people get when they see your home or business. A professional landscape designer will work with you to assess your entire property from front to back, and then provide you with a design that makes everything flow perfectly.

That's why choosing the best Phoenix landscaping company is critical. By following a few simple rules, you can avoid paying too much, being in the dark on what is going on, sketchy time tables and less than perfect quality. Here are some guidelines that will help you to choose the best Phoenix landscaping company:

One of the first and most important things you can do before you contact a Phoenix landscaping company is to figure out exactly what you want. By defining your unique needs and wants, you will be able to find a contractor that specializes in designing and building exactly what you envision. Chances are, if you're looking for a professional landscape designer, you want more than just a weekly trim on your lawn. By now, you're probably ready to make your dreams a reality. Maybe you've always wanted a pool or an outdoor kitchen where you can entertain friends and family. Or maybe you have a blank canvas on which you'd like to impose your imagination and ideas.

If you haven't done so already, spend some time looking through various landscape design galleries online or in magazines. Drive around different neighborhoods and check out what others have done in their yards. Look at layouts, color combinations, walkway and driveway patterns, lighting, water features, trees, plants and flowers, etc. You may think you know exactly what you want but the more you see, the more ideas you'll have and the more comfortable you will feel with your final decision moving forward.

Once you choose a professional landscape designer, find out what their timeline is. Some companies who are in high demand may have to push your project out anywhere from a week to a few months. However, their schedule needs to match yours, especially if you're involving other contractors on the project. Also, you'll want to take into consideration the type of project you're doing. For instance, if you're incorporating a lot of plants into your design, you'll want to make sure that the planting can be done at a time that's best for the plants.

Everyone wants their project finished as quickly as possible. Be patient and plan carefully - this will cause the least amount of stress for all parties involved. You should also be aware that your project probably won't be the only job they're working on. Ideally, you want the landscaper to focus on your job from start to finish, but sometimes that can't be done realistically. However, if you can find out how many jobs they're working on at once, you can try to schedule yours at a time less busy so you can avoid dragging the project out for weeks, or worse, months.
About the Author
John Waters is Principal of Creative Environments Design Landscape, the largest and most respected landscape design company in Arizona. Let our team work with you to develop the best Phoenix landscaping design that will fit your individual style and budget.
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