With spring right around the corner you might be thinking about your next backyard project. If so, whom are you going to call to help you with this exciting endeavor? You decide to grab the good old yellow book, or in this day and age you hop on your computer and go to yellowpages.com. Search results for landscaping pulls up pages of options. Where do you start?! How do you decipher between all the options?
We know there are a lot of options when choosing a landscape company. You trust them to come onto your property, create an image on paper that you envision inside your head, and magically create your master plan. The good news is there are plenty of trusting companies out there. The bad news is it can be tough to weed through your options. Today we are going to go through a couple of steps to remember when making this exciting decision.
Five things to know before you start
- Decide what you want before a designer comes in. It is important that you have a vision of what you want. Your yard is a retreat from hectic life and is important to you. Therefore, have a few ideas of how you want the space to make you feel, what you want it to look like, and things you dislike about your yard in its current standing. Pulling ideas from magazines is a good place to start.
- Once you have your ideas in mind, do some background work on landscape companies in your area. Keep in mind services they offer and how long they have been in business. Companies that have been in business longer can offer a sense of credibility and understanding industry trends.
- After learning about the companies in your area, invite a few companies to come out to your home, talk to you about your idea, and give you an estimate. Some companies might offer a wider spectrum of jobs, such as putting in outdoor kitchens and fireplace features. They might have additional ideas you never imagined could be possible!
- Have the contractors show you a few ideas on paper. Seeing their ideas on paper can help alleviate some of the anxiety of wondering if they fully understand your idea.
- Confide in coworkers, neighbors, and friends. You might know someone who has had landscape work completed on his or her property in the past. Take some time to examine others’ yards and ask them what they like, dislike, and what they would do differently if they could do it again.
If you are looking for new ideas for your front/back yard retreat, visit the Tulsa Home & Garden Show March 8-11 at the Tulsa Expo Square in the QuikTrip Center. Tulsa Landscape will be booth #2841. Come say hello!