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How to hire the right landscape designer for your garden

If you’re reading this, you understand what a magical place a garden can be. Where some see little more than a patch of of fenced-in lawn with a shed at one end, you see possibility.

It’s a safe place for your kids to play, somewhere you can relax on a sunny afternoon, a party venue and loads more besides. All you need is the right pro to make your garden dreams a reality.

A quality landscaper will help you create the garden of your dreams. But, for many people, finding someone you can trust to get the job done right is easier said than done.

Well, that ends today. Here at Bark, we believe finding skilled local landscape designers online should be quick and easy. So right now, we’re going to show you how to find the right pro you.

How to work out your budget

Before we get started, let’s talk price. A good landscaper will usually tailor their plans to fit your budget, but there are a couple of factors that might affect their quote.

For one thing, if your garden sits on difficult terrain, you may need to pay more to get the end result you’re looking for. As one of our pros told us recently, it’s a lot harder to turf a sloping lawn than a flat one.

But, to help you work out a ballpark figure, we’ve created a handy tool to show you what fixing up your garden is likely to cost. We call it the Budget Estimator, and how it works is simple.

When you place a Bark on our site, it shows you a summary of what people with similar requirements are usually quoted. This should give you a ‘rough and ready’ idea of what a realistic budget is for your project.

What to look for in a landscape gardener

With the question of what your project is likely to cost out of the way, it’s time to start comparing quotes – and that’s what we do best.

From the moment you place your Bark, we’ll start contacting skilled landscapers in your area, and you’ll often start receiving quotes within a couple of hours.

Everyone you hear from will be ready and available to renovate your garden, so all that’s left is for you to choose your favourite. Here’s a few things to think about when making your decision:

  • Do they have a solid reputation?

Reviews are a great way to gauge what to expect from a landscaper, which is why we assign our pros ‘star ratings’ based on how previous customers felt about their work.

Be sure to take a look at each pro’s Bark profile and website to see what people have been saying about them.

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  • What’s their portfolio like?

A smart company will only post their best work online, so don’t be surprised if every landscaper you find has a great portfolio.

But having said that, they’re still well worth looking at to get a feel for the kind of work each pro normally does. Check to see if they’ve done the sort of thing you’re looking for in the past and made a good job of it.

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  • Are you looking for specialization?

Many landscaping companies have teams of specialists to help with the different aspects of your project.

It can work out cheaper to hire individuals for each task separately, but generally people prefer the convenience of having one firm that can handle everything for them.

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  • Do they have local experience?

When it comes to gardening services, local businesses have a real edge. They know which plants are most likely to thrive in your specific microclimate and they’re familiar with local laws and regulations.

That’s why we believe it pays to find someone with local experience to fix up your garden, rather than going to a major chain.

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When you find someone you like the look of, invite them round to take a look at your garden and give you an estimate. Most landscapers will provide free consultations, and it’s a great opportunity to ask a final few questions to iron out the important details:

How many years’ experience do they have? Are they fully insured? Are they certified by a UK Trade Association? What’s the breakdown of their quote? And does their work come with a guarantee?

Once you’re satisfied you’ve found the right pro, all that’s left is to get a written contract of works and get the ball rolling – job done!

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Now you’ve seen how easy it can be to hire a landscaper with Bark, it’s time to get you the garden on your dreams.

Remember, we do all the legwork for you to find the best landscapers in your area, and send personalised estimates direct to your inbox. Simply click the link below to find skilled landscapers in your area today.

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13 thoughts on “How to hire the right landscape designer for your garden

  1. My husband and I just moved into a new home that we absolutely love, but the yard isn’t as beautiful as the home itself. I like how you point out that when you hire a landscape designer, you can have someone that has your budget in mind, and will make the most of the money you have to spend. I imagine that it will be beneficial for us to do our research to make sure that we find a landscaper who is reputable and has good reviews. Thanks for these insights!

  2. In your article, you stated that if your garden sits on difficult terrain, you may need to pay more to get the end result you’re looking for. Do most landscape contractors have the tools and experienced to be able to work with any type of terrain? My wife does not like how our backyard looks and wants to add a garden, along with some other features. Hiring a professional landscape contractor might be our best option.

  3. Thank you for informing me about how to find the right landscape designer. It is good to learn that a good service will offer to do the needed work for a price within your budget. Something to consider would be to hire someone local to make the job more convenient to complete.

  4. I have finally put some money down to have my backyard redone. I want it to be a beautiful place that the family can hang out and enjoy the outdoors. After searching a little bit for a landscape contractor. I like what you mentioned about finding specialists to do each individual portion of the yard. I have an area that I want rocks, and another area of grass, so it might be a good idea to find two different specialists.

  5. Liked the point about talking about the budget first – obviously every client does want to get a fair price for their grounds maintenance services, be it landscaping or just site clearance or whatever tree works, but they often do not have a budget in mind at all initially, and often are then taken aback by a quote for a more complex works (it’s pretty straight forward when one wants only a one-off fencing installation or whatever) and the prices can vary significantly when they want to order a long-term grounds maintenance solutions e.g. for a yearly contract.
    Thanks for a great article, found this very informative

  6. It is good to know that a landscaper will usually tailor their plans to fit your budget. I did not know that if your garden sits on difficult terrain, you may need to pay more to get the end result you are looking for. My sister recently had success with her landscape designer because her input was taken into consideration as well as their professional opinions.

  7. Thanks for the tips for hiring a a landscaping contractor. I like how the first thing you mentioned was looking at their reputation. Looking online and asking people are two good ways to find someone with a good reputation.

  8. I appreciate you talking about low a good landscaper would tailor their services to fit your style and budget. My parents just moved to a new house and it needs some landscape upkeep. Personally, I would want to choose someone that has experience with the terrain in my area and can provide useful advice on how to care for my grass and flowers.

  9. Before hiring the landscapers, we should get all the information about their work and experience.We never hire any company without knowing their work experience.

  10. My brother recently purchased a new home. The yard isn’t finished, so he’s looking for a good landscape designer to help him create a plan for a beautiful area. I didn’t realize how important it is to look at a professional’s portfolio to see if they’ve completed tasks similar to your own. I’ll be sure to share this tip with my brother.

  11. Beyond the obvious advantage of a skilled and beautiful design, there are some garden projects that will require a landscape gardeners experienced input. Projects involving more skilled work such as tree planting, turf laying, and tree surgery will require an expert to ensure it is done safely and correctly – enlisting the help of a landscape designer will ensure these tasks are tackled correctly on your behalf.

  12. Thanks for advising us that we check out reviews for different companies online to make sure they have a great reputation. My husband and I are planning on redoing our backyard, so we are looking for a great professional landscaping company to help us. We will definitely be looking at what reviews say about the different professional landscaping firms we consider.

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