Before hiring a landscaper to work with, do your research. If you hire a landscaper whose work you do not respect or even admire, you will have a bad relationship from the get-go. Your landscapers should come highly recommended. Also, take the time to visit the properties they’ve worked on. The more you feel comfortable with their style and design, the better you will feel about working with them.
Make a Plan
As a do-it-yourselfer, you most likely already have a fantastic idea in mind about how you want your landscaping to look. Draw out your plan as best you can. Hiring landscapers to assist you with bringing your plan to life does not mean you are no longer involved. In fact, the landscaper’s job is to help you follow through on your plan.
Have a clear idea of your expectations. Then, sit down with the landscapers and discuss your plan. If you do not feel confident that they understand your goals and are working in the same direction you are, then you return to your list of landscapers and start looking for someone new.
Respect the Landscaper’s Knowledge
For the do-it-yourselfer, this is perhaps the most difficult rule to follow. Do-it-yourselfers take a great deal of pride in the fact that they did something to their landscape on their own. They also are proud of the fact that they have gained a great deal of knowledge through their own experience and study regarding landscaping. This pride is well deserved.
Still, you need to also respect the fact that landscapers are experienced in this line of work. As a result, they are probably more knowledgeable than you when it comes to landscaping.
Do not quickly dismiss your landscaper’s suggestions. While you may already have a clear idea of how you want to complete your landscaping, the landscaper may have a less expensive or just plain better way to do it. Their years of experience in many environments give them a breadth of understanding not often achieved outside the profession.
Check it Out
When your landscaper makes a suggestion to you, it is perfectly acceptable for you to take a day or two to think about it, to mull it over. Just because you listen to their input does not mean you have to follow it. You can check into the suggestion. Go to a local nursery and bounce the idea off one of their experienced employees. Professional landscapers know how long you’ll have to live with the decisions you are making. They will be more than happy to give you some time to think over your plan.
Take this step of the process seriously. Although landscapers are accustomed to having to change plans partway through a project due to unforeseen obstacles, you want to avoid causing this to happen. Changing the plans part way through the process can waste time and money. In fact, you can expect changes you make to increase the bottom line of the bill. As a do-it-yourselfer, you know how important it is to conserve both of these resources.