If you’re investing a lot of money into your dream garden, you want to make sure you choose the right landscape gardener in Melbourne for the job. Do your homework and you can avoid budget blowouts, and ensure you get the landscape design and construction expertise you deserve.
Follow these tips for choosing the right garden landscape design professional, and you should save yourself a lot of hassle.
Check if they do both design and construction
Some landscape gardeners specialise only in design, when it comes to building the design you’ll have to go elsewhere for the construction services. A company like Normark, who offers both design and construction is ideal as it’s less stressful than two different mindsets trying to realise your vision.
Ask to see examples of their past work
Any professional landscape gardener in Melbourne will understand the importance of having a portfolio of work to show potential clients. They should be able to showcase expertise in design, and construction, plus an ability to work with different sized and shaped gardens.
A wide ranging portfolio can help you decide what you want to create. By pointing out aspects of past gardens that you like, a creative landscape gardener should be able to help you visualise your dream garden. At Normark we’re keen to share our creative vision and our landscaping ideas for Melbourne gardens.
What kind of credentials do they have?
A solid portfolio of work is a good start but you should always check out evidence of training before hiring anyone to do your Melbourne garden design. Check they:
- have a degree from an accredited landscape design institution,
- are a member of a professional organisation and;
- are thoroughly conversant in compliance regulations for local and national standards.
If they can tick these three boxes you should have all your bases covered, just in case anything goes wrong or permits are required. This also ensures that the process runs smoothly and there are no hold ups with Council sign-offs.
What ideas or vision do they have for your landscape design?
Book a consult with the landscaper who will be in charge of your backyard garden design. From the start you need to see if they understand your vision, can present ideas for your garden, and see how it feels to work with them. If there are any issues with communication, lack of design vision or negativity about space constraints/limitations at this stage, then you should find another landscape gardener that you feel comfortable with.
Can they work within your budget?
Clear communication around the estimated cost of the project and your budget is essential for both parties. Your landscape designer should realistically know how much they have to play with and they need to stick within the limits of your budget, so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
It’s also important to know their process if design changes are required mid-project. Will you be charged additional fees for these? Is the designer able to think creatively to stretch your budget to incorporate the look you want?
Can they provide an ETA for the project?
Thanks to reality TV shows many first time clients underestimate how long a landscape design project can take. Always ask your landscape gardener for an estimated range for the time it will take for a project to be completed before they start. They should be able to give you an ETA as well as factor in delivery times for materials, plants, seasonal constraints etc.
What kind of maintenance does it need?
Last but not least, your landscape gardener should be willing to spend some time going over the care and maintenance of your finished garden. They should be as invested as you are to keep your garden alive for many years to come. Aftercare maintenance, like we provide at Normark, should therefore be part of the initial discussions and written into the project plan.
Looking for a landscaper that does it all? Normark is one of Melbourne’s leading landscape design and construction firms. We have been providing landscape services and garden design in Melbourne for over 40 years. Contact us today, we can help you create the garden of your dreams.