Some of our customers want help choosing what gets installed in their landscape. It is essential for the property owner to provide some information so we can put together a proposal that suits there wants, needs and budget. Here are some things to consider.
Getting your eyes and fingers on plants and rock. There are a number of local resources that can help you in narrow down what you like/dislike. The Springs Preserve and UNR cooperative extension are two great resources. If you visit local nurseries we suggest going around and making a list of what you like and even if you are going to have small plants installed look at the larger versions of those plants to get an idea of what they might look like once they start growing. Keep in mind the anticipated mature size of plants and their locations in your yard. This can affect maintenance. The Southern Nevada Water Authorities website has a great plant search tool that allows you to narrow down by a number of characteristics including by plant type, water and maintenance amounts and flower color. Unfortuanlly not all of the plants are sold locally but giving us an idea of what plants you like can help us when we put together a proposal
What is the goal of the landscaping? Some property owners want to meet their HOAs minimum requirements or the SNWA requirements for converting their grass. Some properties need some new landscaping to “dress it up” for showings for sale or rent. Other properties want more. What they all share in common is the property owner has a budget for the work they want done, want it done in a certain time frame and want it done correctly. The only difference between digging a hole for one one gallon bush and digging 10 holes is the amount of time it takes.
Aesthetics of a landscape will usually change over time. This is partially due to the fact that plants grow. A tree or bush may be small when it is planted and we work with our customers to design a landscape that takes this growth into consideration as well as the plants mature size. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has plant search tools on their website that help clients and us out. You can choose items including water usage, sun exposure, flower colors and more. Click here. If you visit nurseries or see items in other people’s landscaping that you like take photos and share them with us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Budget- If we know what your budget is, along with your requirements, we can work out the best solution for you. There is little point in us working out a solution aimed at a $15,000 budget if you only have $5,000 available. It just saves wasted effort and puts all of the companies involved on a level playing field. As a customer, you want to get the best price possible, and so you should. We understand why you would want to keep your budgetary cards close to your chest, however it doesn’t always work in your favor. By not giving a defined budget you will probably end up with a cross section of quotes from the companies submitting proposals as each one suggests a different solution. It’s simple economics really; each company involved is likely to charge similar amounts for similar things as we are likely to have a similar hourly rate and similar overheads. By defining your budget, you are more likely to get similar proposals and suggestions for the work required, meaning you can concentrate on establishing which is the best solution for you, not just the cheapest one. How thick a layer of rock, how many plants, how large are the plants when they get installed are all items that the customers budget dictates.
Trees - If a tree is expected to have a 30 foot wide canopy we probably want to plant it in a place so it has a good chance of reaching its mature size while minimizing the chance of it hitting a structure like a house without a lot of trimming. There are many cost benefits to having trees on a property that provide shade. The Arbor Day Foundation has a few listed on one of their pages. One of them is from the US department of agriculture. “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” One from the USDA forest service says “Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value. USDA Forest Service “ Click here to read some of them.
Bushes – Many bushes are planted in spots too small for their mature size so in turn many people turn to hedge trimming to contain their size or because they like the hedged look. If you do not mind the work or the cost to hire someone this is an option. There are options that may provide year-round greenery with a little work because the right plant was chosen for the right location.
Flowers – There is a chance that if a plant has flowers it may go dormant for the winter. Some people mix this type of plant in with ones that stay green year-round to minimize large areas of rock for months during the year. To get color some people install glazed pots and have us install plants in them.
Grass - Real or synthetic? Both have their merits and drawbacks. Many times real grass is less expensive to install but it has higher reoccurring costs than synthetic.
Ground cover- Decorative rock is the go to ground cover for many properties. There are different colors and sizes to choose from and different prices as well. Rock prices vary and can be based on color and size. Sometimes the larger the rock the longer it takes to install. If multiple color and size rock is installed extra time is taken to make sure the separation is intentional. If there are items like a slope it make take more time to install rock with may result in a higher price. Some rock yards will let people take samples home. Consider how you are going to use the space. River rock is more round than many other types of rock and might be easier for some people to walk on.
Sun – The amount of sun and heat a yard gets will help us choose plants that we hope will thrive in that location. Not every plant will thrive in every location and is where working together we can figure out what will work best. We also take into consideration radiant heat from things like the rock ground cover, walls, and even the reflection from windows. Radiant heat can affect how plants do as well as the cost to cool a house.
Patios - We have a C-10 contractors license. Per the law we may install nonload-bearing walkways using brick or stone not exceeding 200 square feet in area, patio areas using brick or stone not exceeding 400 square feet in area...
Concrete- C-10 / Landscape contractors are not allowed to do concrete work. In order to legally do concrete work companies/people must have a different contractors license.
Correct licensing - It is very important that homeowners hire properly licensed comapnies. Click here to read a few of the reasons why.
We hope this helped and look forward to hearing from you.