Frequently Asked Questions

Does landscaping add value to my home and property?

  • stone and paving workA properly landscaped yard can add up to 15% to your resale value.
  • Poor landscaping can decrease your property value by up to 10% (Hire a professional.)
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100-200% at selling time.
  • A landscaped patio can increase your property value by 12.4%.
  • Trees are one of the best investments as they increase in value continually upon planting.

How can I enjoy a beautiful landscape without all the maintenance?
Hiring a company such as Gardens by Design for a professional design will inevitably save you valuable maintenance time in the future.  We design landscapes with maintenance in mind.  We use prairie hardy trees, shrubs and perennials, utilize mulches to hold moisture and help prevent weed growth as well as advising the client on preventative maintenance measures.  We also provide complete maintenance services for your planting beds, shrubs and trees if you want the ‘no maintenance’ landscape. 

Why should I get a landscape design?
The landscape design provides the client with a clear vision of the landscape before it is constructed.  A professionally prepared landscape design provides the client with a detailed plan for the complete landscape including the layout and shape of hardscape features (patios, decks, retaining walls) as well as soft-scape features such as plants and turf areas.  The plant material is designed into the landscape to provide both form and function.  Year round interest and beauty as well as shade, screening and overall uses of the landscape are equally addressed achieving a balanced and beautiful finished product that will provide enjoyment for years to come. 
It is important to note that a  landscape design also creates a smoother construction process with the entire plan visible for the installers to get to work in an efficient manner, translating into a more cost-efficient process. 

Why should I choose Gardens by Design?
At Gardens by Design, we pride ourselves on our professional customer service and workmanship.  Both owners are professional horticulturists, we are insured and licenced, have professional and courteous staff and guarantee our work.  We make the landscaping process something to enjoy, from concept to completion and after project care and maintenance.

What if we’re not sure what we want with our new yard?
Just call Gardens by Design.  With our initial discussion we can usually find out if you require a simple consultation or a more detailed site plan or design.  We will take you through the entire process and make sure that you are utilizing all of your yard space for beauty and functionality.

How much will my landscape cost? 
Costs vary greatly depending on many factors including lot size, type of project (patio or planting bed?), and complexity of the project, to name a few.  At Gardens by Design, we can work with you to create a project that is within your budget range.  We can also phase projects over 1 or more years, making the landscape of your dreams attainable.

How do I take care of my new landscape?
At the completion of the landscape project, we will do a ‘walk through’ of the entire property answering your questions along the way.  A simple maintenance plan will be provided at this time with proper care of your new sod and plant material, as well as tips for upkeep.  If time is not something you have a lot of, we can provide ongoing maintenance of your entire property including planting bed maintenance as well as many other services.  To view our landscape maintenance services, look under Our Services.