Garden Design Options

So just what are your options now?

You know you need to do something with your garden and hopefully you’re a bit closer to knowing what it is you want to do. The next decision you need to make is how you’re going to do it.

Your Options Are:

  1. DIY
  2. Hire a landscape professional
  3. Combination

1. Do It Yourself

Can you really design your own garden successfully? Yes. Definitely. But (you knew there was going to be one coming) you have to know what you are doing. Design, like anything, has a set of rules. Follow these rules and hey presto, nice garden. Ignore them and you won’t get the results you want.

The sad fact is, the cost of building a well-planned garden isn’t that much more than building one that isn’t. Putting in a patio that’s twenty square metres of paving that’s in a shape that makes your garden look larger and more interesting might cost a fraction more in labour to lay than twenty square metres laid in a nice boring square shape. The difference in looks though is enormous!

In the free guide you can download below, I’ve outlined your options on the best ways learn about the key elements of garden design. The guide covers how to find the right training materials to suit your learning style, time constraints and budget. In the process of developing my own courses and writing books on Amazon, I did a lot of research. Some of the courses and books I looked at were awful – I’ve been a designer for 20 years and I didn’t know what some of them were talking about! I’ll show you how to avoid the ones that are talking nonsense.

2. Hiring a Landscape Professional

DIY garden design isn’t for everyone. But how do you know which landscape professional will be the right person for you? I’ve hired and fired a fair few garden designers, landscape architects and landscaper contractors over the years and I’ll give you the low down on how to spot the good from the bad.

Ultimately, you need someone that is good at what they do and that you can have a good working relationship with. You can have a fabulously talented designer but if they aren’t listening to you and are delivering ‘their’ dream garden and not yours, it’s not good! Download the guide below for more info.

3. Combination

A very popular option is for people to design their own garden and then show it to a designer who will steer them in the right direction and suggest improvements. That way, you get the best of both worlds, the fun and money saving experience of DIY but the reassurance from a pro that what you’ve done will work. I talk about this more in the free guide.

Be Very Careful of the ‘Optimistic’ Curse

Which ever direction you do go in, I sincerely hope that you will put in a little bit of time to the planning phase. It really does make a tremendous difference. The biggest problem is that we are all creatures of a particularly dangerous habit. We believe that if we just keeping doing what we’re doing, things are bound to get better. Most people go to the garden centres and buy stuff, stick it in, stand back and then are disappointed with the results. Then they go back to garden centre or nursery and try again, and again, and again…

You have to do something different if you want different results. And if you do the things that most people do, you will get the results that most people get!

Look around you. How many people in your street have an amazing garden? I’m betting not that many. Even if they’ve called in landscape professionals. I’ve covered this more in the free guide but there is a big difference between what a landscaper can do for you and what a designer can do. The devil is in the details as they say… To find out more about how to design your own garden or how to choose good landscape professionals download the free guide below.

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  1. This is great resource, thank you all @SGD

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