Developing A Landscaping Plan: 6 Keys

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Designing an outdoor commercial landscape can be fun – and also a little intimidating, considering all the choices and investments you’ll have to make. So how do you do the job thoughtfully and cost effectively while still enhancing the curb appeal of your commercial property?

Landscape Design Considerations

The answer is with a comprehensive Landscaping Plan, and winter is the perfect time to start one. Here are a few things to think about as you start putting your plan on paper and into place.

  1. Find the right partner – When it comes to landscaping a commercial property, always work with professionals – preferably ones who have extensive experience working on the design and planning side. But don’t stop there: look for a true design partner who understands your vision and can help you achieve your goals.
  2. Communicate clearly – A plan is only as good as your ability to communicate your wants and needs clearly. Share your ideas (notes, sketches, magazine photos, etc.) and long-term goals for the property with your landscape pro, and always be upfront about your budget for design and maintenance.
  3. Ask lots of questions – Always ask questions, especially at the beginning of the engagement process. Here are a few of the more important ones:
    • What ideas do you have for my landscape?
    • What are the unique advantages or strengths of my property?
    • How long will it take to install each phase of the project?
    • How much maintenance is required for this feature?
    • How does your payment system work?
    • How can I most efficiently phase in a multi-step design?
  4. Ask for referrals and work examples – Always ask to see examples of past work from your landscaper, along with testimonials of prior clients. This will help give you a sense of your landscaper’s aesthetic taste and accountability.
  5. Start with the basics – Walk around your property with your landscape pro and talk about the elements you want to remove or add. Your landscaping partner will develop a base plan outlining property lines, utilities and existing plants, adding details from your walk and discussion. You’ll want to consider:
    • How to divide public, private, and service areas
    • How plantings will change from season to season
    • How changes in tree and shrub size will impact the space over time
    • How borders and walkways should frame your space
    • What role focal points, such as water features and hardscaping, will play in the landscape

    Don’t worry – your landscaper will have many other questions to help guide you!

  6. Think long term – Share your aspirations with your landscaper, even if they’re not in your immediate budget. This can help your team add in time and money-saving steps and create efficiencies down the road. Work can always be broken into phases according to your budget and priorities.

Winter is the best time to plan your commercial landscape, so let’s get started! Contact the pros at Diamond Landscapes & Athletic Fields today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on commercial landscaping service in CT.