Q. Why do you charge so much? I called a bunch of landscapers who came over for free.
A. We offer our 40 years of field and office landscape design experience as your advocate, providing detailed advice that you will use if you do it yourself or hire a contractor. Having one plan to shop with 3 contractors can help you save thousands and know you have a long term plan that is yours!
Q. Do you do landscape maintenance such as mowing, pruning, and mulching? Can you just give me a price on installing a walk or patio?
A. No, I’m afraid we don’t. Land Design is an unique company in the Capital District and our main emphasis is providing landscape consulting and landscape plan creation. Please see our services info for what we offer. We are not landscape contractors who provide installation services.
Q. Can you just come over to my house for a couple of hours and give me advice?
A. Yes we certainly can. See our Consultation service info. For the 2022 season our 2 hour consultation is $250.00. During that time we can just walk the property, giving you expert advice as you take notes. Or we can do a plant flagging consult where we create a customized plant list with photos together and then place wire flags with the plants’ names in their exact locations.
Q. Do you provide design help to clients who are planning on doing the work themselves?
A. Yes we do!! One of our main services is to provide clients with small or large projects objective advice and actionable recommendations so they can install the project themselves but still get professional results.
Q. How fast can I get an appointment for you to come to my home?
A. That’s a great question with a not simple answer. Ideally we want to have a quick turnaround to provide a client with whatever type of design help they need, once we meet with them. For that reason we have decided to only accept a few clients at a time. During peak times (the Spring) there may be a wait time of weeks for that initial site visit appointment.
Q. How long does it take to get my landscape plan once you have come to my house and measured?
A. Typically you should allow 6 weeks. That may seem like forever in the Spring but good design takes time and we may need to run a draft by you or ask a question mid design in order to get you the best plan for your needs. Often having your plan done over the Winter, our slower time, is the ideal. That way you are ready and prepared for the Spring!
Q. Can you help get my landscape project installed?
A. Yes we can! It can be as simple as recommending someone we know that you can contact or, for larger projects, we can provide landscape project installation consulting at our hourly rate of $60 per hour.
Some of the things we can provide:
- Visit multiple nurseries and hand pick the plants for your project.
- Help you finalize all of the design elements on your landscape plan – pavers and wall block, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and lighting. We’ll visit suppliers together and pick out what works best.
- Interview and obtain quotes from multiple contractors.
- We’ll be on site at critical times during the installation process; tweaking things and answering any of your or our sub-contractors questions to ensure we are on schedule and budget.