Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Before you shop for a landscape designer, take some time to think about exactly what you already like and don't like about your garden as it is now, how you currently use your garden and how you would like to use it in the future. The more you can share about your personal vision with the designers that you call, the more likely you will be able to tell which one best fits your needs and goals.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The trees, shrubs, and other plants in your garden have tangible value and are an asset to your property as well as a benefit to your enjoyment of life. Research has proven that even being in the presence of plants is good for your health! Like many trades, anyone can call themselves a landscape designer, landscaper, or gardener without having a degree, proper training, or any accreditation. Before you hire someone to care for your garden, make sure it will be in good hands.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Always look for information on training, degrees, etc. on a company website, or ask the prospective hire about this before you make your decision. It's important that a designer know how to choose the right plants that will be sustainable for the long-term in your garden. This is also especially important when hiring someone to prune any of your trees and shrubs. If they are mal-pruned, it will take a lot of time and money to make them healthy and beautiful again, or to replace them.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I design landscapes that are low-maintenance, water-wise, and can be cared for by the property owner without the use of any pesticides. I consider myself a co-creator of the garden with my clients, and therefore include their wishes and input in the entire design process, don't hurry them into decisions, and am flexible to the changes and new ideas that may come up during the garden installation process.