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Old 25.08.2015, 09:04
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Re: Landscape gardener - when & how much?

I'm not sure what the OP's priorities are. Is it project timeline or cost? A landscaping firm can certainly put together and execute a project plan quickly and efficiently.

I opted for an ad hoc/interactive process. I called in resources as I needed them, and made decisions along the way. I even had some things redone to my satisfaction. It took longer, although I probably saved on cost. In fact, I'm still not finished. In hindsight, there are many ways of saving cost, time and effort. The areas that have cost me the most have been in earth moving tasks and materials. But the key is getting what you want.

I think the key is to know what you want, and what needs to happen to execute it. Spending more time in conceptualising the desired result is key to efficient execution.
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I think the key is to know what you want, and what needs to happen to execute it. Spending more time in conceptualising the desired result is key to efficient execution.
It is also to remember that changes over time - both seasonally but also over the years. We started off wanting a level of privacy and began my maintaining the developed garden as it was. Over the last few years we have realised we want it to be more open and so the big privacy plants have started to come down - and in doing so the hard landscaping has changed.

It is helpful that we are able to do the hard stuff ourselves but the amount of time it has sucked from our life has been incredible.
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