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Old 08-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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Has anybody had a landscape designer come in to design there backyard then do all or the majority of the work themselves? We just bought a new house and as soon as it get's cool enough - here in Arizona - I'm going to do the irrigation system. I have some ideas for landscaping but I would like to get it all together and have a solid plan before I do the irrigation. What would it cost me to have a designer come in?

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Actually, I had this done a couple of summers ago with my front and side yards. So, we called McKay Nursery who does just what your asking. They sent a rep out to draw up a plan with us and once we decided, we ordered everything and it all came on a truck with instructions on how to plant and care for them. And we essentially had a map on where to plant them. It's hard work... trying to plant a 10' Quaking Aspen on a steep grade is a PITA!!

What amazed me was, there was no obligation to the planning. I could've had this guy draw up a plan for free and then I could've gone to some discount nursery and got the plants there.

McKay only serves the upper midwest, I'm afraid... but, shop around there may be someone offering something similar in your area.

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It's sometimes hard to find a company that will just sell you the design, as they make their money on the plants and installation, but call and ask around. We spent $250 on a plan and while it wasn't great, it gave us a good overview and we could tweak it from there. Also look for a small local landscaping company for any large tree plantings, as those are harder to do yourself.
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It's sometimes hard to find a company that will just sell you the design, as they make their money on the plants and installation
Some of the larger nurseries in Georgia and southeast will design a plan as one of their services. Usually they will offer a discount on materials if you use their plan or include the plan charge as part of the package. A benefit of this is that you don't have a plan and then can't find the plants and materials specified. Often when I design a plan, I visit local nurseries to see who's got what in stock. Or, usually I just circle through the plants when I stop in for fertilizer, etc.

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