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Fall Landscaping: 3 Reasons to Get it Done Now

September 10th, 2015

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As the seasons change we landscapers mark the transition by the phone calls and emails we receive.  Spring might as well be called ‘Ring’.  The. Phone. Doesn’t. Stop.  From spring we move into summer when families head out for vacation, and our office enjoys the sound of crickets…and not much else.  Okay, I’m exaggerating just slightly, but you get the idea.  The schedule is full, and summer phone calls and emails are handled in stride with landscaping projects usually booked for August and September.  With the approach of Labour Day and the kids’ return to school…known around here as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…the phone calls and emails start rolling in again as parents begin taking stock of the list of outdoor projects which for one reason or another, didn’t get done.  Fortunately, by the time Labour Day arrives our crews are wrapping up most of the work that was booked in the spring and summer and are looking forward to fall landscaping temperatures.

How does your to do list look?  Have a project that just didn’t happen this summer?  I myself am a classic procrastinator.  (I’ll bet you didn’t just guess that by looking at the time lapse between blog posts.)  As weird as it seems, once I do finally get around to making the call to have a project started, I am impatiently looking for someone to get it done now.  Sound like anyone you know?

Lucky for you and me, there are businesses out there that are ready and able to accommodate procrastinators like us.  Just in case you need further convincing as to why your landscaping project shouldn’t wait until spring, I’ve put together a list of reasons to get it done now.

3 Reasons to Get it Done Now:

1.  The Weather

Two years of late springs and early winters may have lulled you into adopting a Western Canadian outlook on the landscaping season.  You know what I’m talking about…when a late spring arrives in June and an early winter comes in August?  FYI this is reason number 86 that this landscaping family doesn’t live in Alberta.  Fortunately this winter’s weather outlook is slightly more reasonable.  According to the Weather Network we can expect the usual unpredictable weather, but at acceptable times of the year, with slightly more acceptable temperatures.  This means that there is a good 6 weeks of landscaping season left in this year, and if the weatherman’s science is sound, we’ll be back at it in March next year.

Get it done now, before the ground freezes up.  Our crews are well equipped to work in cold weather and still ensure a top quality project.  Fall is an optimum time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials as they are just heading into dormancy and will happily establish themselves next spring when the weather warms up.

2.  The Budget

Throughout the year, we educate our clients on the importance of establishing a budget early on for their landscaping projects.  A quick scroll through our blog will give you an idea of just how important this topic is to us, and why it should be important to you too.  For those who have been dreaming of a new outdoor living space and who have a realistic budget, waiting until spring may not be the best option.  I’m not just saying this so that we can keep the crews moving, but because no matter which way you lean politically, from year to year the cost of materials, fuel and labour don’t go down.  Ever.  By completing your project this fall, you will also avoid the dreaded half-load restrictions which each township or county places on rural roads during the spring thaw.  This cuts the amount of weight our trucks can carry to job sites in half and adds cost to spring projects.  Thanks to Rob Abbott of Village Builders for explaining half load season so well in his blog.

Get it done now, while your dream still matches your budget!  Mr. Picture Perfect is ready to meet with you to help plan your project from design to completion.  Even just having the ‘heavy work’ done this fall will help save money on your landscaping project in the spring.

3.  The Wait

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Just between us procrastinators, I have a hard time with this little proverb.  There are a thousand reasons why I didn’t plant the darn tree 20 years ago.  A few examples:  I didn’t have time.  I didn’t have the funds.  No one returned my call.  I couldn’t decide on the right tree.  Sound familiar?  I have heard them all and used most of them myself.  What I have learned is that once I finally get the project that I’ve been putting off done, I’ve never regretted it.  One thing that we can all count on is that by the time winter is behind us there will be a great number of former procrastinators champing at the bit, ready to start the landscaping project that they have been putting off.  Why not jump the queue?

Get it done now, before the spring line up forms and the schedule fills up.  Assess your budget, revisit your dream, and let us help you develop a plan.  Forget 20 years ago…the past is in the past.  Right now is the perfect opportunity to contact our company in order to get your fall landscaping project underway.

 

 

An Inspiring Destination: YOUR Back Yard

March 27th, 2015

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Spring seems to have missed her cue…once again…however the end of March has arrived.  For those of us in the green industry, that means it’s time to grease up the equipment, thaw out the mulch pile and hire those last few crew members.   All winter we have been busy designing, budgeting, planning, and catching up on industry trends.  Now it’s time to put our fresh ideas to work, creating an inspiring destination for you and your family which reflects your taste and style.

 Why Invest in the Back Yard?

Are you developing a rash while watching that snow covered back yard turn from white to a mushy brown?  If the number of phone calls and emails that we’ve been getting are any indication, you are not alone.  This winter Mr. Picture Perfect and I have had the opportunity to learn from a number of landscape and home renovation industry experts including Carson Arthur of HGTV.  Mr. Arthur is one of my new best friends, simply for sharing the news that outdoor renovations have actually surpassed kitchen and bathroom renos as the number one way to add value to your home.  A new patio, for example, can increase your home’s perceived value by up to 12% according to the Gallup organization.It’s no surprise, really.  Surveys have been done, brains have been picked and the results are in:  Today’s working families often don’t have the time or money to invest in a cottage property or a Versailles-style garden.  They (ok…WE) are tied to our smartphones and finding time and space to catch our breath is no easy task.  Many of these people are wisely choosing to invest in their own property, creating a back yard oasis which allows the whole family to unwind together without the time and expense of travelling to the cottage or taking a costly vacation.  It also doesn’t hurt that a well designed landscape improves your home’s value, making it a wise investment.

What Inspires You?

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With the options that are out there for luxurious outdoor living, it’s no wonder folks are making the back yard their destination of choice.  From fire places to outdoor kitchens to furniture you can sink into, water features, patio heating, weather-proof televisions and speakers…Living outside has become almost as comfortable as living inside!  What has inspired you this winter?  A quick cruise through Houzz.com will reveal that even home design trends are embracing the outdoors by including larger windows, covered patios, and when back yard living isn’t an option, generous balconies.  Paving stone manufacturers are on-trend as well, offering luxurious ‘flooring’ options for your outdoor living room.  Unilock’s Enduracolour paving products are a personal favourite and happen to be featured in our display at the Quinte Home and Lifestyles Show this weekend.

Let’s Create Your Destination

So while Spring may be showing signs of stage fright this March, Picture Perfect Landscaping is on full display this weekend at the Quinte Home and Lifestyles Show in Belleville.  Come and check out our space, inspired by a French cafe.  Pull up a cushion and enjoy an espresso or two with Mr. Picture Perfect and me!

Apples to Apples: Managing the trade show fallout

April 14th, 2014

#applestoapplesAnother trade show season is behind us.  Call me crazy…Mr. Picture Perfect does…but I love trade show time of year.  I actually enjoy the set up, the long days, networking with other contractors, and especially the opportunity to meet potential clients and to re-connect with clients we’ve worked with before.  Trade shows offer business owners an opportunity to make a good impression on a lot of people in a very short amount of time.  That’s why when you visit us at events like the recent Quinte Home and Lifestyle Show or the Connon Nurseries Design Expo, you’re talking to Mr. and Mrs. Picture Perfect themselves.  We use these events to educate the people that we meet about our business (of course), industry trends, and why it’s important to compare apples to apples when researching landscape design-build companies.

Apples…What’s not to love?

The one thing that drives me crazy about trade show season is the following 2 or 3 weeks of non-stop meetings and estimating time fondly referred to around here as the ‘fallout’.  We spend a lot of time educating folks on the importance of good landscape design, realistic budgets, and top quality installation practices.  While some people we meet at trade shows and throughout the season take that advice to heart, others can’t bring themselves to do an ‘apples to apples’ comparison and are shopping for a landscape strictly on price.

Being a good Dutch girl, I can completely respect this position.  While there are many products I will shop price on, when it comes to the service industry I am very wary of the lowest bidder.  Shopping for the right landscape contractor is a much more involved process than finding the best deal on toilet paper or laundry detergent, and it pays to do your research.  I’ve put together a short list of items to watch for when comparing landscaping quotes and contractors.  Look at the bottom line first if it makes you feel better, however take a careful read through each contractor’s entire proposal.  Make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples before coming to a decision based on price alone.  Keep in mind that what you don’t see on the proposal is often just as important as what you do see.

Project Specifications

The installation method or ‘specs’ for your project should be clearly outlined in your selected contractor’s proposal.   There are no real ‘trade secrets’ in the landscape industry here in the chilly north.  Among experienced landscapers, it’s common knowledge that a 6 inch base made up of limestone screenings is not going to hold up for more than a couple of years.  Unfortunately, because landscaping is not a regulated industry and is relatively easy to get into with the right work ethic, homeowners continue to be swayed by what appears to be the same installation for a lot less money.  If your contractor has not outlined the project specifications, ask for them in writing…they should make up part of your contract.  Keep in mind that the most beautiful paver installation will only look as good as the base supporting it allows.

Installer Certification

The International Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) is the authority on interlocking pavements in North America and sets installation guidelines for the industry.  Look for an ICPI certified installer if you’re looking for an unbiased expert on base construction and paver installation.  Some paving stone companies have an authorized contractor program.  If you’re speaking to a contractor who’s invested the time and energy to join one of these programs, then you know that you’re dealing with someone who is up to speed on the latest installation practices.

Reputation

You called this guy or gal for a reason, so keep that in mind when considering their proposal.  Who referred them to you?  Have you visited their website?  Have you seen their work before?  Do they have repeat customers?  References?  What have you heard about their team members?  Are they well trained?  Polite?  Every team brings its own culture to the job site, and it may be helpful to remember that these folks could be on your property for weeks at a time depending on the size of the project.

Insurance

Is this contractor insured?  If not immediately evident on their contract documents it should be a question that you specifically ask before this contractor becomes your liability.  You are within your rights to obtain a WSIB clearance certificate for any contractor who will be working on your property.

Business Practices

Much more than keeping the trucks clean or having a great looking logo, good business practices are what keep good contractors around.  Find out how long this guy has been in business for a clue as to whether he’ll still be around if you have a warranty issue.  Planning to have more work done at a later date?  Make sure your contractor is a long-range planner as well.  Remember my comment about landscaping being easy to get into?  It’s easy to get out of too with the wrong business ethic.  Landscape Ontario’s website is a great resource for finding a contractor in your area who adheres to good business practices.

Hopefully this post has given you food for thought.  There are a number of great landscape design-build companies in the Quinte area, but like every industry, landscaping has its share of ‘bad apples’ too.  Be willing to invest some time into researching a few companies so that when it comes time to choose a contractor, you can make an apples to apples comparison.

 

 

Waterfront Landscaping: Navigating the Shoreline Permit Process

March 11th, 2014

Ahoy there!  Planning a landscaping project on your waterfront home or cottage property?  Read on for some helpful guidelines so that you’re not left high and dry when you’re ready to start your project.

While this extended winter may be tempting you to reach for something stronger than your usual hot cocoa, #waterfront #landscapinglet me point out that for those of us who procrastinate (yes, I count myself among you) this crazy season has at least given us a bit of extra time to plan our spring landscaping projects.  You may even want to use the extra time to check out an earlier blog post aptly named ‘What’s Your Plan’.  Today’s post will be of particular interest those who own property on  the beautiful Bay of Quinte or any of the other lakes, creeks, rivers, wetlands or bays in our area.  In your case, it is particularly important that you begin planning now for a successful start to your landscaping project.

So Do I Need a Permit?

If you are planning to develop your property anywhere near the 1:100 year floodplain, or within 30 meters of a wetland, you will require a permit for the work that you are planning to do.  Do you know where the 1:100 year floodplain is on your property?  I didn’t think so.  Contrary to what you may have heard, most Quinte Conservation and Lower Trent Conservation Authority personnel are actually quite easy to deal with when you approach them before you begin your landscaping project.  Having a plan in place and a contractor who is familiar with the regulations and permit process will help to smooth the way for your project so that it can get started without unnecessary delays.  Examples of waterfront development projects that require a permit include, but are not limited to:

  • Any shoreline alterations or work along a watercourse or wetland including any in-water work
  • Development adjacent to a slope/escarpment or on unstable soils/bedrock
  • New construction/reconstruction of any kind, or placing a building or structure of any kind, or the change of use of a structure
  • Site grading, whether importing fill or removing fill
  • New infrastructure and infrastructure maintenance

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As mentioned above, the governing bodies which will need to weigh in on your project in our area are the Quinte Conservation Authority or the Lower Trent Conservation Authority, and possibly your municipality.  In some areas, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) may also put timeline guidelines on ‘below water’ work such as breakwalls, dock installations, and shoreline alterations.  This protects fish and other animals from being impacted during spawning migrations and other significant life stages.  What does that mean for you?  Your White Lake shoreline retaining wall may have to be built in July, after the turtles have hatched rather than in April, like you were hoping.

Ready for that hot cocoa yet?  Rest assured that when you are ready to begin planning to develop your waterfront property, Picture Perfect Landscaping Quinte Ltd. will work with you to each step of the way, letting you know as early as possible what permits will be required.  We have worked with both the QCA and LTCA on a number of projects and can take care of the head scratching details for you.

Spring IS Coming: Are you Prepared?

February 14th, 2014

IMG_2554Brace Yourself…Get Ready…Get Set…What?  Don’t worry.  I haven’t taken up coaching football and I don’t have a starter’s pistol in my desk drawer.  However, as a parent, volunteer coach, Crossfitter, beekeeper, runner, and oh yes, landscape professional, I have learned the value of being prepared, even when it feels like I may be ‘jumping the gun’.

Maybe you can relate?  Have you ever planned to take on a building or renovation project and then been set back on your heels by the permit process?  I have.  Have you ever planned to tackle your first competitive run and found yourself gasping for breath a few hundred meters in?  I have.  Even the simplest things require preparation.  I planned to be as slim and active and healthy as I was at 17 well into old age.  Like my 30’s.  Simple, right?  Now I find myself three children later, closing in on 36, and seriously humbled.  Lucky for me, Crossfit Belleville is helping me prepare for good health and sore strong muscles well into my 40’s.

You may be looking at the 6 foot snowdrift outside your window right now and laughing at the idea of preparing for spring.  Stop that, it’s not funny.  Crazy as it sounds, we’ve been at it for a while now.  A Picture Perfect Landscaping season depends on good preparation.  So what are you doing to prepare?  Are you planning to have that pool installed in your back yard this year?  Have you passed on your landscape design drawings to the pool contractor so that it’s installed in the right location and at the proper elevation?  Do you have a landscape design?  Have you applied to your municipality for the appropriate permits?  Are you planning a project on your waterfront property?  Now is the time to speak with your local conservation authority to determine whether or not you need a permit.  The permit process can be lengthy, but it is designed to protect your property and the sensitive plants and animals that depend on our watersheds for breeding and habitat.

I could go on and on about preparation, but all you need to do is read a few of my other blog posts to understand the value of taking advantage of the winter months to Dream, Budget and Plan for a successful project.  Some have, and already have their projects booked for early spring installation and a full season of enjoyment.  The biggest advantage of preparing early, is that you are guaranteed to have your contractor’s undivided attention.  Honestly, look at all that snow.  Pull out those landscape and garden magazines!  We are standing by, waiting for your call.

Landscaping Industry Leaders: Time to Sharpen the Axe

January 14th, 2014

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‘Sharpening the Axe’ is a quote credited back to Abe Lincoln which describes the importance of preparing to get to work, more so than doing the work itself.  Just as we encourage our clients to plan for a successful project (see:  ‘What’s Your Plan’ http://www.pictureperfectlandscaping.ca/test4/ ), it’s just as important for contractors and their staff to plan for a successful season.  Mr. Picture Perfect and I have had a great week visiting Landscape Ontario Congress which is LO’s annual 3 day trade show, awards ceremony and seminar event.  We always whine a bit about our ‘staycation’ in Toronto vs. a much preferred ‘vacation’ somewhere decidedly warmer, but without fail we come back refreshed, inspired and buzzing with energy and plans for a successful landscaping season.

For most landscape construction and maintenance contractors, preparing for the upcoming season may involve taking the time to do practical things like tune up tired equipment and replace equipment that has…um…lost its edge.  It may include making decisions about advertising or staffing.  A few of the tasks in our office include working on this year’s budget, and I am working out how to best deliver useful information to our clients so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to planning their landscaping projects.  The more we learn about how best to prepare for the upcoming season, the more work there seems to be!  I’m excited to see the results.

Happy New Year to our friends, families and colleagues in the Landscaping Industry!

 

 

Landscape Design: A New Perspective

March 13th, 2013
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Spring is in the air again!  Suddenly the sun feels a lot warmer, there are more birds about, the phone starts ringing.  Spring is also the time of year that I usually go on my ‘landscape design rant’.  Those who follow this blog need only review previous posts to see how important it is to this company that the client gets as much value out of their landscaping investment as possible.

Today I’d like to present my view from the other side (the client’s side) of the kitchen table.  During the winter we regularly plan for spring, making budget, staffing and advertising decisions.  There are, however, a number of projects happening in the background for which we are relying heavily on other’s design expertise.  Throughout these projects I’ve learned that a good designer provides much more than just a good design.  A good designer is a Problem Solver.

We are currently planning a business expansion at our home location, and have contracted an architectural technician to help us with this project.  Could we take this on ourselves?  Yes, probably.  It’s a simple plan…we have building experience…there’s room in the Ontario Building Code for homeowners to design/build their own project.  Is it worth our time in the end?  Decidedly not.  Not only does the company we’ve contracted provide permit-ready drawings, our contact is far more familiar with the OBC than we will ever be, and takes on the role of ‘consultant’ throughout the building process; going to bat on our behalf with building inspectors and the municipality, if needed.  This leaves us free to focus on our own business and building project.  The design fees are money well spent for potential problems well solved.

Another project we’re working on is a complete re-design of our website.  The current site has served us well, but needs to be more mobile device friendly, and could be more reflective of where we’re at in our 15th year of business.  Mr. Picture Perfect and I recognize the value of a great website and social advertising but are absolute dinosaurs when it comes to pulling a cohesive online presence together.  We are extremely satisfied with the help we’re receiving and are hoping to launch the new site in the next couple of weeks.  Again, money well spent for problems well solved.

Finally, this winter’s most exciting design project (for me, anyways) is the landscape design that Mr. Picture Perfect has completed for our own place (see image).  This was actually a Valentine’s Day gift from him to me.  You may not think this is the most romantic gift, but he’s definitely speaking my love language!  Will this project be completed this year?  Not a chance.  It will be broken into budget-friendly phases.  Does having this design work completed solve any immediate problems?  Absolutely.  In addition to all of the other beautiful, practical details that the design includes, I can’t wait to have a set of stairs on the deck and a walkway around the side of the house.  If I were a ‘real’ client, I’d also know that Picture Perfect Landscaping handles all of the permit application details associated with any landscaping work that is contracted.  Another problem solved.  Send me an email if you’re looking for a ‘problem solving’ architectural technician, website designer or landscape designer!

What’s Your Dream?

March 31st, 2012

January is here, folks. Like it or not, 2011 is behind us and 2012 stretches ahead…pure and spotless…a year of possibilities.  Our family has had a busy winter so far…we spent 2 weeks over Christmas and New Years ‘road tripping’ along historic Route 66 through the south-western United States.  If you have young children who have watched Disney’s ‘Cars’ as much as ours have, I highly recommend this trip.  What an inspiring vacation!   I was initially skeptical about driving all this way with our 3 (not always Picture Perfect) kids, however I have been converted.  There is really no other way to appreciate this vast continent and its ever-changing landscape.  From the Ozarks to the Grand Canyon to Kentucky’s limestone caves and caverns…you just have to see it.

Almost immediately upon our return, Mr. Picture Perfect and I headed to Toronto for LO Congress; Landscape Ontario’s annual trade show and conference which never fails to inspire and somehow intimidate us at the same time.  Even with 14 years of business experience behind us, there is always something new to learn.  The theme that permeated every seminar and awards ceremony at the conference for this year was ‘Dream Big’.  Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, a new career or an investment in your home and landscape, Dream Big.  You may not be able to accomplish everything all at once, but dream big, and don’t compromise on what you CAN do.  We are so excited to already be working with new and repeat clients on their dreams for the upcoming landscaping season.  How about you?  What’s your Dream?

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What’s Your Budget?

February 14th, 2012

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Last month, I asked the question:  What’s Your Dream?  This month’s question is not nearly as much fun, but extremely important.  What’s Your Budget?  Yes, that ‘B’ word.  With a capital B.  February is Budget month here at Picture Perfect Landscaping.  Mr. Picture Perfect has been crunching numbers for a week now, finding the perfect balance of crews vs. equipment vs. prospective work.  Thank goodness for Landscape Management and budgeting software, because this is tricky stuff!  I’m always amazed at how much a change in one budget category affects all of the others.  We have big dreams as business owners as well:  Newer equipment, motivated staff, and clients that recognize quality work top the list every year.  The Budget is what we base all of our purchasing, hiring and marketing decisions on, so that we can roll out in the spring with a strategy for getting the work done and exceeding our clients’ expectations on every project.

Stay with me here.  I’m not trying to take the wind out of your sails; just the opposite, in fact.  Spending time with the Budget at the beginning of each year enables us to make good purchasing and hiring decisions which help our company to run more efficiently and professionally.

In the same way, investing in your outdoor living space is a much more comfortable experience when you’ve spent some time planning for it.  Dream Big, and decide early on what your Budget is for your landscaping project.  Think of it as you would a home building project:  Are you planning to stay in your current location?  Do you have small kids?  Teenagers?  What are the ‘must have’ elements that you want to include?  Water feature?   Outdoor fireplace?  Landscape lighting?  What kind of quality are you looking for in your landscape?  Just like making construction decisions for your home building project, choosing ‘entry level’ landscape elements and materials will stretch your budget a little further, but is that what you’re willing to live with?

Fortunately, landscaping is something that can be tackled in phases, unlike most home building projects.   Your Budget may not allow you to accomplish everything all at once, but dream big, and don’t compromise on what you CAN do.  That includes who you decide to have install your project. Hiring an experienced and detail oriented contractor (who uses a Budget, just like you) pays dividends when it comes time to sell your home, or to implement the next phase of your landscaping project.   So embrace the Budget!  It’s one of the first questions we will ask you, and it’s one of the most important tools at your disposal when planning your Dream.

Next time:  What’s Your Plan?

What’s Your Plan?

January 26th, 2012

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Back in February I had promised a new blog post entitled:  What’s Your Plan?  I’ll tell you what my plan was:  Sit down some cold morning in early March with a cup of hot coffee to write this blog post!  As it happens, ‘March’ and ‘cold’ were not often heard in the same sentence, which has caused delicious chaos around here as we’ve gotten an early start to the season.  Things like blogging have been put off in favour of site meetings, client consultations, employee interviews and equipment purchases.  Remember that Budget I talked about in January?  We’ve been putting it to work.

So here we are at the end of March, and I finally have a chance to sit down with that hot coffee as it’s minus 4 degrees outside and the phone is not ringing.  Yet.  So what is your plan?  You’ve dreamed the dream; you’ve taken a hard look at your budget…now what?    You are obviously serious about investing in your landscaping project if you’ve come this far.  Are you prepared to plan for a successful project that fulfills your dream and meets your budget?   We encounter people every year who ask us for ‘ideas’ of what they can do for their front entry or rear patio.  These same people ask for a ‘ballpark’ estimate on the work.  If you are paying attention at all to what I’ve written here over the last 3 months, you probably already know that we are not a ‘ballpark’ kind of company.

Investing in a landscaping project is an investment in the value of your home, similar to adding a deck or sunroom, or even an addition to your home. Would you be comfortable undertaking any of these projects without a clear plan and set of project installation specifications? A landscape design encompasses all of these details and more, and represents hours of consulting, measuring and site analysis by an educated professional. All of this even before the actual design work has even begun!

When considering the cost of a landscape design, it’s important to realize that you’re purchasing a product which is yours to keep, whether you have our company install the project or not.  Some landscaping companies will promise to refund the design fee if they install the job. Not only does this negate the value of the design work, but it causes the integrity of that company suffer, as those hours of work need to be paid for somehow. This is commonly done by ‘ padding the invoice’, charging more on each job than is really necessary in order to recover the cost of those ‘free’ design hours. At Picture Perfect Landscaping our mission is to raise the standard for landscaping in the Quinte area through uncompromising quality and integrity. We bill for design time, but not for our estimating time, and will happily break down the estimate into manageable projects if needed. This allows the client to do as much or as little of the project as they wish, and our company doesn’t have to recover lost revenue from design fees from other clients.

So Dream Big…Assess the Budget…Start with a Plan.  Get the results YOU want.  Come and see us at the Quinte Home and Renovation Show March 30-April 1, 2012 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center in Belleville!  We’d be happy to chat with you.

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