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How to Plan a Successful Landscaping Project

Nov 1, 2022 | Lawns

While our landscape designers and our professional, courteous crews may have the skills, they know that it all starts with you. We know you have a unique vision for your outdoor space. We want to make it come true. But we also know that sometimes, it can be intimidating to be the one in charge. That’s where our five-step process comes in. We want to ensure that you have the support and guidance to envision exactly the outdoor landscape you want.

Our unique system creates a collaborative environment where your voice is heard at every step of the way, without leaving you overwhelmed by responsibility. 

Step 1: Meet

Before you worry about anything else, we want to meet with you. We’ll connect you with our landscape designer and discuss the scope of work and investment level. All you need to think about at this stage is your budget. Once we know our limits, we’ll work with you to make sure that we deliver quality at a cost that works for you. 

Step 2: Plan

It’s time to dig into the details. How do you envision using this outside space? Are there any factors that might limit or constrain design? If you’re not sure, use this little questionnaire to start the gears turning: 

  • Is your space small, or large?
  • Is it regularly shaped (say, rectangular or oval) or are there some irregularities to account for? 
  • Where are the sunny and shady spots? Will you want to use those spots differently; say, sun for a pool, shade for an entertaining area?
  • Are there any significant code restrictions you are aware of? Now is the time to take a look at building codes for your area.
  • How about HOA restrictions? These are usually aesthetic factors; is there anything your HOA won’t be happy about? 

Once we are aware of any of these potential complications, our expert landscape designer will dig deep into your ideas and offer suggestions to make them a reality. All you have to do is sit back, and wait to receive your custom proposal. 

Step 3: Discuss

Once our designer drafts your plan, you are still very much in the loop. Take a minute to go over our questionnaire once more, and give us your feedback. You are free to adjust any element; perhaps we’ve overlooked that a certain area is perfect for sunbathing. We want you to be in control of your vision. 

Step 4: Install

Now that you’re happy with the plan for your space, you can take a breath. The hard part is over! Now our expert teams install your project to-specification and on-time, making sure that everything is up to code and HOA standards. 

Step 5: Maintain

With everything installed, we won’t leave you in the lurch! Review the installation, and work with us to find a site maintenance plan tailored to your exact needs, so that your only job is to enjoy your new space. 

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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