How to Work Successfully with Landscape Gardeners

How to Work Successfully with Landscape Gardeners

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Landscaping can add immense value to any property. However, it’s important that this is done by professionals who are reliable, and able to work in conjunction with the property owner. This ensures that the result fits the owner’s goal.

Professional landscape gardeners are able to put into reality, the vision of those who have hired them.

Successful landscaping can add up to 15% to the value of a property, easily covering the costs of the landscaping project itself. One of the joys of having a garden of your own is the opportunity to be creative, and to express your artistic sense of style and taste.

There is a misconception that you need to have a large garden with rolling lawns in order to have landscaping done. This is not true at all. Regardless of the size of your garden, there is a way to design and landscape it to make it look better. A good landscaper will be able to help you to adapt your vision to suit the size and shape of the garden you have.

A garden can be a wonderful retreat – somewhere you escape to when life gets stressful; and it can also be a wonderful place to entertain. Hiring landscape gardeners to turn your garden into a place that expresses your individual personality, taste and style is one of the great joys of entertaining as well as spending time alone, appreciating your surroundings.

Very often, landscaped gardens include water features, and various garden accessories. There is so much choice available now that there is always something for everyone, regardless of their preferences. If you have children, it’s a great idea to allow them to contribute ideas to the planning of your garden as well. Adding a small patch of kids’ garden to the plan is an excellent way to get children active.

Allowing your child to design their own garden, and to plant vegetables or fruit is a wonderful learning experience, and can also work miracles in getting fussy eaters to eat more healthily. Very few children would be able to resist eating something they have grown themselves.

Ask your landscapers for advice and help in arranging and designing your garden. You may have some excellent ideas, but they have the experience, and they will be able to tell you whether your ideas are practical, and if not, what you can do to adjust them in order to make them practical.

Take some time to look through examples of gardens that have been landscaped that you really like. This will give you additional ideas you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

There are many different themes you can choose for landscaping your garden as well, and some of these take more planning, and cost more than others.

Be sure to do plenty of research before you get started on the project, in order to get the most out of the landscaping opportunity, and to ensure your success. Having a clear image in your head, of what you really want is a good start. The next challenge is getting that image across to those who will be doing the landscaping work itself.

Get input from your family and friends.

This does not mean you have to go with what they say, and their opinions and advice, but hearing different viewpoints and opinions can open your mind to new ways of thinking.

Input from friends and family can help spark ideas you would not have thought of otherwise. It can also help provide solutions to problems preventing you from achieving the results you want.

Record everything that is important to you: comments from loved ones as well as the landscapers that may have an impact on your decisions and choices. This is so that you have something to refer to throughout the process that will keep your mind fresh and your perspective of the landscaping project open and creative.

Thinking out of the box is important in any creative project, and landscaping is no different. If there is something you want to achieve as part of your new garden, and it seems impossible, try looking at those challenges from a different angle, and ask the landscape gardeners for their professional opinions as well.

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OUR REFERRALS

  • Paula and Jon Whitty
    We knew that we would need a landscape designer with imagination, creativity and the ability to listen to our requirements. When you came to our house you took time listening to what we wanted and the scale of the project. This was important to us, because we were on a budget and timeline. You then offered wonderful suggestions within the scope and offered details. You have transformed our featureless front garden into a beautiful space where the plantings and lovely stone features enhance the natural contours of the yard and existing trees. Our front yard is now more welcoming and complements the look of the house. You gave us a yard that is easy to maintain and and is beautiful in every season. We are extreemly happy with the quality of the workmanship, and your professional nature, and highly recommend you to all our friends. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you!
    Paula and Jon Whitty
  • Gina and Marc Di Paolo
    In November 2012 we commissioned Teedo Beggs to landscape our property in Mount Macedon. The distinguishing qualities that determined our decision to go with Teedo (over other companies we had approached) were his knowledge of indigenous/native horticulture, his understanding of and familiarity with the gardens of Mount Macedon, and his ability to help us to articulate and visualize our own garden on what was a modern architectural structure on a sloping building site. The ‘landscape challenges’ Teedo took on were significant, beginning with a sharply sloping block, significant ‘drainage’ issues, and the presence of large forest eucalyptus trees that we wished to keep. Teedo was able to masterfully incorporate our desire to create a garden that would complement or enhance the sharp angular features of the architecture, protect existing vegetation, include and incorporate native/indigenous plantings, build dry rock retention walls, and provide us with a beautiful outdoor living space that we desperately needed. Teedo’s approach to his work impressed us from the outset because of his uncompromising high standards and attention to detail. Whilst the end results in mid-March may have reflected Teedo’s detailed landscape designs to a T, they far surpassed our own expectations and dreams. Our house on a slippery red slope of Mount Macedon had been transformed into a home with a truly beautiful and functional garden. We are exceedingly proud of what Teedo was able to realize and we highly recommend his work- without reservation.
    Gina and Marc Di Paolo
  • Kate and Dominic White
    Teedo Beggs responds to each garden space as an artist, the plants are his media and the landscape is his canvas. He introduces sculptural elements through natural and constructed materials. The result is an ever-changing work of art. How do we know this? Our family was fortunate enough to be able to commission Teedo to transform our country garden into a magical place. Using existing plant forms, such as established trees he creatively introduced new excitement into the landscape. The keyhole design of the formal front lawn added a theatrical element to the entry of the property. Visitors were drawn into a green, scented walkway off the sweeping drive through rendered pillars with the promise of more beyond. This opened out into the drama of the larger garden where the eye was greeted by a sensual vista full of wonderful perfumes, colour and graduating forms that complimented the enormous Golden Elm. A wrought iron handmade bench seat embedded in a hidden position ensured a comfortable view. Visitors were then coaxed downwards to the unfolding garden scenes around the house. Beautiful features were integrated into the many gardens created on the property. A graduated fishpond with its babbling waterways was set in a ‘Fairy Garden’. A tennis wall on the court beyond was superbly engineered and constructed to appear as a ‘crumbling ruin’ from another era. A post and rail fence of cypress enclosed a kitchen garden that featured generous raised beds of vegetables, accompanied by fruit trees and red brick pathways. This was a joy to work in and allowed us to feed our family. Teedo Beggs was not only artistic in his vision and execution of his ideas, but he was very professional, sensitive to our needs as a client and respectful in the way he conducted himself and his team throughout the project. We would highly recommend him
    Kate and Dominic White
  • Pete & Geri Walsh
    We have engaged Mr Beggs (Teedo) now for three different landscaping jobs at our residence in Woodend. All jobs have involved both design and construction. In respect of design, Teedo impressed us with his ability to listen and understand our requirements. This lead to a number of design ideas of which we were very pleased. In all cases we then engaged Teedo in the construction. We found his work to be both competitively priced and was completed on time as agreed, despite some minor modifications, at our initiation. The work was finished to a high standard and we have had no reservation in recommending him to our friends and colleagues.
    Pete & Geri Walsh
  • Bruce Cameron
    Being determined to make a garden from an overgrown bush block on the steep slopes of Mt. Macedon had/has it’s challenges. Luckily there is a community here of skilled garden loving and knowledgeable peoples. Most of them think that they are gifted and a few of them actually are. Teedo has an abundant and creative mind that can spit out real and never thought of options and can even more importantly manage these ideas and concepts through to a smooth and real outcome. His forte’ is structural garden design and then the project management/implementation of that design. He has an accurate and unusually quick eye for land/earth contours, levels and drainage. These lines evolve into structure, light and shade, harmony and reflections. Working with him has been a straightforward and professional affair. I have never given him a cheque without feeling pride, happiness and goodwill.
    Bruce Cameron

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