One question I am often asked when I visit a new client is “How long will it take to transform my yard?”. The answer really depends on the size of the project but I think people are often surprised when then learn it can take as little as one day.
Take this front yard project for instance – the hardscaping was already in place when I met with the homeowners who had been wanting to put a plan in place to add some curb appeal to their home for the past few years.
While speaking with the homeowners I learned about the style of landscaping they liked (a bit on the formal side), what plants they liked (ornamentals like Spiral Evergreens and Topiaries) and what their favorite colors were. We also discussed things like whether they liked rockery and how tall they wanted the plant material to be in relation to their front window (in this case the client wanted an unobstructed view out of their front window which we could easily accomodate with the right plant materials). The neighbourhood was also quite mature so we were able to look around at what other people had done for inspiration.
I mocked up a few ideas with the help of a garden hose, my clients standing in as trees and some basketballs to make sure we were on the same page. We then made an appointment to meet in a few days.
Armed with this information I headed back to my office and came up with a plan to add some planting and rockery that fit both their style and budget. I ensured that there was both color, scale (in terms of the house) and a balance of ornamental shrubs to give the homeowner a garden that would look great 12 months a year. I also addressed the downspout so that the old concrete splash pad could be disposed of and wouldn’t be an eyesore in the new garden.
Our second meeting was a visit to the garden center to select the plant material. By meeting my clients at the garden center they were able to see all the plants that would be part of their new landscape and make any changes incase a plant I had suggested wasn’t exactly to their liking. All specialty plants were selected and tagged right away assuring my clients that they’d get the EXACT plant they saw in the store.
Shortly after this meeting the crew from Humber Valley Landscaping was scheduled to be onsite to start the work. All the materials were delivered the morning of the job (soil, mulch, plants, stone) so that work could begin right away.
I met the crew bright and early with a can of paint and we laid out the plant beds before the beds were actually cut out. Once the beds were cut, I (with the muscle-help of the crew) then laid out the plant material. The crew planted the plant material, placed the armor stone, mulched the beds and watered everything in. The site was cleaned up and by the end of the day the job was complete!
We have left a small area in front of the bonsai to be planted with annuals each year that will allow the homeowner some creativety with their landscape and I have provided them with a list of suitable annuals (however at anytime they could change this area to a perennial planting or fill in the area with river rock if the task of annuals becomes too much).
So in eight short hours this home owner had a complete front yard transformation from a quick sketch to a newly planted front yard! The results are amazing and the homeowner was thrilled!
When it was all said and done these words in an email from the client summed it up just perfect: “Jodie, The landscaping looks beautiful! Thanks again.”