It’s important to shop around carefully for the professional help you hire for your landscape. Here are some simple steps you can use when you need to find a Los Angeles Landscape Designer. You won’t ever have a perfect landscape (there is no such thing), but if you hire the right designer, you’ll get just the right landscape for you, your taste and your lifestyle.
- Surf the internet to see who is local and is likely to know your area. There are many different microclimates across Los Angeles County so it’s important to find a landscape designer who is familiar with your soil, temperature variations and the plants that are likely to do best in your garden.
- Look up credentials under professional organizations like APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) or Garden Coaches. There are California chapters in the APLD and in some local organizations, you can focus on finding designers who are even more localized to specific parts of the Los Angeles area.
- Check out examples of the landscape designer’s work. You will want to know what your designer’s finished landscape will look like. Don’t expect to see exactly what you want for your own landscape in the designer’s book, internet site or even by visiting some of his or her clients. Just observe if the work is attractive, professional and within the parameters you want from a good landscape designer. Look at some older work as well as recent jobs to make sure the plant selection has fared well in the Los Angeles microclimate where it was planted.
- Talk directly with prospective designers to see if you feel comfortable with their attitudes and if you can work together with your budget. It is a good idea to estimate a ballpark budget so you can get an idea if your expectations are realistic. Like everything else in life, you will probably get value proportional to want you are willing to pay. If you use someone who really doesn’t know their business, you risk problems in the future as the landscape grows in. Remember that in Los Angeles we have a year round growing climate so we want our landscapes to look good all twelve months of the year.
- Make sure you ask for references unless you already know about the landscape designer. Ideally, you will want at least one reference from someone in the Los Angeles area so you know your landscape designer is familiar with the local environment.
Keep in mind that working with a landscape designer during autumn and winter is an ideal time to design landscape plans in Los Angeles. If designs are done before the spring rush, you will be ready to install and get an early jump on the planting season. You may also get a better choice of designers before they get booked in the spring rush.