Taking on a landscape redesign can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned homeowner.  We polled our Design and Installation teams for some of their most practical advice:

TIP 1: HIRE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

Well obviously…but here’s why.  If you’re serious about upgrading your yard, then you should absolutely hire a professional designer!  In an effort to save money, homeowners often ask their local gardener for design ideas, or even try to do it themselves.  We’ve heard so many horror stories of overgrown grasses, sudden plant deaths, blocked windows and countless other design fails.  All of the time, cost and stress from these mistakes could have been avoided by hiring a professional designer to think about your entire space, or even your entire property, under a single cohesive design.

TIP 2: BE REALISTIC ABOUT BUDGET

Budgeting for your landscape project is tough – we get it!  Who knew sod could be so expensive? Or that so many plants would be needed to create that lush eclectic look you’re going for? Ask a lot of questions and keep and open mind when it comes to budget.  There may be a lower-cost alternative to different plants you like, or a low-maintenance plan that doesn’t require irrigation (another cost!). You might also think about phasing your installation…but more on that later.  (See Tip 4!)

TIP 3: DESIGN ALL AT ONCE

Unless you are perfectly happy with a specific part of your property, we suggest doing the design work all at once, even if you don’t plan to install certain elements for months or even years.  (You wouldn’t hire a new architect for each room of your house would you?) Having a Master Plan in place is the best way to ensure a cohesive design that flows together and functions as a whole.  Plus it’s always great to know what comes next so you can plan and budget for each phase accordingly.

TIP 4: CONSIDER PHASING YOUR INSTALLATION

Other than swapping out and reducing plant materials, phasing your installation is the best way to stay within a budget.  Your Tilly designer will help you prioritize which phases should come first and which will make the biggest impact based on your needs.

We have found the Tilly process to be most successful on properties less than an acre.

A major part of remote design is understanding a property’s existing conditions and limitations. To do this we generally use the primary structure (usually the house) as the main point of reference. The greater distances are from from the house the less successful we are at understanding your property. No matter what the size of your property, the more information you can provide us, the better. Don’t be shy with the pictures! And please send along any and all architectural or property plan documents you can.

Still have questions? Contact us!