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Why it's worth paying for professional landscape design

Every landscape project should start with design. Here’s why.

You've thought about revamping your backyard, and now you're ready to break ground. But before you get that shovel out, have you considered the first step to a landscape that will make you never want to go back inside?

Design is simply a thoughtfully-crafted plan of what your space should look like. Not having a plan can be both costly and frustrating. A plan allows us to help clients experience their space before building it and understand the final costs to avoid surprises.

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The importance of professional design

Whether it’s a small renovation or a complete transformation, working with a professional landscape designer will benefit your investment for years to come. Here’s why:

Start with a well thought out plan —  A professional landscape designer will plan all aspects of your landscape, including hardscapes, lawns and gardens. The design work helps make all of the landscape elements flow together. This happens before any physical labour starts and at Vandenberg Landscapes our clients get to see their new landscape design in 3D.

foliage and mini waterfall and stream in yard

Help choosing the right plants and level of maintenance — A large property can be challenging to manage, from labour-intensive lawn care to maintaining a blooming garden. It can also be hard to find privacy from nosy neighbours. This is where design can really come in handy!

Landscape design allows breaking up a large yard into secluded yet inviting areas. The right design can create an outdoor living room framed by trees or shrubs to block out the neighbourhood's noise and foster a feeling of being out in nature.

The design of your lawn and garden will take into consideration how you want to use the space and what level of maintenance you want to work with.

Stop issues from cropping up in the future — A well-thought-out design will incorporate how to fix drainage issues, install landscape lighting, and consider your space's overall safety and functionality.

Without a solid landscaping plan, your yard may turn into a mud pit during rainy seasons. If your yard floods, it can damage the plants and existing landscape design in your yard while also making the space unusable.

Designing your landscape first can help you figure out a drainage system that directs water to a designated drainage area and away from your new landscape.

Bring your vision to life — With so many different design styles and ways to change your landscape, it can be hard to know where to start (a swimming pool, a spa pool, a firepit or a fireplace?!). But a landscape designer can help bring your vision to life by understanding your tastes and lifestyle. They'll find the perfect design style that fits your space and personality.

Prevent erosion on your property — Erosion is a risk for any Vancouver landscape. Rain and wind can cause soil to shift, causing drainage issues or loose rocks. A landscape designer will work to prevent erosion by creating retaining walls that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. 

Here at Vandenberg, we go one step further and bring stronger soil to our landscape projects because we know that soil is key to a landscape's longevity. 

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Hire a professional

Take the stress out of designing and constructing a new landscape. Hire a professional to design your new space, so all you have to do is step outside and enjoy it!

At Vandenberg, we put together a comprehensive 3D design for each new landscape before breaking any ground. So you can view precisely what your new space will look like. If you're ready to get started on designing your landscape, schedule a consultation with us.

Written by  Trent Brown