The Importance of Having Realistic Expectations When Planning Landscape Projects

The Importance of Having Realistic Expectations When Planning Landscape Projects

As the days go by I come across more and more individuals that reach out to myself and to our organization asking for a bid for their landscaping to be done. Particularly in my earlier years in the industry, these individuals were more calling to fill a need than to fulfill a want they had. While they were calling to get needed work done, they wanted it to be what they wanted so that they didn’t have to backtrack years down the road.

This was often an issue, since the city my wife and I were living in at the time was lower income and the majority of these people either couldn’t afford the services I was offering and decided to go with someone else (and I was giving them a great deal, too) or defaulted to doing the landscape themselves in order to save some cash. This is largely because their expectations weren’t aligned to reality when they first gave me a call.

One such instance happened when a family from out of State built a new home and needed their front and back yards, and their park strips, installed. They drew up elaborate plans for how they wanted to fill out their new, large lot and this included paver patios, stamped concrete, intricate planter areas with raised beds, sprinkler systems, custom fencing, gas firepit, outdoor kitchen, attached awning to the back of their house, and an extended driveway for a future ATV/RV parking space.

When I handed their estimate into them a day later, their reception to it was less than warm. They stopped answering my calls or providing feedback on the estimate the next week. Still, when I would drive past their property almost six months later the dirt on the lot still looked the same.

I think it’s a shame when families don’t come into big build projects with proper expectations in mind. By not having proper expectations for the cost of your project it can be very disappointing from the get go. Countryside Landscapes wants to help homeowners plan properly and we offer Free Estimates to aid in giving you the right expectations you’ll need to approach your build with the end in mind.

Best of luck in your landscaping,

Brent Wright (801) 913-7375

How Much Maintenance Will My New Landscape Require?

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It's important that, as a homeowner, you take into consideration what kind of yard/landscape you put into place when planning ahead for maintenance plans for the property. An extravagantly planted landscape with no weed barrier is great for growth, expansion and a natural looking landscape but can wreak havoc upon the overall look of your property unless it is properly taken care of - and often. In no time at all, a fertile, new landscape can have weeds shoot up throughout its plantings and can overrun the aesthetics of what was just put in.

Some type of natural, wild grasses that come in as weeds help in giving the landscape a 'natural', or 'organic' look that is widely sought after. On the other hand, a thick weed barrier laid down around the newly installed plantings aids in giving the landscape a modern, clean look.

Modern landscapes emphasize a lot of hard lines, with many different grasses and perennials installed by the masses in different designs. These give the flower beds characteristics that cannot be found (or maintained) without properly installed sprinkler systems and weed barrier. A perfect example of this modern landscape type are the new Daybreak communities in South Jordan, Utah.

A mixture of both the natural and modern landscape styles was created by Brent Wright in 2019. On a steep hillside, full of naturally occurring grasses, weeds and shrubs, his design featured a cut through the growth with stone slab steps down into a leveled out area where there was a dark chat gravel compacted beneath a modern raised garden bed with a sprinkler system installed.

Like one style more than the others? Or have a style all of your own? Countryside Landscapes can take care of any specifics in our detailed, to-scale design programs and give you the exact feel and look you're after in creating your own custom landscape.

Is It Possible to Finance My Landscape Installation?

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After being in business for so many years, we often hear our potential customers asking us if financing is available for their landscape project.  We answer them simply:  Yes, it absolutely is.

During our initial contact and home visit with our customers, we go over details of what they want done in their landscape.  We go over ideas they’ve thought about, pictures on Pinterest they’ve seen, what their timeline is and, of course, their budget.  When facing a potentially large landscaping bill, it’s important to know that you have more than one option when it comes to taking care of your project’s finances.

  • You can finance your landscape project in full, or finance a portion of it if you have cash for the rest.  We work with multiple lenders to give you a great rate on whatever amount of your project you want to finance.  It is not uncommon for these loans to be in 48 to 72 month increment agreements.
  • You can pay for your landscaping in phases.  When doing a large overhaul of your landscape, the project can often be done in phases, year to year.  For example, it is possible to get all of your concrete and hardscape work finished one year and have your landscaper return the following year to put in your fence, sprinklers and grass.  With projects that are on a larger scale the phasing can be more complicated, but nothing is impossible.

At Countryside Landscapes we have years of experience in working with individuals and families that finance their projects.  These people get their funds during our “Preparation Phase” of their project (see our #3 Article on “How Long Will My Landscape Take to Be Put In?” to see when this phase is in the entire process and how it plays into the big picture) and make payments when certain milestones are hit throughout the project.  If you have plans in mind to get you and your family the landscape you deserve and funds aren’t at your disposal right now, give us a call and we will walk you through the process of knowing first how much your landscape will cost and second how to get financing secured.