Looking for a garden landscaper?

Now the weather is on the up, our thoughts naturally turn to being outside, and enjoying our gardens in the UK.

But what if your outside space leaves little to be desired? And you feel it’s time for a garden do-over?

There is lots to think about when it comes to enlisting the services of a landscaper of gardener, and what is the difference between the two, anyway?

Find out more by reading this article, and when it’s time to choose a gardening service, we’ve also got tips on how you can do this too.

How do you plan a landscape garden?

Research is your first step.

Look around at garden centres, public gardens and find any inspiration you can for garden ideas that appeal to you. Think about the size of your outside space, and which elements your ideal garden would have.

Consider creating mood boards (Pinterest is great for this!) so you can visualise your garden dreams!

The elements to think about when planning your landscape design:

  • Hedges and fences
  • Planting
  • Water features
  • Dining areas
  • Playing areas
  • Shaded spots
  • Lawns
  • Walls and boundaries

How much does it cost to landscape a garden in the UK?

A very general rule of thumb when it comes to completely renovating a garden in the UK to a new design, including plants and materials is estimated at around 10% of your home’s value.

This will very much depend on the works required, and the area you live in, so take this as a very rough estimate!

What are the 5 basic landscaping design principles?

The key principles of landscape design are:

  • Proportion
  • Order
  • Repetition
  • Composition
  • Unity

These stepping stones serve as guidelines to arrange or organise the features to create an aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Is it worth hiring a landscaper?

If you are seeking a complete renovation of your garden, then a landscaper is probably your best option. Landscapers will re-design your garden, including adding additional features which need to be hardscaped.

A landscape designer should be considered when you would like to make extensive outdoor improvements, and need a professional’s help.

What is the best time of year to do landscaping in the UK?

For hardscaping landscape work, this can be carried out at any time of the year in the UK. For main gardening work, including planting new shrubs and the like, autumn and winter is your best bet, as there is less likelihood of the weather drying out before the next summer.

What is the difference between a gardener and a landscaper?

The main difference between a gardener and a landscaper is that landscapers are generally involved in building and construction work in your garden, as well as planting.

Typical works undertaken by landscapers are walls, patios, driveways, and are required to have specific licences for the trade areas they work in.

A gardener is predominantly hired to work on your garden from a plant perspective, whether it is to maintain your current garden, or inject some new life into your existing outside area.

How do I find a good landscape designer?

Reach out to friends who have had their gardens landscaped locally for their recommendations, that’s your first port of call.

To find local trades that will be trusted traders, a local business directory (like ours ;)) is definitely worth a look. All listings in the Local Traders business directory, both printed and online, are verified by us, and many offer free advice and quotes, so you can shop around until you feel comfortable enlisting a new garden landscape service.