Spring: the bird’s are singing, the snow’s melting and our landscapes are coming back to life. For a landscape architect it’s the time of year when the inbox and voicemail are over-flowing with requests for landscape design services.
But, actually, fall is the best time to start designing your next landscape project. Here’s why:
- Designers have time. Architects and designers are booked solid in the spring when we get the most influx of residential projects. If you book in the fall, we actually get to take days off, so we’ll have more quality time to spend with you.
- Contractors have time. If you speak with a good contractor in May, they are likely booked through August. With a shovel-ready design, you can get the contractor you want by doing your homework now.
- Quotes take time. Before you book a contractor, you’ll want several quotes because they can vary greatly (your designer can do this for you if you work with them through project management). The quote process itself can take several weeks.
- Your garden is in its full glory (or chaos) in early fall. If you live in a temperate climate, your plants are likely just leafing out in May, sometimes late May, so there’s lots of negative space. When we do a site analysis in fall we can see how your garden looks at maturity - there are no hiding its issues.
- September is the new January. You’ve probably heard this one before. September is a great time to start new projects. There’s energy, crispness and momentum this time of year.
The entire process - design/bid/build - takes time. And since your garden takes its time showing its true colours, fall really is the time to start if you want to be sitting in your outdoor space next July - hosting an al fresco dinner party, watching the kids play or kicking back with a good book in your personal oasis.
Ange Dean is the principal landscape architect at Land Studio East. She creates meaningful gardens and landscapes throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. Join our list for updates on our forthcoming distance landscape design service.