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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a landscape designer and consultant that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified landscape consultant and designer. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated landscaping designer and consultant and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

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4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Clara County – Landscape – Designers & Consultants CATEGORY

Jeff Sheehan is a lifetime veteran of the landscaping industry and owner of Confidence Landscaping, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2009. He can be reached at (408) 559-1800 or by email.

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Jeff Sheehan: Growing Confidence

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CAMPBELL — Jeff Sheehan started doing landscape work in his childhood, but it wasn’t until much later that he realized he’d been preparing for a lifelong career. “As a kid, I used to go around and mow all the neighborhood lawns,” he recounts. “I can remember pruning my mom’s roses and being extremely meticulous. The funny thing is, I had no idea there was a whole industry for the kind of work I was doing.”

Jeff originally wanted to pursue a career in athletics, so he attended UC Davis as a Physical Education major with aspirations of getting into coaching. However, the further he progressed, the more he felt he was in the wrong place. “About three-quarters of the way through, I realized I didn’t want to coach,” he says. “I left school and started looking around for work, and I was offered a position with the local Parks and Rec Department.” Jeff says it was at this point that a whole new world opened up to him. “It was like, ‘This is where I should have been all along!’ It just felt right.”

Later, Jeff got a job doing landscape maintenance for commercial properties, but he soon sensed there was more out there for him. “I got tired of working on large complexes where everything looked the same—500 oleanders all in a row and no room for creativity. So, I started doing residential design and installation on the side, which is where I really found my niche.” After a short-lived independent venture, Jeff started Confidence Landscaping, Inc., which is still going strong more than 35 years later.

A resident of Los Gatos, Jeff regards the Bay Area as an ideal environment for a landscape professional. “The incredible resources we have here afford us the ability to be incredibly creative, whether on a large or small scale,” he says. “Plus, the climate allows us to grow virtually anything, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Outside of work, Jeff engages in a variety of active pastimes. “You name it, I enjoy doing it, from bike riding and playing tennis to windsurfing and just going on drives around the Bay Area,” he says. “I also like to travel and explore new places when I can.” Jeff also enjoys spending time with his son, Max, who works for Confidence Landscaping, and his daughter, Kallan, who is currently attending college.

In regard to a professional philosophy, Jeff says it’s important to pay attention to the little things. “Any landscaper can install a bunch of big shrubs, but it takes a certain amount of skill and vision to address the finer details. Likewise, in terms of service, it’s the little things that often make the biggest differences, like remembering a detail that, while seemingly minor, is meaningful to the client. By paying attention to the little things, both with customer service and the work itself, we’re able to create something really special for each client.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Jeff says he’d catch up on sleep. “We work a lot of long hours, especially during the summer, so I’d definitely take a few days to rest up and recharge. Then, I guess I’d assess my next move. I’d probably do a lot more traveling, as well as spend more time relaxing and working in my garden.”

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A: Blues.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played baseball.

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Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy. I was actually there not too long ago, but I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back!

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How to Conserve Water with Landscape Irrigation

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Landscape Designer in Santa Clara County

The first step towards designing an improved landscape for your outdoor space is to understand exactly why you are need professional help with your yard. You have to know why you want to change the look of your landscape before a professional landscape designer can begin the process of transformation through a detailed design.
Being honest with yourself about your budget for any outdoor project will also be very helpful in starting a defined search for a Santa Clara County landscape designer. As with any home-improvement project, a budget must be tentative and prepare for setbacks or complications, but you must have a number in mind before you begin. To truly be ready to answer the question of "how much," you will need to clarify what exactly needs to happen with your space, how much of your landscape you are going to tackle and the basic idea of what you want the transformation to look like. You don’t have to come up with a design (that is why you are hiring a professional), but you do need to have some small idea as to what you are looking for so that you know how to plan, especially when it comes to creating a budget.
In order to help you create a tentative plan and budget, take a look at the questions below. If you answer them honestly for yourself, you will be well on your way to beginning the real process of hiring a good landscape designer in Santa Clara County, including from any of the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and CampbellSunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified landscaping designer that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I want my landscape to increase the value of my property?
  • Am I looking to make my outdoor space more user-friendly for pets and/or children?
  • Am I looking to do more in my outdoor space (cooking, entertaining, etc.)?
  • Do I have any idea what style I am looking for (English garden, new age tranquility, etc.) or do I need professional help with that step as well?
  • What features am I interested in (water fountains, rock gardens, waterfalls, built-in barbecuing space, etc.)? What materials do I like best (granite, stone, wood, etc.)?
  • How big of an area (in square feet) am I looking to revamp?
  • What is the current state of my outdoor space (rough dirt and rock, basic grass, terraced, etc.)?
  • How much am I willing and/or able to spend on this landscaping project?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask Santa Clara County Landscape Designers in Person

Now that you’ve interviewed a number of Santa Clara County landscape designers over the phone, it is time to get out into your community, whether you’re in the larger cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell or the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, and visit with a select group of designers in person or invite them to visit your home to see the space you want landscaped.
This face-to-face talk should provide you with the information you’ll need to hire the landscape designer that you feel most comfortable with and therefore get the best results from.

  1. How do you charge for your landscape designs?
  2. Can I see proof of any professional credentials or association memberships?
  3. May I review your portfolio?
  4. Can you provide me with at least 10 current references of similar projects to the one I’ve described?
  5. Describe in as much detail as possible how you go about understanding my landscaping wishes and needs and combining them into your professional design.
  6. Tell me about your philosophy of landscape and design.
  7. Why should I hire you?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions for References of Good Landscape Designers in Santa Clara County

    The search for a trustworthy landscape designer in Santa Clara County can be an arduous process, particularly when you can’t be sure that the one you end up deciding on will give you the best results. There is a way to have confidence in your decision, however. Choose a Diamond Certified Santa Clara County landscape designer!
    Here’s why it’s best to choose a Diamond Certified landscape designer -all certified designers have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other professionals can’t pass. If you want quality from a landscape designer in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified designer. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified landscape designers. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.
    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified landscape designer, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your landscape designer. References provided to you by the designer or his/her company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.
    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. Did this designer provide open and timely communication throughout your project?
    2. Did you feel it was easy to address concerns and questions with this designer?
    3. Did you feel a comfortable amount of involvement in the design process? Did you feel as though your thoughts, feelings and ideas were important and validated?
    4. Did this designer keep ahead of delays as much as possible?
    5. Was the design completed within the time frame and your agreed-upon budget?
    6. Were you satisfied with their service?
    7. Would you/have you recommended this designer?
    8. Would you hire this designer again?
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  • Review Your Options
    Elementary Design: Knowing Your Opinions to Better Share with a Santa Clara County Landscape Designer

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Every landscape design begins with a conference between designer and customer. In order to get the most out of your initial visit with your chosen Santa Clara County landscape designer, broadly answer the following questions about your outdoor space and ideas for transformation.

    1. How am do I want to utilize my outdoor space?
    2. What are my goals for landscaping?
    3. Is there anything about my current space that I would like to leave the same?
    4. What is the architectural style of my home?
    5. Am I planning to make any significant additions to my home or outbuildings?
    6. Which way does my house face? How much sun does the area receive?
    7. Do I know about any water, soil or irrigation issues? What are they?
    8. Do I have some favorite plants or plants that I can’t stand?
    9. What kind of style am I looking for (Zen, groomed, informal or formal, natural, etc.)?
    10. What are my tastes in landscaping as far as color, texture, space, materials, etc. are concerned?
    11. How much maintenance am I willing and/or able to do? Do I enjoy gardening or do I hope a garden will take care of itself?
    12. Do I have adequate outdoor lighting?
    13. Do I have a plan for watering or should a design include a sprinkler system?
    14. Do I plan on working with a contractor for the installation of a design or would I like to implement it myself?
    15. What is the estimated amount I am willing and/or able to spend on design and installation?
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  • How To Work With
    Answering Your Santa Clara County Landscape Designer's Questions

    During that first phone call or visit to your Santa Clara County landscape designer, you will be asking a myriad of questions to attempt to ascertain whether or not you feel you could work with the individual to design your ideal yard. You’ll be making quick judgments about their work experience, their interpersonal communication skills and their philosophy of landscaping.
    But you also have to remember that the designer will be asking you important questions that will help him/her to determine whether or not you understand enough about the process to be a client they can help or that they want to take on. They are essentially interviewing you to make sure that neither of you waste your time or resources.
    This does not mean that you have to feel anxious to call or visit a landscape designer. On the contrary, you should be grateful that they are willing to interview you in addition to your discovery of their personality and talents. This can ensure that you really need their services and not simply those of a contractor or gardener. You should be ready to honestly answer any questions they might have as well as to share your vision while remaining open to their professional opinions.
    You’re not the only one who can determine whether or not you and a Santa Clara County landscape designer are the right fit for each other. A trained designer can usually judge whether the client-professional relationship is going to succeed from that very first interaction and can be a great help to you as you make your decision.
    The Landscape Design Process and Your Santa Clara County Landscape Designer
    Now that you’ve selected your landscape designer, it is a good idea to get a clue as to what happens next. While not every designer works the same, there are basic fundamentals to designing a landscape that should show up in the design process. They are as follows:

    1. First Consultation: This meeting happens at your outdoor space and allows the designer to take a broad overview of the challenges and possibilities of your project. From this meeting, a tentative proposal for design and a budget should be able to be drafted.
    2. Questionnaire: Most designers will have a series of detailed questions that they want you to spend a little time with to help them with starting the design of your dreams. They want to be as clear as they can be when beginning the detailed drawings.
    3. Plan Development: The plan begins with deciding where all major elements are going to be located (things like water features, walkways, major garden plots, etc.).
    4. Planting Plan: Just what it sounds like -this part of the plan has to do with every living thing included in the final plan, including placement, type and quantity.
    5. Master Plan Development: The final and complete design including all elements (hard and soft scape) as well as estimated installation time and cost predictions. This is what you will take to different contractors for bids on the actual installation of the landscape.

    Most designers will be able to help you locate trustworthy landscape contractors in your area, including the cities of Alviso, Holy City, Monte Vista, Redwood Estates and Stanford. If not, remember Diamond Certified is here to help you with that step as well.
    Benefits of Partnering with Santa Clara County Landscape Designers
    The first benefit when you hire a Santa Clara County landscape designer is that the he/she will provide you with a comprehensive design that you can then take to different contractors so that they are all bidding on the same project. If you skip the design step, each of these contractors will charge you planning time to even give you an installment estimate. You’ll save money in the hiring process and the installing process because you will know exactly what you’re planning on.
    Second, a your designer will take the time to hear your dreams and desires and put them into a usable plan for your outdoor space. They are trained and have experience in both the horticultural and design sides of the process and their expertise is not something you want to live without when planning for your new and improved yard.
    Finally, Santa Clara County landscape designers, whether you live in the larger cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill or the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, know how to hire a good contractor. If you are diligent in your search, you should be able to locate a designer who has a good working relationship with a reliable contractor who will be able to implement the design efficiently and effectively. Plus, your designer will provide advice along the way so that you are never trying to figure out the process by yourself.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How You Can Be a Good Santa Clara County Landscape Designer Customer

    You play a big part in the success of your landscape designer. Follow these few simple steps to ensure you are being a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County landscape designer.

    • Be clear and upfront with the designer. Let them know what you want from your design, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a landscape designer in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the landscape design representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local landscape designers occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re designing. The work will move along more smoothly if your landscape designer can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your designer contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the design on schedule.
    • Pay for the landscape design work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Landscape designers in Santa Clara County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.
    Paying Landscape Designers in Santa Clara County
    Many landscape designers choose to bill their clients in one of two ways. One, by an agreed-upon project price. This would include the consultation, time spent preparing the plan and for the rights to the final design.
    Two, they can charge separately for each piece of the puzzle, including a set cost for the initial interview, an hourly rate for the time spent designing and another set amount for the rights to the master plan.
    Due to the nature of designing, most landscape designers do charge a down payment so as to protect themselves from doing a lot of work and having a client decide they don’t actually need or want their services. You should be wary of anyone who wants more than 10% of the total estimated cost of design.
    Finally, you have the right to request a contract and refuse to work with a designer who does not provide one. Contracts should include all the basic information about the landscape designer as well as provide contingencies for anything that may be subject to a change in price as you move through the process of creating a complete design. Remember, if your landscape designer doesn’t offer one up to begin with, request one and move on if one is not provided.

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Check The Work
Most Common Landscape Designs Used by Santa Clara County Landscape Designers

Landscape designers are not only trained to listen and interpret your landscaping desires and needs, they are also very good at getting those ideas on to paper and in to a plan that outlines the project, the contours of the land and the color palette. A structured and pre-planned design helps save everyone time and money as you move to the installation phase of your landscape. You’ll find it helpful to understand the most common types of design plans used by Santa Clara County landscape designers.
Landscape designers are not only trained to listen and interpret your landscaping desires and needs, they are also very good at getting those ideas on to paper and in to a plan that outlines the project, the contours of the land and the color palette. A structured and pre-planned design helps save everyone time and money as you move to the installation phase of your landscape. You’ll find it helpful to understand the most common types of design plans used by Santa Clara County landscape designers.
Site Analysis: A diagram outlining the structures and elements that are currently present and will impact the final design.
Bubble Plan: An abridged plan that uses bubbles to denote different areas of the landscape design including gardens, water features, etc. This design can also include bubbles to show where the best views are located, utility features and other areas of focus for the final landscape.
Plot Plan: An overarching design of all features, structures, layouts and measurements of final landscape.
Concept Images: Photographic examples of all features detailed in a plot plan to give the client more of an understanding of what the final landscape will actually look like.
Designer Renderings: A plan that either the designer draws or crafts using a computer program to show color, texture, lighting and shading of the final landscape design.
Planting Plan: A detailed, labeled design showing all areas included in the softscape of the final landscape plan. This will often include the total number of plants to be purchased and the specific types to be utilized.

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Written Warranties
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified landscape designers are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the landscape designer is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the designer or his/her boss if applicable, get in touch with the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.
Ways to End Struggles with Santa Clara County Landscape Designers

Diamond Certified landscape designers are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the landscape designer is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the designer or his/her boss if applicable, get in touch with the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.
Ways to End Struggles with Santa Clara County Landscape Designers
Santa Clara County landscape contractors, for the most part, have your best interests in mind and want a positive outcome for your outdoor space as much as you do. But in some cases, despite your best efforts, problems can occur. Remember that communication is key -always attempt to clarify any questions or concerns you have along the way. You can sometimes stop a problem from developing by remembering the following pointers:

  • Stay calm, rational and polite.
  • If it is a larger company and there is a supervisor to speak with, request a meeting with them and your designer
  • Have a detailed outline of your complaint and expectations ready to present.
  • Be willing to compromise to a mutually agreed upon outcome and let the company know it.

If none of these measures work and your landscape designer belongs to a professional organization, such as the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, feel free to contact the organization to file a formal complaint.

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Top 10 Requests
Most Common Landscape Designs Used by Santa Clara County Landscape Designers

Landscape designers are not only trained to listen and interpret your landscaping desires and needs, they are also very good at getting those ideas on to paper and in to a plan that outlines the project, the contours of the land and the color palette. A structured and pre-planned design helps save everyone time and money as you move to the installation phase of your landscape. You’ll find it helpful to understand the most common types of design plans used by Santa Clara County landscape designers.
Site Analysis: A diagram outlining the structures and elements that are currently present and will impact the final design.
Bubble Plan: An abridged plan that uses bubbles to denote different areas of the landscape design including gardens, water features, etc. This design can also include bubbles to show where the best views are located, utility features and other areas of focus for the final landscape.
Plot Plan: An overarching design of all features, structures, layouts and measurements of final landscape.
Concept Images: Photographic examples of all features detailed in a plot plan to give the client more of an understanding of what the final landscape will actually look like.
Designer Renderings: A plan that either the designer draws or crafts using a computer program to show color, texture, lighting and shading of the final landscape design.
Planting Plan: A detailed, labeled design showing all areas included in the softscape of the final landscape plan. This will often include the total number of plants to be purchased and the specific types to be utilized.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Santa Clara County Landscape Designers

Landscape professionals often use very specific and technical language to describe their process and to help you with your design. The following list of terms should help you feel more comfortable when conversing with your chosen Santa Clara County landscape designer.
base plan
A plan showing site boundaries and features, used as a basis for further development.

built environment
A man-made creation or alterations to an outdoor space, including its natural resources.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
A digital design program that produces precise plans for landscaping design projects.

contour
The form of the land. Contour lines are map lines which are used to show and measure slope and drainage.

conservation
The safeguard, improvement and use of natural resources according to principles that will guarantee economic or social benefits for our environment now and in the future.

conservation plan
A landscaping plan for protecting natural or manufactured resources. Used as a tool in making decisions regarding soil, water, vegetation, manufactured objects and other resources.

design
The creative illustration, planning and specification of outdoor space for utility, value and beauty.

drainage
Where water escapes from a land surface or subsurface, through sewers or natural means.

easement
The legal grant to use an area of designated property.

grade
How the land slopes. Grading is the process of changing the degree of the slope in order to promote drainage and landscape design.

hardscape
Things that are added to a landscape, such as paving stones, gravel, walkways, irrigation systems, roads, retaining walls, sculpture, street amenities, fountains, etc.

landscape
The amount of land that can be seen at a glance.

landscape architect
A licensed professional who designs outdoor spaces from whole ecosystems to residential sites

Also known as: landscape planner, landscaping consultant

landscape architecture
The science and art of design of the land involving natural and built elements and concern for resource conservation to improve outdoor spaces. Effective landscape architecture makes the most of the land, adds value to a project and minimizes costs, all while minimizing negative effects to nature.

landscape contractor
A trained installer of landscapes who implements the plans of landscape architects.

landscape designer
An unlicensed person in the landscaping business who designs outdoor spaces.

master plan
An initial plan showing proposed development. Master plans show phases of work needing to be completed and are therefore subject to changes over time.

natural resources
Elements naturally occurring in an area that can be used to fulfill human needs, including air, soil, water, native vegetation, etc.

site plan
A drawing including dimensions that indicates the form and physical objects existing in an outdoor space and those still to be built.

softscape
The naturally occurring elements landscape architects work with, such as plant materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Santa Clara County Landscaping Designer FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified landscape designer in Santa Clara County?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a landscape designer with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only landscape designers rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified landscape designer.
Q: When should we hire a Santa Clara landscape designer?
A: As soon as you are dedicated to landscaping your space, which means you need to know what you don’t like about your current yard and what you would want installed to make it more enjoyable, then you are ready to begin your search. Hiring a landscape designer early in the process can help you keep from making costly mistakes and heightens the chances that you will be pleased with the final outcome.

Q: How can I make sure I am hiring the best possible landscape designer?
A: Seeking out a Diamond Certified landscape designer in Santa Clara County is always the best place to begin. Beyond that you should ask around to see if any family, friends, neighbors or co-workers have hired designers that they would recommend. It is essential to hire a designer who is familiar with the type of project you are looking to complete. Pay attention to the services and experience of every company you interview.

Q: What is the best indicator that I have hired the right landscape designer?
A: Research indicates that the number one way people can tell they will be satisfied with the final results of their landscaping project is whether or not they were able to communicate effectively with the landscape designer from the beginning of their professional relationship. Your designer should make you feel comfortable to bring up any questions or concerns that arise along the way. In addition, you should be confident that your landscape designer understands from the outset what you believe your transformation should look like. Ask many clarifying questions as you work on a plan together to make sure that you are on the same wavelength as your designer.

Q: How much expense will hiring a landscape designer add to my project?
A: You will pay for the knowledge and ideas of a landscape designer in Santa Clara County, but hiring the right one can in fact save you a lot of money. The expertise you pay for will let you know exactly what features your outdoor space is suited for and you can achieve a design that will actually work for your yard. You won’t waste nearly as much money and they can also help you seriously reduce maintenance costs following the installation of a well-planned landscape because they understand the type of plants and design that will flourish in your space.

Q: How do landscape designers charge?
A: Landscape designers can charge based on time it takes to design a project or an agreed-upon project fee. You should be clear on how a landscaping designer charges before you enter into a professional relationship with them, ask for a detailed estimate and always work under a specified contract.

Q: What is my role in the process designing a landscape for my space?
A: You will need to clearly share your design wants, decide on a workable budget and provide insight into how the design will affect the livability and enjoyment of your space. A trustworthy designer will communicate with you throughout the process and be available to lend advice and design suggestions. You need to feel like a partner in the process and informed along the way.


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