The first step in any design process is the on-site garden consultation and report. The garden "wish list" you provide on the questionnaire, combined with the information I gather on-site about the sun, wind, soil, water, and other existing resources in your garden, will create a strong foundation for a sustainable design. During the on-site consultation, we'll also spend much of our time envisioning design ideas that come to mind.
The subsequent steps depend on whether your goal is to remodel an existing garden, or to create a brand new garden from scratch. If the locations of your landscape beds, paths, and seating areas already work well for you or just need minor changes, step #2 below can be modified to fit your needs, or skipped altogether.
Whether you are planning to create a brand new garden or renovating an existing garden, I believe that a step-by-step approach to the design process is the key to creating a sustainable garden that significantly adds to the joy in your life. Once I have completed the initial on-site consultation and report, I can provide you with an estimate of the cost for your garden design.
What is the Best Time to Install New Plants?
The best months to plant or transplant in the Puget Sound area are generally early Fall and early Spring. However, many of the preparations that are needed for best success with new plantings can be done during the summer and winter months. Tasks that may be needed before implementing the planting plan include soil improvement, correction of drainage problems, pruning, and building paths or structures. In the Puget Sound area, almost any time of year is a good time for gardening!
During your garden installation process, I can also assist in on-site marking of beds, paths, and plant locations if you wish. If you are "DIY-inclined" but would like some coaching on soil-building, planting, or other tasks in order to get started off well, I'll be glad to provide that also.
Important note: Due to the volume of educational workshops, classes, and camps that I have already committed to in 2014, and my commitment to remaining available to existing clients for garden consultations, I am not taking on any new design or consultation clients until fall 2014 at the earliest. I truly wish I could be in two places at once but alas.... however, if you are interested in being on my wait list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org