Jane Burke feels it is best to tackle a garden in bite sizes. Have an overall plan but work on the garden in stages, which makes it more manageable for most homeowners. She therefore breaks the yard up into Areas, for instance the Area along the road, beds along the front of the house, or an Area running along the driveway. The charge is $320 for the layout of a Hardscaping Design, which may include stone features, walkways and retaining walls plus a detailed Plant Selection Plan for one Area. A typical suburban yard has 2 to 3 Areas in the front and side yard and 1 or 2 in the backyard. A deposit of $160 is required to get started, followed by the balance of $160, due when the plans are ready to be handed over, the Hardscaping locations have been marked and the plant locations have been indicated with marking flags. If you prefer to have a single plan for your whole yard rather than breaking it up into sections this can be done. The cost will depend on the site, which can be determined after a site visit.
Purchasing & Delivery
Once you have the plan and a list of plants for your new Area you can either source the plants yourself or let Jane find them for you. You will be invoiced for the cost of the plants. There will be a charge of $80 to $180 for sourcing and delivery of plants, depending on the number of plants needed. Expect higher charges for large trees and shrubs.
Site Preparation & Installation
Jane charges an hourly rate for site preparation and plant installation. There may be an additional hourly charge if casual labor is required for major earth movement, installation of rocks or removal of existing plant material. Site preparation could take several days, depending on the site. There is a flat rate of $65 per load for yard waste removal. A typical Area will take about 3 to 6 hours for plant installation after the site is prepared, depending on how many plants are required.
A garden, no matter how good the design, does not survive on water alone. It needs at least some yearly maintenance. At the minimum this might include pruning a few shrubs in early spring and walking through to make sure the plants are healthy. However, Jane recommends three Visits per year; an Early Spring Visit, a Mid Summer Visit and a Fall Visit. These Visits include pruning, staking, mulching, purchasing and installing any additional plants in existing Areas and dealing with any plant health issues. You can schedule dates for Maintenance Visits in advance to ensure your garden will be well looked after throughout the year, or give Jane a call when you feel your garden is in need of attention.