Where can I find a landscape consultant? Does such a profession exist?
September 6, 2010 1:34 PM Subscribe
My rather large yard needs help. More inside.
posted by st starseed to home & garden (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Background: My wife and I moved into a new house in April. The previous owners (the original owners) had some serious green thumbs, and while they owned the home, they put in what I estimate at over $20,000 in trees, shrubs, flowers, and a variety of other garden/outdoor items. It's mostly in the backyard, as it's over 80 yards long and 30 yards wide.
They had a great deal of foresight and planted a lot of perennials, and thus, without lifting a finger this summer, we've enjoyed tulips and lots of other flowers/plants I can't identify. It really is beautiful, but...
However, they also started to let it go a bit as they got old, meaning we inherited an interesting mix of lively spaces and patches of garden that are completely dead, unattractive, and useless to the ecosystem. There are a few dead trees and some parts of the lawn need replacing.
And I have no idea where to start with any of this. I don't always know what's a flower and what's a weed. Some of the overgrowth is daunting. There's a garden that clearly used to be a very nice area to walk through and pick berries from the plants, but that is completely overgrown and much of the greenery is dead.
Now that we've made it through the spring and summer and I have a better idea of what's what (what will bloom, what is truly dead and needs to go, what I want to do away with, etc.), and because winter is on the way, I want to hire someone who could be considered a landscape consultant...someone who can help me realize my vision for the space...and who doesn't mind getting dirty with me as we pull weeds and dead plants.
Many of the ads/books out there are for specific things - tree removal, deck/patio construction, lawn mowing/care, flower/veggie gardens, but I want to meet someone who can help me tie all of this together into what was once a great yard, still sort of is, but needs a bit of TLC.
Does this sort of person exist, and how do I find him/her?
Also, I'm in Michigan.