5 myths about hiring a landscape designer

5 myths about hiring a landscape designer, landscape architect, landscape professional


  1. Yard Shame. I’m too embarrassed to show them my yard. Living in the Southwest, in particular Albuquerque has some challenges. It’s really hard to have a nice yard here and most of us are left with a sea of gravel, old trees with dead grass or just dirt and weeds. This happens, life happens, who has time to be outside pulling the 100’s of weeds in your yard. Landscape architects and designers are here to help YOU have the space you dream of. We expect you called us because you’re unhappy with your yard. And you know what, we’ve probably seen worse but that’s part of the fun. It’s exciting to bring an old yard back to life. In fact, my yard was a dirt pit 8 years ago. I chipped away at it one season at a time. Remember, the cobbler’s shoes always need mending. Finding the potential in your yard will be fun!  My Landscape Coach talking about yard shame, yard clutter, yard debris, i hate my yard. learn how to change that by visiting mylandscapecoach.com
  2. It will cost too much. Yes, there will be cost involved when it comes to getting a design done for your yard. And while landscape architects are trained to understand all aspects of design and construction and are licensed by the state, you could easily prepare your own plan for your backyard. Your landscape professional will provide you with years of experience in your area, they will understand the materials available to you, they’ll be up with all the latest construction and plant materials, they’ll have a direct connection into the local contractors and they will know how to work within your budget. These resources are invaluable to you and your yard. Access to these types of resources will save you time, money and will give you peace of mind knowing you are receiving the best possible resources in town.  how much will a landscape design cost, learn at my landscape coach.com
  3. I can get the same exact same plan for free from the local garden center. Yes, that is true. Most garden centers or nurseries have landscape designers on staff. Remember that old saying, nothing in life is FREE, it’s a pretty true statement. The garden centers are able to provide this service to you because they hope you will come back and spend money on their plants, flagstone, and other materials. Most landscape architects are providing a service for a fee. So just like a plumber is paid to fix your leak, a landscape architect is paid to design your yard.
  4. The landscape designer will design my yard without input from me. Many people worry that a designer has a certain style they like to use, for instance they’ll design only wild native gardens without turf grass. Not to worry, while designers are sometimes known for having styles, we’re here to solve problems not to give you a modern style backyard when you really crave a wild native meadow. We are here to help you by bringing your design dreams to life in your yard. This includes understanding your own personal design style and helping bring your interior design style outdoors. We will most definitely share examples of our past work but in the end it’s your taste that we work with not ours. landscape plan in progress learn more at mylandscapecoach.com
  5. The design will be so complex, hard to create, expensive and hard to maintain. All landscape designs are created based on the physical space, the environmental factors, and the people using the spaces. You’ll be asked questions about how you will use your space and how much work you anticipate it taking to keep up the garden. We take these objectives and create the space based on your specific needs. The goal is to help you get the results you want within your budget. That might mean your project becomes phased out over the years and your designer will outline those phases for you. There might be usable materials already in the space that you were assuming would get tossed, however your designer has come up with a creative use for them allowing you to work within your budget. The opportunities and potential for the design of year yard is different but be rest assured your designer will plan it for your needs!b-amaggie


The goal of getting a landscape plan is for you to eventually build out the space whether via a contractor or of your own DIY sweat equity. Either way we want you to get results. Perhaps you’re not able to afford the entire design at this time so you’d like to phase it, or you’d like to hire a contractor but don’t even know where to begin. Having a plan is CRITICAL, it captures your vision and allows you to work toward the final goal at your own pace. I want my clients to be successful and be able to enjoy their outdoor spaces as soon as possible. That is why I always leave my clients with a TO DO LIST showing them the steps they need to take to getting their plan implemented. I typically continue to follow up to make sure they are taking action. Learn more about what’s included in a Landscape Coach plan by clicking here. 

“The distance between your dreams and reality is called ACTION”

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  1. says

    It’s good to know that landscape designers try to use what resources are already available on the land. The more that they can reuse into their design the more Eco-friendly it is. Finding out what else they do to create a green landscape would also be good to know.

    • Jill Brown says

      Hi Kendall, Thanks for stopping by the blog, that is a great question. Using plants native to the local areas are extremely important when creating a green landscape. We also review the site from drainage perspective and think about ways we can reuse the water that falls on the site, this might be by collecting roofwater and harvesting water that falls on the groundplane with swales or small collection areas. Pleased to get your question, I look forward to hearing more about your yard!

  2. says

    I also thought that I would get a complex design that was too hard to maintain. I hired a landscape designer for my backyard last year and I was pleasantly surprised. My lawn is now beautiful and surrounded by rock gardens, and couldn’t be easier to keep up. A good designer will know what they’re doing and help you keep things manageable.

    • Jill Brown says

      Thanks Kyle for stopping by the blog and for sharing your story about your experience with a landscape designer. How did you find your landscape designer?

  3. says

    I have heard that landscape architects really can turn anything into a reality. I am glad that you mentioned that they will be able to get something that you can maintain later down the road. I don’t think people really want to be putting in a lot of money to maintain the landscape.

    • Jill Brown says

      Hi Charles, Thanks for stopping by the blog and providing feedback. Maintenance is one of the biggest concerns clients here in New Mexico talk about.

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  5. says

    This is some really good information about hiring a landscape designer. I like what you said about how the landscaper will ask you for your opinion on what you want in your yard. It seems like it would be a good idea to have a professional help you. I know I wouldn’t be able to take care of what I want my yard to look like.

    • Jill Brown says

      Glad you enjoyed it Emily! A landscape architect will design the yard so you CAN take care of it! Let me know how I can help. What type of yard are you looking for? Where do you live?

  6. says

    I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to get my landscape looking good. I just don’t want to hire a landscape designer because I’m too embarrassed about how my yard looks now. I didn’t know that they don’t really care! I’ll be sure to find hire one now. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    My wife and I are looking at getting our yard done before the end of summer. I really like that a designer will actually take our opinions into consideration. I have been worried we would not have a say in how the yard ended up looking.

    • Jill Brown says

      Hi Kody, Welcome to the blog. Yes, you will always have a say with a good Landscape architect or designer. It’s your space and we want to make it perfect for you! Can’t wait to hear how your project comes out, I’d be happy to help you with it!

  8. says

    I really like your third point on how going to a garden center for a contractor can end up costing you money as well. As someone who isn’t very good at the DIY stuff, it sounds like hiring a contractor from the start would be better. Instead of trying to plant the flowers and place the stone myself, I’d much rather have someone figure it out and then make it happen.

    • Jill Brown says

      Garden centers are great, the problem is if you go there without the big picture or a plan you may end up buying plants that won’t work in your yard. It’s better to go to the nursery with a design or to get them to help you create a design. In my opinion, it’s best to have a plan before you begin your landscaping. THere is so much to be gained from understanding all aspects. A landscape architect can help you with this or a landscape designer at the nursery can help you! Enjoy your journey, I’m happy to help you with any questions you might have about the process! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  9. says

    It is good to hear that a landscape designer will keep my wishes in mind when designing my backyard. I was worried I might not get what I wanted. I really like the idea of having a meadow backyard. I would for it to look like a forest in my backyard.

  10. says

    I think it helps to get someone who is determined to stay within your budget. I know whenever I have thought about making plans I worry about the cost and always cancel. If you have someone who is willing to help you it makes a big difference.

  11. says

    Thanks for dispelling some myths about hiring a professional landscaper. I like that you mention not to be ashamed of your yard. Since a landscaping contractor is there to help, I don’t think they would ever make you feel bad about the state of your yard. I need some help coming up with a design scheme in my back yard, so I will have to contact a good contractor in my area.

  12. says

    I couldn’t agree more! We work with all of our clients to make sure we understand their input and what they want the final project to be. It makes for a much smoother process and a happier customer! Great info, keep them coming!

  13. says

    It’s nice to know that I’ll be included in the planning process if I hire a professional landscape contractor. I know that I definitely worried about this aspect because I want to make sure that I have influence over how my home will look. Overall, though, it would be nice to hire a contractor so that I can have some professional influence and I can work on a team to make the landscaping of my home beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. says

    We overcame our fear of hiring a professional landscape designer earlier this year and haven’t looked back. Our backyard was unmanageable as it was and we wanted something that was easier to maintain but still looked nice and was functional. We asked our friends and family for recommendations, some had none but out of the 5 recommendations we got, three were for the same person so we went with them. Yes, you pay for their services but they transformed our backyard, it looks great and now we can spend less time maintaining it and more time enjoying it… So in the long run the cost has been far outweighed by the benefits.

    • Jill Brown says

      Hi Henry,

      I’m so happy to hear your success story! That is fantastic. I’m also so glad you stopped by the blog. Looking forward to learning more about your awesome yard.


  15. says

    Great article Jill! As a landscaping company without a professional designer on staff (yet) it’s been hard to find a consistent pricing scheme amongst local designers. We’ve had designs of similar size quoted from $600 up to $5000! Some of our customers have opted to save that money and design something on their own but from a professional perspective it’s absolutely money well spent. Working with a professionally laid out design is so much nicer for our team and the end result, when the client is enjoying their new space is so worth it!

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