6 Reasons You Should Hire a Landscape Designer: Why it’s Worth The Cost

Landscape designers are cool.

They come to the table with creative ideas you probably wouldn’t have thought of, and they make you think about your yard in a bunch of new ways.

Maybe you thought your patio has to be a rectangle. It doesn’t! Maybe you didn’t realize you could create a private hideaway to screen those noisy neighbors. You can! Did you even know there’s blue ornamental grass? There is!

Landscape designers know all kinds of great stuff — and they’ll share their innovative ideas and brainy creativity to come up with your perfect outdoor paradise. 

Is it worth getting a landscape designer? 

If you’re just adding a few new beds out front, you don’t need a professional landscape design, says Outback landscape designer Kim Rubert.

“But if you’re redoing your existing yard or starting with a new house, you have to put some thought and planning into it, so it feels comfortable and natural,” she says. “So it’s a place you want to relax.

“A design can make or break a yard.”

Here are 6 reasons to hire a landscape designer.

1. Function Matters, Not Just Looks

Of course, your Idaho Falls landscape design has to look great. But it also has to work great.
A professional landscape design makes sure it does. 
Rubert starts asking about function before anything else when she sits down with a new customer to talk about their landscape design. 

How do you live? What do you like to do? 
Do you have kids? Pets? Does your family enjoy sports? Do you entertain a lot? 

The answers help her narrow in on how the yard should function — not just how it will look

pergola and patio with outdoor kitchen

Need privacy? The right plants can offer a nice natural screen. Have dogs? Sturdy ground covers stand up to scampering paws. Curious toddlers? Plants can’t be toxic.

Drainage and water management. Fire pit placement. Foot traffic patterns. 

There’s a lot more to this than what color roses you want on your trellis. When you ask yourself, “Should I hire a landscape designer?” follow that up with, “Do I want to actually use and enjoy my yard?”

Of course, the answer is yes.  

2. You Won’t Buy 832 Plants

Plants are tempting little buggers. It’s way too easy to want one of everything.

Pink Knock-out roses? Yes!
Giant fluffy blue hydrangea? Absolutely! Variegated dogwood? Look at those pretty leaves! Boulder blue fescue? Twenty, please! 

You can see the problem.

flowers and plantings near retaining walls and on pergola

Landscape design in Idaho Falls means having a ton of great plants to include. One of the reasons to hire a landscape designer? So you don’t end up with 832 plants in your yard. 

A design makes sure you don’t stuff way too many plants into a small yard. You’ve already decided exactly what’s perfect, and you stick to the plan.

“I fall victim to that, too,” Rubert says. See? Even the pros can’t resist temptation.
“If you put too many things you love together, none of them will stand out,” Rubert says.

On the other hand, if you have a large yard, a design ensures there’s enough plant material, so it doesn’t look empty.

“It plans exactly what you need,” Rubert says, “to make your perfect yard happen.”

3. Plant the Right Things, in the Right Place

“A design makes sure all the plant material goes well with each other and goes well with your house,” Rubert says. 

She puts a lot of thought into where plants are placed.

Bad placement means your plants could be overcrowded, vulnerable to diseases and insect damage, or just plain die of thirst.

Read our Detailed Guide to Planning your Landscape Design in Idaho
She doesn’t mix plants with different light and water needs. You don’t want a shade-loving plant next to a sun-loving plant. One of them will suffer. 
A professional landscape design clusters drought-tolerant plants together so they can share the same watering needs.

plantings and flowers in landscape beds

You want plants that bloom at different times throughout the season, so you have color to enjoy for several months. (The reasons to hire a landscape designer are adding up.)

Also, size matters.

“Some things will get too big when they’re full grown, and you would have to rip them out,” Rubert says. 

That’s a huge bummer.

“Landscapes take so long to nature, and they look so beautiful when they do,” Rubert says. “It would be a shame to have to start over.”

The cost of a landscape designer is waaaaaaay less than starting over.

4. One Word: Hardscape

Is it worth getting a landscape designer? Are you planning hardscape? 

Hardscapes can be tricky. A design makes sure they work.

“Hardscape is one of the few things we include in every single landscape design,” Rubert says. “With a plan, you get exactly what you want.”

fire pit with seat wall and water feature

It’s especially helpful if you have an odd-shaped yard, or obstacles you need to work around.

“Sometimes you have to think outside the box,” Rubert says. “Move things around. Try something different. Change the flow of traffic. Switch the positions of the fire pit and the pool.”

You don’t want this happening on the fly, the day of installation.Trust us.

“You’re spending a lot of money on pavers or stamped concrete,” Rubert says. “You want it to be perfect. A design can make it work.” And make the cost of a landscape designer instantly worth it.

5. That Design is Useful Down the Road

Don’t toss your landscape design just because your landscaping is installed. It’s helpful long after your first pool party.

Landscape design in Idaho Falls is often done in phases, over years.

landscape design with fire pit and fireplace on patio

“The design is important, so you don’t lose the vision,” Rubert says. It reminds everybody to continue to stick to the plan.

If you sell the house, the design is helpful for the new owners. They’ll know what all the plants are, so they know how to take care of them. What needs pruning. What should be divided. The location of the fire pit gas line.

6. A Professional Landscape Design Actually Saves You Money

“If you have to rip something out because it doesn’t work, you’re wasting a lot of money,” Rubert says. “One design fee could save you thousands. What if you lay pavers and you hate them?”

landscape design in color

The cost of a landscape designer is a small price to pay to ensure everything is just right, especially if you’re investing $20,000 or more in the project.

The Cost of a Landscape Design: What’s Behind It?

A professional landscape design is a completely separate service from the rest of your landscaping, so it comes with its own cost, Rubert says.

Why do we charge for it?

Landscape Designers are Skilled Professionals

Sure, you can sketch out a rough design on the back of a napkin at Taco Tuesday. That’s not what we do.

“We bring a lot to it,” Rubert says. “We’ve been to school for this. We have professional training.” 
Rubert earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape design at Brigham Young University. 

landscape design with patio and plantings

“We know design styles,” she says. “We know the plants that grow well here.”

You pay to have your eyes examined, right? Your car serviced? Your taxes done?

Professional landscape design cost is no different.

There’s a Lot of Time Involved 

Our landscape designers aren’t whipping out your landscape design while waiting for their oil change.

It’s a painstaking process that takes a considerable amount of time.

First, they meet with the client, talk about ideas, and get a feel for what they like. Next up, they take lots of measurements on site.Three revisions are included in the fee.

“The whole process takes hours and hours,” Rubert says.

landscape design with planting options

Just the initial design itself takes six to 10 hours to create.

Once the first draft is done, Rubert makes a large color print for the client to review at our design studio.

The first draft will have some revisions once you decide what you like and what needs tweaking. The second revision will be very close to what you want. (This kind of precision and planning is one of the best reasons to hire a landscape designer.) 

Next, you pick out materials so the work can begin.

All in all, there’s at least 15 hours just in the design process.

Would you work for 15 hours for free?

Landscape Design in Idaho Falls: Trust Your Design to Outback

Of course, you want your new landscaping to look fantastic, but you also want it to thrive for years to come and work perfectly for your lifestyle.

All that takes painstaking planning from day one. But we’ll make it easy, we promise. This will be fun! 

We serve residential and commercial properties in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as Bonneville, Madison and Bannock counties.

Call us at 208-656-3220. Or fill out the contact form to schedule a no-obligation meeting with one of our team members.

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