Planning your next landscape project.

Master plan for a new landscape in Ridgefield, CT. Backyard entertaining, formal front parking court, landscape plantings with flowering shrubs and perennials, focal points, screening.

I’m always amazed how many people call us every spring looking for us to design, estimate, find plants and install their landscape project all within a couple weeks. At Designing Eden llc, we are master designers and garden creators but we are not miracle workers. When I call potential clients back they are often surprised or disappointed that we can not accommodate their needs. The fact is, great gardens aren’t created over night with a snap of a finger.  wish they were,but they are not. Great gardens take time to design, estimate and install.  Once the first warm days of spring come, we are typically booked through spring and early summer.  Talking to a lot of my colleagues, that’s pretty common with their companies as well.  The fact is, most talented landscapes companies are booked in advance with the largest backlogs happening in the spring. At Designing Eden llc, it’s common for us to start booking spring jobs in the fall of the previous season.  That scheduling works out well because we can spend the fall and winter designing all of our spring work, so when the warm weather arrives, we can focus on garden installation. If you’re looking to install a new landscape or outdoor environment on your property, please realize that there is a process to go from an initial meeting through the design process to a completed landscape.  That process takes time and involves a minimum of a couple meetings and a lot of office and design work. Any good company will have a healthy backlog for most of spring. As a consumer, I’d question why a company can jump on a project that quick. It would definitely raise a question in my eyes. If you’re interested in having a new landscape installed first thing in the spring, fall and early winter is when you should be in full design and decision mode.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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