Frequently Asked Questions
Landscape Design & Installation FAQs
Once I accept my quote, how long will it take before you can start our project?We generally are scheduling 30-60 days out on Landscape Project work. This can be affected by lead times for materials selected.
What should I expect to budget for my landscape project?This answer depends heavily on the scope of the project. A good range for planting renovations would be 5-10% of your current home value. If you are planning outdoor living areas, such as patios, pergolas, water features, artificial turf, and lighting projects, we recommend 15-20% as a qualified budget range.
Who handles utility locating?Florida requires that the contractor performing the work calls in to locate it with Sunshine 811. Tropical Gardens will call utility locates between 3-5 days prior to the scheduled start date of your project.
Is there a cost for the landscape design?Yes, we have Design Fees that range from $750 - $2500 for a comprehensive Landscape Plan. Your Landscape Designer will go over the scope of work with you in the consultation to determine the amount of work involved. If there will be construction plans required for Hardscape, Drainage, Irrigation, Tree Mitigation, and Lighting, this will all determine the costs associated with your plans.
Is there a cost for an on-site consultation with a designer?Yes, there is a $150 fee for one of our designers to visit your property and spend 1 hour with you walking the property, discussing your needs and wants, color palette, and going over budgets and construction document needs. They will also verify the accuracy of your survey and take photos of the property while onsite for the concept phase.
Why should I hire a professional landscape designer?
There are three reasons to hire a professional landscape designer.
1. You will get a great plan by an experienced designer who is knowledgeable of proper material. selection, sight lines from your home, water requirements, best use of outdoor spaces, etc.
2. You get an organized set of construction documents for planting, irrigation and drainage layout, lighting, permitting, and construction.
3. Our design firm can also perform all aspects of the construction process in-house. This way, there is a seamless transition to the ordering of the proper materials, scheduling, and crews that understand the build process and can implement the design with years of installing plans from that designer.