Should I hire a professional landscape architect to work on my landscape?

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Question: Should I hire a professional landscape architect to work on my landscape?

Many people wonder how to find a landscape architect. But an even more fundamental question must be answered first: do you need to hire a professional, or can you get the job done yourself...?

Answer:

Besides tree limbing, there are many other specialty tasks for which you may want to hire professionals. For instance, you may wish to hire an arborist to have a prize tree pruned properly. "Limbing" and "pruning" are entirely different operations. You may even want to have a landscape architect or landscape designer to re-do your entire landscape.

Some projects demand such highly specialized skills that you have little choice but to hire professionals; for instance, installing driveways. Nonetheless, you can still make an informed decision before hiring someone by doing your homework. In the case of having a new driveway installed, a good place to start is my FAQ exploring the pros and cons of the different types of driveways.

The decision of do-it-yourself versus hiring landscape architects and other professionals largely depends on your personal tastes and whether or not you're landscaping on a budget. Even many people who can afford to hire a landscape architect prefer to do the work themselves, because they find it relaxing, challenging and satisfying.