Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the steps involved with a typical landscape improvement project?


Every project follows three major stages when creating a beautiful, long term successful landscape; design, installation and maintenance.




How long does a project take from design to completion?


This depends on the scope of the project. A typical front foundation planting could be completed within 2- 3 weeks of the acceptance of a proposal. A simple patio could be done within 3-4 weeks of issuance of the necessary permits. A full site development or redevelopment could take 3–6 weeks to plan, another 3-4 weeks to obtain permits and 4-12 weeks to install depending on the complexity of the project and the time of year. We only have one landscape crew so we do our best to complete the projects in a timely manner in the order we sign them.




When is the best time to start your landscape design?


We would like to be involved in the planning process as soon as the thought crosses your mind. Late fall and winter are always a good time to start planning for the upcoming year. If you are planning on renovating your existing home or building a new home, we recommend our early involvement in the project. By being involved early, we help save existing plant materials, improve and minimize site drainage costs, coordinate interior issues that overlap with landscape issues and enhance the integration of architecture and landscape architecture for your property.




What types of landscape installation do you do?


Smitty’s installs a variety of landscape options. We can install water features, patios, walkways, retaining walls, edging, stairs, fire pits and fireplaces, landscape lighting, plant beds, rock and mulch.




How much does landscaping cost?


As no two yards are the same, the cost varies. Our Smitty’s designer will work with you and your budget to achieve your outdoor landscape goals, whether it be a patio, retaining wall, resolving some drainage issues, or some simple plantings.





Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps involved with a typical landscape improvement project?


Every project follows three major stages when creating a beautiful, long term successful landscape; design, installation and maintenance.




How long does a project take from design to completion?


This depends on the scope of the project. A typical front foundation planting could be completed within 2- 3 weeks of the acceptance of a proposal. A simple patio could be done within 3-4 weeks of issuance of the necessary permits. A full site development or redevelopment could take 3–6 weeks to plan, another 3-4 weeks to obtain permits and 4-12 weeks to install depending on the complexity of the project and the time of year. We only have one landscape crew so we do our best to complete the projects in a timely manner in the order we sign them.




When is the best time to start your landscape design?


We would like to be involved in the planning process as soon as the thought crosses your mind. Late fall and winter are always a good time to start planning for the upcoming year. If you are planning on renovating your existing home or building a new home, we recommend our early involvement in the project. By being involved early, we help save existing plant materials, improve and minimize site drainage costs, coordinate interior issues that overlap with landscape issues and enhance the integration of architecture and landscape architecture for your property.




If I have a vision, but I can’t afford everything at once, can I phase out the design over time?


Absolutely! At Smitty’s Lawn and Landscape, we want to help you create your dream landscape and we will be happy to phase a project out for you!We can help you develop a master plan, and then prioritize what needs done so that your dream can become reality over time.




What does a landscape design cost?


$50-Site analysis
$150-Small Design
$250-Master Plan




Do you guarantee your plant material?


We guarantee shrubs and trees that are hardy to Zone 4 for a year, the exception being roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, holly, boxwood, and dogwood trees. Plant failures need to be reported within a year, accompanied by the failed plant and receipt. Installation labor and delivery costs are non-refundable and are not figured into any credit you receive for a failed plant. If Smitty’s will be installing a replacement, installation fees must be paid again. Plants that fail due to negligence, pests, disease, or extreme weather are not covered under our guarantee.




What types of landscape installation do you do?


Smitty’s installs a variety of landscape options. We can install water features, patios, walkways, retaining walls, edging, stairs, fire pits and fireplaces, landscape lighting, plant beds, rock and mulch.




How much does landscaping cost?


As no two yards are the same, the cost varies. Our Smitty’s designer will work with you and your budget to achieve your outdoor landscape goals, whether it be a patio, retaining wall, resolving some drainage issues, or some simple plantings.





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