Do You Need a Landscape Designer for a Residential Landscaping Project?


While many people planning landscaping projects just assume they need a general landscaper, there are niches within the landscaping industry that are worth understanding. From the maintenance landscaper to the landscape construction company to the landscape designer, it’s important to know what will best serve your project. If you’re wondering whether you need a landscape designer for a residential landscaping project, read on.

What is a Landscape Designer?

A landscape designer has been extensively trained in the outdoor application of fundamental design concepts — think proportion, balance, perspective, color, texture, and unity. It’s a prized skill set, which is why Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno has a landscape designer on staff. If your vision for your outdoor space includes big additions, like pergolas, hardscape elements, or elevation changes, you’re likely making a not-insignificant investment in your home. That’s when the value of a landscape designer becomes clear.

From a financial standpoint, a landscape designer is worth the additional cost if you’re planning to spend more than $30,000 on your landscaping project. Keep in mind that the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10% of a home’s value in their property’s landscaping.

As a job gets more complicated, with features like different elevations, property grading, and blending the new additions to existing, established landscaping elements, it makes sense to have someone with extensive design experience and a deep understanding of use of space, balance, and planting layouts.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners tend to make with landscaping is taking a piecemeal approach. The end result is often disorganized, with a hodgepodge aesthetic. Even if you plan to complete your project in stages, a landscape designer will create a plan that will ultimately create a polished, harmonious outdoor space when all is said and done. What’s more, having a plan will ensure that your landscaping is designed for the evolution of your life, your family, and/or your end goal with your property.


The first impression of a home — i.e. its curb appeal — can add 20% percent to a home’s value. It’s a significant figure if you’re considering resale value, but there’s so much more to landscaping than the bottom line. A well-planned outdoor space offers so many benefits to homeowners. It’s where you can enjoy quality time with friends and family, where you unwind after a long day. It’s where you stargaze and dine al fresco. It’s where memories are made. For these reasons and more, partnering with a landscape designer — or a company like HLC, which offers both a landscape designer and the landscape construction company your project will need — really starts to make sense.

In Reno and Sparks, contact us today to learn more about the value a landscape architect can add.


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