Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a landscape design cost?

Each design is unique. Our designer will meet with you to gather the specific scope of your project, establish your target budget and provide you with an estimate based on the amount of time needed to create your one-of-a-kind design. Also, if you select us to do the installation, your fees will be refunded via additional products and services.

Is phasing a landscape project realistic?

Definitely. In fact many of our clients go this route and we encourage it. Typically, phasing allows you to be more aggressive with your master plan while maintaining your initial budget. Phasing also gives you the opportunity to live with your landscape and determine if any changes to your design are needed, as well as the opportunity to do parts of the project yourself.

Do you give free estimates?

Yes, we do give free estimates. However, a scaled landscape plan is necessary to develop an accurate proposal. In the event you do not have a plan, we also offer design services.

What should I budget for landscaping?

A good rule of thumb is 10 percent to 15 percent of the cost of your home. However, there are many factors that influence the cost of a project, including (but not limited to) lot size, product type, hardscape elements and plant selection/size. This is why it is important to create a design that will fulfill your long-term goals and objectives.

What does sustainable landscaping mean?

Sustainable landscaping has differing definitions. At Southern Exposure Landscape Management, we believe it begins with an appropriate design that includes functional, cost-efficient, visually pleasing areas that are in harmony with the local climate and require minimal resource inputs (fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides and water).

What is Xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping is a good example of a sustainable landscape. Xeros is Greek for "dry." It is not "zeroscape." There are seven principles associated with this type of design:

  • Good planning and design
  • Practical turf areas,
  • Efficient irrigation
  • Soil improvement
  • Use of mulches
  • Use of drought tolerant and indigenous plants
  • Good maintenance

What is your warranty?

We include a one-year warranty from date of completion on landscape and hardscape AND a one-year labor and three-year material warranty on irrigation systems.