4 Costly Mistakes to Avoid In Landscape Design


4 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Garden and Landscape Design in Sydney


We all love to watch the reality TV shows, filling our imaginations with an instant garden. But how real is the outcome?

As a landscape architect, I see my clients at two stages. One is the at beginning of their landscape design journey, and the other is at the end. The question is why would you need a designer at the end?  It should all be finished and lived in.

The stage at the end is always the most distressing for my new client, because their journey has gone ‘’pear shaped’’ and they ring me asking for help.

Most people start their landscape journey with fabulous images, dreaming of their garden paradise. This is a great way to start, but the only way to progress is through the design process, as yes, designing a garden landscape is a process, if the outcome is to be best suited to the home and budget.

1.  The first mistake to avoid is not getting an experienced professional –this could be a landscape architect or designer,  building draftsman or engineer as part of the design team.
2.  The second mistake is not doing adequate research. This will avoid costly mistakes down the track –these could be council regulations, legal issues, soil and plant requirements specifically for your project.
3.  The third mistake to avoid is not doing costings throughout the design process. So in the end you can actually construct the final landscape design within your budget .
4.  The fourth mistake to avoid is not checking the insurances and licences for contractors before construction commences .



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Email angela@yourlandscapejourney.com or ring 0416 397 258 for a FREE 20 MINUTE DISCOVERY PHONE CONSULTATION to find out what you need for your next landscape design and garden project in Sydney. We are experienced Landscape Architects, Horticulturists and a Consulting Arborist ready to assist you with the consultation and design process to make sure you get the outcome you deserve, on time and on budget.





How to Drought Proof Your Garden

drought proof your garden flower



Is it irresponsible to water your garden during the drought?

Considering the effects trees and gardens have on reducing temperatures and providing wildlife habitat the answer is a resounding ….NO!


Trees can reduce temperatures by an average of 10 Degrees Celcius, that’s cheaper than air-conditioning and better for the climate.


Here’s an easy list of things to do to help with your time and budget…

– have a cool shower with your indoor pot plant


– install water tanks to store runoff…..many sizes and capacities for small to large spaces

– drip irrigation from your local irrigation shop … they can give expert advice on what to buy and DIY


– mulch and more mulch… the best type to use is leaf mulch like the forest floor, as it has leaves, twigs and chips. Just wood chip can cause ‘nitrogen draw down’ in plants, so you then spend lots of money fertilising!


– wetting agents – either granules or wetting solution from your local hardware store


– LOOK up Sydney Water’s website for the do’s and don’ts of the current water restrictions for your landscape garden Sydney


Ring Angela on 0416397258 for expert advice on Your Landscape Journey.