Professional Landscape Consultations
How can a Consultation help me?
It is always best to start with a consultation and a design, if your looking to get any kind of landscaping done for your Victoria BC home, whether it is a full makeover or just a small renovation.
Why have a Consultation?
By having a consultation with us, we are able to clearly envision what you had in mind for your project.
This also allows us to get important things like measurements, grades and dimensions, as well as a property report. with all this information, we can then go away and construct a design and quote for what you had in mind.
There are many levels of expertise and experience within this industry. Here at Avant Garde, we pride ourselves on our niche that takes a holistic view of a property when determining any design or concept recommendations.
Simply put, these consultations cannot be done in a rush over the phone. Site analysis is the first essential step in any of our projects. When we first visit a property, our company consider the following:
Client Wishes– this is a pretty obvious step, of paramount importance! What do you like and dislike about your current outdoor space. How do you envision this area functioning – do you entertain often, have young children, noisy pets, or do you just need a quiet place to relax outside?
Sometimes the best inspiration comes from inside the house – particularly to evaluate and frame views outside from primary indoor living spaces. Getting a sense of the client’s style through their home décor choices also provides valuable insight.
Drainage – we will often ask, “do you have any drainage issues?” Often, clients in Victoria BC are glad to have even the smallest drainage issue resolve, sometimes they dont even think of it, until we bring it up. We evaluate gutter and downspout sizes, trace where they dump the water, and inspect drains, catch basins, and pipes for debris or signs of degradation. Moss, mold and slimy surfaces are other good indicators of drainage issues.
Plant Health – Maybe you inherited a ten-year-old garden of exotic shrubs, now overgrown, and have no idea what’s worth keeping, pruning, or dumping? Maybe your arborvitaes haven’t grown since you planted them several years ago. Maybe you have shrubs with yellowing leaves and holes. During our consultation we will take a look at your plant health and make recommendations on how to make them happier.
Sun / Shade Conditons – Sun mapping is critical in determing planting recommendations.
Lawn – is your lawn organic yet?! What will it take to get you there? Do you have a crabgrass problem? Do you have the right pH and enough organic matter to grow a great lawn? Is your soil suffering from compaction? Our lawn care knowledge is a benefit to every residence.
Soil – We evaluate the physical characteristics of your topsoil (how much sand, silt, and clay) by hand, and take note of coloration (rusty, light brown, almost black). For clients signing on for a design or organic maintenance program, we always take a soil chemistry test to evaluate pH, micro and macro nutrients, cation exchange capacity, soluble salts, and more.
Circulation– Are your outdoor spaces accessible from major entry points? Could it benefit from a stepping stone path or paving stone staircase to guide the visitors?
Repairs & Improvements – We can consult on existing property improvements from masonry work to irrigation adjustments.
This consultation process is critical to informing a design plan. If you have a project in mind that could benefit from a professional evaluation and recommendations, give us a call our Victoria Office at 778-650-6364.