One of the first questions our clients ask us when planning out a new residential or commercial landscape installation is, “How long will it take?” After all, they want their landscaping to look as good as possible, as soon as possible! And we can’t blame them. Before we can quote them a time frame, however, we need to work out some details together.
Here are some things to think about when determining how long commercial landscape installation takes.
Commercial Landscape Installation — Planning A Timeline
The commercial landscape installation process has five key steps:
You’ll contact us to discuss your project.
One of our sales professionals will meet with you to learn more about your vision and needs.
Our landscape design team comes up with a custom plan.
After discussions and modifications, if needed, the client gives approval and signs the contract.
Scope Of Work
The scope of the work is one of the biggest indicators of how long it takes to install landscaping. The scope could be small, such as making minor changes to the existing plants or bedding flowers. Or it could be a large project, where we’re installing new hardscape like sidewalk or driveways, changing out irrigation, laying down sod and planting new beds — in other words, a complete overhaul.
Another consideration is the impacted area’s square footage. Each client’s property is completely different and the estimated installation time is calculated based on the property size involved and the items requested. The installation duration for each project is also dictated by the project complexity and any access restrictions.
We tend to give our clients a projected duration rather than an exact number of days for this reason. After we have an understanding of the project scope, we can better quote you a time frame.
What Else Affects Timing?
One thing to know is that any project with significant hardscaping elements will take longer. Generally irrigation and landscaping additions can happen at the same time. However, when hardscape elements are introduced, these are usually performed by a specialty crew.
Depending on the site’s size, we often want our hardscape crew to have the site to themselves for access purposes. Too many people in a constricted space can also lead to safety concerns and difficulty in completing tasks.
If the project requires demolition of the current hardscaping or preparation of the existing space, that will usually take a day or two.
Communication Is Key
As with any construction project, commercial landscape installation has many moving parts and sometimes requires modifications or changes midstream. We’ve found that good communication between the project manager and the homeowner or commercial property manager is crucial to a smooth and successful installation.
If you’re thinking of installing new landscaping at your property, we’re happy to walk you through the process and give you a better understanding of what’s involved for your specific situation. Give us a call at our Panama City Beach office at (850) 236-1959, or call our Santa Rosa Beach office at (850) 267-0010 to set up an appointment. You can also fill out the online form on our website to schedule a consultation.