garden landscaping frequently asked questions

Landscaping – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer landscaping consultation?

Yes, we can offer a service for garden advice, planting layouts and plant suggestions.

Why should I hire a licensed & insured Landscape contractor?

Hiring a licensed and insured landscape contractor is a wise decision with numerous advantages. Firstly, licensing demonstrates that the contractor has met certain professional standards and possesses the necessary skills and knowledge to handle landscaping projects competently. This ensures that your project will be executed with a higher degree of expertise, from the initial design and planning stages to the final construction and maintenance. Licensed contractors are typically well-versed in local building codes, environmental regulations, and safety protocols, which reduces the risk of costly mistakes, delays, or legal issues. By entrusting your landscaping needs to a licensed professional, you can have confidence in the quality and legality of the work being performed on your property.

Secondly, insurance coverage is a crucial safeguard for both you and the contractor. In the event of unexpected accidents or property damage during the project, an insured contractor provides protection against potential liabilities. Their liability insurance covers the costs associated with accidents or damage, preventing you from bearing the financial burden. This not only assures your peace of mind but also demonstrates the contractor’s commitment to professionalism and accountability. Hiring a licensed and insured landscape contractor ultimately minimizes risks, ensures compliance with industry standards, and guarantees a smoother, more secure, and successful landscaping experience from start to finish.

What does a Landscape Designer do?

A landscape designer is a skilled professional who combines artistry and practicality to plan, design, and create outdoor spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sustainable. Their work encompasses a wide range of tasks, from conceptualizing and sketching landscape plans to selecting suitable plants, materials, and hardscape elements like pathways and water features. Landscape designers collaborate with clients to understand their preferences and needs, integrating them into the design while considering factors such as site conditions, climate, and local regulations. They aim to harmonize the natural environment with human needs, transforming outdoor areas into inviting, well-organized, and visually appealing landscapes, whether it’s a private garden, a public park, or a commercial property.

What is a Registered Building Practitioner?

In Victoria, Australia, a Registered Building Practitioner is an individual or company that has met the regulatory requirements and has been officially registered by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to undertake specific building-related work. This registration is a legal requirement for professionals involved in the construction and building industry, and it signifies that they have demonstrated the necessary qualifications, skills, and experience to perform their designated roles in a competent and compliant manner. Registered Building Practitioners are typically classified into various categories based on their specialization, such as builders, architects, engineers, plumbers, and other tradespeople, each adhering to the VBA’s standards and regulations, ensuring that building work in Victoria is conducted safely, professionally, and in accordance with the law.

What does a Landscape Gardener do?

A landscape gardener is a skilled professional responsible for the planning, installation, and maintenance of outdoor spaces to enhance their aesthetic appeal and functionality. They work with clients to design and create visually pleasing gardens, lawns, and landscapes, often incorporating elements such as plants, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, and irrigation systems. Landscape gardeners are experts in plant selection, soil preparation, and garden layout, ensuring that the outdoor environment thrives and remains healthy. Their tasks include planting, pruning, mulching, and ongoing maintenance to preserve the beauty and vitality of the landscape, whether it’s for residential, commercial, or public properties.

What’s the difference between hardscaping and softscaping?

Hardscaping refers to the non-living, structural elements of a landscape, such as pathways, patios, retaining walls, and any man-made features like fountains or pergolas. These elements provide structure, functionality, and organization to outdoor spaces. In contrast, softscaping focuses on the living, natural elements, including plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass. Softscaping adds the soft, organic textures, colors, and biodiversity that bring life and beauty to a landscape. Together, hardscaping and softscaping create a harmonious balance, with hardscape providing the framework and softscape adding the aesthetic and ecological elements, resulting in a well-rounded and visually appealing outdoor environment.

When should I have landscaping done?

The timing for landscaping largely depends on your specific goals and the type of landscaping project you have in mind. However, many landscaping tasks are best undertaken during certain seasons. Spring and early fall are often considered ideal times for major landscaping projects, as the weather is mild, and it’s conducive to planting a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Spring allows for the establishment of new growth, while fall provides an opportunity to prepare the landscape for winter and promote root development. That said, routine maintenance, such as lawn care and weeding, can be done year-round to keep your outdoor space looking its best. Ultimately, the timing should align with your specific project objectives, the local climate, and the seasonal needs of your plants and garden. Consulting with a local landscaping professional can help you determine the most suitable timing for your unique landscaping needs.

What are the benefits of professional lawn and garden maintenance?

Professional lawn and garden maintenance offers a multitude of benefits, including the preservation of your outdoor space’s health, aesthetics, and functionality. Expert maintenance ensures that your lawn remains lush and weed-free, your plants are properly pruned and nurtured, and your garden beds are consistently cared for, resulting in a thriving and beautiful landscape. Additionally, professional maintenance often includes pest and disease management, preventing potential issues from escalating. Beyond the visual appeal, well-maintained outdoor spaces can increase property value and provide a welcoming environment for relaxation and recreation. Furthermore, outsourcing these tasks to professionals saves you valuable time and effort, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without the physical demands and potential pitfalls of DIY maintenance. Overall, professional lawn and garden maintenance are an investment in the long-term vitality and enjoyment of your property.

Do you remove rubbish resulting from the project?

Yes the team at Maroondah Landscapes will always remove rubbish resulting from any work we do on your property.

What’s the difference between annuals and perennials?

Annuals and perennials are two categories of plants that differ primarily in their life cycles and how they behave in the garden. Annuals complete their life cycle within one growing season, from germination to flowering, seed production, and then they die. They often provide vibrant, seasonal bursts of color but need to be replanted each year. In contrast, perennials are plants that return year after year, with their roots surviving through winter and new growth emerging each spring. They tend to have longer lifespans and provide consistent foliage and blooms, making them a more permanent fixture in the garden. While annuals are valued for their versatility and ability to change the garden’s appearance each year, perennials offer enduring beauty and require less replanting effort, contributing to a garden’s long-term stability and biodiversity.

What Is Landscaping Color Theory?

Landscaping color theory is a design concept that applies principles of color and its visual effects to create harmonious and visually appealing outdoor spaces. It involves the careful selection and arrangement of plants, flowers, and other elements in a landscape to achieve specific aesthetic goals. The theory considers factors such as color contrast, harmony, balance, and the emotional impact of colors on the viewer. For example, warm colors like red and orange can create an energetic and inviting atmosphere, while cool colors like blue and green can evoke a sense of calm and tranquility. Landscaping color theory helps landscape designers and homeowners use color strategically to enhance the beauty, mood, and overall impact of their outdoor environments.

What is sustainable landscaping?

Sustainable landscaping, often referred to as eco-friendly or green landscaping, is an approach to designing and maintaining outdoor spaces with a focus on environmental responsibility and resource conservation. It encompasses a range of practices that aim to minimize negative impacts on the environment while promoting biodiversity, water conservation, and energy efficiency. Sustainable landscaping strategies may include using native plants to reduce water and chemical usage, implementing efficient irrigation systems, incorporating organic and natural materials, practicing responsible soil management, reducing waste through recycling and composting, and considering the long-term health of the ecosystem. The goal of sustainable landscaping is to create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces that benefit both the environment and the well-being of those who enjoy them, all while reducing the ecological footprint of landscaping practices.

What our Clients are saying

From the design, scope and quote to implementation, the Maroondah Landscapes team were incredibly professional, detail-oriented and careful as well as always respectful to keep the work area clean and tidy. The finished product looks stunning and is exactly what we imagined when the land scape design was completed. I could not recommend Maroondah Landscapes more highly

David Simmelmann

Thank you so much for the transformation in our garden I am delighted with the result.  Our garden has become an item of interest in the village, with people popping in to see the end result.

I must compliment the team, as they were ever mindful that they were working in an environment for “not so young”.

Jean Jones

Maureen and I love the end result of all the effort that you and your team have put into creating a most pleasurable environment for us and our family to enjoy. We will look after it like you wouldn’t believe. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind Regards, Maureen & Rex

My 3 weekly visits from Team Maroondah is the best choice I made when needing some help in the garden. I love being home when they come but sometimes it not possible (due to my Voluntary Work on these days) arriving home (tired) its such a lift to see everything all neat and tidy again Thanks Guys

Marg – Heathmont

We had a great experience with Maroondah Landscapes from initial conversations to the finished product. We were rapt with our final backyard and we know it will grow to become a magnificent area in time. Would happily recommend their services to anyone in the need of quality landscaping.
Wayne – Wantirna

Your company was recommended and I would not hesitate to further recommend Maroondah Landscaping. All works went as planned with a great out come, highly professional and clean throughout the project. Customer service was excellent Craig and the team kept me updated at all stages and provided some recommendation throughout the job which assist us in a great outcome.

Templestowe Landscaping Works

We Couldn’t be any happier with the work that Maroondah Landscspes did with our back yard. The work time frame, processes and communication were spot on – with the entire team all courteous but most of all were all focused on doing a great job for us. Thank you to Rus and the entire team. We love our back yard!! Highly recommend!

Greg – Lilydale

Your plans are absolutely wonderful and we love each and every element of what you have proposed. You have completely nailed the plant selections and we simply cant wait to see the finished product. We are also blown away by the amount of detail and attention to detail in your plan. Overall, your plan will create a beautiful, colourful oasis that will add tremendous value to our property.

Patrick – Warrandyte