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At DIY yards, the goal is help you Do It Yourself…but not alone. 
Which means I can help as little, or as much, as you want, in the areas you want. We can tackle the whole yard, or just a small corner, allowing you to finish the project on your own. The options are designed to get you started, keep you going, and…Get It Done!

Get Started 

  • Free Consultation
    During this on-site visit we will discuss what you really want your yard to look like. We will also identify current issues and opportunities and discuss potential options and the associated resources to to getting them done.
    If after the Free Consultation we think we can work together, then we:

Get Going

  • Site Assessment & Basic Design
    This step provides drawings that show what we discussed in the consultation and more! This includes the following and requires onsite measurements (which can be done during the free consultation).
    – Sector Analysis: This shows the natural and user influences on the site.

    – Zone Analysis: Documents the areas with the most use and/or accessibility and helps determine where
    elements should go

    – Basic Design: This is a scaled drawing showing generally where things will go – e.g. trees, washes, patios, gardens, etc. It will be accompanied by a narrative explaining the logic behind the layout.
    These will be done in AutoCAD and Photoshop and will be provided via email in pdf. I also do an in-person review of the plan.

    Example – Small Backyard
    Example – Family Retreat and Play Areas
    Example – Large Front and Back Yard
  • Full Design 
    If you are looking for a more detailed approach this additional step includes major dimensions and calls out all plants and their quantities.
  • Site Layout
    This can be down with a Basic or Full Design. If you choose to do this I come to the site to mark out the plan with chalk or marking paint. This step is very helpful for those who have a hard time visualizing plans on paper and/or are ready to get started and want some lines to follow.
  • Plant Placement
    One of the perks of working at a nursery is I have access to a variety of plants and can borrow them so we can decide which plants you like the best and where. To implement this service you need a Basic Design completed and will either have to have a Site Layout done or do it yourself. You will also have to come “shopping” (which means stopping by the nursery where I work so we can narrow down the plant selection that will be brought to your house for final selection). Then we will choose a time that I can bring the plants to your house so we can move them around, eliminate what you don’t like, and mark the locations of the ones you do. You can buy/keep the plants you are ready for, and will have a list of the ones you will need to get when you reach the next phase of implementation.

Get It Done!

  • Do It Yourself…but not alone 
    For some, having a design is like having a book they will never read. Site visits and “work days” are opportunities for me to check in and help you over the major humps: “Am I doing this right?”, “We ran into this issue”, etc.  This option insures you keep things moving by getting clarification and/or having skilled help working side-by-side with you when you need it. Plus, it’s more fun to work with someone (and more productive).

basic design

full design

     hands-on help, technical assistance, and straight-up
moral support to keep you going until you get it done