“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” is a common saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which is as true now as it was back in his day. Those who disagree argue that too much planning destroys spontaneity, but most projects are too expensive and important to leave everything to chance. However, there is always room for last-minute changes to accommodate a sudden burst of creativity.
Don’t Waste Time and Money
When the project involves landscaping, a lack of planning could see time, effort and money wasted if ill-conceived garden placements and plantings need to be removed and replaced. Even the smallest outdoor area benefits from some forethought about where to place seating areas, outdoor lighting, ponds, paths and other features.
When a client contacts us to discuss a landscaping project, their need can be as simple as hiring a truck and driver, or as involved as site preparation requiring the use of bobcats, rock breakers, trucks and experienced operators. At Dee Gees Bobcats, it is not the size of the job that is important, but how well we understand the needs of the client and what is planned for the site.
A Simple Sketch Will Get Things Started
If you have a site that needs landscaping and you don’t know where to start, we recommend that you first put your ideas down on paper, even if it is just a preliminary sketch. For an average-sized house block there is no real need for complex and expensive formal drawings, but setting a budget and costing your ideas will ensure you have the funds to complete the project.
Make Good Decisions – Compare Quotes with Budget
Decide on the positioning of permanent features such as a covered barbeque area, paved walkways, garden beds, fencing, water features and such. Measure the spaces to make sure everything will fit, and decide which tasks require earthmoving equipment or other professional expertise. Obtain quotes for everything and compare them with your preliminary estimates, then adjust where necessary to fit everything within budget. There may be tasks you can do yourself to keep costs down.
Preliminary Planning Essential for Large-scale Projects
Planning for large, expensive landscaping projects follows a similar process but it is usually done under the supervision of a project manager. Typical sites include retail and commercial centres, new housing estates, retirement villages and apartments. We have worked in both environments and for us, as the earthmoving contractors, it is only the scale of the project that is different.
Plans Provide Motivation and Direction
Creative types who would prefer to just start anywhere and follow their noses often find they run out of money, leaving the project unfinished, sometimes for years. Starting with a plan, even a basic one, provides motivation and direction, and still leaves room for the creative spark to show itself at appropriate times.