- What is Earth Graphics?
Earth Graphics is an extremely unique residential landscape design company. We are a Same-Day, Mobile landscape design service. Our designers bring their offices to you! We meet customer at their sites, brainstorm ideas, create and present our landscape plans the same day! We have perfected our design service into one that is quick and efficient, yet still creative and totally custom!
- How could a Landscape Garden Design benefit me?
Our custom designs add elements of enjoyment, security, use-ability and beauty to sites, as well as enhance the value and increase the investment of homes. Most homeowners are not artists, therefore our designers put an artistic and functional eye on our clients’ sites. In addition, our plans help homeowners avoid making costly mistakes during landscape installation projects. As professional designers, our customers hire us for more than a just a ‘pretty’ design. They hire us for our ability to provide function and aesthetics in a plan while keeping a budget in mind. Your good ideas, bounced off an experienced designer and blended together into a good plan, is absolutely the best prescription for a Great Landscape!
- Since Earth Graphics is a large design firm, does that mean I will get a ‘cookie cutter’ plan?
Custom garden designs are as unique as snowflakes. Each plan is driven by the uniqueness of each site, the personality of each client and the creativity of each designer. Interestingly, when Earth Graphics designers come together on one site to cross-train, they each develop very different plans for that site….proving to us that we have a very customized design product and not a ‘cookie cutter’ template.
- What is a Digital Image?
After landscape planning, the next step in our process is to produce a digital image. This is a computer rendered, color picture based on the drawn blueprint, showing what the landscape could look like once installed and at a matured state. Typically, the designers will show the ‘before’ shot, enhanced in an ‘after’ shot with all the landscape elements in place.
- How do I know if I need a Landscape Architect or a Landscape Designer?
Landscape garden design may be created by either a Landscape Architect or a Landscape Designer. Landscape Architects traditionally are involved with large construction projects, commercial designs and specifications, and deal with a greater level of detail to meet required codes on certain sites. On the other hand, most residential Landscape Designers do not work within this level of architectural detail. Registered Landscape Architects have passed rigorous State Boards to be certified and be able to advertise as Landscape Architects. Landscape Designers traditionally are credentialed through schooling, work experience, and an internal creative talent. Each Earth Graphics Landscape Designer has gone through an additional training process to qualify as a competent and able design professional. Most residential sites will require a Landscape Designers level of detail. However, Earth Graphics design services employ both Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers. Please contact us for more details.
- Couldn’t I purchase software that will do what I will pay your company to do?
Garden designs involve several very complicated variables—plant micro-climates, drainage, soil types, individual plant requirements, elevations, traffic flow, water requirements, amenities, etc. Garden design software will not take into account these variables that a Landscape Designers experience and know-how would accomplish. We’ve had clients spend thousands of dollars on plants after using a software package, only to realize that they have made serious mistakes.
- What is a site plan and do I really need one?
Site planning is different from landscape planning in that it addresses the initial placement and orientation of a house, driveways, patios, walks, etc. on an undeveloped project site. Proper site planning sets the table for successful landscape planning and can save a homeowner from making costly construction and landscape mistakes. See our Design Product page for a Site Planning Worksheet.
- Why should I pay for a landscape design when I can get a free sketch from a Garden Center ?
We have found an on-site visit is absolutely critical to the success of a home landscape design. There are far too many variables in relation to the site to address which cannot be obtained from a photo.
- How is an Earth Graphics appointment set up? Do I need to be there the whole time?
Since Earth Graphics is a same-day design service, our designers bring their office to you and will remain on site until the plan is completed. Typically, our appointments will start first thing in the morning or at lunch time, so we do not interrupt too much of our clients’ day. There is a set amount of time for a consultation or a brainstorming session (see our Design Product page for a Brainstorming Worksheet) and our clients are free to go on with their day after that. Again, our designers remain on site until a designated time later in the afternoon for a plan review or wrap-up with the client. We recommend and encourage all decision makers in the landscape project be involved in the brainstorming sheet, the initial consultation, and if possible, the final plan review.
- What is the best time of year to get a landscape design drawn?
Earth Graphics designers can draw all throughout the year, as weather permits. Our busiest seasons are obviously Spring first and then Fall. Winter is our slowest season, but for spring installations, this is the best time to plan. And in doing so, you’ll get a jump on your project and avoid spring schedule delays!
- Will I have to wait 4 weeks or more to get my landscape design?
With Earth Graphics being a same-day service, you will be able to see your finish design and image the same day as your appointment. Our designers will then take your plan back to their office, make the blueprint copies, and prepare them for mailing or pick up.