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Old 07-02-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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So there was a thread with recommendations for landscapers, but it's three years old and was really concentrated in the NW area of the Poconos (Greentown/Scranton, etc).

I'm in northern Monroe and considering whether to hire a landscaper or landscape architect. Our property is big and has some amazing natural features, but our problems are not easy to solve (a severe grade is the most critical).

I need someone who'll walk the property with us and listen, first and foremost, to us, as well as our land.

I don't need a quote over the phone for a brick paver walkway.

Anyone know someone like this?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Blue Bell, PA and Jim Thorpe, PA
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Check out Charles Petrus in Blakeslee. Landscape architect.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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tx, will do!
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Depending on specific questions and your 'vision'. another person you might engage is an experienced excavator.

They can be helpful by evaluating land contouring, drainage, drive/road building, and tying this all together, especially economically. This is most relevant IF what you envision entails digging, rock pounding/blasting, tree work, drainage/runoff, etc. They know this stuff. They create and move piles of this or that from here to there to contour the terrain and, if needed, reuse or help to dispose of it.

Depending on the question(s)...(are they more esthetic or mechanical?)...they can help a lot to understand major practicality que$tion$ and option$.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Long Island and PA too:)
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Hope you have lots of $$. I live on LI and I hope things are cheaper in PA...my friend (also on LI) just had his modest size yard re-landscaped due to Hurricane Sandy, just paid $18,000
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Hope you have lots of $$. I live on LI and I hope things are cheaper in PA...my friend (also on LI) just had his modest size yard re-landscaped due to Hurricane Sandy, just paid $18,000
DANG! I am not sure about landscaping ect. but I know I would have gotten a better price on my fence installation on LI. I have a postage size back yard and the best price for product and installation was 51 hundred. Seems tradesmen charge higher prices for a lot of different types of work because there in less competition here.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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Yeah, $18K is def. not in the budget. I'm hoping for a thorough consulting and design that I'm willing to pay market rates for. And then, hoping to pay as I go, over years, as the money is there. There are things I can maybe barter for, though probably not heavy equipment jobs. But at no point am I looking at megabucks all at once. Beyond a house payment, I just don't believe in borrowing, so that necessitates going slow.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Blue Bell, PA and Jim Thorpe, PA
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We had a master plan done and then broke it into phases. Doing one or two of those phases a year. Keeps us from having to rework things and it is fun seeing it all start to come together. :-)
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Make sure any landscaper takes into account our deer. They eat almost everything. Some of the ornamental grasses, lavender, boxwood, Japanese Andromeda and holly are a few plants that seem deer resistant. Many shrubs, flowers and vegetables disappear overnight. Even small trees are not safe from our buck rubbing their horns.

I don't mean to discourage you. I just don't like to see people waste money.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:28 AM
 
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I was a landscape designer for years (though here in Florida, dealing w/tropicals & sub-tropicals....).

Seems any guy w/a lawnmower advertises himself as a "designer", so check out whoever you find thoroughly!! A lot don't know their andromeda from their elbow!!!

Also, do your "hardscape" first!! (any grading, leveling, tiering, paving, concreting, structures, etc...) Then start bringing in your plant material. A lotta folks do it backwards, wasting money & killing plants.

Lastly, do a LOT of research on your own!! Find designs, yards, parks, etc that have elements that you like, & have the designer incorporate those elements into YOUR design. Saves a lotta time, money & crossed-signals!!

Good luck!!
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