Landscaping quote for planters
emma lou Posts: 160
Does anyone have any experience of landscape gardening quotes? We have had some work done on the patio and they have sent through some ideas of what plants would work in them. The plants looked great on the photos she sent through and tweaked them just a little, but they have been put in today and they are so tiny i had trouble making them out as per the photo from the landscape gardener. I can see what they may look like in a year or two's time but may have been mislead into thinking we were getting something more established? Also, we asked for one of the large planters to contain grasses of various colours but one looks dead. I cannot make it out of the photo as to which one it could be but not sure.
Perhaps they were a bit misleading about the initial plant size. Call and talk with them politely, explaining you expected more established specimens for that price. See what they say. As it is, I expect they planted them with the full size of the eventual plant in mind.. so they will grow into their spaces eventually, but it may take several years depending upon what they put in. As to the grass, it may be dead.. but more likely it's just not put it's head above last years growth yet (which is probably what you're looking at). I would expect they carry some sort of guarantee.. most garden centers offer one year from purchase, so I would expect the same from any gardening company.
Thanks for your response. They are already in our bad books as they have undercalculated our quote by 25m2 with the patio slabs, so we are understandably annoyed, although it is quite a costly error for him! This has caused a delay in work. They have planted for example some small and white red armeria maritima plants. Some of the flowers have died already although the foilage is very fresh. Should they look fresher than that? I am sure the boss will be back to check the quality as he is a stickler for good work, even if his maths is shocking but may query one or two of the plants with them tomorrow.
I would add some photos but my ipad doesn't seem to want to upload image on this website?
Well, having checked, one of the "dead ones" must be either a pleroblastus variegatis, a pleroblastus plumilus or a pennisetum rubrum fireworks. Cannot be any more especific than that!
I have trouble uploading on my iPad too. I find I have to attempt three or four times (and give it 30 seconds even though it doesn't look like anything is happening) before I'm able to get the image accepted.
Do you get a long box f jargon come up with an "OK" at the bottom? I have tried a few times before on other topics but no joy.
Perfect, well nearly, it uploads it upside down. Technology eh, or maybe it's just me! Good,luck if you can identify this on your head!
Hi emma lou. My daughter was in a similar situation and got a landscape design company to build planters for her garden. She baulked at their quote for planting though and asked me to design it. I created a design for her and we spent a happy couple of hours spending money at the local garden centre. She then went home and planted them (and accidentally locked herself in the garden for more than 4 hours, but that's another story) and immediately moaned to me that everything was too small. This was three weeks ago and now I am getting the opposite complaint that everything is growing too fast so I expect your garden will do exactly the same.
Why on earth are the photos upside down ? Well I am giving everyone a laugh if nothing else!!!
Singing Gardener, I hope you are right. I think we have paid a lot for the raised planters more than anything, but obviously will be jumping up and down if things die any time soon.
Emma lou - what did the specification say about the type of soil used to fill the planters?
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
It didn't I don't think. I will check.