Billings Landscape Design and Professional Landscape Installation
Billings Landscaping, LLC
Welcome to Billings Landscaping!
We are happy to introduce our landscaping design and installation services to Billings Montana! Billings Landscaping provides high quality landscape design and installation. Brilliant landscape design and quality installation is how we excel above the rest! Our landscape designers have educated knowledge of landscape architecture. Our talented landscape designer makes us uniquely qualified to handle projects that require a little more than simple sprinkler and sod installation. We specialize in landscape renovations, new landscape installations, outdoor patios, water features, retaining structures, sprinkler systems and more!
Billings Landscaping is dedicated to excellence in design! We strive to provide unique landscapes that accentuate your home, add lasting value to your property, endure for years with very low maintenance, and directly increase your enjoyment of home!
Billings Landscaping has been established here in Billings for many years. We are best known for our creative, unique landscape designs; and our low maintenance, high quality installations. Our motto is to do it right or don’t do it at all. We don’t try to handle too many projects in a given season, and we stay focused on what we do well. At Billings Landscaping, we always strive to help you find the best solutions to fit your landscaping needs! Not sure if you need a landscape designer? Learn more about our landscape design services and design tips for the DIY landscaper.
Why choose Billings Landscaping?
Simply put, we are excellent at what we do. Our designs are brilliant and practical. We work fast. We deliver quality. And we pay attention to details. We do what we say we are going to do and our reputation proceeds us. We do everything from master planning and budgeting to complete landscape installations including trees, plants, beds, barriers, lawns, sprinkler systems, retaining walls, water features, stone work and patios. Our landscape designer can take a picture of your landscape and then design it using Photoshop. Photoshop gives you a better visual representation of the final landscape design! We can create your scaled landscape design drawings using AutoCad. We have an intimate knowledge of local plants that thrive in our climate zone. We know what the plants will look like at full maturity and we design accordingly. We love using color and movement in design. We view landscapes as living art!
Billings Landscaping specialized in landscaping design and installation. We are experts at landscape renovation, plants, trees, sprinklers, sod, terracing, rock walls, flagstone stairs, stone patios, pergolas, and more.
What sets us apart is our skills at landscape architecture and the fact that we do things right! When you cut corners on landscaping, it means maintenance down the road. We don’t do maintenance, we create low maintenance and beauty that lasts. In fact, we design with the end result in mind so that your landscape grows in value and beauty. You home is you most important investment! Call us if you want it done right!
Here are a few things we do that many others do not:
When we prep to plant a bed, we dig down at the edges and shape or mound the dirt. This technique keeps the rock or mulch inside the bed and off the walkways. It also gives a nicer profile to the beds themselves by providing some contour to help accentuate the plants and create a nice layering effect. In addition, it keeps the bedding on the fabric.
We till and amend the soil with the proper nutrients when needed.
We only use high quality landscaping materials that are proven to last and look great!
When we set edging, we use beautiful and natural looking curves. It is a signature of our designs! You’d be amazed at how a small adjustment to the curve can drastically change the look of the landscape. To get it right requires and artistic eye!
We have a intimate knowledge of the plants that grow in Billings Montana. We use our knowledge of horticulture to provide balanced designs that mature into greater beauty with time.
We use landscaping fabric to control the size of scrubs and perennials. Knowing how big a plant will get is very important. Fabric and landscaping rock will both inhibit the growth of plants. Most of the time, we design for plants to reach full size and maturity, and so we cut the fabric large enough and pull the rock back to all the plants the freedom to grow uninhibited.
We provide the right amount a water to meet the needs of the plants. Different plants have different watering needs. You’d be amazed at how many landscaping companies provide emitters with the same flow rates to all the plants. If you want you plants to thrive, they need the correct amount of water.
We place plants in the proper exposure. Different plants require different amounts of sunlight. Some plants and trees don’t handle wind exposure. Some plants burn easily in the sun. Other plants become leggy and spinally in shady areas of the yard. Choosing a designer that knows the needs of the plants can make all the difference!
We have some proven techniques to accelerate the growth and maturity of your landscape. Most landscapes really pop with size and beauty in their 5th year, but in many cases, we can make it happen in two or three years.
We provide a full range of landscaping services from design to turn key installation of all systems. We will even address challenges that involve steep slopes and challenging terrain. We will visit any site in Billings MT. We have a base charge for a site visit, design advice and a detailed cost estimate for your landscape project.
We have an intimate knowledge of plants and landscaping materials for the Billings area. We can utilize Photoshop to give you a clear picture of what the design involves. Then we create a design, place it into AutoCAD, do a materials takeoff, design the sprinkler system, and provide you with an estimate. Our design fees are consistently less than is charged by Nurseries and we provide a much better expert service. Our designer has an intimate knowledge of plants, shrubs, perennials, trees, and landscape materials for our local market and climate zone.
We install landscapes, sprinklers, lawns, retaining wall, patios, pergolas, boulders, plants, shrubs, perennials, trees, water features, walkways, fire pits, planters, gardens, terraces, porches, approaches, and more. Our labor fees are consistently less than Nurseries and we provide a much better expert service, faster installation, higher quality, and more personal service.
Not too many companies specialize in landscape renovation, but we do. The exciting thing about renovation work is that you get to work with onsite materials and transform the site into something beautiful. Since we specialize in design, we don’t shy away from renovation work. We also find that bad landscaping practices result in a real need for our services. We only use high quality landscape fabrics. We always properly prep and grade beds for easy upkeep to create low maintenance landscaping that will last.
Sprinkler System Design and Installation
We design and install sprinkler systems that meet your specific needs. We locate boxes in intelligent locations, install back flow prevention devices, install sprinkler controllers, and tune all the heads to properly water your lawns, beds, gardens, and more.
We design and install artificial rivers, water falls, and drainage features. Coy ponds are also a specialty that we offer.
Lawn and Sprinker
You have the option to install Sod or have your lawn Hydro seeded. We will design the best sprinkler system to meet you needs and help you program your system to properly water.
We specialize in aquascaping both freshwater aquariums, ponds, river features, and saltwater reef aquariums.
Landscape Design Billings, Montana ❣
Billings Landscaping specializes in Landscape design. We have been designing landscapes in Billings MT since 2009. We believe that a well designed landscape will accentuate your home or business by grounding, enhancing, and beautifying the building and other structures.
Your landscape is like a home for your home.
Otherwise put, it is an extension of your home. Much like a mountain begins at its base with foothills, your landscape should be a foundation for you home. In addition, your landscape creates the movement, rhythm and composition that carries the eyes to the focal point, your home. Imagine a painting with your house on the canvas. A good landscape designer is like the artist who considers movement, color, focal points, and composition. Good landscape design not only improves the value of your home, but it can actually save you time and money while securing your investment and enhancing your enjoyment of it.
It takes both experience and talent to be a good landscape designer. Good design requires not only an artistic eye, but also a business and problem solving mind combined with practical hands on experience installing and building landscapes.
Our story at Billings Landscaping, LLC began with one of our co-founders who is a licensed expert in horticulture. His intimate knowledge of plants and proper planting techniques has been instrumental in setting us apart. Another strong influence was a landscape architect named Eirik Heikes. Eirik is a internationally recognized tapestry artist and regionally significant botanist. His influence at Billings Landscaping came when he was employed as the director of landscape design at CTA Architects. At Billings Landscaping, our passion is beautifying Billings Landscapes through excellence in landscape design.
Landscape Design ❤ Billings
We’d like to share some information about landscape design in our local area. There really isn’t any substitute for artistic talent and experience, however, there are some tips that I use personally as a landscape designer. I hope they help you make your landscape more beautiful.
Landscape Design Tip #1
Before I offer specific advice and techniques in landscape design, I’d like to suggest this tip for those who don’t have the artistic gift. My tip is to take the time to know your designer. Good designers will have examples of their work available for you to view. This is an important step because it helps you to first know what you want, and secondly, it will help you build confidence and trust in your landscape designer. If you trust your designer, then his or her job is easier. Creative freedom promotes creativity! I always give preference to customers who know my work or are referred by one of our existing clients. For example, the architectural terracing illustrated below is the Bloomquist Residence.
The Bloomquists came to me already knowing my work as a landscape designer. They knew that they wanted a very low maintenance, clean look with safe, easy access to trim their bushes. They had a realistic budget in mind and gave me their complete trust to do whatever I wanted. The end result not only meet their needs, but it completely transformed the curb side appeal and architectural stature of their home!
Landscape Design Tip #2
Good design begins with a clear objective and it flows with fluidity as the project unfolds. The public library has many good books on landscape design and landscape architecture. The main thing to keep in mind is that the landscape needs to compliment the house. The primary purpose of a landscape is to ground the home and make it look like it belongs on the land. Good landscape design always connects the building with the landscape; integrates with functionality of egress; and balances the homes elevation view (which is a 2D side view of the building). Balance can be acquired through many techniques but placement of elevated beds, trees and shrubs are the main ones. You can lengthen the house and make it feel more grounded by softening the corners with trees and large shrubs. Below is an example where I used an elevated bed in combination with a flagstone walk and staircase to ground the home and provide egress through this gorgeous landscape, to the back yard. Also note how I used an aspen tree to balance the vertical space in the elevation of the home (see below).
Landscape Design Tip #3
Whether you are doing a new landscape or restoring an old one, it is important to understand how much time, effort, and expense goes into making it all happen. There a many online resources that can be used to give you an idea of what to expect, and this site is one more specific to Billings Montana. First you need to keep in mind that a professionally designed and installed landscape will likely increase the value of your property by about 20%. In some cases, a new landscape with add 30% to the value of your home. In addition to this, a professional landscape will help you love and appreciate your home while you have it! So what is that worth? A good rule when establishing a budget is to take 10% of the value of you home and apply that to you landscape. That way you double your money. Now this is true for a new landscape, but what if you are renovating an existing landscape? Well unfortunately, removing existing landscapes can be fairly labor intensive, so even though you might keep you lawn and sprinkler system, you will still be looking at about 7% of your property value as a reasonable budget. However, a good designer can restore your landscape and provide that much needed curb appeal for nearly half your expected budget. Most homes in Billings Montana on average would require about $3000-$7000 for a complete transformation. Considering new windows in your home can easily run $10,000 – it is easy to see why renovating your landscape is a very intelligent and cost effective thing to do as a home owner.
Landscape Design Tip #4
Use high quality landscaping materials. You’d be amazed at how many landscaping companies in Billings Montana use the cheapest, crappiest materials and it shows. The City of Billings knows this fact all too well. How many of you noticed the unsightly black edging that looked trashy and unfinished for multiple years immediately following the King Avenue beautification? Even the landscaping along Shiloh road has left much to be desired. Remember, landscapes are supposed to increase in value as they mature! However, landscape companies that specialize in maintenance don’t care one bit about this principle. In fact, they want the landscape to require constant maintenance and upgrades because it increases the value of their maintenance accounts! I often cringe a little when I work up in these higher end subdivision like Ironwood here in Billings and watch them place with paper thin landscape fabric in combination with tens of thousands of dollars worth of quarried stone and fully planted beds. And the unfortunate thing is that the result is usually a trashy looking landscape…which really defeats the whole purpose. A good landscaper and landscape designer wants to create lasting beauty. Unfortunately, many landscape companies loose this focus when they grow larger.
Landscape Design Tip #5
Take advantage of Spring! Springtime is the best time to landscape!!! If you know you need landscaping done, the best thing to do is to have you project designed and bid in the fall or very early spring before the season hits and plants begin showing up at hardware stores, grocery stores, and Walmart superstores. The reason is plant availability. Nurseries in the Billings area do not warranty their plants! In addition, nurseries are expensive. Most nurseries in our local area run their own landscaping outfits and their prices reflect their expectations for profit. When they control the plant supply, they can maintain that competitive edge by gaining position over their competitors. However, they solution is one you likely already know about! The solution is Walmart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. These three stores warranty their plants for a full year and they have an incredible selection up until about May 20th. By June, their selections are scarce. So if you live in Billings Montana and want to take advantage of the savings, you should plan to landscape in April and May. Another things to keep in mind is that these same stores often carry plants that do not fair well in our climate, so make sure you know what you are buying before you load up that shopping cart. Also, it is easy to go crazy buying plants. Just keep in mind that you need to water them every single day after you get them home! It is always best to have you landscape fully prepared with edging installed and landscape fabric down before you begin planting.
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