FAQ

What services does EARTHeim provide?

  • Consultations
  • Garden Coaching
  • Garden Design and Installation
  • Fine Gardening
  • Container Gardens
  • Garden & Chicken Sitting
  • Custom Garden Booklets
  • Speaking, Teaching, Writing

What cities do you work in?

I do the majority of work in Lexington and surrounding areas like Frankfort, Richmond, and Berea. I’m open by request to work in other surrounding areas. I’m also open by request for speaking and educational engagements in other cities or states. Travel fees will apply for visits outside of Fayette County. ($0.54 per mile outside Lexington Metro)

What type of work do you do?

I specialize in sustainable and ecologically responsible landscapes such as pollinator and wildlife gardens, and homesteads. However, I also really enjoy creating formal style gardens, container gardens, and therapeutic or historical gardens. I will work with you to design and renovate an existing landscape or to create one from the ground up.

What size of projects do you work on?

My designs range in scale from small garden beds to entire home properties, community garden spaces, or small parks. Whether you are starting from a blank slate or wishing to renovate an existing landscape to be more functional and sustainable, I will work with you from start to finish, creating a garden space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

What is your educational background?

I studied landscape architecture at the University of Kentucky, an accredited professional 5 year degree. I have a BS in Landscape Architecture and a BA in Music.

Landscape architecture focuses on landscape design and planning. This includes knowledge about land use planning, grading and drainage, and design features like hardscape and structures. With my educational background I’m able to incorporate these principals into my practice.

Since graduating I have focused on landscape design, which focuses on outdoor materials and textures, design, and plants. As a continuum, my focus is on ecological landscapes which integrates the ecosystem of gardens into design like soil and plant health, fauna, pollinators, and even edible gardens.

Click here to learn more about me and my credentials & experience

Do you offer free consultations?

I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to help you determine the best path for your project. We’ll discuss your landscape project and goals, timeline, budget, and preferences. If you have any questions about EARTHeim, my process, or about your project, this is a great time to ask them. You may go ahead and fill out the Consultation Survey, or review it to prepare for our phone consultation.

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Click here for more information about the On-Site Consultation and Landscape Evaluation

What happens after my phone consultation? On-Site Consultation and Landscape Evaluation.

After we have spoken on the phone and you feel that EARTHeim is the right fit for you and your project, we will schedule an On-Site Consultation and Landscape Evaluation. This meeting takes place at the site and will take 1- 1 ½ hours.

The fee for the initial consultation and landscape evaluation is $100. This is where I get to know you and your current landscape, and what your hopes and dreams are for it. Afterwards you will be provided with a summary of the consultation by email. I have a pre-consultation survey that helps you begin thinking about your landscape, and helps me to learn more about your wishes and preferences.

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Do I need a landscape design?

A good landscape design can transform your yard into a space you love. A professional landscape design will assure your investment is well thought out and best suited to you and your family. A landscape design is a plan that serves as a guide and map to implement the garden. It is well thought out, detailed, and custom to your desires and the qualities of the site.

I spend a considerable amount of time getting to know you and the site, learning about your goals and wishes, and include you as an integral part of the process. I want the final garden to be unique to you and your space, unlike any other. My detailed landscape Consultation Survey is the first step to getting to know you and serves as a guide for me to create a garden you not only like, but also love.

Final designs are created in CAD and client receives a black and white scaled drawing. You may request a color illustration of the garden plan for an additional fee.

How much does a design cost?

Landscaping is an investment and one that can and should increase the value of your home. My designs typically start at $150 for a small garden bed and ranges up to $1500 or more for an average sized suburban lot. The cost is based on the individual’s needs & wants, scope of the project, and qualities of the site.

A landscape design also helps with the overall budget of installing a new landscape because designers look at the whole process and budget, figuring out what can and cannot be done in the space. Having a well thought out design means you are much more likely to be happy with the result; a holistic landscape that feels right and you will not be looking to redo after the completed installation. A design will likely save investment and time during the project.

I’m skilled at developing creative, alternative, well thought out solutions to your needs, wants, and goals. Design work takes considerable time, knowledge, and expertise and has its own fee. If you choose EARTHeim to install the garden, the design fee does not go toward installation costs.

For more detailed information read the blog on the cost of a landscape design.

How long does a design take?

The design process (which includes the initial consultation and landscape evaluation, concept idea phase, and the final design production) varies depending on the season and the complexity & size of the design.

In the busy months of March-October you may find times increase for design projects as I get busier. The design process is best started in August-October, so concepts and designs are be developed over the winter and installed the following spring & summer.

How soon can you start on our project?

If after our initial free phone consultation you are ready to move forward with an onsite consultation, in most cases the on-site consultation can be scheduled within a couple of weeks.

The timeline for the design process varies depending on the project and time of year. Small, simple, designs can be created in a few weeks, while larger more complex designs will take a few months or longer.

Should I design all of my yard now or in parts?

A landscape design is a wise investment. Having the entire design created at once is the wisest choice to assure a cohesive design and long-term vision for the project. The landscape master plan can be divided out into phases that can be installed in smaller phases as resources allow. The installation of the entire master plan can be implemented over 1 year, 5 years, or longer.

Can you create a design that I can install myself? Or partly myself?

I go to great measure to create a landscape plan that fits your needs. You can choose to install all or part of your landscaping plan yourself. Once I hand you the final design, you may choose to hire EARTHeim to install all or part of the garden or install it yourself.

Landscaping can be backbreaking work best left to professionals, but it can also be gratifying to complete small projects yourself. If you would like assistance in installing the garden yourself, I’m available as a garden coach to help guide you along the way.

How much does a landscape installation cost?

The cost to install your landscape design will vary greatly depending on many factors including the size of your project, materials selected, and current conditions/characteristics of the site. The projects I design typically start out at $500 and ranges up to $15,000, but the exact cost will depend on your specific project.

How do I take care of the newly installed landscape?

A newly installed landscape will require regular watering while it establishes. A Garden Care guide is included with a landscape installation that helps you make sure the garden gets off to a good start. Some maintenance tasks, like pruning are best left to trained professionals.

You may also choose to have a custom Garden Booklet created for you as part of your design. This is an extended care guide about your garden and the specific plants. Cost of the booklet depends on the number of species in the garden.

Can I meet with you on an evening or weekend?

I understand that with work and busy schedules it may be difficult to meet during normal business hours. However, because I put a great amount of time and energy into my work, I also place equal importance to manage things at home and allow a small bit of time to recharge. For this reason, I allow Fri-Sun for my own personal time. If needed, we may schedule on-site consultations and design meetings evenings Mon-Thu.

Still have questions?

I’d love to answer them!

eartheimstudio@gmail.com

859.230.9655

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