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How Our Gardens Are Priced

Our gardens are beautiful, exciting and colorful throughout the seasons - yet they are reasonably priced. We will work within your budget, and if necessary, we can spread the project out over several years.

We have an excellent garden maintenance program, the Tender Loving Care Club (TLCC), which ensures that your garden will be skillfully cared for on a regular basis.

The price of the garden is determined by its size and scope. In the case of certain projects of an undefined nature, we will work on a daily time and materials basis. (See below.) For instance, you may have a nasty, overgrown, wooded area which we will weed and replant with beautiful native shrubs, flowers, ferns and grasses. Here again, we will work within your budget.

Our gardens are creative and inspiring and you will be very happy with them. An enthusiastic agreement, a small down payment and a signed contract are all that are necessary for us to start. The plants and our work are guaranteed for one year.


Price Structure For Time And Materials -- 2011

The cost of your garden is determined by the cost of labor, plants and other materials. A maximum price can be established and guaranteed depending upon your budget. (See details below.) Your first site evaluation and visit are free.

DESIGN FEE:
   A design fee will be determined depending upon the size, scope, and difficulty of the project and other factors.

ON-SITE LABOR: includes but is not limited to:
   Site Preparation and Maintainance, including buckthorn and brush removal, herbiciding,rototilling, edging, planting and mulching.    Designing, bed flagging, plant placement, hardscaping, constructing irrigation systems, fences, paths, stonework, birthbaths, compost bins, labeling and other decorative features.

Designers: $80 per hour
Interns/Helpers: $40 per hour

Plants and Grasses: The prices of the plants, whether they are grasses, sedges, flowers, ferns, vines, shrubs or trees are generally determinedby the size of their container or pot.

  Woodland root stock
  Flowers and grasses in 2 1/2" pots and 2"x5" plugs
  Flowers, vines, grasses and ferns in 4 1/2" pots
  Flowers, vines, and grasses in gallons (except trees and shrubs)
  Trees and shrubs 3 gallons and larger
$  2
$  4
$  6
$12
Generally $25-$30

OTHER LANDSCAPING MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES: Mulch and nuggets, permits, licenses, fertilizer, herbicides, topsoil, composted humus and manure, structures, hardscapes, rocks and logs, etc.- at cost and a service fee. Prices are at cost when secured while on client's time or delivered from supplier. Add hourly time factor when purchased on Art and Linda's time or 25% if secured from Art and Linda's stock.

TERMS: A 25% downpayment would be appreciated with balance due upon completion or as periodically invoiced.

PLANT AVAILABILITY AND GUARANTEE: We guarantee our plants and grasses for one year. If a plant dies within this time, we will replace it with another one of the same type or one more appropriate for your garden setting at no cost. Ths guarantee holds unless the plant was killed by deer, rabbits, or another animal, the owner or another person. In that case we will replace the plant at half price.

STEWARDSHIP: Weeding, mulching, edging, planting, etc. Regular labor charge of $80/$40 hourly, plus plants and other materials. (A designer is only needed for a short period of time - if at all.)

CONSULTATION: We will provide an "on-site consultation-only service for a flat rate of $80 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. We can do a site evaluation, sketch plans for beds, label plants (labels are extra), provide plant lists and cultural guides and give detailed steps for completing and maintaining your project.

ESTIMATES ARE GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH, BASED ON CURRENT INFORMATION AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE FINAL COST.

Art and Linda's is fully insured for General Liability and Workers' Compensation. Certificates of insurance available upon request. Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Environmental Programs, licensed and certified herbicide / pesticide commerical applicators and operators.

Art and Linda's is a member of The Conservation Foundation / Midwest Pond and Koi Society / Wild Ones / Landscape Design Association / Midwest Ecological Landscape Association / The Illinois Native Plant Society / Save the Prairie Society


For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943


TENDER LOVING CARE CLUB – (TLCC)
Garden Stewardship Program

Existing customers will enjoy a TLCC discount of 20% off of our standard labor rate. You pay only
$32 per hour for a helper and $64 per hour for a designer, (who is rarely needed in stewardship).

SPRING:We begin with a clean up of your garden beds by removing debris and litter. Then we cut down the previous year’s dead growth and rake this out of the beds. The next step is to shred this material, (dead plants, leaves, etc.), with a mulching lawnmower and redistribute this newly created mulch back into your beds where it will rapidly decompose and help invigorate the soil. When we have finished, we will clean up the work area. Additionally, if needed, we will remove Buckthorn, Mulberry, Japanese Honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Dandelions and other early weeds, trim your trees and shrubs and edge the garden beds.

SUMMER:We again clean up your garden beds by removing debris and litter. Then we remove or thin out overly aggressive plants. We may also stake up any plants that are leaning. We will weed the beds - either manually or by the selective use of herbicides - and then clean up the work area when finished. Additionally, if needed, we will add pine bark nuggets to the paths, pea gravel to the streambeds and pine bark mulch to the beds. We can also trim the trees and shrubs and edge the garden beds. This is also a good time for us to plant additional flowers and grasses.

FALL:Fall stewardship involves cutting down most of your garden while leaving just a few distinctive plants and grasses up to add texture and interest during the winter months. Some of these plants include Compass Plant, Prairie Dock and Big Bluestem. The homeowner can easily cut these down in the Spring. We also rake up the fallen leaves from your yard and parkway and shred these along with the plants we have just cut down. This way, we get the leaves and the garden all at the same time. The shredded leaves act as a perfect mulch. Naturally, the first snow cover pretty well signals the end of our season.

Click here to see examples of STEWARDSHIP.

For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943



 


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