Water Conservation is Created with Landscape Design
Did you know that, according to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, irrigation of residential landscapes accounts for more than a third of residential water use. In Austin during the summertime, this amount could creep up to 50% or more of your monthly water use.
One of the best methods of conserving water is to design or adapt your landscape to reduce its water requirements. Our landscape installation services help promote the conservation of water resources through the employment of seven principle guidelines:
- Planning and Design
- Soil Improvements
- Efficient Irrigation
- Zoning of Plants
- Turf Alternatives
- Appropriate Maintenance Principles
At this moment, we only provide landscape installation services. We don’t have any landscape designers or architects on staff. Therefore, if you can provide a landscape plan, we can provide a quote for its implementation.
With potentially limited quantities of water in central Texas as well as irrigation restrictions enacted by municipalities, we must take more care in how our landscaping uses water.
Residential Installation FAQ
Landscape is a key component in the overall water use of a house and property. In many areas of the US, water use for landscaping can account for more than 50% of the home’s water use during summertime.
Each plant type will have its’ individual water needs. The soil type will also dictate the amount of water required for the plant to thrive.
For a more in-depth, detailed answer, go to our FAQ blog post.
We do not charge for estimates if you are in the Austin area (defined as a 40 mile “travel” distance, mapped from our office). Outside of this distance, we charge a small travel fee depending on the distance away from our office, which you can inquire about when you call our office. This fee is rebated back to you if you do decide to contract with us though.
While we love having the opportunity to present a quote for our services to you, we have to be realistic and understand that we only have some much time in a day. We have a passion for educating people about the systems we install. Especially if you are thinking about a rainwater harvesting system, our consultation is essentially an educational session where we walk you through all of the various options for you and what an optimized and cost-effective rainwater harvesting system would look like. But it takes time to do this. Pair this with traveling far from our office and you can see where we need to charge a small travel fee.
If you are located far away from our office and you don’t have other local rainwater harvesting contractors to contact, you can certainly email us any house plans, site pictures, etc, and we can create a “site unseen” estimate for you. This will help determine if the project is within your budget range or if some design changes need to be made in order to facilitate a more efficient and cost effective system.
We pride ourselves on providing great customer service and great services that solve your problems. We are fortunate to have a healthy construction schedule due to our customers trusting us to solve for their water conservation needs or their stormwater management issues. We have been running between a 45 to 90 day backlog for a few years now, depending on the time of year.
While we try to get to every project as quick as we can, we want to spend the appropriate amount of time on each and every project to make sure it’s done right. You want this on your project just like all our other customers. The best thing to do is to contract with us as soon as you can after receiving your estimate for the work. This will lock your place in on our schedule. Upon contracting, we will provide you with a tentative start date for your project so that everyone can be on the same page and know what to expect.
Absolutely! We provide a 12 month workmanship warranty on all systems we install. This means that if there is something that doesn’t function correctly within the system within the first 12 months after job completion or system commissioning, then we will come back out, at no charge to you, to fix the issue.
Any material or equipment warranties convey to you at the time of job completion or system commissioning. If a piece of equipment fails during its warranty period, no matter if it happens during our 12 month workmanship warranty period or afterwards, we will only charge a service call fee but the piece of equipment will be replaced at no charge to you.
On our drainage systems, there is nothing like a big rain event to test our work. Sometimes there are small tweaks that have to be made after the initial installation due to new information about the flow of stormwater through the system. If the changes are required to ensure the remedy of the originally stated drainage problem, then we will come out and make the necessary changes at no charge to you. If another drainage issue has come to light that was not part of the originally stated problem, then an additional charge will be assessed if you want us to correct the new issue.
How our process works
After contacting us, we will schedule an onsite consultation at your home with one of our experienced estimators. At the consultation, we will:
- Go through your provided landscaping plan
- Determine any areas that require special attention
- Look at stormwater drainage patterns to determine if any issues will arise with new landscape design
- Much, much more
During this stage, we will formulate the estimate for your installation. In our estimate documents, we will include the following:
- Alternative plant selections (due to local availability issues)
- Any additional costs for drainage needs
- Landscape plant images
- Complete transparency of costs
- List of References
If the estimated cost is in your budget, then we will send you a contract for the installation work. At this point, the following items will occur:
- Schedule your project onto job board
- Introduce you to our construction manager
- Pre-construction meeting so everyone is on the same page
- Document any requested changes
At this point, our experienced crew will install the landscape as planned. Then, we will provide a walk-through to discuss any punch list items to ensure your satisfaction. We pledge the following:
- Clean up the jobsite each day
- Our crew members will be well‐trained, courteous, and dress cleanly
- Our crew will understand the landscape plan completely
- Ensure that you are happy with the final product
- We will be there for any future needs