Spring into landscape

Dudley Wooten - PDT Outdoor Columnist

The whole focus of today’s column is to inspire creativity in the landscape. As a professional landscaping designer/contractor, I see my role here as numerous possibilities and responsibilities.

As a designer or contractor, I should listen to your wants and needs and then proceed to assess your options. This would be the time to review the colors, sizes, and functions of the landscape you want to have. It’s then that I should advise you as to how realistic, practical, or expensive your thoughts are. My responsibilities would clarify any gray areas that may have not been black or white where each other is coming from on this endeavor.

The designer should then go to the drawing board and produce several plans. One would be a “bubble plan” of the existing and proposed landscaping. This is an overall “functional” plan of the property. It’s role is to give rise to your ideas and my possibilities in each area as they pertain to compliment each other.

The other plan would be the hardscape and landscape that is proposed in detail on paper. This would show details of color, size, and proximity of each plant to each other.

Once the numbers and sizes of material and labor are known, the price becomes evident. Then the left and right hand both know what’s happenin’.

This is the way you achieve an attractive, welcoming setting that will be both aesthetic and functional to you, at a price you’re in agreement with.

This is the way that both parties transition your outdoor living space from “ho-hum” to “WOW.” This is the way you achieve the privacy, wildlife, fragrance, or low-maintenance you’re wanting.

This is not about the Seven Seas but rather about the 7 C’s:

  • you Call
  • I Come on over
  • we Converse
  • we Create a design
  • we Confer
  • I Construct
  • you Compensate

My grandpa and my dad were both in the excavation and lumber business. Their motto was, “The deal is only a good deal if it works for both parties.” For 35 years I’ve tried to perpetuate that thought.

When you study the step-by-step pragmatic nature of this bidding schedule, there aren’t any surprises. That in itself makes both parties happy.


Dudley Wooten

PDT Outdoor Columnist

Dudley Wooten is the owner/operator of Wooten’s Landscaping and Nursery and can be contacted at 740-820-8210.

Dudley Wooten is the owner/operator of Wooten’s Landscaping and Nursery and can be contacted at 740-820-8210.