Please complete this questionnaire and return it to us at least one week prior to meeting with our designer.  This is a thorough form, so please schedule at least one hour to complete it.  Feel free to copy & paste and type into this as a word document or simply print and complete.  Answering all questions isn’t critical, but the information gathered from this questionnaire will help us to better understand design opportunities and challenges and lead to a better finished product. Feel free to attach additional sheets or photos to inform us more fully on any issues.


The Site Users

Names/ Ages/Professions/ Hobbies/ Contact information




Is there any likelihood of additional family members?

Are you, or members of your family, missing use of any of the 5 senses?


Are any site users mobility impaired?


Are you or any members of your family allergic to bees or any plants?

How long do you plan to stay in the home?

Do you have any pets that need accomodation?

Do you have any pets that may be outside or could escape during the installation?


The Site

Do you live in a neighborhood with covenant rules, deeded restrictions or easements? If so please provide us with copies of any relevant information prior to our first meeting (if possible).

Do you have, or can you acquire, a site plan or blueprint of your property?  Any available information
 can save costs and improve plan accuracy.


Can you accurately locate property lines?


Do you have friendly relationships with adjacent property owners? 


Are there any issues that may require cooperation between you and your neighbors (grading or tree removal along a property line, etc.)


Do you know of any legal requirements for the project?  For example, “we are required to manage additional stormwater with rain gardens because we put an addition on the house”


The Existing Landscape


Please list the top five current problems/issues with the site which you would like the redesign to address/ correct.







Please list positive elements of the site which should be enhanced or capitalized upon.




Are there any plants onsite that you are particularly fond of?

Any plants that you would like removed?

Have you or any lawn maintenance personnel used any pesticides on the property? If so, we would like a copy of pesticide application records.

Are you comfortable with the limited use of pesticides or would you prefer a pesticide free yard?


Is your vehicle storage area suitable?  Do you think your driveway layout may need to be changed due to improper design, drainage issues, or future vehicle purchases?


Do you know of any electric, septic, irrigation, drain or other buried lines or objects that won’t be located by digger’s hotline? Please find any documentation for these items. 


Is there any possibility of a private electric line to an outbuilding, unattached garage, old lamppost, etc.?  While working in areas with the possibility of private electric lines we need to turn power off at the circuit breaker.  

Are there any unusual microclimactic considerations we should be aware of? Gusting winds, pooling of stormwater, extreme drought, and ice formation are some important considerations.  


Do you have any water leaking into your basement?  If so, have you determined where or why the leaking occurs?

How often does your sump pump run (if applicable)?

Do you have any materials on site that you would like to incorporate into the landscape design?

(stone, plants, and sculpture are possibilities)


Do you plan on adding on to your home in the next ten years?

What type of snow removal equipment is used on your property?

 Do you ever use salt or sand to control ice?

Has your soil been tested in the last two years?

Desired Landscape Elements

Please circle any of the following landscape elements that should be considered for the final landscape plan.  Feel free to make notes next to each.


Retaining wall(s)

Patio - Please list approximate size and shape of desired patio furniture

Deck - Please note approximate size and shape of desired patio furniture


Shade structure


Entry structure (arbor)





Swimming pool/ hot tub

Pool house

Fire pit (movable)

Fire pit (built in)

Outdoor kitchen


            Outdoor lighting

Garden sculpture

Pond/ water feature



Activity/ play area

Sand box

Play house

Swing set

Open turf area for sports

Sport court (specify type)


Decorative stone/boulders

Dry creek bed

Rain garden

Rain barrels


Annual plant beds

Planter boxes or flower pots

Vegetable garden

Herb garden

Fruit trees

Fruiting bushes

Butterfly/bird garden

Woodland garden

Japanese garden

Prairie garden


Dog house/ Dog run


Chicken coop

Compost area

Storage area for garbage cans/firewood, etc

Storage shed


Do you have any of the following problems with your landscape?


Lack of privacy

Blocked views

Unsightly views

Water problems

Excessive sun

Excessive shade

Excessive slope

Excessive noise






Are there certain colors or color combinations that you like?

Are there certain colors or color combinations that you dislike?


Are there certain plants that you like or dislike?





Would you prefer the use of large, mature plants or are you okay with waiting for plants to grow? Keep in mind that larger plants cost considerably more to install and often don’t grow as fast as smaller plants. 


Do you prefer that plants be spaced so they do not touch one another or do you prefer plants massed in a more naturalistic style?


What groundcovers do you prefer?

Shredded hardwood mulch

Leaf mulch

Stone mulch

Groundcover plants


Are you hoping to have exclusively Wisconsin native plants on your property or would you rather have a mixture of both native and non-native plants?


Is there any specific time period or school of design you would like us to look to for inspiration in designing your home landscape?

Asian, contemporary, cottage, native, formal, informal, curves, straight lines, strongly geometric, organic, other?

Are there any landscapes you particularly like or dislike?  Please include photos if you desire.


Would you like your landscape to look similar to your neighbors - visually blending into the neighborhood?  


What would you like different from your neighbor’s properties?


Would you like definition along property lines, or prefer your landscape flows into your neighbor’s?


Please rate the following in order of importance:

___ Low maintenance

___ Curb appeal

___ Sustainability

___ Budget



How many people do you plan on entertaining in your landscape at one time?

Will you entertain in the evening?

Are your outdoor occasions formal or casual?


How much lawn, if any, do you desire in your home landscape?  Please estimate a percentage of your lot you would like to be lawn.


What type of activities will you be doing in any lawn area?




Although most people don’t like to discuss their budget, we find it is critical to discuss early on to reduce frustration later in the process.  Having a realistic idea on the budget from the outset allows us to make appropriate decisions and maximize the value you receive per dollar spent.

Roughly, what is your budget for initial landscape installation?  Keep in mind that many projects may be installed in annual phases to reduce initial costs.  Circle the most appropriate answer.  If you have an exact number, please include that as well.


< $2,000

$2,000 – $5,000






The sky is the limit


What is your annual budget for future phases of installation?

Will you be maintaining your landscape, or would you like us to maintain it for you? 

What is your annual budget for landscape maintenance? 

If you plan on doing your own landscape maintenance, how much time will you spend? How many hours weekly?



The Work

Are you considering doing any portion of the landscape installation yourself?

Do you plan to move any plants, sculpture, or etc you wish to save from the area of construction? If so, this should be done prior to the arrival of our crew.


Are you willing and able to water new plantings several times weekly during the summer?

Are you willing and able to water new turf 2x daily during establishment?

May we leave tools and equipment in your garage or other storage area over night? 

Is on-street parking for a truck and trailer difficult in your neighborhood?

Are there parking restrictions in your neighborhood? For example No parking Thursdays or 2 hour parking

Are you planning other projects at your home? (other contractors in way)


May our crew members use your bathroom facilities during the installation process?


Do you have up-to-date electrical service?  For some tasks we will need a 15 amp outlet and access to your fuse panel.

Are there any deadlines you would like us to meet?

Which of the following services do you use:

     Lawn mowing

     Fert/weed control

     Snow removal

     Window washing/gutter cleaning                                                  



     Shrub pruning

 Are there any reliable times (preferably during business hours) when all decision makers will be free to meet with a designer.  Initial client meetings generally last between 60 and 90 minutes.




Thank you for completing this questionnaire. Please return it to us at your convenience.