How Long Does Landscaping Take

Determining how long a commercial landscaping project will take will depend on the size and complexity of the job. Each project will come with unique demands, and it is essential to evaluate every aspect of the work before a timescale can be drawn up.

A sizeable commercial project will take far more time to plan and build than a residential garden.

Transforming the outdoor space for a commercial client involves various steps that need to be completed before the final build. The overall aim is to produce a high-end result that brings your vision to life within your budget and timescale.

There are some common factors to be considered when working out how long a commercial landscaping project will take. It is vital to bear in mind the size of the project, the design, the amount of hardscaping, any planning permissions or approvals required, the time of year and the actual time for the build itself.

It is one of the most common questions clients ask, but it is impossible to give a definitive answer. By looking at the different stages that impact the length of time the landscaping takes, you will get a clearer picture of the whole process from start to finish.

How long does it take to create a landscape design plan?

Initial Meeting

Right at the start of the design process, there needs to be some time set aside for discussing your vision. Understanding your requirements, both practically and aesthetically, is an essential start to the process.

Your budget will initially determine whether your ideas are possible and allow a landscaper to set any initial parameters or limitations to the design. Honesty eliminates the need to make drastic changes to the initial design and delays the design process further down the line.

At the early stage, it is also essential to set down deadlines for completion on the client-side and identify any issues that may cause a delay in starting work on the landscaping build.

Remember that the design is likely to include some hardscaping and soft scaping work. Both elements should be designed to complement each other and produce the desired effect.

This stage will probably include site visits and surveys to assess the landscape area before any plans can be drawn up.

Tender Stage

Once ideas have been exchanged, the design team will work with the estimating team to draw up pricing ready for tender. This process involves using technical knowledge to accurately predict the amount of materials and labour involved and any specialist contractors required.

It is important to contact potential landscape companies early on in your project to put in their tenders well before the start date of any work required. Leaving it late can cause a considerable delay to the start of work and put back your completion date.

While the length of time a project will take is important, it is also vital to ascertain the quality and reputation of a potential landscaper, as this will significantly impact the result and the efficiency of the build. BALI provides a benchmark for landscaping companies that are members of their association.

Decision Stage

Once you have chosen your desired contractor, it is time to make final decisions on the details of the project.

At this stage, you may want to add some features that were not initially included, and there may be discussions about compromises on materials to accommodate the budget.

A good design team will be able to recommend the different phases of work required to get the job completed. Early stages will include things like pipework and electrical cabling that must be laid before hardscaping takes place.

If there are any significant alterations to the plan at this stage, then it may involve further site visits and a delay in redrawing both the plans and the schedule of work.

How long does it take to build a landscape design?

Once all the final designs have been made, a building start date will be agreed upon. This phase should be easy if all the initial work has been completed well. A professional landscaping service will take care of any permissions or inspections required during the build.

Handing over the technical side means that you can sit back. The landscapers should work with any other contractors working alongside them on any other building work.

A landscape contractor will ensure they have the appropriate crews available to complete each phase of work. They should communicate with you if any issues are causing delays to the project.

Some sites may need clearing or even deforestation before work can be started, while other areas are empty and can be worked on straight away.

It is unusual not to hit any snags on larger projects, and therefore good communication is essential. Depending on the size and complexity, there will be a big difference in how long a project takes to build.

Residential developments, leisure centres and heritage sites all require different considerations with a big difference between the amount and design of hardscaping, including paving, walls and features.


Once the hardscaping element of the work is complete, it will be the planting stage. Planting may include trees, grasses, plants, shrubs and ornamentals to provide the vision and level of maintenance you desire.

There is a big focus on sustainability, with local planners requiring this to be highlighted. In areas where wildlife or local vegetation is to be preserved, more care will need to be taken on the build.

The landscape industry is one of the leading promoters of monitoring existing wildlife species likely to be displaced and arranging any necessary capture and relocation.

Maintenance of a Landscape Design

Of course, once the landscape build is complete and signed off, ongoing work may be required.

Cleaning of hardscaping and pruning of shrubs along with any seasonal planting may be required. It is worth choosing a contractor who will be able to take care of your ongoing maintenance. You may also need tree surgeons to keep your trees in good shape.