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How To Get Started with Landscape Contractors

Selecting the right professional and plan for your garden can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first time. We have helped hundreds of Bay Area property owners create stunning outdoor spaces they can enjoy with family and friends. Our professional team shares valuable advice on how to get started with landscape contractors.


Landscaping is an investment that, when done right, will boost your property value and enhance your lifestyle. Hiring an experienced landscaper with creative ideas and a proven portfolio of work gives you confidence that your project is in good hands.

Relatives, neighbors and colleagues are typically good resources for finding a contractor. They can vouch for the quality of work. Here’s what to do next.

  • Explore what services are offered: Once you have a few names, visit their company websites to get an idea of how they work. Some landscapers provide full services including design, plant selection and installation. Others may work with your plans and provide only the select services you need. Understanding their processes will help you decide who you are more comfortable working with.
  • Determine what you need: This involves thinking about how you will use the landscape. Will it be your private oasis, children’s play area, include a pool and outdoor kitchen for entertaining, or all three? Style your landscape according to how you want to enjoy it.
  • Meet with a few landscapers: Now it is time to get your landscaping project off the ground. Schedule a meeting with 2 or 3 contractors to discuss ideas and find out costs. With drought being common in California, xeriscapes and water-efficient gardens are becoming very popular. You will not have to sacrifice curb appeal to avoid water use penalties. The ideal contractor will perform a site analysis first. The Koch team considers topography, sun/shade patterns and drainage while formulating design proposals that preserve the best views.
  • Get estimates: Your budget determines what and how much you can do. More importantly, it helps you prioritize your needs and wants. The great news is that a good design can boost your property value by 10 to 15%. Ask for detailed estimates that include the scope of work to make a fair comparison of services and avoid nasty surprises with hidden charges. Our estimates include optional elements you may add or subtract from the plan. We can also take care of any necessary permits.


Leverage our landscaping expertise to create stunning outdoor spaces that combine beauty and functionality. Our team works closely with you to ensure your garden showcases your landscape’s natural attributes and reflects your style. We provide complete landscaping services that include plant selection, lawn replacement, water features, stone work, outdoor seating and irrigation systems.

Koch and Associates serves homeowners across the Bay Area, including in Saratoga, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Gatos and San Ramon, CA with exemplary workmanship and unparalleled customer service

Contact us online to learn more about how to get started with landscape contractors to book a discovery meeting in the Bay Area.



  • 3230 Darby Com, Fremont, CA 94539
    111 N. Market St #300, San Jose, CA 95113

  • (510) 490-0487




San Jose
If you want a beautiful landscape and a wonderful experience getting there, hire Koch & Associates!
After finishing my ADU, we had a front and back yard that consisted entirely of dirt.  And weeds.  And an old, cracked concrete patio.  Our  ADU was built at grade (for the back half of the property) while the front house was almost a foot higher, so in addition to wanting a beautiful landscape, we also needed someone with the technical skills to address the grading issue.
The final result is a gorgeous landscape, driveway, paths, a firepit, a fountain, and loads of plants.  We highly recommend Koch & Associates and would give them 10 stars if we could!