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How to Choose the Best Landscapers in Perth

How to Choose the Best Landscapers in Perth
June 21, 2017 Luke Porter

How to Choose The Best Landscapers in Perth

There are many different residential landscaping companies in Perth, all claiming to be the best business for the job. Some do quality work for a fair price, but many fail to live up to expectations. So how can you tell the difference between a professional, trustworthy service and someone who’s just looking to get an easy pay day? Today I’m going to be talking about a few of the key differences between our business and many of our competitors on the Perth market.


The Design

Quality gardens don’t happen overnight. Some jobs just need a written quote by a contractor – but if you want your garden to look and feel perfect, then you need some serious planning before the first shovel even touches the ground.

At Luke’s Landscaping and Irrigation Services we work closely with our team of Landscape Designers to bring you beautiful, custom made Landscape Designs. Our team of Landscape Designers can do the following and more for you:

  • Spend the time to listen to your ideas so they can be implemented in the design.
  • Offer you their experience and knowledge in the industry to bring you something that is unique and beautiful.
  • Identify all site works and specify what site preparation is necessary (soil removal, amendment, replacement, irrigation pre-lays etc.).
  • Provide you with a detailed, to scale plan of the proposed garden area. This plan would include all hard surfaces, planting, lawns, walls, edging and features.
  • Provide you with a planting plan listing all the plants, names and recommended sizes.

Once you have the Landscape Design we provide a free quote for the installation of your new garden.

The Foundation

Most of the soil in Perth is very sandy without a lot of nutrients and organic matter in it. To have a beautiful, thriving garden we recommend amending or completely replacing the soil to a good depth.

Lawns generally need 100mm – 200mm of a good quality, free draining topsoil. Good examples of this are Special Lawn Mix and Landscape Mix. Both these soils contain organic matter and nutrients, as well as having the right water retention for the lawn to thrive on. The other way is to add high quality concentrates with a clay component, micro-organisms and organic matter with trace elements into the existing soil and mix it through thoroughly.

Gardens usually need large amounts of organic matter mixed into the existing soil. A few good products we use to achieve this are General Concentrate and Soil Conditioner. These rich soils are not suitable to be planted in directly and are mixed with the existing sand in a 1:1 ratio to improve it.

Another option is to completely replace the existing sand with Landscape Mix or similar. This way you can be assured that the plants have a quality soil to grow in.

We firmly believe that getting the foundations right is possibly the most important part of the whole process. The sad thing is that this part of the job is the most often overlooked by many of the landscapers in Perth. This almost often comes down to trying to provide a cheaper quote to win the job; or inexperience. Remember the cheapest quote does not always work out to be the cheapest in the long run! Having to fix up and add in more sprinklers, improve the soil constantly and replace lawn and plants can be very costly in the long run. The costs can be minimised by better preparation in the implementation of your landscaping.

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The Reticulation

Landscaping in Perth can be different to some other parts of Australia. In many other areas, you don’t need to put any reticulation in your garden at all, but here in Perth, it’s essential to have a good quality reticulation system. If you want to get the most out of your garden, you need a water wise system that’s built with quality products to deliver life-giving water to your plants.

Luke’s Landscaping and Irrigation Services is a member of Irrigation Australia, the governing body for the retic industry. We pride ourselves on installing reticulation systems ranging from the simplest courtyard to large lawns and gardens with many different requirements. We only use quality parts that are made to Australian Standards.

We install our systems to provide head to head coverage of the lawns, ensuring dry patches are minimised and the area is covered nicely. In garden areas, we can install sprays for complete coverage or go for a more targeted option with drip line or drippers at the base of the plants.

If you have a landscape design, we can provide you with an irrigation design outlining the parts and the layout of the proposed irrigation system.

It’s not easy choosing a business that’s going to do a good job the first time around. Time and time again clients need us to completely replace lawns and gardens that are only a few years old because of poor planning and execution. It’s important to remember that when choosing a landscaper in Perth you need someone who cares about getting the planning, foundations and reticulation right.

Here at Luke’s Landscaping and irrigation services, we believe it’s what’s underneath that counts!

Need Us To Help With Your Garden?

  • I have used Luke’s Landscaping to do a major overhaul to the landscaping at my house and lots of other makeovers at my rental properties in the last three years. The professional service, fantastic results and the quick turnaround has meant that Luke is the first guy I call for my landscaping needs. I have been thrilled with the results and pleased with the attention to detail. I am happy to recommend this business.
  • I take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done. This is the second time I have used your services. Not only because you did such a good, clean and efficient job, but also the fact you responded to my inquiry in a professional and timely manner unlike many others who I had to recall and I still couldn’t get any response. I would also like to thank your staff who worked diligently until the job was done to our satisfaction particularly giving my wife and myself peace of mind. Therefore, I will always recommend your services to any family or friends, in fact if you need to send any prospective clients to view our garden feel free to do so. If you require any verbal reference feel free to have your client contact me. We wish you all the success in the future with your business.
    Aldo and Karen
  • I used Luke’s Landscaping to provide an overhaul of my front lawn with the task to reduce the amount of lawn and increase the low maintenance area including a rock feature. Also, they were used to provide a major landscaping overhaul for my Daughter’s back garden including lawns, garden beds and low water usage reticulation. All work was carried out within the agreed time schedule. The staff are very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. The work completed with efficiency, and all aspects were well-coordinated. The materials used were of a good quality that enhances the finished product. My daughter and I are very pleased with results.
  • Our front yard in Karrinyup was completely transformed in March 2015. In just one week, the team completed the job of removing what was there, replaced the topsoil, installed the reticulation and mulched with native plants. Four months on we are still so impressed with the job and delighted that we used Luke’s Landscaping. Highly recommended!


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Founder and Director | Having founded Luke’s Landscaping originally as a sole trader in 2008 with just a ute, a shovel and a whole lot of passion and determination, Luke’s Landscaping Co. is now a well-respected Perth landscaping company. Luke continues to work tirelessly to grow the company and his team to deliver excellence and the best experience for our customers. Luke’s passion lies in his commitment to growing the company, its people and the systems required to deliver the high standards that our customers deserve.