Services: Consult, Design & Maintain

Landscape Garden Consulting

  • Need some quality garden advice? 
  • Or a professional conversation about a complex project?

It works like this

Design Planning

Our expert, detailed, project map produces a better plan. 

There are two options:

  • 'Detailed Landscape Garden Design', a master plan for success.
  • 'Simple Starter Garden Plan', for the DIY to complete.

Expertise & Details make all the difference

Fine Gardening

More horticulturally detailed and artistic services are available,  for our client's gardens which we have implemented or improved.

Maintenance Magic

Consultation

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We gain a much better understanding of potentials and alternatives when we talk face to face, with an experienced professional that specializes in our field of interest.  I am here to help you realize your gardening goals and dreams.  So - let's dig in;  there are many exciting options to explore!

  • All projects begin with on-site consultation. 
  • Any other services, or off-site research & development incur additional fees.  
  • CONSULTATION is a flat fee of $ 120 up to one hour; (additional time is $ 60 per each portion of 30 minuets.)  This can include:  
    • Initial discussion of various goals, budgeting, planning strategies & design aspects.
    • I am creatively visual and can usually come up with additional practical or artistic options you may not have thought about. And maybe plan B and C...  
    • I will also respectfully caution you as to why an idea may not be in your best interest. 
    • I will point you in the right direction with advice and by making a 'next step' plan of action. 
    • Simple notes for you of our ideas & assessments of:  Area, Garden, Plant, Soil & Maintenance. Irrigation review/scheduling, and more . . .

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Let's sit and have a chat, about creating a nicer garden area

Drop me a note

Detailed Landscape Garden Design

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A Master Plan For Success

It is fundamental to have a master plan for success and even more beneficial to have an illustrated-master-plan for your garden's success. This is a detailed map that everyone can point to - So we can all be on the same page - referencing the same details. 


This comprehensive design/planning phase begins after our initial collaborative consultation about your goals and ideas . . .  I am here to help you navigate this complex process.  Sometimes, the progression is as straightforward as (this short version):  

  • We have a mutually productive meeting   
  • We agree upon workable priorities and budget range  
  • I delineate the general concepts in drawing
  • I do research & development
  • I produce a conceptual landscape design   
  • We now have a detailed map which everyone references 'to be on the same page'  
  • Then, we can confidently move forward to the next step -- Producing detailed proposals(s) for installation  
    • Installation and maintenance are separate from my design   
  • However, sometimes, the development and planning can be more complex and involve a more scrutinizing process of evaluating, formulating, organizing, prioritizing, and (to the best extent) finalizing your gardening goals.  There are variations to this process . . . We can discuss as much and as often as necessary, eventually towards producing the conceptual design & plan; there are many details to cover and get right.  There may be other parameters to go over in more detail when we consult . . . 
  • Conceptual Landscape Plans are:  colored, digital, to-scale, plan-view, delineating the general concepts, showing the existing structures and new planned features, with a materials & plants list. (These details can vary depending on what the client and project require). 
  • SMALLER GARDEN DESIGNS.  For areas less than 2,000 square feet. Perhaps an entryway, front or back garden, patio, courtyard . . .
  • LARGER  GARDEN  DESIGNS, all the same magic listed above . . . just more of it.  For larger areas 2,000+ square feet. 

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Let's detail your dream garden

It's time for some Koby magic

Simple Starter Garden Plan (but way better)

Simple Starter Garden Plan (DIY plan)

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STARTER  GARDEN, relief for the DIY that could use a helpful leg-up from a professional. So - you have garden ideas or problems that need development. Okay - have me come consult with you . . .  and then, within two more hours I can work my magic with your gardening goals and dreams to produce a more cogent concept and a simple plan: 

  • You will receive a hand-sketched, simple garden layout, with specification notes for materials and plants (and references for a retail nursery or materials) for your garden project.  
  • List, organize and prioritize a plan of action your gardening objectives. 
  • All done on-site, at a maximum of 2 hours (this is additional to the Consultation Fee).
  • Understandably, there is reasonable limit to the size, complexity and details in this session. 
  • This would be a good fit for small to modest spaces (not much more than 2500' sqft)  for a garden Beginner or Enthusiast  that wants to do it themselves or with a small group of like-minded friend and family, and just needs supplemental advice, professional organizing and written, mapped direction.  
    • For advanced complexities and expert productions consider my options for detailed graphic design & planning with Small & Large Garden Concepts below on this webpage. 

GIFT yourself or others!  This is an especially thoughtful gesture of nurturing garden guidance for someone dear to you.

Ok, I want to get started
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Example: Plan, Design & Enjoy

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Design Garden Plan - Fully Realized

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Preexisting area

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Design-Plan, Conceptual Graphics Overaly

Example: Slope renewal with native water-wise plants

Existing Slope

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Conceptual Design, Photo Overlay with Labels

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Maintenance

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ARTISTIC & DETAILED - MAINTENANCE

Koby's Garden Alchemy also provides a finer grade of knowledgeable & meticulous care to keep your investment in top shape.

  • We only maintain gardens we've installed or improved.  
  • Monthly visits are the most frequent scheduling.
  • Some clients keep the 'mow-blow-and-go' gardeners and/or keep up the garden to some degree on their own.  
  • Moreover... what does work well with many of our clients, we come in a few times a year to make sure your garden is looking really marvelous.  
  • Like a Major-Tune-Up & Detailing, with Spa-Days - combined! 

"Common garden maintenance gives common results, but excellent maintenance keeps your Oasis." -Koby

Is Koby's Garden Alchemy right for your project?

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My Ideal Client Is In This Range:

  • Needs a professional conversation, or creative fine garden design/planning in San Diego or adjacent area.
  • Realizes they will receive a more uniquely tailored result by hiring well-seasoned talent.
  • Is supportive of nature's charms and wants to personally express that love with a sophisticated garden, confidently imbued with fascinating  flora and accents.
  • Values artistry, excellence and experience and is willing to invest in those abilities for a more productive and pleasing garden.
  • Wants a creative designer's eye to help balance the layout of your prospective garden and hardscape.
  • May need pots to accentuate an area, or an entire complement of containers to fashion a garden out of a stark area. Pots & Planters are a specialty of mine.
  • May have a garden that mainly needs the plantings redone, yet needs little or no additional hardscape work.
  • Wants a higher level of skills than general gardeners offer, but does not need (or have a large enough budget for) a big contractor or landscape firm.
  • Is ready to start the initial dialog about their garden dreams & priorities, to form a working budget range for those visions.  This is a collaborative growth process . . .  Together we can adjust, edit and shape, until all the working parts fit concordantly together.  
  • Realizes that initially you get out of the landscape the same qualities that were installed. But over the long-run, the living garden is an element that requires a firmly nurturing hand and a continued visionary eye;  Common garden maintenance gives common results, but excellent maintenance keeps your Oasis.


I'd be glad to discuss your dream with you

Services Referred

Structural Engineering

Commercial work.

If your house or business needs added onto, additional buildings, or major soil engineering?  

Those are best serviced by a Landscape Architect or Major Construction Firm.

Specialty Tradesperson

Plants and closely related work are our forte.

We refer to special services for:

  • Arborist, for large tree work
  • Carpenters
  • Cement, Masonry, Brick & Block
  • Electricians
  • General Contracting
  • Painters
  • Pest control on a large scale
  • Plumbers, welding or Gas Lines

General Garden Maintenance Crew

These can be found by checking with your neighbors or local garden center for a referral.