The Best Landscapers in Canberra

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Elliot Rehwinkle from Botanica Landscapes

Elliot Rehwinkel from Botanica Landscapes, one of Canberra’s most recommended landscapers. Photo: Supplied.

As boundaries between inside and outside living continue to blur, many Canberrans are seeking ways to improve the use of their outdoor space.

Benefits of well-conceived green spaces are documented the world over. They provide engaging social settings; improve air quality and decrease noise; offer privacy and a welcomed natural surround for relaxation.

With landscaped gardens increasing property value and curb appeal; it is no surprise that residents from Forrest to Fadden are finessing their green thumbs. There are however some drawbacks with the do-it-yourself approach.

Landscaping is serious business; seemingly minor tweaks can require licensed construction under the watchful eye of trades. Canberra also has a distinct climate with vast seasonal variances which makes plant selection challenging.

This is where experienced landscapers can help. Great landscapers take your brief and cues from your surrounds to conceptualise, design, and construct your space. They are also expert horticulturalists, with an innate knowledge of plant species, ensuring that you reap the seeds of what you sow.

With the market awash with gardeners come landscapers; finding an experienced and qualified professional with all the right credentials can be challenging. To help you navigate we’ve provided some points to keep in mind along with our recommendations for the best landscapers in the Canberra region.

What makes a great landscaper?

The best in class Canberra landscapers create breathtaking surrounds with strong structural form that speaks to soul of its inhabitants. Great landscaping not only expands liveable space, it also adds significant value to any property.

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting a landscaper:

  • Green Philosophy. In many ways landscape design is an art form, with artists a plenty and equally as many styles. Understand your own style, and seek a landscaper who specialises in this area. Is your landscaper a classicist embracing formal tradition; are they innovators creating sculptural delights; or do they prefer natural organic flows? A shared philosophy and clear expectations will ensure your vision is aptly translated into a living reality.
  • Qualified, Licensed, and Insured. The best landscapers have completed formal training in horticulture and all aspects of landscaping including construction and design. Whilst a landscaping licence is not currently required in Canberra, a licensed tradesperson will be required for any projects which need planning or permits; structures like patios, porches, and decks; electrical; and pools. Importantly, ensure your landscaper is professionally insured.
  • Impeccable Project Management. A fully landscaped space is a feat in production, dealing with live assets and subject to Canberra’s extreme climate. A great landscaper will have superior project management skills, including clear timelines, agile delivery, and will be prepared for contingencies. Request references from past clients for peace of mind that your project will be delivered on time, and on budget.
  • Quality Installations. Years of experience set the best landscapers aside from the rest. Look for evidence of quality installations that have been delivered to the highest standards. Also ensure your landscaper is well versed with the variances in Canberra’s climate, and is prepared to guarantee their products and their work. Enquire about the locations of their past projects and be sure to pay them a visit.
  • Contracts & Maintenance. Good landscapers provide clear contracts details all terms. Ensure you agree upon inclusions, responsibilities, prices, payment terms, and guarantees. Caring for a newly planted landscape in Canberra’s early summer can make even the most confident gardeners uneasy. Agreeing on a maintenance plan beforehand will ensure your garden will be nurtured once laid. Also check on liability for any plants that do not survive as replacement can be a costly exercise.

Important essentials to check before engaging a landscaper

To ensure a quality installation that will stand the test of time a couple of minutes spent checking the following will help to give you peace of mind; and ensure you avoid a mediocre landscaper:

  1. Confirm that the landscaper runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
  2. If you or your landscaper are contracting individual trades for planning or permits; non-habitable structures like patios, porches, and decks; electrical; and any pools or water features; ensure they are appropriately licensed.
  3. Verify that the landscaper, and any additional trades are professionally insured with public liability insurance.
  4. Be clear on contracted inclusions, terms, and conditions.

The best landscapers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintain a minimum of 4/5 stars on Google.

Easycare Landscapes

Easycare Landscapes

Over the last 20 years, Easycare Landscape’s passion for landscape design, construction and maintenance has created exceptional outdoor spaces across Canberra. The business believes that gardens should create calm, which is why Easycare Landscapes can handle everything from start to finish.

The team is up with the latest methods and products of the landscape industry, enabling Easycare Landscapes to take the seed of an idea and nurture it to full bloom.

Easycare Landscapes is equally passionate about growing relationships with clients, taking time to understand needs and provide cost-effective solutions.

Whatever the project, Easycare Landscapes ensures its practices are environmentally safe and sustainable. All landscapes are as green as they are… well, green.

As Judy Cunningham wrote on Google, “From initial design to completion, Easycare was a pleasure to work with. They developed a lovely design and rebuilt the long-neglected garden into a beautiful but low maintenance garden that looks great.”

8 Beltana Road
Pialligo ACT 2609
Botanica Landscapes

Botanica Landscapes

Botanica Landscapes is an award-winning family business with an experienced team of innovative designers and professional landscapers focused on delivering high-quality residential design and construction projects.

The company offers a complete start-to-finish landscape service, from initial consultation through to design and final construction. This ensures a smooth transition at every step.

Owned by the Rehwinkel family, Botanica Landscapes has a long and respected reputation on the horticultural scene in Canberra and region. Managing Director and landscaper Elliot Rehwinkel and his team use their deep local horticultural knowledge, combined with innovative design skills and expertise in construction, to bring landscaping visions to fruition.

Botanica Landscapes excels at tailoring landscape solutions which combine creativity with quality materials and workmanship.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, Botanica Landscapes continually exceeds client expectations. Services include paving, artificial turf, flagstone, planting and mulching, edging, garden beds, turf, irrigation, ponds and water features, retaining walls, as well as granite paths and driveways.

Satisfied client Alivio Tourist Park wrote on RiotACT, “Alivio Tourist Park Canberra, located in O’Connor has recently engaged Elliot from Botanica Landscapes to design and build a significant native feature garden at the entry of the property. The recently completed work speaks for itself and Elliot was a considerate and talented professional to work with. We are thrilled with the result and have no hesitation in recommending Botanica Landscapes for future projects. Please feel free to visit our park and see Elliot’s work for yourself.”

Burgess Landscaping

With over thirty years of experience Burgess Landscaping offer end-to-end landscaping and gardening solutions. This approach ensures all landscaping needs can be catered to under one umbrella, including the management of trades.

Their team of qualified and skilled landscapers provide an extensive list of services; from groundwork including ponds and irrigation, all manner of paths, gates, and fencing, through to lawns and garden beds themselves.

Burgess adopt single project delivery with a steadfast focus on delivering quality landscapes.

Tan shared this recommendation on RiotACT, I would highly recommend Burgess Landscaping. They are local and a family business.”

TPL - Tom Pagett Landscaping

TPL – Tom Pagett Landscaping is a small, family-run business that opened in 2017 to service Canberra and surrounds.

This friendly owner-operator business specialises in landscape construction and horticulture. Services include paving and edging, turf and artificial grass installation, stonework and garden maintenance.

Client Karen Fraser shared her experience with Tom Pagett Landscaping on Facebook, “Tom helped us turn our new house dirtscape into a beautiful green garden complete with paving, pond, gravel paths, grass, edging and plants. Tom was meticulous about his work, friendly and responsive to our needs.”

Provincial Plants and Landscapes

Established in 2011, Pialligo-based Provincial Plants and Landscapes provides award-winning, end-to-end landscaping services, both residential and commercial. It produces superior landscape outcomes, done right, on budget and on time. Its reliable team is flexible and responsive.

The business stocks everything needed to design and complete top-quality landscapes, including locally appropriate plants, pots, pavers and décor. It operates with outstanding green credentials, is award winning and has a long list of satisfied clients.

Provincial Plants and Landscapes is well-suited to commercial projects having worked with councils, government departments, environmental agencies, landscape architects and garden designers.

Jo Dodds highly recommends Provincial Plants and Landscapes on Facebook, “These guys have a deep understanding of environmental (and community) regeneration. I highly recommend the business.”

If your backyard just needs a tidy up, check out our article on the best gardening services in Canberra. Or, if you prefer to do it yourself, check out our article on the best landscaping supplies stores Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with landscapers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the landscaping companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is landscape design?
Landscape design is the integration of planning and construction phases of a garden, with its overarching design and plant selection therein.
What should a landscape plan include?
Landscape plans should include any required structural aspects such as retaining walls, pavers, irrigation, and lighting; along with natural elements like flowers, trees, and grasses; and any introduced elements such as benches, fountains or sheds.
What are the basic principles of landscape design?
A visually aesthetic landscape can be created by following six core principles of landscape design: balance, focalisation, simplicity, line, proportion, and unity.
How much does landscaping cost in Canberra?
Landscaping costs vary significantly based on the scale, complexity, and ease of access for the works. Minor work on existing landscapes can cost from $20/hr up to $350+/hr for those which are more complex.
How much should I budget for landscaping?
A general rule of thumb when budgeting for complete landscaping services is to set aside between 5% to 10% of your property’s value.

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Viik Sangørs Viik Sangørs 11:09 pm 29 Oct 20

Botanica Landscapes
First time making an effort to do an online review but only because these guys really deserve the recognition!
I’m very glad to have chosen Elliot and his team to work on my home. From my first call to inquire and throughout the job, Elliot and his team were very professional, clean and demonstrated their strong experience in customer service and the landscaping industry.
They communicated genuine interest and care to deliver high quality work. Clean finish and very happy with their attention to detail.
If only all trades operate this professionally.
Great work! 5/5.

heavenonearth heavenonearth 10:19 pm 08 Jul 20

Heaven on Earth is a local landscaping business. We’ve been helping Canberrans to create beautiful gardens and landscapes for over 20 years.

There are a bunch of comments here about landscaping being expensive in Canberra – so if anyone is looking for a more affordable price, give us a call! We love coming up with creative ideas to helps clients achieve a great result – even when on a tight budget.

You can check out our work here: http://www.canberralandscaper.com and here: http://www.facebook.com/heavenonearthcanberra

aliviotouristparkcanberra aliviotouristparkcanberra 12:23 pm 23 Jun 20

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra, located in O’Connor has recently engaged Elliot from Botanica Landscapes to design and build a significant native feature garden at the entry of the property. The recently completed work speaks for itself and Elliot was a considerate and talented professional to work with. We are thrilled with the result and have no hesitation in recommending Botanica Landscapes for future projects. Please feel free to visit our park and see Elliot’s work for yourself.

burgesslandscapingcanberra burgesslandscapingcanberra 12:41 pm 14 Nov 19

Burgess Landscaping has over three decades of experience in providing incredible landscaping and gardening services to give you the perfect design and the look for your project. All our staff at Burgess Landscaping are trained to be reliable and experienced landscapers who have been working in this industry for over 10 years.

Tan Tan 4:16 pm 13 Feb 19

I would highly recommend Burgess Landscaping. They are local and a family business.

https://burgesslandscaping.com.au

fabforty fabforty 5:01 pm 13 Jul 15

I recommend Marco at Territory Landscapes. 0416525929

vintage123 vintage123 1:32 pm 13 Jul 15

FB said :

We used Evan @ Lifestyle Landscaping. Reasonable Price, Great Work and was prompt & reliable. We will be getting him back for more work soon.

https://www.facebook.com/lifestylelandscapingcanberra

I had a quick look their ABN and Licence details and couldnt find anything.
Are they registered, licensed, insured and qualified?

FB FB 12:05 pm 13 Jul 15

We used Evan @ Lifestyle Landscaping. Reasonable Price, Great Work and was prompt & reliable. We will be getting him back for more work soon.

https://www.facebook.com/lifestylelandscapingcanberra

vintage123 vintage123 1:40 pm 10 Jul 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Landscaping is crazy expensive in Canberra. Have a few days off work, put on a bbq and beers and get all your friends around for a backyard blitz. It will cost literally 1/10th the price and be a better job?

Its not just Landscaping thats crazy expensive in Canberra, in fact everything has the Canberra prremium built into its cost. Mind you it does take a bit of cash to keep a business flowing smoothly.

Furthermore i was facinated by the last series of House Rules, if you listened carefully you could pick up onthe tradesman rates – I was surprised when i heard the chippy break down that bathroom in the Tassie place. $150 bucks an hour plug GST for the apprentice. MMMM made me think, thats up there near canberra prices so maybe its just the way it is in Australia nowadays.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:44 am 10 Jul 15

Landscaping is crazy expensive in Canberra. Have a few days off work, put on a bbq and beers and get all your friends around for a backyard blitz. It will cost literally 1/10th the price and be a better job?

vintage123 vintage123 10:35 am 10 Jul 15

Just be careful. For some reason there are tonnes of people running around Canberra pretending to be Landscapers, when in fact they are not.

I am thinking they started out mowing lawns and then stared doing landscaping jobs without realising they needed TAFE training and certification as well as Licensing.

Pick someone who is Registered, Licenced, Holds a relevant Trade Qualification (Statement of Attainment or Competancy from a Registered Training Organisation), who has an ABN, and hold personal and professional liability insurance.

There is alot of money in landscaping so make sure you get a quality job.

Heres a link to those licensed in Canberra.
http://www.licensedtrades.com.au/licensed/landscaper/canberra

mp2615 mp2615 9:58 am 10 Jul 15
Genie Genie 1:18 pm 08 Jul 15

Street Appeal Landscaping, give Rob a call. He recently did my backyard and extremely happy with the results !

http://streetappeallandscaping . com . au

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