Expert Advice

Plan Your Landscape Design Project Now

Posted on January 8, 2018

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Ken Muellers
Senior Landscape Designer

Winter is here . . . time to plan for Spring!

As you sit cozy inside, sheltered from the winter weather, you may want to look past the frost on the window and consider what you have in mind for landscaping when the warm weather comes. The winter months are an excellent time to have the designers at Hicks Landscapes begin planning your landscape for several reasons.

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Before work starts the planning must begin.

Planning takes time– Although you may have ideas for what changes you may want to make to your landscape, whether it is just adding few plants, or the installation of a new patio, deck or swimming pool the process of designing is the same. First documenting the existing conditions, then mapping a solution can take some time to get right. Hicks Landscapes designers can take the time now to explore different options and ideas and find the best solutions to meet your needs.

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New walls, pathways and stairs are built.

Permits may be required– If your project involves removal of trees, construction of patios, walls, fencing, a pool, or other structures most towns require permits. This can be a lengthily process that can take weeks or even months depending on the municipality and what type of work you are planning. If the work proposed does not meet building code, a variance may be required making the process even more difficult and time consuming.  Hicks designers have worked in most local jurisdictions and can help guide you through the system.

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Schedules get busy– When that first warm Spring day hits everyone sheds their winter coat, heads outside and proceeds to call the landscaper to start planning for the Spring. By starting to plan now you can be on the front of the line for scheduling work instead of the end of it. Although Hicks Landscapes has several full time landscape installation crews, during the peak season the waiting list can be several weeks long.

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A view from the stairs.

Be done in time to enjoy it– By beginning the planning process early, you can greatly increase your chances of having your landscape up and running come summer for entertaining and relaxing. So instead of having a construction site to look at, you can have a beautiful finished landscape to enjoy.

Starting early also gives the plants time to acclimate before the heat of Summer.


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“Best selection on LI. Helpful staff. Great displays for inspiration.” – C. Mazza. 


“Beautiful flowers, beautiful shrubs, beautiful everything!” –Kevin M.                                         



“I wish my backyard was bigger so I can keep buying awesome stuff from Hicks!” –Jeanne S.


“I love taking my granddaughter to see hicks beautiful christmas, Halloween, and Easter displays! Thanks for a job well done!” –Mary Ellen S.


“I would like to commend you on the wonderful staff you have. A garden center should be a happy place. Everyone at Hicks had a smile and a pleasant word and I will continue to come back year after year.” Joan H.


“I just got home from a trip to Hicks Nursery. I was in awe of how many varieties of tomatoes are there! Actually, there is a huge selection of everything!! One stop shopping at its best!”  -Cathy A.


“Thank you for carrying such a large selection of organic herbs. I got behind in some of my seeds and really focus on an all organic garden. I was pleasantly surprised today by how big the selection was in all herbs. Got all the herbs I wanted.”  –Sophie L


“I love Hick’s for all the beautiful flower’s I plant in our yard every Spring. They have great quality and friendly service.”  – Erika M.


“I won’t shop anywhere else. Best plants in Nassau County. Great selection and the staff is both knowledgeable & helpful.” – Patricia M.


“You get everything right, knowledgeable & friendly staff, great quality plants, the gorgeous flower show, Otto and Santa.” –Pat B.


“I shop at Hicks and bring the flats back to our home in CT. I will always be a Long Island Girl.” –Lisa D.


“Hicks has always been a leader in the Green Industry; even during trying times. I hope the people appreciate just how wonderful Hicks Nursery truly is!” Erik F.


“Beautiful! We’ve been twice and will visit again. The show is always a LI spring highlight – great work! BTW, love the new landscape design center more visible and accessible – had a great consultation!”          – Jacqueline S.


“I so enjoy going to Hicks. It is a beautiful place and I feel refreshed when I leave there. Hicks offers so much more besides flowers. I usually meet old friends there every time I go.” –Anne D.


“You have a great selection of plants, some of which I have never seen!! The blue orchids are out of this world!!” – Rae K.