Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Landscape Design Consultations, Austin

Are you tired of looking at your yard not knowing where to begin? Let me give you 10 great reasons to call me for an educational landscape consultation.

1) Lawn Care

Whether you want to remove your lawn completely or learn why your lawn never seems to be happy, I can help you come up with a solution, watering schedule and fertilization.

2. Plant selection 

From full sun to full shade I know plants. Low water, low maintenance, native and adapted plants and  trees are my specialty. I can also teach you how and when to trim.

3. Outdoor living space

 Allow me to create additional living spaces with clever solutions including stone options and installation details.

4. Privacy

 Have a neighbor you would prefer not to see, or a noise issue that makes being outside unpleasant? Let me show you some plant and design selections that can address your needs with style.

5. Trees

 Oak Wilt is epidemic in our area so I teach you how to properly trim Oaks and all trees as well as when to do it.

6. Water conservation

 We all have to do our part and I provide valuable money-saving information on water conserving plants, designs and rain barrels.

7. Organic pest control and fertilization

 I am certified in organic gardening and have. Whole host of great ways to control or improve just about everything. Why use chemicals when there are organic solutions to almost every problem?

8. Design

I will teach you to design your own space using basic measurements and the plant selection we compile during our visit.

9. You can do it yourself or take educated bids

If you are the type of person who really prefers to do it yourself and just need some direction, a landscape consult is a perfect place to start. I give you step by step instruction including timing and where to purchase the materials you will need. If you plan to have the work done or take bids, you still need to know what you are biding on and what you truly need. An educated consumer is a savvy consumer. My job is to talk you out of “up sells” and unnecessary materials by showing you “all” of your options, not just the most profitable ones for me.

10. I can save you thousands in costly mistakes

 Lastly, Since I am not selling you anything, my only goal is to educate you on your landscape. I help you stay in your budget, save money on plants and materials and offer alternatives to costly hardscape finishes.


Before a consultation and design…


Before, you cannot see the huge porch and the windows have no natural light from the crowded, over sized bushes.

After the consultation and full design


After. Open, inviting, updated! Ready to enjoy, or sell for a premium.

Before: Desolate post-construction, outdated landscape in serious need of some love.

After: A Hill Country landscape indicative of the architectural aspects of the home and the beautiful Texas Hill Country topography.



For the best result, you’ll need to include plants for our Central Texas planting zones 8a/b. You need to add loads of compost and mulch and ultimately, you need to know how to amend your soil and care for your plants properly so you are set for success!

Best of all, Consultations are really fun and informative. They should be required for every home owner! I provide Online Landscape Consultations through Zoom for $225 for Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Austin, Buda, San Marcos, Driftwood, Wimberly, Kyle or anywhere in Hardiness Zone 8 a/b.
Depending on your area, an in person consultation is $350-$375 for a 30 minute educational “walk and talk”. This service is followed up by a concept sketch, an edited plant list and information packet for you to use throughout your space. 

In the end, should we determine that a full design or sketch concept be needed, the consultation cost goes towards the cost of a detailed sketch or design. The average design sketch ranges from $375-500 (less for small or builders beds) and a full, in color design ranges from $750 to $2000. Please check my list of services for more information.
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Ultimately, a design consultation is a conceptual idea or plan of action with a write up of the details to include my professional recommendations for your property. Additionally, you will receive an edited plant list for your property and sunlight needs, you will also receive a list of organic protocols, watering instructions, general lawn and tree care, and planting instructions. Examples of recommended hardscape materials are also provided.

A design sketch includes a full plan for a small space, (great for courtyards and builders beds) but doesn’t not include where plants will go. A full design covers small or large areas like a full front and/or back yard including the plants in color and to scale. 

So you know, Landscape consults are scheduled Monday – Friday mornings from 9:00 to noon. My afternoons are scheduled for drawing. If you would like to contact me to schedule your online or in-person landscape consultation, please send me an email and photos of your space to

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape and Design 

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”



  1. BJ

    HI Lisa, my name is BillieJo. I am in Tucson Arizona as you know I deal with excessive heat. But I want color and grass so bad. Everything always looks burnt. And Brown. Please help

  2. Cathy Lynch

    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for providing your website. I would love a visit by you. I’m caring for my 94 year old mom and had to greatly minimize gainful employment so the budget has greatly been compromised. Would you be coming from Austin? We live in Kingsland 78639 zip code. I wouldn’t want to waste your time. But I would absolutely love the how to’s so I can work on it a little at a time. How much would a plan of action cost and what would it include?

    • Hi Kathy, thank you for reaching out. I’m so sorry you’re out of my service area. I wish you all the best and I hope this blog can give you some inspiration towards the garden you’re dreaming of.

  3. Excellent post on the consultation process! We’re a new landscaping company in Colorado and we love hearing insights and tips from other professionals who take their craft seriously. Thanks for sharing!

    • Well, good luck to you in Colorado. The best advice I can give you is to do the right thing every day, to the best of your ability and you’ll never be without work or loyal clients.

  4. Great article, I love your style and designs! As a fellow landscaper (from Colorado!) I think you’re totally inspiring.

    • Thank you! We feed off of each other and Mother Nature, so I’m happy to share that inspiration! We are so blessed to do what we do each day.


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