Determine which type of landscape pro suits your needs. Before you get started, you'll need to determine the skill set that best matches the scope of work you have in mind. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers, by contrast, specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They may or may not have advanced training
. Landscape contractors implement the plans laid out by a landscape architect or designer. In some cases, a landscape contractor also provides design services. Depending on your vision for your yard, you may want to use any or all of these types of professionals.