Any experiences with Yardzen?

We are intrigued by Yardzen and their business model, but I haven't come across any reviews from anyone who's actually had a full design and installation completed. If anyone here has feedback, positive or negative, would love to hear before we contact them. Thanks!!

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I tried Yardzen this past summer.  From the time I submitted my photos and preferences it was about 5 weeks for an initial design and another 1-2 weeks for "revisions" which were included in my package but were very minimal.  We did not install it.

I was a little disappointed that they didn't seem to wholly respond to my priorities that didn't already comply with the visions/images they share on their site.  I would say if you are looking for a garden similar to what they profile online (a modern aesthetic, dining-centric, very low maintenance, drought tolerant but not particularly personalized or expressive or focused on wildlife) then it may be a good option for you.  If you are interested in more tropical gardens, cottage gardens, woodlands, etc., then I would spend the money on a few good books (Mrs Dalloways in Berkeley is a good garden bookstore but I'm sure there are others - the one on 4th Street possibly too) and consider a BritBox subscription on Prime to watch Gardeners' World (airs Marc - Oct but there are reruns online).  I am also not sure how Yardzen would handle hills if this is a reality for you (ours is a very flat yard, as are the yards featured on the site). Good luck!   

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Hi there, we've had a good experience with the design phase. We're still sorting out whether we'll go with one of their recommended contractors or a recommendation from a friend. That said, I was happy with the design phase. 

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I just recently used Yard Zen to design our front and back yard. I was very excited to see what they could do to transform our 7K suburban yard. Our budget was $50k, which turned out was very low in terms of landscape budget, I didn't know this before starting the process. Yard Zen has a post on their blog explaining the different types of budget for different landscape design elements. Anyway, the process was pretty smooth although it did take more than 2 months from start to finish design. We were not super impressed with the design they came up with which might be due to our budget limitation. It lacked some of the elements we requested. You only get one design plan revision before they finalized it. They were supposed to connect us with couple of local landscape contractors, it took another 4-6 weeks to hear back from one contractor. By this time we had already found a contractor on our own. Then we realized to really achieve the look we wanted, we had to basically double our original budget. Another thing is their design plans don't come with precise measurements so you'll need to do with the contractor you hire. In hindsight we should have just gone with a local designer from the start and have them do site visits to get to know what we wanted. We are about to start work on the project and we are still revising the design plan (based on Yard zen design) with our contractor. In conclusion, Yard Zen's wasn't the right fit for us. 

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We are still in the midst of our design process with them- they've given us what they think is a final design and we do not feel that they listened to our priorities at all. The first round was a joke- we spent hours preparing our walkthrough videos, taking pictures, explaining everything we wanted in great detail and including plant lists, inspiration photos, our preferred color scheme and style and I'd be surprised if anyone looked at it. The design was very generic and was based off old real estate listing photos which included features that no longer exist (rather than the pictures and videos we sent) and the mediterranean garden with a focus on food-bearing plantings we asked for was instead a very modern condo style garden for someone who doesn't like to take care of plants and wants a lot of lawn.  The second round was better after we submitted very detailed drawings ourselves but still a long ways from what we want. I guess I'd say you get what you pay for. It's much cheaper than getting a landscape architect to do a design if you have a big and complex project but it's also felt very boilerplate and frustrating. The web interface is also buggy. I'm still hopeful that through slugging it out with them and pushing to get to a point where we are satisfied, we'll get a design that works for us but it's been an ordeal thus far. I think it probably works really well for people who have a simple project, a minimalist aesthetic, and don't like to get super in the weeds on design details but it hasn't been a great fit for us.  I wish we'd done more research on them before diving in. There are some helpful reviews on Houzz that we've since looked at. Feel free to reach out to me if you want more information.