What’s Next: Installing Your TILLY Plan

By Alexis Sutton

March 6, 2020

You’ve received your Tilly package and are ready to dig in – cheesy plant pun for the win! Our team has broken down how to evaluate if this is a project you can DIY or if you should source outside help. If you are going to hire help, below are some guildelines on how to go about the process. Also remember that Tilly offers installation services for our New York tri-state area clients, a service that will be expanding. You will find some commonly asked questions on that process below as well. 

Alright, let’s get those plants in the ground! You have your planting plan, now….

  1. DECIDE who will complete the work, from sourcing and delivering your plant materials to laying walkways, building fences and digging in the dirt.  Will you DIY? Outsource specific parts? Or hire a contractor to manage it all for you?

2. PLAN the best timing for your installation. Consider local planting seasons, which will depend on your location. You can google this information or ask your Tilly designer. Think about the amount of work required, your free time, budget and your personal schedule – is there a party or event coming up that can serve as a deadline?

3. INTERVIEW if you’re planning to hire a contractor or any outside help.  Ask neighbors, go on Nextdoor, or just ask Tilly! As with anything it’s always best to get multiple estimates – not only for pricing, but for a variety of factors. For example, make sure installation schedules align and they can make your deadlines, are they familar with the work you need to have done, do they have eco-friendly practices? For tri-state area clients, we offer comprehensive installation services (FAQs below).  

4. EVALUATE the estimates you receive. If you’re hiring someone other than Tilly, share your complete design package and request an estimate for the project so you have solid comparisons and can feel good moving forward. 

5. HIRE your installer and lock in a date ASAP!  In many regions the planting season is relatively short, so don’t wait to get something scheduled. Contractors and landscapers can book up early and quickly so get on their calendar! 

If you are in the tri-state area you can consider working with Tilly to complete your job (nuts to bolts!). We work with some of the best pros in the area and can handle all types of jobs. See below for some of our most common questions. 


Tilly Install FAQs

Q. Does Tilly Install?

Yes!  We are currently offering full-service installations throughout the tri-state area.

Q. Where do you offer services?

Installation services are available in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut within roughly 50 miles of Manhattan.

Q. What type of work is included?

We can manage it all!  Depending on your project, you may simply need plant materials and plant installation, or an entirely new retaining wall and seating area.  Our team is equipped with the expertise and trusted professional network required to complete almost any job.

Q. How do Tilly’s prices compare?

Tilly’s installation pricing is very competitive. And unlike many other contractors, we are excited to work on jobs of any size!

Q. How do I start?

We’re so glad you asked! You can ask your Tilly designer or contact Zoe at zoe@tilly-design.com to request an estimate.




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We have found the Tilly process to be most successful on properties less than an acre.

A major part of remote design is understanding a property’s existing conditions and limitations. To do this we generally use the primary structure (usually the house) as the main point of reference. The greater distances are from from the house the less successful we are at understanding your property. No matter what the size of your property, the more information you can provide us, the better. Don’t be shy with the pictures! And please send along any and all architectural or property plan documents you can.

Still have questions? Contact us!