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What is a landscape design contract?

You have successfully passed the interview stage and finally got selected as the landscape architect for a client, congratulations! That's one more project added to your portfolio, but before you start work officially, you need to have a landscape design contract in place. As a landscaper, the agreement protects you and your client, and it clearly defines the scope of work, compensation, ownership, and sets expectations for communication. Landscape agreements can take several forms, and there are essential clauses you must understand when drafting the document.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) said in one of its presentations on contracts, "You get what you negotiate- not necessarily what you deserve." Hence, you must negotiate to your satisfaction and hire an attorney to ensure every aspect of the agreement is put in writing if you are new to creating a landscape design contract. Also, an attorney will ensure your agreement is compliant with necessary state laws in the region where you will be working.

What should be included in a landscape design contract template?

If you are new to creating contracts, checking online sites, or using the American Society Architect’s Standard form contracts, it may be a good starting point. A good landscape design contract would cover every aspect of the project and answer questions about the cost of landscaping, scope, and the date of completion. Here are essential sections to include in the agreement.

1. Identification of parties with the landscape design contract template

A landscape design contract must identify the parties involved in the agreement. At least, the document should include name, email, contact address, and phone number of both the design architect and the client.

2. The property in the landscape design contract template

The agreement should also include the location at which the landscaper shall perform landscaping services. It must warrant or represent that the client owns the property or holds the authority to engage a designer for the services requested.

3. Terms in the landscape design contract template

Include your terms and work condition, whether a one-time job or recurring service, stating the period or appropriate timeframe. Your landscape design contract terms should also state the requirements for termination.

What are the essentials of a landscape design contract?

Your agreement should outline the services you will render on the site. You may enter each activity as a line item to make it clear and easy to comprehend. You may also state what happens to the work if your client changes the scope of the work.

5. Compensation in the landscape design contract template

Ensure there is clarity in this aspect of your landscape design contract. You may state that “in consideration for the landscaping design services, the client shall pay $amount per hour plus the cost of materials." That is valid when you bill per hour but ensure you clarify your billing method if fixed and whether you receive upfront payment.

6. Date in the landscape design contract template

Add the date when the agreement was created and include other relevant information like payment due date and duration of the project.

7. Promotion & Indemnification in the landscape design contract template

You must discuss with your client the right to take and use photographs of the client's property for self-promotion of landscaping services. Also, ensure that the landscape design contract states that the client agrees to indemnify, defend, and protect the landscape designer from and against all lawsuits and damages pertaining to the landscaping services. It should also protect the landscaper from any damage resulting from false information delivered by the client regarding the property in question or failure to give the landscaper all the necessary information to work.

8. Modification of the landscape design contract template

A good landscape design contract should give no room for modification except the projects meet some underlying conditions agreed upon by both parties, which must be in writing.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about this template.

Why do you need a landscape design contract?

A landscape contract ensures that a landscape designer is paid for his work as stipulated. Using Bonsai's free landscape contract template helps you automate this process. All you need to do is download and edit.

How much should I charge as a landscaper?

Considered as more advanced than typical landscapers, landscape designers rate is around $200 per hour. This is for planninng and designing your yard.

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Free Landscape Design Contract Template

Landscape Design Contract

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.


This Landscaping Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement") is entered into on [the date both parties sign] (the "Effective Date"), by and between Acme, LLC (hereinafter referred to as the "Landscaper") and Client (hereinafter referred to as the "Client") (collectively referred to as the "Parties"), both of whom agree to be bound by this Agreement.


The location of the property where the Landscaper will perform their services is at [PROJECT ADDRESS], hereinafter referred as to the "property".

The Client warrants that they own the property and/or holds the legal authority to engage the Landscaper in such activity.


This Agreement shall be effective on [the date of signing this Agreement] (the "Effective Date") and will end on [END DATE OR "under the work is completed"].

Upon the end of the term of the Agreement, this Agreement will not be automatically renewed for a new term.

The Landscaper agrees to conduct their work between the hours of [WORKING HOURS], no less than [X] times per [WEEK/MONTH]. All working times must be agreed upon by both the Landscaper and the Client. A schedule change is possible if there is written confirmation from both Parties.


The Parties agree that the Landscaper shall perform the following landscaping services at the site of the property:

  • The Landscaper will...[SCOPE OF WORK]
  • The Landscaper will...


The Client agrees to compensate the Landscaper an amount of [HOURLY RATE] per hour and the Landscaper agrees to invoice the Client for the total amount of hours worked at the end of each [WEEK/MONTH].

The Parties agree that in the event that the invoices are not paid within thirty days of receiving them, the Landscaper will be entitled to charge a late fee of [LATE FEE PERCENTAGE]%.


  1. To provide a clear image, map or description of the boundaries of the property to assist the Landscaper in not encroaching on another property.
  2. The Client must provide full access to the property within a specified time and inform the Landscaper of all subsurface service and utility lines.
  3. The Client will be provided any and all necessary materials to regularly maintain the Client's landscape.


  1. To obtain any necessary permits to perform the services.
  2. To clear the property of any debris and equipment owned by the Landscaper upon the completion of the services each time, unless otherwise agreed to in written form.
  3. To obtain liability insurance amounting to at least [INSURANCE MINIMUM].


This Agreement is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Agreement for any reason by sending a written notice to the other party. The Landscaper must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice, unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party terminates this Agreement early, the Client will pay the Landscaper for the work that has been already completed and will reimburse the Landscaper for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses.


The Parties agree not to indemnify and hold one another harmless. This also applies to their affiliates, agents, officers, employees, and/or successors. The Parties in this Agreement in addition agree to assign against all (if any) claims, liabilities, damages, losses, penalties, punitive damages, expenses, any arising reasonable legal fees and/or costs of any kind or any amount that may arise. This includes, but is not limited to, any amount which may result from the negligence of or the breach of this Agreement by the Party that is indemnified, its successors and assigns that occurs in terms of this Agreement.

This section will remain in full force and tact as well as effect, even upon the termination of the Agreement naturally or the early termination by either of the Parties.


The Parties each agree to indemnify and hold harmless the other Party, its respective affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and permitted successors and assigns against any and all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, penalties, punitive damages, expenses, reasonable legal fees and costs of any kind or amount whatsoever, which result from the negligence of or breach of this Contract by the indemnifying party, its respective successors and assigns that occurs in connection with this Contract.

This section remains in full force and effect even after termination of the Contract by its natural termination or the early termination by either party.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America.

The Landscaper is an independent contractor. Neither Party is an agent, representative, partner, or employee of the other Party.

The Parties understand this Contract is not an exclusive arrangement.

The Parties agree that they are free to enter into other similar agreements with other parties.

The Landscaper agrees that they will not enter into any agreements that conflict with their obligations under this Contract.


Any dispute or difference whatsoever arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be submitted to arbitration, mediation and negotiation in accordance with, and subject to the laws of the United States of America.


The Parties agree that any amendments made to this Agreement must be in writing, where they must be signed by both Parties to this Agreement.

Accordingly, any amendments made by the Parties will be applied to this Agreement.


The Parties agree not to assign any of the responsibilities in this Agreement to a third party, unless consented to by both Parties in writing.


This Agreement contains the entire agreement and understanding among the Parties to it with respect to its subject matter, and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, inducements and conditions, express or implied, oral or written, of any nature whatsoever with respect to its subject matter. The express terms of the Agreement control and supersede any course of performance and/or usage of the trade inconsistent with any of its terms.

This Agreement is legal and binding between the Parties as stated above. The Parties each represent that they have the authority to enter into this Agreement.


If any provision of this Agreement is found to be void and unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining provisions will remain in force in accordance with the Parties' intention.


The Parties hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and such is demonstrated by their signatures below:

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.