Creative By Design Landscaping – Nanaimo Landscapers

Creating curb appeal in Nanaimo, BC

Our team has been leading the way among local landscaping companies in Nanaimo, BC. With our creative and modern plans, exceptional craftsmanship, great service & affordable prices, our landscapers have built beautiful yards with paving stone patios, and more for over 15 years. Creative By Design Landscaping will provide everything you will need, from the initial plans to the finishing touches. We pride ourselves on creating unique and amazing results for the residents of Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo, and the surrounding area.

Our Services include: On Site consultations, Planning, Paving stone patio’s & Driveways, Flagstone, Irrigation, Evergreens, Garden shrubs, trees & plants, Turf Installation, Water-features, Drainage, Stone and Allan Block Retaining walls, Fences, low-voltage lighting, Maintenance services, Lawn care etc…

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Design Build

Our professional and certified team will help you create the perfect drawing from the ground up. Our team works directly with you from start to finish.

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We provide all aspects of landscape construction, and we use the best quality products on the market for the best results.

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Check out our services and see how our staff can help your property become the envy of the neighbourhood

*Please click on our Build/Installation Page to see costs.

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“…many compliments on our beautiful yard”

We had been through a horrific house building process that left us with extreme distrust for contractors and tradesmen in Nanaimo. However, we still needed to complete our extensive outdoor project. Due to our previous experiences, we felt jaded and skeptical about hiring someone to complete the job. We cautiously interviewed many companies before meeting with Creative By Design Landscaping. Our meeting was simply refreshing, he was honest, knowledgeable and had competitive costs. After hiring him, we came to understand what a hardworking, trustworthy and caring person he is. Our job was very complex as there were many elevation changes. Our vision on how we wanted to finished project to look and Phil from Creative By Design Landscaping offered ideas and suggestions along with drawings on paper, on how we could bring our ideas to life. As the installation progressed we added elements that the team approached and executed with expertise including Stonework, concrete stairs, implementing a full irrigation system, lighting, fencing, as well as picking out and planting flowers plants and trees. He take great pride in putting in the time to do a meticulous job. We are extremely happy with the final result and have received many compliments on our beautiful yard. They were a true pleasure, and we can’t recommend them highly enough. They are your best option on the island.

“...We wanted a contractor that was local, creative and experienced”

When we decided to update our outdoor space, we put a lot of thought into choosing the company for us. We wanted a contractor that was local, creative and experienced who could complete the process from planning phase to the landscaping installation without us dealing with multiple contractors. We are so thrilled that we chose these guys in Nanaimo, and we will have them back next year to do another project! Phil was easy to work with, responsible, dedicated, and with outstanding attention to detail. From the initial consultation to the end of the project, Creative By Design Landscaping captured our vision and brought it to life. The quality of the landscape materials and installation process gives us great confidence, and costs were fair without any surprises on our final bill. We absolutely recommend these guys to anyone looking for high-quality results.

“…impressed with his attention to detail and quality”

We hired Creative By Design Landscaping to redevelop our backyard in late Spring of 2017. We needed to fix drainage issues, tear out a rotting patio and manage multiple levels of a very sloped yard. When we met Phil for the initial consultation we were impressed with his attention to detail and quality and how much he cared about doing a quality installation that looks great. It was clear he took a lot of pride in his work. Creative By Design Landscaping helped us take our vision and make it into reality including stonework, curved garden beds, space for a vegetable garden, irrigation and lighting. He guided us toward practical decisions and was always transparent about costs. It was easy to work with Phil throughout the project – he was very respectful of our yard and space, communicated openly and was patient with our many questions. The work is excellent and looks outstanding. I am in awe of the attention to detail that Phil gave our project. I would hire Creative By Design in an instant and will recommend them to anyone who asks.

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Fixed price landscape quotes and costs

…with detailed breakdowns

Let us work with you to get Better Quality
while saving you money!!

Fed up with landscape costs that are more than you agreed on?!

We are NOT a ‘Time plus materials’ Company.

What we Quote, is what you pay.


Create your dream today

Creative By Design Landscaping is a professional, responsible,
knowledgeable company with friendly staff.

Our aim is to give you a result that makes you proud
and the neighbor’s jealous!

Creative By Design has the knowledge to make that happen


Landscaping Costs:

While there are many cost variables in any project, below you can see our unit costs for some of our services we offer. Please remember, these costs may vary depending on project size, access, terrain, and site conditions, delivery etc.

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$425+, depending on the complexity of the project.

Professional landscape drawings rendered in Dynascape, for 2D or 3D results. Creative By Design creates concepts for business’s or residential applications

We Also Offer;

  • Shrubs, plants and trees from your local Nanaimo nursery

  • Planting beds and garden beds

  • Custom blend top soil ($3+ per sq.ft) and mulch

  • Artificial Turf ($17-35 per square foot)

  • Rock gardens

  • Roses, Perennials & Annuals

  • Brick and lawn  edging ($23.50 linear foot)

  • Decomposed Gravel or Decorative Rock Walkways (2.50 per sq.ft)

  • Drainage for driveways, walkways, lawns and walls

  • Landscape Lighting

  • Fencing & Decks

  • Wood Structures

    ….and more!

$24.50 per square foot

Paving Stone for driveways, walkways and patios. We have a large selection when it comes to paver materials, along with many creative ideas and results

$50-70 per square foot

Allan Block is a great product for building retaining walls and stairs, with a large choice when it comes to styles and colours

Price depends on chosen products from flagstone supplier

Natural stone and Flagstone is a great product for creative pathways and seating areas in your yard.

Rock walls give a beautiful natural look to retaining your property unlike manufactured products. Creative By Design can design, and build retaining walls to your specifications

$1000 per zone

When it comes to Irrigation we provide many different options to setting up your irrigation system to water different areas of your property. Our technicians also provide service and repairs.

1.75 – 2.25 per sq.ft

If you are looking for that perfect lawn then you have come to the right place. Our installers have the expertise to install turf that will make you proud.

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Several choices depending on what style of natural stone or rock you have in mind

price is dictated in whether you are looking for bubbling rocks, custom pond, pondless water feature or a full-size Koi pond with a waterfall

When it comes to water features and ponds the choices are really endless. Our installers can walk you through the process to deciding size, finished look and maintenance

$85 per person hour plus disposal

Residential yard work and residential yard maintenance for Nanaimo and mid-Island. Whatever your garden needs, Creative By Design can provide, to keep your property looking great!

Price based on property size

We provide both residential and commercial lawn care, as well as aerating, power-raking and spring and fall fertilizing services

We also provide

  • Shrubs, plants and trees from your local Nanaimo nursery
  • Planting beds and garden beds
  • Custom blend top soil ($3+ per sq.ft) and mulch
  • Artificial Turf ($17-35 per square foot)
  • Rock gardens
  • Roses, Perennials & Annuals
  • Brick and lawn  edging ($23.50 linear foot)
  • Decomposed Gravel or Decorative Rock Walkways (2.50 per sq.ft)
  • Drainage for driveways, walkways, lawns and walls
  • Pressure Washing
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Fencing & Decks
  • Wood Structures

    ….and more!

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Before it is possible to turn your landscape into your dreams, a concept is required. To make this possible, we will meet with you and get a feel for what style of concept you are looking for by asking a series of questions, through this process we are able to create a visual representation for you to look at before we start building your new project. This process also gives you an idea of landscape installation costs and time frame your project will take.

Contact Us

Yardwork is our passion and working with clients to create that fantastic garden is all part of that exciting adventure. Whether your looking for a landscape renovation or have just moved into a new home, we are happy to work with you to create your ideal outdoor living space and make your dream come true.

If you have some ideas and are looking to start on your yard, but not sure how and where to start, then visit our design page for an informative breakdown of costs and what our Nanaimo team can do for you.

Where to begin

Firstly it is important to know what you’re looking for in a landscaper in Nanaimo, British Columbia, so you can use those criteria to find someone.

One way is to take a look around your local neighborhood to see what your options are, and what your local landscapers are offering. By doing this, you can see what different landscaping companies are offering.

Your property is our passion


How do i find the right company for me?

Getting down to the basics…

Look at landscaper’s handiwork and previous clients. If they claim to be a professional, they should be happy to give previous examples of their work.

With the focus these days, being about getting the job done quicker, asking ‘how’ they install their products, maybe by getting a demonstration, should be another way to the best as well.

Many people will tell you that a cheaper quote should not be considered. Always look at what they offer, and the finished product before making a decision. A pretty result, doesn’t always mean a long lasting one.

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What should i look for in a landscaping company?

Here are some pointers for areas to check into:


Does it slope away from the house?

> Any hard surface should always be sloped away from the house as you don’t want surface water sitting up against your foundation.

Are there any low points?

> Low points in brick work can mean puddles in wet weather and ice patches in winter.

> If its an old patio/walkway, it could mean poor prep or installation techniques.

> Driveways can give a telltale sign, which is sunken tracks where the tires of the vehicle enter the garage everyday. Another sign of poor landscape installation techniques


Is it all green?

> Lawns with yellow or brown spots in them usually mean two things, either there’s not enough soil for the grass roots or there’s poor or no irrigation.

Is it graded nicely?

> Hollows and low points aren’t easy to mow and visually don’t look too nice. You don’t want a yard that you dread to cut each week.


Mulch is decorative as well as functional

> It can help to reduce weeds (as long as you stay on top of it)

> Fabric under mulch doesn’t work! Mulch should be topped up every few years and turned over every few months. Fabric makes this hard. Also when you are looking to do a top up, turning the old mulch into the soil can help boost the soil for the plants. With Fabric under the mulch, it makes it impossible to do.

> Landscape mulch won’t stay in place with fabric, and it doesn’t take long after the initial landscape installation, for the fabric to show through and make the bed look untidy.

Planting Beds

> Beds that are mounded high usually mean the landscapers were too lazy to dig them out to add good product, as its quicker and costs less, to mound on top of the existing sub-grade.

> Higher mounded beds make watering plant roots tough as the water just wants to run away.

> Dead plants are a good give away. This can be number of reasons; poor planting techniques, poor landscape irrigation, poor soil or disease.

> Mulch doesn’t like to stay on steep sloped surfaces.

Landscape Irrigation

Are the irrigation heads equal distance apart?

From a distance, it can be hard to tell if an irrigation system is installed well or not

> Dead or dying plants and shrubs are a sign of lack of water to the plants

> Brown spot on the lawn are also signs of poor heads spacing

‘Over’ or ‘under’ watering?

> If the beds smell ‘marshy’ and your foot sinks into the turf, then check for over watering

> Plants wilting and a brown lawn are signs of a drought

> A river of water in the gutter is another great sign of over watering. No one wants to pay to waste water, even less for a landscaper to do it for you.

Retaining Walls

Are they sinking or pushing out?

> If the base isn’t prepped properly, then walls have a tendency to sink

> Walls without drainage can sometimes push out and crack due to hydrostatic pressure

> Depending on the type, some walls should also lean back by a certain percentage to help deal with pressure

Top soil

Is there any good soil?

> Turf installed on poor quality soil will show signs of stress very quickly.

> Is the lawn ‘spongy’ or very thin/thatchy. A good sign of poor growing medium

> Plants will remain small or have a hard time growing if the soil doesn’t provide them with enough nutrients.

> Nanaimo has a high clay content which doesn’t take water very easily. This makes watering plants a problem.

> Good soil can be the difference between a sick or a healthy garden.

“We make the little details matter”

As a Nanaimo, BC homeowner already paying premium costs for work around your home, don’t you at least deserve to have it built right, and for that matter ONCE!

Just because more and more products around us are becoming a throw-away commodity, does that mean that the longevity of your landscape should join it.