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Yardchicks Landscape Design

Through Yardchicks Landscape Design, owner and landscaper Laura Byres offers professional landscape design at transparent and affordable prices within the reach of every homeowner. Laura’s philosophy is that high-quality garden design is an essential part of home ownership. Your home is often your biggest investment, and a well-landscaped garden completes that investment.

Before founding Yardchicks Landscape Design, Laura owned a traditional landscape design company, Yardchicks, Inc. Spending years designing beautiful gardens for homes and small businesses, Laura found that the majority of her work focused on a small percentage of customers who could afford extensive design and planning. That’s when Laura hatched her plan for Yardchicks Landscape Design, and a new concept in landscape design was born: professional design, with affordable prices.

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Proudly serving Jacksonville, FL

And surrounding areas

Our Design Services

We can arrange for the installation of your landscape for a reasonable fee or you can do it yourself. We offer resources to help you with this.

Custom Landscape Design Styles

Choose from our designs or create a custom masterpiece.  We help you complete the project on time and on a budget.

Ideal for homeowners & small businesses.


Our Specialties

  • Foundation Plantings

  • Entrances

  • Pools

  • Garden Rooms and Patios

  • Florida Friendly Plants

  • Native Landscaping

  • Formal Gardens

  • Kitchen Gardens

  • Children’s Gardens


  • Garden  Club of Jacksonville

  • FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association)

  • Springfield Preservation and Revitalization

  • Greenscape of Jacksonville-Executive Board

Before & After | Landscaping Project

Before & After | Landscaping Project

Meet Laura

Hello, I am Laura Byres, founder and owner of Yardchicks Landscape Design. I am a Florida Nursery & Growers Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Landscape Designer (FCLD) — the highest level of certification available to Florida’s landscape design professionals and a designation few designers enjoy.

Before founding The Landscape Express I owned Yardchicks, Inc., a traditional landscape design firm. It was this experience — offering traditional, time-consuming and more costly landscape design services — that led me to develop The Landscape Express process, so that professional, functional and beautiful landscape design could be offered affordably to every homeowner. I believe every homeowner should be able to create a functional, beautiful outdoor space without spending a small fortune.

My love for gardens started a long time before I ever considered a professional career in landscape design. My earliest memories include following my grandfather around his greenhouses and thinking they were the most beautiful, perfect places. After college, I spent two years as a Peace Corp volunteer living in the jungles of the Fiji Islands. The magic of the flora there is powerful and influences my tropical designs to this day. My own garden is an example.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I hope that we can be of service in helping you to add both beauty and real value to the home you love.