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When you’ve got over 30 years of experience in the commercial and residential landscaping industry, you better believe we think we’re the best at what we do. We love to monitor and care for our installed gardens, and it makes us happy to see our installed gardens thriving year after year with the year-round maintenance we provide. We do understand, however, that some of our customers just need help installing, but are avid gardeners and love to maintain their own beds. We respect that here at DeCarlo Landscaping and with that in mind here are a few tips for maintaining your fall garden on your own. Read more
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Having a great yard is a sense of pride for many homeowners.
Not only that, but it brings great resale value to your home as well! Whether you’re looking for a complete transformation or small project, picking the right landscaper is huge.
Read on to learn the questions you must ask any landscaping service.
Upfront Questions for Local Landscapers:
Do they offer consultations?
Ask them they if they will come out, see your yard and say what they think they can do with it.
Tell them your ideas for what you want and listen to their input.Being the professionals that they are, they’ll probably have some ideas you hadn’t considered.
During this consultation, you’ll be able to get a feel for their expertise, and the type of worker they are.
Be aware though, you are taking up a business person’s time and might be charged for the visit.
What are their prices?
Once you’ve talked with different landscapers and hear their ideas for your yard, you can get down to the brass tax of it all.
Find out the prices of your local landscapers before asking more specific questions. This way you’ll know which companies are within your budget and which companies you can eliminate right off the bat.
Decide who gives you the best bang for your buck and then get to the details.
Learn More About the Company:
How many years of experience do they have?
Are you more likely to trust your yard to someone who’s new to the industry or a company with years and years of experience? Look for local landscapers who have been around for a while who know what you want and how exactly to install it.
Experienced companies understand the type of soil, ground levels, and other nuances that newcomers may overlook.
What type of services do they provide?
You may like the prices they offer and the experience they have, but do they offer the services you are looking for?
Some companies will be full service and do landscape install, maintenance, and hardscaping where they’ll add a deck or patio to your yard.
Make sure the local landscapers you’re looking into offer what you want. Some companies just install gardens and other greenery. Some just do maintenance work on the yard for you.
Know what type or service you want and find the company that fits the bill.
What are their guarantees like?
If your plants or lawn starts to die within a few years, will they replace it at no cost to you?
All landscape contracts should come with a guarantee for their work.
Most – if not all – have a least a 2-year guarantee. Finding companies that give 3, 4, or even 5-year guarantees aren’t difficult to find, however.
Ask, also, at this time if any equipment they install is also guaranteed or if it is guaranteed for longer or shorter than the greenery.
Can They Do What You Want?:
Ask to see examples or testimonials
A landscaper may talk a big game and offer you great prices and great ideas for your lawn, but the proof is in the pudding.
Before they get to work on your yard, ask them to see pictures of their former work.
Look for work they’ve done on houses and lawns that are similar in shape and size as yours. Don’t be afraid to also check to see if they come with any recommendations or have customer testimonials you can read.
How long will it take?
Installing any landscape project will take time.
That’s without including uncontrollable aspects such as weather and shipping delays, putting a deadline on a project may be unreasonable.
It depends on what all you want to be done, but ask your local landscapers to give an estimated timetable for how long it will take them to complete the job.
If you really have a date you want it to be completed by, ask how busy the company is with other jobs, where they get their resources from and how many laborers they’ll have on the job.
With the 7 questions listed above, you are now ready to look around your city for the best landscapers to hire.
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