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Finding The Right Landscaping Contractor

Pay careful attention to choosing the right landscape contractor for your yard. If you’re looking for a complete landscape re-design or simple lawn care, homeowners can use these steps to find the right landscaper for their desired project.

Step 1: Envision your landscaping design.

Before finding professionals for your landscaping design, consider what you want the end result to be. For what use do you intend your garden? Thinking about a water feature or walkway or do you want a comfortable gathering place? Do imagine a garden area for fresh veggies and herbs?

Gather magazines or neighborhood photos, or sketch your own design to help show your landscaping contractor what you envision. Communicate with your landscaper about what you want – more communication means a better end result for your landscaping design.

Step 2: Research local landscaping design companies.

Talk to your friends and neighbors to see who they recommend, and gather a If you see a particular design that you enjoy, consider asking the homeowner who they used. Review online portfolios of contractors who interest you. Next, narrow down your list to two or three professionals from whom you will request a formal bid to design landscaping for you.

Step 3: Choosing a designer or landscaping contractor.

Garden enthusiasts should consider:

Certifications and affiliations. Experts who design landscaping will sometimes have special qualifications, especially if you’re looking for a green landscaping design, so check your potential landscaping companies’ certification and affiliations.

Team Approach. Often, quality landscape projects result from a team effort between the designer and contractor. Solicit input from both and don’t rely on the landscape designer to know about technical construction details or the contractor to know about best design.

Licensing and Bonding. Check with the Landscape Contractors Board about your bidders to make sure each carries the appropriate license and bond to perform the work you need. There are different levels of licensing, and not all may be appropriate for your project.

Liability insurance. Check to ensure your landscaping contractor has liability insurance. A landscaping design company that you want to hire should carry at least enough insurance to cover the cost of your home. Although this may seem extreme, landscaping work can result in costly mistakes, such as broken water mains or a tree falling on your home.

Green landscaping practices. If you are concerned about your environmental impact, consider whether your landscaper uses green landscaping practices and provides natural lawn care.

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