So, you have decided to hire a landscape professional to design and install your new trees and shrubs. But what landscape service would you recommend is a question a lot of homeowners ask. Knowing what to look for in a landscaper will help you get the biggest bang for your buck.
Surprisingly, many homeowners spend at least 10 percent of the value of their house on landscaping. A quality landscape will certainly give you back at least its cost in sale value. It comes down to this when putting your hard earned money into a landscape service: you certainly don't want to put a greenhorn in charge.
Consider the scope of the job when selecting a landscaper. If you need need someone to draw up a landscape plan, hire a landscape architect, consultant or designer. If you want someone to turn the plans into reality, hire a contractor. And if you want someone to keep your lawn in good shape, find a good gardener or other lawn maintenance worker.
Some companies that design landscapes also install them. An advantage to hiring such a firm is that you won't have to go back and forth between two professionals should you need to rework the design during the installation phase.
Of course, another option is doing your own yard work. If you go this way, you certainly save money and many homeowners also consider it relaxing and a rewarding experience. If you do it yourself, consider the many landscaping books out there, talk to nursery and garden centers, and even consult your local County Extension office.
Now, if you need professional help, be prudent in selecting one. To narrow the field, ask your neighbors and nursery and garden center workers for recommendations. Finally, ask for references and ask previous clients if they were satisfied with their work.