DIY Options vs. Professional Services
You likely have some basic lawn maintenance knowledge, but landscaping requires advanced skills, intense labor, and heavy equipment. More complicated projects, such as adding a fire pit or irrigation system, also necessitate machinery and construction experience.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) landscaping is good for smaller projects, such as removing overgrown plants or adding a flower bed. However, you should consider hiring a professional landscaper if you’re doing a total yard overhaul or don’t have basic lawn expertise. Professional landscape designers and architects have the knowledge and skill set to elevate your outdoor space. They can recommend the most cost-effective upgrades and create long-term landscape maintenance plans. If they also offer lawn care services, contractors can help improve your yard health, and you'll avoid making costly mistakes attempting it yourself.
Factors To Consider When Choosing an Roswell Landscaping Company
Look for a landscaper that offers the services you need within your budget. Also ensure that your provider has a good reputation. Keep the following considerations in mind when shopping for landscaping contractors.
Different landscaping providers cater to different lawn needs. Some providers focus on services to help with your yard's health and maintenance, such as mowing, controlling weeds, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning. These companies often also provide pest control and tree removal services. A full-service landscaping company is your best option if you want to revamp your entire yard or install architectural elements such as retaining walls, fire pits, and sprinkler or irrigation systems. These companies specialize in outdoor designs and upgrades, such as gardening, landscaping rock projects, and adding hardscapes. Some may also provide lawn maintenance services.
Licensing and Experience
Most landscapers have advanced training and certifications in certain areas, such as lawn maintenance, horticulture, and outdoor design. Companies should possess the appropriate licenses from the Roswell city government. Your provider may have the following certified staff members:
- Certified fertilization or pesticide specialists
- Licensed arborists
- Licensed horticulture specialists
- Licensed or certified landscaping designers or architects
Reputation and Reviews
You want a provider with an excellent reputation and positive customer reviews. You can read both negative and positive reviews on third-party review sites such as the Better Business Bureau to get a feel for how a provider treats its customers. You want to avoid companies that have frequent mentions of unreliable customer service, delayed projects, or poor project results, or that have generally poor reviews.
Ask to see a portfolio of your landscaping company's past work. Most landscaping and maintenance companies are happy to share designs and projects with potential customers, including before and after images. You can ask for photos of past projects that are similar to your design ideas so that you can get an idea of how yours will look.
Ask your landscaping company about its sustainability practices, such as waste management, water conservation, and eco-friendly material options. Your provider should be able to explain its own sustainability practices and provide recommendations for sustainable maintenance, including how to reduce cost, waste, and water consumption. When planting vegetation, the company should select plants native to your area, such as trumpet honeysuckle, climbing aster, and narrowleaf sunflower. Any work they complete shouldn't have an impact on your existing vegetation.
You should request multiple quotes from different companies. This lets you compare services and cost and may even help you negotiate a better price. Many companies offer free consultations to review your outdoor space, discuss project plans, and provide recommendations. Your detailed quote should include information about various project expenses, such as materials and labor.
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Roswell Lawn Care FAQ
What are warning signs of a bad landscaping company?
Warning signs of a bad landscaping company include numerous negative reviews, lack of proper licensing, lack of professionalism, and no formal contract. Homeowners should also be wary of companies that communicate poorly or use high-pressure sales tactics. In addition, avoid companies that request payment up front before completing the work.
What are the benefits of landscaping?
There are numerous benefits of landscaping, including improving your home's curb appeal and increasing your property value. Landscaping can also add more natural beauty to your home and improve your quality of life with usable outdoor spaces.
Are landscapers the same as gardeners?
No, landscapers are not the same as gardeners. Landscapers focus on designing and building outdoor spaces. They enhance your yard’s aesthetics and incorporate various outdoor features, plant life, and architectural elements. Gardeners focus on maintaining your garden or plants only.
What is a landscape designer?
A landscape designer reviews, plans, and designs outdoor living spaces. They offer aesthetic and functional property enhancements. Their designs could include garden plants, decorative upgrades, or hardscape elements (such as walkways). Landscape designers may collaborate with landscape artists to construct the final design.
How do I negotiate a price with a landscaping company?
Solicit quotes from multiple companies before negotiating a better price. Detailed quotes should include breakdowns of labor, materials, and fees. Be clear about your budget in the initial consultation and be prepared to compromise on certain ideas if financially necessary. If you can’t negotiate a better price, ask about payment plans.
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