February 22, 2009 Light Design 0Comment

When your lawn is a tangled mess of weeds and creeping vines but lack the time or patience to do all that weeding and mowing, you might want to get the help of landscaping professionals. But what sort of landscaping services do you actually need?

  • Landscape managers are there to take care of your landscape’s regular maintenance, if you don’t want to take care of it yourself.
  • Landscape contractors will help with the installation of landscape features in the form of hardscapes (stones, water elements, fences, and walkways) and softscapes (vegetation and soil).
  • Landscape architects, following your specifications and budgetary requirements, will plan and design the landscape of your dreams.
  • Landscape designers do the same things that landscape architects but without the academic degree that the latter usually possess.
  • Arborists are experts on everything practical about trees, from planting, pruning, removing, cabling, bracing and giving care to them.
  • Horticulturists are plant experts that can be trusted to know everything from controlling pests, stimulating plant growth, up to adapting your plant to harsh climate.

But regardless of the kind of landscaping professional services you require, you have to take into consideration your budget and timeline before hiring any one of them.

Budgets are important so you can set realistic prospects for your landscape design and not plan on doing something that costs more than your actual capacity. Timelines are crucial if you like your lawn finished after a reasonable time. You might like to know how long a particular installation actually takes before giving a go signal for one.

Once the kind of landscaping professional service you need is determined, it’s time to look for the company you would like to do it for you.

  • Look into a professional landscaping services’ specialization. You can hire distinct teams for separate tasks or just hire one company to take care of everything. Dealing with professionals from just one firm is easier as they already have experience in working together as a team.
  • Also inquire about a company’s reputation. Online customer reviews or word of mouth from neighbors with good looking lawns should be the place to begin checking this out.
  • Go over a company’s portfolio, which can most likely be accessed in its website. But rather than looking at portfolios to see how impressive their work is, portfolios can give you a gauge on the kind of jobs they are capable of. For example, having no walkways featured means that may not be their specialty.
  • Finally, a landscaper who stands out not only as knowledgeable of his field but also someone who takes time to listen to your goals and specifications should be your best bet.
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