What Does a Landscape Contractor Do?

Landscaping experts are among the most misunderstood contractors in the home improvement world. The same term can be applied to a wide range of professionals.

A small independent landscaper might focus on minor projects such as spreading mulch, helping out with your spring planting, preparing for fall or winter seasons. A larger company will create and build a comprehensive landscaping plan that transforms your entire property.

Depending on the type of service your property needs, it can get expensive. The average price to install landscaping for residential properties is around  $3,500 according to so some sources. Yet, the average differs greatly based on your project.

What do you want your yard to look like?

Generally, when homeowners begin calling landscapers they generally have an idea of what they want. It’s often something they saw in their neighbor, magazine, or online.

Yet, they don’t know where to go and who is the right person for the job. Often they have no idea how much it will cost.

A good contractor will help you break a project down into pieces a homeowner’s budget will understand. If the job is too small they can certainly refer the homeowner to the right professional.

DIY’r vs Professional

You may have a green thumb, still, it’s a good idea to consult with a landscape designer to evaluate your property and create a plan for both landscaping and hardscaping. Designing and installing a landscape is more complicated than planting a flower bed. Which can be hard work. Quality landscaping requires a level of expertise and artistic vision that amateur gardeners generally don’t possess.

Professionals have a plan, the homeowner can take on some aspects of the project, such as mulching to save a little money, but it’s a good idea to hire skilled people and professionals to handle the big stuff.

Questions to Ask a Landscaper Before Hiring

Before you hire a professional, take some time to ask relevant questions. These questions help you find the right fit and ensure credibility. Start with some general questions during your first phone call:

  • Are you licensed and insured? This is important!
  • What services does your company offer?
  • Do you have any work or product guarantees?
  • Do you offer free estimates?
  • Do you have any references?

What to Expect From Your Landscape Professional

You should know what to expect before the professionals begin work. Set up ground rules that both parties can agree on, as well as regular check-ins with their crew to make sure everyone has what they need to get the job done right. Treat the team nicely and offer them shade where possible. Feel free to offer cold drinks on hot days.

There are a few things professionals will need to do their work. Electrical outlets, water access, and of course where to park and place equipment. Don’t forget a bathroom option too. Setting ground rules and expectations help to make everything run well and keep a good relationship with your contractor.

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