Your guide to outdoor landscaping services

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Planning checklist

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2 months ahead: Research and plan
  • Research the types of plants, grasses and trees that grow well in your area.
  • If the seasons tend to fluctuate greatly in temperature and rainfall amounts, choose plants that are cold, heat or drought resistant.
  • If you are unsure of the landscaping you desire, hire a landscaping designer to help with the planning.
  • In general, a local landscaping contractor should know exactly what plants and trees work well for local soil and rainfall amounts.
  • Decide whether or not to include flowering plants and fruit or vegetable gardens, which require more maintenance.
  • Get quotes from several landscaping companies to see which company fits your budget.
  • Determine how much land grading or site preparation is included in or required for the landscaping design.
  • Price any water features like fountains, ponds or streams. Installing these items adds time and costs to the project.
6 weeks ahead:Choose landscaper
  • Check to ensure that the company maintains a business license and liability insurance.
  • Check to see if it offers a guarantee of satisfaction for completed work.
  • Pull any necessary permits or request that the company pull permits, depending on local laws.
1 month ahead: Schedule everything
  • Determine a timeline for the landscaping project.
  • Check with the foreman or owner to ensure that he or she will be onsite for the work.
  • Establish a maintenance contract if possible. It is best if the landscaping company can maintain the property after the installation.

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