We had hired two men driving down the street with a truck bed full of mulch to renew & refresh our flowerbeds. As you see in the "Before" pictures the partial damage they caused, due to their lack of knowledge about anything landscape oriented, except loading their truck up with mulch and going around our subdivision selling 3 wheelbarrows full of mulch for $85 each. They did not know what they were doing, we realized that after about a hour when we came out side to check on these guys. Come to find out they had zero ideas about what they were trying to accomplish & they job they started had to have been a downer for the crew with Hamilton's Outdoor Designs, LLC.
Robert J Hamilton and his crew arrived 15 minutes prior to the time he said they would be at my house to start the job. The previous person or fly by night company left everything looking like a disaster had hit our front yard. As soon has Hamilton's crew got on the job site the immediately got to work. After removing all the scattered landscape fabric and gathering all the flowerbed border blocks they stacked them nice & neat so they would be out of the way.
Once all the debris and trash was removed from out of the flowerbeds the crew took the 20" Rear Tine Tiller and stirred up the existing soil. Once Robert Hamilton & his crew got it all tilled up then came the hardest part of the entire job; and that was removing (5 qty) 25 year old Holly Bush stumps. First they tried digging them out with no success. Next they rented a stump grinder for the day, but it would not breakup hot butter. So step three the crew took a reciprocating saw with a pruning blade and dug around the base until the root system was seen by the naked eye. After digging and using a saw the 100lb + roots were still dug so deep into the ground that it only left one solution to their problem. Robert went back to HomeDepot for a 30' tow-chain.
Once Robert and his crew had the chain they had figured out the best system to pull those huge heavy stumps out of the ground and to the curb for trash pick-up. First they took a sharpshooter and got deep enough to expose the roots, then they took the reciprocating saw and cut all the roots that were visible, after each stump was exposed with most of the roots cut , Robert took his 30' tow chain and tied it under and around the Holly Bush stumps while hooking the other end of the tow chain to his GMC Sierra 1500 4x4. Robert then left plenty of slack in the chain, so his brand new 2017 truck backed up a little more then he threw in it 4x4 mode and pulled all five 100lb + stumps out of the ground with ease. That took the crew close to 6 hours to remove all the stumps. Now that they hard part was finished came the exciting part for my wife and I.
They put down 3 yards of fresh garden mix soil, then laid landscape fabric down to keep grass & weeds out of the beds, but allowing water to flow through the fabric so it would reach the roots of the new trees and shrubs. After everything was planted they then installed a drainage system off all the down spouts coming off our gutters, so water would not build up and wash away the 3 yards of fresh mulch they put down.
I not only rate them with 5 starts, but I will definitely be using Hamilton's Outdoor Designs LLC for future projects; such as pouring me a 550 sq.ft stained concrete patio. I would also recommend them to all my family, friends, and coworkers. They did not call the job finished until my wife and I looked everything over and told them how pleased we are with their work. That is saying a lot about how much they care about the customer's satisfaction.