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Three Important Tips for Locating the Right Landscaping Contractor

17th May 2013

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Research has shown that a properly designed and maintained landscape can contribute 20% or more to the overall value of your property.

– New Jersey Ag Experiment Station, Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension

There’s no question about it…landscaping can make or break the entire presentation, feel and function of a property. Softscape and hardscape alike greatly impact not only initial curb-appeal for passers-by, visitors or potential buyers, but the amount of safety and pleasure the homeowners themselves enjoy in and around their own property.

But lush, green lawns, landscape beds and gardens, beautiful annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs don’t just magically appear and grow strong and healthy year after year. Professional landscape design, construction and maintenance is the best way to create what you’re envisioning, ensure it includes all the elements you desire and uses properly-selected plant species that will thrive long-term in our New Jersey environment.

So, how does one go about locating the right landscaping contractor? Being an educated consumer is your best approach. Whatever services you are considering – whether an entire landscape installation, creating an outdoor living area or simply maintaining a healthy lawn – knowledge is power, so here are three important tips to help you select the proper professional to best suit your needs:

  • Ensure Authentic State-Certified Status
    Contractors lacking the proper credentials or employing improperly trained individuals can do much more harm than good and cost you thousands of dollars in the process. Registration and certification by the New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture is required for all landscaping contractors who plant nursery stock or perennials to ensure pest-free, quality plantings. Those who apply pesticides must also possess a Certified Pesticide Applicators License and be registered with the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection. Don’t be reluctant to request documentation of Contractor Licenses, certificates and registrations. 
  • Require an Estimate Up-Front
    Legitimate landscaping contractors will be happy to provide an estimate up-front, preferably free and in writing. They should be willing to spend time with you, answer any questions and recognize that your project is unique – not just present a cookie-cutter plan with no consideration of your preferences, needs and desires.
  • Review Their Portfolio
    Ask to see some examples of their previous projects. A trustworthy landscaping contractor will delight in showing off their skills and the excellency of their work. They should have a portfolio full of examples that will not only display their level of expertise, but may also give you some exciting new ideas for your own property.

These are just a few of the considerations when selecting a landscaping contractor to entrust with your project, your property and your resources. Contact us with any questions, for more information or to request a free estimate.