Having a lawn is wonderful, but taking care of it is not. It might not be your least favorite chore, but it’s certainly better to find a good landscaper rather than let the yard occasionally grow wild. Landscapers also help ensure that you catch maintenance issues before they become overly serious. That said, a good landscaper can be a saving grace, but a bad landscaper is just someone who mows the lawn now and then. Find a good landscaper with these tips.
Set Your Budget
You can find “good” in most price ranges, but as with everything else, you get what you pay for; so where do you start? Set a budget that has a ceiling and a floor. Know what you are willing to pay and what you would ideally like to pay.
When you’re first looking for a landscaper, it might not be clear what is a standard rate in your area. Additionally, there are many great opportunities with new services or up-and-coming landscapers who have great skill and low prices.
Know What You Need and What You Want
Do you need basic lawn care? Or perhaps you have a row of hedges that need seasonal tending. If you have a full garden and deck area that requires regular attention, then be sure to put that on the list.
Write down everything you would like the landscaper to do, and then highlight or separate the items you need them to do. Not every landscaper offers the same services, and some may vary their services based on the season. Knowing what you need and what you would like ensures that you’re not compromising on areas that will come back to cause trouble later.
Interview A Few Landscapers
It’s easy to hire a friend’s “guy,” but you might not be getting the best price or the best service. The idea is that your landscaper should be a good fit for you and your needs, not just generally good at lawn care and trimming shrubbery.
Interview a few and in each interview ask the same questions. You can ask about how long they’ve been working, how often they think they’ll need to service your property and other areas of their work that sparks your interest. It would be best if you also used these interviews to get to know them. These people will be on your property regularly, and it’s best to know who you’re working with.