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Aug 2013

Deciding On A Landscaping Company

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If you have made the decision to take on a large, home improvement project and have decided to employ the help of a landscaping company, you may need some help when deciding which company is best for you. Depending on where you live, you may be after certain skills – you may need someone who can properly water the soil or ward off certain pests by changing the pH of the soil. You will quickly find out that everyone with a truck, mower, and tools tries to open lawn care companies, so finding a professional business may be a difficult task.

Smaller jobs are fine to hand to these individuals – jobs like mowing, raking leaves, trimming the edges of the lawn.. However, for anything bigger, you should head to someone who has had past expertise with similar jobs. You can easily damage your plants and trees by not maintaining them, or by improperly planting and trimming them. It is always tempting to hire a cheap company, but with landscaping, you tend to get what you pay for. High quality work from a company with a good reputation will not come at the same price as cheap, unskilled labor – and the alternative will likely end up killing your vegetation.

Part Time And Full Time Workers

Some companies are created entirely by part-time workers who offer lawn care on their off-time. Hiring a company like this may be convenient for small jobs, but it is not the kind of team you want to hire for a larger job. They don’t usually have insurance, and haven’t gone through a training program. They will probably not be able to properly fertilize or aerate the soil, and won’t recognize any warning signs from the plants, or be able to suggest any services you might need in order to keep it all working properly.

If you decide to go with a company full of full-time workers, they have experience under their belt that can help keep your property at the same value, if not increase it. They will be able to warn you of any problems that the plants may be having, and educate you on which solutions would be best for you, all while being cost-effective.

National And Local Companies

Hiring a national company sounds like good decision. After all, these companies must know what they’re doing if they are able to own and operate a large, nationwide business. Though they may be spread across many states, you can’t be sure if they’re familiar with the problems in your location. They may not have any training that specializes with plants and the conditions in your local climate, like weather trends, insects, and bacteria issues. Local companies will likely understand you better, because they share the same location. Local companies will have dealt with special problems that you may run into, and they’ll have the expertise to fix it, rather than having to subcontract anyone else – this will save you money and a few headaches.

On top of that, they won’t take the profits earned from your town to another state. If you hire a local company, you’re supporting local growth, and over time, this can raise the property values of your ciy.

Whichever company you eventually decide to hire, always ask for a portfolio. Drive by some of the client properties, in order to check if their work has paid off in the long run and the plant life continues to thrive. Go on the Internet and check the company’s reputations, ask for testimonials, and do some research on any past problems that they’ve had.

At the end of the day, hiring a local, professional company will yield better results than heading for a cheaper alternative.

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