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New Hampshire Landscaping Blog

31Dec

Why Hire a Professional Landscape Contractor

So, you’re considering landscaping your property! Now comes the decision on what to do and how to do it. Sometimes, a homeowner will opt to do their own landscaping. We totally understand that. You know how to plant a shrub, and you know how to do some other types of outdoor projects, so you want to save money. Yes, landscaping is expensive, and labor costs are a big part of it. You wouldn’t believe how many times, though, someone will call us after having done some landscaping on their own and now have decided that it’s time to call in the professionals. It’s not as easy as you’d think to pull off a professional looking landscape.

Here’s why we recommend hiring a Professional Landscape Contractor.

1. We recommend you start with a professionally done landscape design. This is an essential first step. It’s like when you build a house. You always start with a plan. There’s a good reason for it. With a plan, you can arrange and rearrange the features to your liking and also figure out a budget before any installations begin. A professional design will take into account many things and you will end up with a cohesive design that will incorporate all of the elements that you choose. Nothing is worse that seeing a haphazardly or poorly done landscape that ends up detracting from the property instead of enhancing it and increasing its value.

2. A Professional Landscape Contractor will have all of the proper equipment to execute your job and they will also employ experienced laborers who know how to get the job done properly and in a timely manner. Many times, a homeowner who opts to do the landscaping themselves tries to do things with a wheel barrel or rent a machine. The time it takes to do a job far exceeds what they expected and their property is unsightly for an entire summer if not for years.

3. Technique is important. We’ve seen many patios, for example, that were installed improperly. A properly done base under the pavers is essential and makes all the difference on the outcome of the patio. Retaining walls is another prime example of technique being important. Having a properly excavated back behind the wall which is filled with drainage stone and fabric as well as a properly done footing will ensure the stability and longevity of the wall.

4. YES...price is important!!! When a homeowner figures out their own landscaping, there are times when things may get missed in the budgeting. For example, the number of days needed to rent a machine, delivery costs, demolition and disposal charges, or the amount of aggregate needed to backfill the retaining wall are easy numbers to miss. Your Professional Landscape Contractor is experienced in giving you a quote which includes all of the elements required to price your job accurately.

5. A Professional Landscape Contractor with all of the correct licensing and insurance is a way to guarantee the job gets done right and on time. Make sure to check out your contractor's portfolio and references...and get your job done without the hassles and worries.

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Comments

Thanks for telling me that I should hire a landscape contractor that is licensed and adequately insured to ensure they can get the job done efficiently. Lucia, my neighbor, plans on hiring one soon because she wants to transform her backyard into a beautiful outdoor space for her family. I'll send this article to her later to use as a guide in finding a reliable and reputable landscape contractor.
1/31/2022 7:22:40 AM | Reply

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