Landscaping (cont., pg. 5)

 

What You Need To Do

 

  • Hire an experienced, licensed, insured landscaping contractor with good references ─ whom you actually called.  Make the hire well in advance of when you’ll need him.

 

  • Develop a landscaping plan as soon as possible.  Beautiful results don’t happen by accident.

    Professional landscape designers can develop a plan for you.

    Or with a little imagination and some scouting around, you can design a good plan yourself.

  • Make your plant and tree selections early.  Larger, more mature plants cost more.

    Before sending your landscaper off to buy plants make sure he knows what you want.




Beauty like this starts with a plan. Get one.You don’t want the landscaper to come back with the scrawniest plants because he’s trying to save himself money.


It’s even a good idea to go to a nursery yourself in advance.


Make your own selections and have them tagged for the landscaper to pick up.
                                                               

The same goes for sod.  It’s not good enough to just contract for the landscaper to provide sod. Bermuda grass, for example, comes in several varieties of different quality and cost.

Your landscaper is likely to buy the cheapest and least desirable grass unless you specify otherwise.  Ask around and do a little research in advance and you can find out where to get the good stuff at the best price.

  • If you’re purchasing a lawn sprinkler system and it’s being installed by someone other than your landscaper, have it lined up and ready to go as soon as final grading is complete.

 

  • Your landscaper is responsible for proper sloping of the ground to ensure adequate drainage.  Discuss this prior to dirt work and make sure he explains exactly how he plans to do it.

 

 

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