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Garden landscape design and construction tips


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Where does a landscape contractor offer value?

I’ve been asked far more times than I’d like to come in and fix past landscaping disasters. Quick fix services provided by less reputable providers or DIYs gone bad. Ponds or water features that longer work or leak, landscape grading that settles in the wrong areas and improper drainage flooding homes. The sad reality is that the initial decision can cost the homeowner far more in the future through damage, and may require a new solution, ripping out the initial install and starting over. The bottom line: you get what you pay for. Do your research. Be sure to choose a quality contractor that has a proven track record.

An experienced landscape contractor offers:

  • Knowledge of plants to get the optimal mix of seasonal color and layering
  • Creativity
  • Structural knowledge
  • Craftsmanship
  • Grading expertise
  • Knowledge of local bylaws
  • Proper disposal procedures
  • Vast supplier network including licensed sub-trades (e.g. electricians, gas fitters, plumbers) 
  • Access to a variety of material resources
  • Training and expertise
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