Before hiring a landscaper, you must first determine what types of projects you want them to handle. While almost all landscaping companies offer lawn and garden maintenance services, there is a big difference in qualifications when it comes to special projects. If you only are looking for someone to mow and edge your lawn once a week, you will find many service providers who can do the job. However, there are certain projects that may require special licenses and qualifications.
In many states, landscapers who do any kind of earth moving or adding non-living elements to your yard in the form of hardscaping may require a different license than a company which only does softscaping. Examples of hardscapes include:
- Building retaining walls
- Adding fire pits
- Creating fish ponds or water features
- Adding patios or walkways
If you have major renovations planned which will be made with materials such as rocks, cement or bricks, you will want to hire a landscaper who is qualified to handle these types of improvements. Research what licenses or permits are needed in your state for hardscaping to ensure that the landscaper you hire has the correct credentials.
Although designing landscape projects may not necessarily require a different license than maintenance, you still want to ensure that the company you hire is qualified. They must understand the aesthetic aspect of landscaping, as well as knowing what types of plants or trees will grow well in your yard. Ask your landscaper for references or examples of other properties they have designed.
When it comes to hiring a landscaper, finding the right company that can do all your projects will save you time, and can even save you money. By doing a little research, you can be confident that you have the right professional for the job.
Posted on behalf of Joe Archer, Mobile Joe’s Landscaping