Hiring Garden Landscapers: How To Find A Reputable Landscaper

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Some people love nothing more than working on their own garden designs and landscape. Other people prefer to hire a professional landscaper for their gardens. The question is how to find a reputable landscaper. Hiring garden landscapers that you can trust and who have the qualifications to do the job well is of utmost importance.

About Finding a Landscaper for Gardens

When hiring garden landscapers, remember that there are different levels of landscape design for gardens. Sometimes, someone that refers to themselves as a landscaper is only qualified for maintenance, such as mowing or pruning. They may or may not have a college degree and may or may not be licensed and bonded.

If you want a total renovation or are starting from scratch, then you are most likely looking for a landscape architect. This person is likely to have a degree that is relevant to the industry, including construction, engineering, and designing. They should be licensed and bonded either personally or through their company.

How to Find a Reputable Landscaper

Finding a landscaper for gardens can be quite challenging. It helps to ask family and friends that have had landscape work done before. If you’ve just moved to a new area and don’t have that option, try driving around and looking at other yards. This not only gives you some ideas about where you want to go with your own landscape but if you see one you like, go ask the owners who they use.

Do research on potential landscape designers. The internet is a fabulous tool. There are several sites devoted to rating local businesses. You can also go to social media and ask your friends who they would recommend. Check with the Better Business Bureau.

Ask potential landscapers if they are affiliated. This isn’t always necessary, but if they are affiliated with a larger horticulture-related group, it might give them some credence.

Lastly, before hiring a garden landscaper, ask for references and check them. It’s true they may only give you references who will sing their praises; however, it still gives you a chance to ask questions of someone who has used them previously. You could even ask to see some of their past garden design and landscape work.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.