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Creating An Inviting Yard

I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

3 Things to Look for When Choosing a Landscaper

by Addison Washington

If your yard needs a little work, be it new sod or tree removal, or even a complete overhaul, you want to choose a landscaper you can trust. Here are 3 things you should look for in your landscaper.


Some landscapers strictly do tree work, others specialize in sprinkler install and maintenance. Still others are more keen on landscape design, while others are gardeners at heart. You want to pick a landscaper who has the skills you need for your yard. Many landscapers will list their services on their website or advertisement page in the phone book along with their credentials and years in the business. If you only need one thing done in your yard, such as laying hydroseed, choose a landscaper who specializes in this field for fast service and a skilled hand.

Payment options

A typical landscaper will charge you half of the money you need to pay upfront then charge the remainder after they are finished. If you are on a budget you want to pick a landscaper who can give you payment options. This can be a payment plan or an extended payment date for most of the work done. Some landscapers are willing to complete work for you on a payment plan as long as you cover the cost of materials upfront.

Time frame

Since most landscaping companies are seasonal, they are busiest in the middle of spring to high summer. If you need to get work done swiftly during the busiest times of the year, you will want to choose a company that has a large set of staff on employment. This may mean forgoing the use of a local landscaper and going for a more commercial or franchised business.

Call landscapers in your area to see when they can come to your home to give you a bid. If they can arrive within a few days to give you an estimate they may be able to complete work within a few days. If they take a few weeks to come to your home this is a great sign that their workload is full.

There is another large benefit in choosing a landscaper who does not have a full plate when you need work done. You get the benefit of having your work completed on your yard in a reasonable amount of time and often get a lower estimate as well due to the lack of work available. When landscapers have more work than they need they often bid at a higher market rate because they can afford to keep their margins high.

To learn more about your options, contact services like Vista Landscape and Maintenance, Inc.