Whether you want to provide a better, more enjoyable outdoor environment for you and your family, or just want to increase the value of your home, garden landscaping is a great way to amplify the aesthetic of your outdoor space.
If you are on your own, bringing to life all of the changes you are visualising can prove time-consuming, difficult and the whole experience can be somewhat demoralising. But we understand and assure you that a beautiful garden can make all the difference, to any home. And you don’t have to tackle it all by yourself.
This is where a professional landscaping company comes in. Not only will they help materialise your visions, but they can put a plan in place and take care of the upkeep, maintenance and continue to offer professional advice on an ongoing basis. They are also in the best position to offer advice regarding what materials to use, and where, and take care of the overall layout, designing it with your requirements at the forefront of their mind.
Researching a number of landscaping companies before hiring one can be a meticulous task, yet a vital one and should always be a part of the process. Different landscaping companies specialise in different areas and offer different services, meaning you will need to find the right landscaping company that is best suited to fulfil your visions, for your garden.
To help you on your way, below is a list of things you should consider before hiring a landscaping company.
Following up on referrals from close friends and family is possibly the best way to find a landscaping company that you know you can trust. Engaging a company that someone you know has already used (or is still using) and can happily recommend, means that landscaping company is professional enough to carry out the work to a high standard.
If you don’t know anyone you trust that can directly recommend you a professional landscaping company, going by (legitimate) reviews can be the next best option. Reviews are important and therefore a key factor in the hiring process. Generally speaking, a landscaping company with many, positive reviews, would suggest you they have some skin in the game and know their craft. When reading reviews it’s important that you look at the dates these were posted, and ensure they are legitimate. Does the reviewer have a profile picture? Is their full name posted? Can the reviewer be contacted? Remember, not all things on the internet are necessarily real. A lot of the professional landscaping companies will have a website you can visit, with a members section you can access. Failing that, you should be able to look through their portfolio and see real examples of their work, with the respective address or location of those gardens.
If you want to work with a professional specialised in a particular area of landscaping, look for a qualified and licenced gardener. And whilst credentials speak volumes, this does not necessarily mean you should disqualify a gardener without a certifications, as real work experience can often trump knowledge of literature. So enquire about their credentials, but then ask to see and discuss their previous work, or other ongoing projects.