A Guide to Help Homeowners
Below are some good questions to have ready when interviewing landscaping companies for your landscape project. Choosing a landscaping company is a big decision and is not something to be taken lightly. When thousands of dollars and contracts are at stake it is important to select a landscape company you can trust.
Verify licensing and insurance
The very first thing homeowners should caution is selecting a company with the proper licensing and insurance. For landscaping, any amount over $500 for labor and materials requires a C-27 contractors license. This can easily be verified online through the California State Website. A simple way to do this would be to ask for a business card. Please note that there is a significant difference between a business license and a contractors license.
Discuss landscape design ideas
The next step would be to begin the landscape design process. Identify your wish list and prioritize them for the landscape contractor. At this point in time sharing your desired budget, timeline and likes/dislikes is a great way to get started. Another good idea is to ask if any aspects of the project involve sub-contractors. At Rogers Landscape we personally work with several landscape designers and architects each with their own field of specialties.
Demolition and Site Prep
The first step of any landscaping installation project is preparation. With the design concept in place, day one always involves preparation. Even brand new homes require some type of underground prep work. Whether this be relocating drains to prep for concrete patios to running pipes or sleevings beneath future walls or other types of hardscaping.
The second landscaping installation step begins with hardscapes. These include any permanent features of the landscape design. It is always best to build around these rather than attempt to move them later on. Hardscapes includes concrete, pavers, pergolas, retaining walls, outdoor BBQ islands, fencing, and other permanent features within your garden.
The final steps of your landscape project would involve any softscapes. This includes plants, trees, sod, bark, mulch, and the like. Another reason that planting is the last step is due to the care and health of the plants. Making planting the final step of the process ensures that all irrigation and water needs are in place so that any plants, trees or grass are able to immediately receive the attention and care that they need to thrive.