DIY Landscaping or Hire A Landscape Contractor?

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DIY Landscaping or Hire a Professional Landscape Contractor?

With a multitude of TV shows, websites, books and magazines telling us how “easy” DIY home and landscaping projects can be, it’s not a crazy to think that hiring a professional landscape contractor isn’t necessary. The truth is that landscaping projects can be very difficult, especially for the beginner. Woody’s Custom Landscaping, Inc. takes pride in spending time with our customers to make sure they have the right materials, personnel and equipment for their job. We want to make sure you’re thrilled with the end results. For difficult or complex projects, that means hiring landscape professionals and hopefully we are your choice. Here is our easy to use contact us form as a link.

Here’s what PLANET, the Professional Landcare Network, has to say about it:
“Hiring a professional landscape contractor is key to the successful completion of complicated projects.”

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A formal outdoor living area in the woods.

“Start by asking friends, neighbors and family for referrals and check local landscape and nursery associations for members. When interviewing landscape architects, landscape designers or landscape contractors, make sure you understand what services each provides, including what will be subcontracted out. Some companies may do design and project oversight, but bring in subcontractors for specific jobs, such as the installation of lighting or water features, major concrete demolition or construction. Here are some things to think about:”

“What do you want out of your landscaping? A respite from hectic days? A place where the kids can play? An expanse of green lawn or islands of trees, shrubs and flowering plants for year round color? A place for entertaining?” This is important for the landscape contractor, landscape architect or designer.

“Do you need any structures or hardscapes? Hardscape includes sidewalks, pavers, patios, decks and walls. Structures may include gazebos, trellises, arbors or sheds.”
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Come and enjoy the day or night with this nice landscaping project

“Ask about references, licensing and insurance information. Is the firm active in local professional groups? Certain kinds of work require specific licensing, such as plumbing and electrical installations. Building permits may be needed for certain kinds of construction, depending on municipal and state regulations.”

“Visit a job site or two the firm has worked on, including one in progress, if possible. Ask the landscaper for references of jobs similar to yours. Is the site tidy and organized? Does the crew appear knowledgeable, hard working and have a professional appearance?”

“Determine your budget and decide if you can have the landscape job done all at once or if it will be done in phases over two or three years.

“Make sure you understand any guarantees and what they cover. What happens if a plant dies within a year of planting? Within 2 years? What if the sidewalk cracks or the pond leaks?”

“Ask for everything in writing, including the plans, contracts, guarantees or warranties. This should also include costs, recommended plants, schedule, payment requirements and other contractual matters. Ask about the timeline and what could disrupt the process (material volatility, weather, etc.) Thank you PLANET the professional landscape network for the above great information.” It really does help our clients know what they should be doing and considering.

Woody’s Custom Landscaping, Inc. has been serving the Vancouver Washington and Camas Washington areas for over twenty three years with exceptional hardscape and softscape landscape services all installed to please our clients. Here are some current landscape blog posts you may also be interested in Outdoor Rooms Lead to Great Outdoor Living or Residential Landscaping Vancouver Washington . Our office phone number is 360-687-1882. Give us a call for you hardscape and landscaping estimates.