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Top 10 Criteria to Look for When Hiring a Commercial Landscaping Contractor

  1.  Previous Work: Be sure to always look at the previous work of all commercial landscape contractors. This will clue you in to their style and help you decide if they are right for you.
  2. Maintenance: Any commercial landscape designer should include a maintenance service as part of the package. This should be a good service package and help prevent you from needing to worry about how to keep up any of the designs.

  3. Accurate pricing

  4. Landscape Irrigation: It is important that a quality irrigation system is built for this type of work. This will help keep your landscape beautiful and functional. Be sure that your contractor is capable of installing a comprehensive irrigation system.

  5. Environmentally Conscious: Be sure that the contractor’s commitment to the environment is legitimate. Many companies boast that they are environmentally friendly but don’t actually back this up with their actions. Ask specifically what they do to uphold these values.

  6. Proof of Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is essential for the protection of the customer and contractor alike. This insurance provides the means for repair of any property damage that may be done by the contractor during work. By choosing a contractor that does not provide a certificate of liability insurance upon request, customers assume great responsibility for any damage that may occur by the contractor.

  7. Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance: This insurance provides protection for employees of a landscape company in the event that they are injured on the job. Any injury that may occur to an employee that is not covered by workers compensation insurance not only puts the company at risk, but the property owner for whom the work is being done. Make sure you collect a certificate of workers compensation insurance before work commences.

  8. Education: Make sure that the landscaper you are looking to hire is educated in the field of horticulture. A minimum of an associate’s degree, preferably a bachelor’s degree, should be held by the contractor as well as the key employees of that firm. Landscaping can be very complex so formal schooling and experience proves to be invaluable in protecting your investment.

  9. Licenses / Certifications: It is important that when requesting services such as chemical applications from a landscaper, that he or she is a New York State licensed pesticide applicator. Training is required to receive this license and will help ensure that the application is done properly and pollution is minimized. This license is required by law when chemicals are applied for hire.

  10. Implementation of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices.