Moscarino Landscape + Design, lawn care specialists and maintenance workers perform a wide variety of tasks that affect the exterior appearance of residential or commercial property. Some of their responsibilities are mowing and trimming lawns, planting trees and shrubs and performing periodic pest control for gardens. They also set up concrete, clay and stone pathways in homes, businesses and public areas to add value and beauty. Some landscape designers even create indoor gardens and water features.
If you are considering hiring a landscaping company, look for one that is well-established and has good reviews. Get a written agreement that explains exactly what work the landscaper will do and how much it will cost. It should include a diagram of your property showing where plants will be planted and how many of each species will be planted. It should also include a breakdown of the materials and costs for each part of the landscaping plan.
A good landscaper should be able to explain what plants thrive in your climate and soil conditions and give you advice on how to take care of the plant life they install. They should be able to tell you whether you need to water regularly or use fertilizer, and they should be able to help you find the right plant varieties to fit your space. If you are worried about the plants not living up to expectations, ask what guarantees the landscaper provides. If a plant dies before its time, or if a wall or fence collapses, you want the landscaper to replace it at no additional cost.
When choosing a landscaper, make sure they have good references and a clean business license. Also check their worker’s compensation and liability insurance coverage. Finally, find out if they have workers who are employees of the landscaping company or day laborers. The quality of the work they do depends on the level of experience and expertise of the workers who do it.
Some landscaping companies that design landscapes also offer maintenance services, such as scheduled mowing, string-trimming and seasonal yard cleanups. Some also offer aeration, dethatching and seeding, mulching, plant disease management and insect control. Some landscaping and lawn care companies also offer ponds, fountains, waterfalls, artificial grass and outdoor lighting.
While you may think that landscape design, lawn care and maintenance are similar, there are important differences between them. It is best to hire a full-service landscape company that specializes in all three aspects of landscaping, so that they can provide you with a comprehensive and consistent level of service.
For example, a lawn care company can provide landscaping and lawn maintenance, but may not be qualified to do construction of hardscaping elements such as patios and walls. A landscape designer has the experience and expertise to create both. In addition, a landscaping and maintenance company can also be an interior landscaper, installing pots of beautiful blooming flowers in front of your home to enhance your curb appeal.