5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Landscape Provider
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When choosing a landscape partner, there is more to know than whether or not they can mow your lawn. From plant health to safety best practices, what your landscape partner does (or does not do) ultimately impacts you. We have taken the guesswork out of the process with this guide for five things to look for.
1. Uncompromising Safety
Your landscaper should have a safety program that ensures every person working on your property has been properly vetted, trained in horticultural best practices and equipment operation, and is wearing proper PPE. Do not be afraid to ask a potential landscape partner what their safety rating is. And safety goes further than making sure the landscape team does not get hurt. A good partner will ensure the safety of every person who steps foot on your property. Is your landscape partner protecting people & property?
2. Steadfast Sustainability
Your landscaper should be taking steps to protect the environment. Things like zero-emission mowers, waste reduction programs, and water saving initiatives have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Landscape providers should not be waiting for someone else to take the lead. They should be making positive changes now.
3. Unwavering Support
Does your landscape team have a dedicated customer service team available 24/7? In the event of an emergency, it is important to know what resources are available to keep your service without interruption. In today’s environment of labor challenges and equipment shortages, it is important that your landscape team is fully transparent about what they will do in the event people or equipment are not available.
4. Trustworthy Budgeting
Creating and sticking to a budget is important in all aspects of your business. With the right landscape partner, the budget cycle can be a breeze. The right partner can maximize savings without compromising curb appeal by reducing water use, recycling green waste, and converting unnecessary turf areas to sustainable shrubs and groundcover. They should be able to map out your needs and wish list items into a customized budget estimate with plans for one, two and three-year goals to help you allot funds accordingly and bring your objectives within reach.
5. Reliable Communication
You should not feel like you are in the dark when it comes to what is happening on your property. A strong partnership will give you a sense of confidence in the services you have entrusted them to perform. That means ensuring clear communication of expectations and how they will meet or exceed them. It is not unreasonable to expect a dedicated point person, regular check-ins, and a clear communication plan. You deserve a landscape partner that is easy to work with and easy to talk to.
A landscape partner should have comprehensive capabilities that can streamline your landscape services and think strategically about the bigger picture for your property. They are more than just “mow, blow and go”. A good partner for the long-term will identify potential risks and suggest ways to mitigate them; as well as identifying opportunities to improve your property value by enhancing your outdoor environment.
To put it simply, if your landscaper is not working hard to make you and your property look good and your life easier, it might be time to shop around.
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