Choosing the Right Landscaping Company

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My back garden is the bain of my life. I am not green-fingered at all. Honestly, I literally have no desire to get stuck in and turn it from the overgrown jungle it is now into something more elegant and family friendly. I know it is time to get on and choose the right landscaping company to help me out.

I have plans in my head for it and I really hope, this year, funds pending, that I manage to turn it from an out of control weed forest to an oasis of calm and minimalism.

For my garden, I want my grass replaced with artificial turf or flagged, not totally decided yet. This takes up nearly half of my garden. And with a trampoline, you can really feel how disjointed it currently is (the trampoline is too wide to sit on the grass currently). Around the grass and by my back door there are paving stones. These are all uneven and on a slight incline so I want them all evened out and relaid. The rest of the garden is concrete as my garden, in theory, needs to double up as a place to park my car. This area just needs a good clean.

I will be hiring someone to do this for me and luckily I know a couple of people in the landscaping business who I can trust to give me decent quotes and carry out high-quality work. This really has made choosing the right landscaping company much easier for me. This summer I will be enlisting the help of my hairdresser’s husband to hopefully give my garden a complete makeover and take my ideas from my head and bring them to life.

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Before you jump head first into contracting someone’s services, there are a couple of things to bear in mind before parting with your hard-earned cash.

Have a Plan in Mind.

Know what you want. Research how you would like your outside space to look. Make sure you are happy with the plans and 100% certain this is what you want. You will need to be as specific as possible. Being specific about your requirements is paramount to get the best quote possible.

Do you just need a little bit of garden maintenance or regular upkeep? Or, like me, is your garden in need of professional landscaping services?

Be Realistic.

Know your limits, financially and physically. Plan your space well and know exactly what will and won’t be able to be accommodated before the work starts. Take some rough measurements as a guide. This is important if you are thinking of having things like decking, a pool or even a pizza oven. Doing this could help you eliminate any silly mistakes due to not having enough space for what you want.

Think about the upkeep too. Do you want a garden overflowing with beautiful flowers and plants? If so, are you able to keep it looking fresh and full of life or is this an extra expense to keep on top of it all? If this isn’t something you are able to do yourself, why not go for a minimalist garden or add artificial plants for that low maintenance look.

Know your budget and stick to it. Are you going to buy the materials yourself or will your chosen contractor purchase them? A little research and a few questions in this department can go a long way to keeping your costs down. Especially if you are on a tight budget.

a garden full of plants and flowers with a small gravel path leading up to the back of a housePhoto by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

References.

It goes without saying you want someone who will get the job done well and in good time. This is where it is important to get references before agreeing to go ahead with any work. Google the company or service eg Mississauga landscaping, ask for previous customers recommendations or search for trade review sites in your local area for honest reviews.

Contractors with excellent reviews will be more than happy to let you know where they are listed so you can check for yourself. Social media is also perfect for finding out more about local tradespeople. However, make sure to do your research properly so you get the right person for the job.

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