How to find landscaping companies near me

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Landscaping Companies Near Me

A lot of people will tell you, “anyone can do landscaping it’s easy”.  My answer is “yeah right!! Like in any skill, you have people that can produce something that could be called landscaping. It takes an expert to produce outstanding results every time.

In today’s climate, it seems like every man and his dog, have suddenly become professional landscapers or professional block paving companies. I can tell you, that some of the jobs I have seen over the years have brought tears to my eyes. Especially when I have found out how much the clientele have paid for the substandard work. They could have had, the same work, carried out professionally, for the same cost or even cheaper in some cases.

You might be thinking “what makes me a good judge of what’s good or not”?

Let me tell you that I have over 35 years of experience in the industry and at times at the cutting edge of new technology. I am from the era of giving the customer what they pay for and more. You can probably guess and I am proud to say I am known as “old school” and yes, I think that gives me the right to class myself as an expert.

 

Always putting Quality before Quantity with Landscaping Companies Near Me

Staying in business for this long certainly didn’t mean putting the pound first before doing great jobs for customers. I have seen and rectified enough bad jobs from these cowboys to last me a life time. I know the clients are slightly to blame some of the time but they are only trying to save money, like we all do. but it can end up costing a lot more in the long run.

 

Tips for finding good reliable landscaping companies

Always when looking for professionals make sure you pick ones that have landline phone numbers and not just mobile numbers. The reason is, that at least landline numbers are tied to property that has an address that should give more security.

Ask them how long they have been in business and how many years’ experience they and their work force have. Also remember that a job is only as good as the people carrying out the work

Get the proposed professional to tell you how he is going to carry out the work, even if you don’t know what on earth they are on about and not just the price. This is something I always do and also, I watch the clients face and when I see they don’t know what I am saying, I stop and explain until they do.

Another good tip is to make sure they look at you straight in the eye. They talk to your face without looking away too much. People who are a bit dodgy to say the least, or are not telling the truth tend to look away from you

Ask the right questions to landscaping companies near me

Ask for addresses and phone numbers of clients they carried out work for recently and some time ago if possible. If they give excuses of why they can’t do this then do not entertain them at all. This is a great big warning sign.

I will let out one of my secrets to you. It is, that I absolutely love people asking me for previous work addresses.  I know, that if they go and visit the property and talk to the owners, that I am just about guaranteed to get the job as they make wonderful sales people.

Just think about it. If you have had work carried out for you, that is really good, what would you do? I think you would be singing the praises of the professionals that carried out that work.

Am I right or wrong?

Unless it is a really simple job, always get the quotation in writing with the process of works. They should include depths, materials and start and finish dates if possible. I try to give a start date but usually with a plus or minus date of 3 days subject to weather conditions.

Make sure that everything is included in that quote such as waste chargers or material costs. You need the one final sum of the work being carried out but be warned sometimes unexpected problems do occur and will carry extra costs.

Use these tips and information for all your jobs in or outside your house. Whether it is for landscaping or even painting your house.

So go and find Landscaping Companies Near Me

Achieving higher standards

 

Ted

When we first arrived at this house in Colchester we were met by a free for all living nightmare of a front garden. The picture you can see below was taken after a days work clearing the property, I just wished we had taken a picture before we started because you could not even see the house or driveway and that is why we had trouble  finding the property!

Japanese Style Garden image

After meeting Peter the owner of this property the first words he uttered after introductions were “what can you do to this tip of a front garden?” Now usually our clients have some idea of what they would like and make suggestions that we can work on, but with Peter he just had no idea what he wanted.

Ok, I can tell you now that I had to put the old thinking cap on to try and come up with some great ideas.

We stood in that front garden talking and then came the break through when Peter said “I want something simple and easy to maintain”. They were the keywords I was looking for and in kicked the old grey cells to work their magic.

I had spotted a cherry tree that had been damaged or cut down at some time to just above ground level that caused several main branches to sprout up instead of having one large trunk. “This was sometimes done deliberately to achieve this effect”.

I said to Peter “how would a Japanese style garden appeal to you?” His reply was “Do you know, that didn’t even cross my mind”.

I then carried on to explain what we could do: by making the drive a kerb edged stone driveway and giving a bold contrast with a  Japanese style garden area and a path going around the cherry tree, would lend itself perfectly to the design we wanted to create. This area would be edged with grass with a larger area in front of the front wall. Also the drive entrance was lacking appeal so we suggested  leading walls with pillars to define it.

Japanese Garden Image

As you can see Peter awarded us the job after we submitted our quotation. He was so delighted after seeing the clearance work as seen on the above photograph that he too could start to imagine what the end result was going to look like.

I will say that although we carried out the usual safety checks of looking for services and cables we were very lucky not to have caused a gas leak or even worse. Why you might ask?

The reason was very simple, due to some irresponsible workmen. They had buried the main gas pipe to the house, a modern polyethylene plastic type which means it was laid recently only three inches (or 75mm for the younger generation) below the soil!!

Yes completely unbelievable in this age of health and safety but that is often what you find these days.

We did have to get that sorted out but lucky enough there was enough slack on the pipe that we could re-bury it to the required depth of eighteen inches (450mm) below ground level with warning marking tape above it after digging a new trench.

Moral of the story “you can never be to careful”.

A Simple Japanese Garden Image

The photographs below and above shows you the finished project and what a difference!  We ended up carrying out several different projects over the years for Peter, including re-styling the rear garden, replacing paving, making a new patio area, building a pergola and extending the garage area just to name some of the work we carried out.

The Complete Japanese Stiye Garden image

I am sure we would still be carrying out work for Peter today if it had not been for a very unfortunate accident sadly he had while on holiday in Italy, that caused his death a few weeks later.

Peter became a well respected friend of the family and not just a client over the years and we dedicate this page in his memory. 

Rest-In-Peace Image

About Us

We run a very successful UK based landscaping family company. We have some very prestigious blue chip companies as our clients and been retained by them for several years. We have been acknowledged for helping companies achieve their environmental compliance standards award, no easy feat alone.

We retain a very local customer base that call on our services as and when needed, year after year. The work that we carry out is always maintained to a very high standard.

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