There are many factors to consider when choosing landscape contractors. While many
landscape contractors will not give you a final price, they can estimate the cost of a landscaping
project and provide a timeline for completion. Additionally, they should be able provide
information about the plant species used and the associated costs. Also, make sure they include
any warranty information, maintenance schedules, and other important details that will impact
the cost. This will allow you to know what to expect from the job prior it starts.
If you are looking for a landscaping contractor with experience, make sure they have the right
qualifications. While residential landscape contractors are more customizable, commercial
options are more appropriate if you have a large property and/or if you are more concerned
about function than style. You should be aware that not all landscapers are employed by large
companies. Experts who own their own businesses are often employed by smaller landscaping
companies. They may have a lower overhead, but it can lead to longer wait times.
Landscape contractors can also be used by landscape architects. Architects create plans for
large projects, so they can incorporate the designs into the landscape. These plans are stamped
and conform to local and state building codes. However, smaller projects may operate on a
design-and-build basis, in which a landscape architect handles the design work and completes
the project using their own resources. Landscape architects can also collaborate with
contractors who are experts in a specific area, such as large rocks and water fountains.
Tennessee law requires landscapers to hold the C-27 Landscape Contractor License. This
license allows them install ornamental and horticultural plants as well as to maintain them.
Landscapers will also need a commercial pesticide applicator licence. This license requires an
applicant to pass a core exam and a category exam and must provide proof of liability insurance.
If you intend to use pesticides, a licensed contractor should be available in your locality.
Before you hire a landscaping contractor, think about what you want and need. It is important
that you choose a company who can work with your budget. The contractor you hire will be able
to calculate the cost of the project based on the materials and the time it takes to complete.
They will also make recommendations on how to save money if possible. A landscaping
contractor who understands the planning process will follow a budget. A skilled landscape
contractor can provide advice on soil erosion if needed.
Licensed landscape architects have an advanced degree in horticulture. They have to study
architecture, code enforcement, and horticulture in order to provide a safe and beautiful
environment. Once they are certified, they may advertise themselves as landscape architects.
However, they aren’t as knowledgeable when it comes to horticulture, stormwater management,
drainage, and planning. They may also earn the Landscape Industry Certified Technician
designation. This designation is offered by the Landscape Contractors Association, which is
affiliated with the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
Consider the type and size of the project you are looking for. This will help you choose the right
landscape contractor. Although landscaping doesn’t necessarily have to be about construction, it
should add to the functionality and beauty of the land. You may want to add a fence, water
system, patio, or outdoor kitchen. These are all examples, but not all landscaping projects
involve building. In some cases, demolition and removal are involved.