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Is hiring an Insured Landscaper important?

Is hiring an Insured Landscaper important?

Insurance and Guarantees Your landscaper should have general liability insurance. This general liability insurance should also include workers compensation insurance to cover work-related injuries that may occur on your property. Proof of insurance for workers’ compensation, liability, and vehicles should be available to you. Check the company’s limits and the policy’s expiration date. If you’re offered a guarantee, ask exactly what is and is not covered and how long the guarantee remains in...
Do I need to hire a Professional Landscaper?

Do I need to hire a Professional Landscaper?

What Should a Professional Landscaper know? How Reliable is His/Her Firm? A landscaper must know which plants will work best in your yard based on the soil type, exposure to the sun, and other climate/environmental conditions. A complete professional landscaper will also have hardscape design/construction knowledge and be able to explain to you in simple English how to best maintain your landscaping. You should also determine that the company he/she works for, or owns, is licensed and insured. These are signs that the landscaper is working for and/or is the owner of a bonded legitimate firm who will be there to stand behind their work. Also important to ask is how long has the firm been in business. The longer in business the more established the firm. Long established firms will be more invested in their reputation and likely to do whatever they can to make you happy!...
How involved should I be during my landscaping project?

How involved should I be during my landscaping project?

Be Involved!! You should actively involve yourself, not only in the pre-installation or design stage of any landscaping project, as stated above, but be involved throughout the installation and/or maintenance phases as well. Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind as you will have to live with the work performed or end up paying someone else to obtained your desired results. Whenever possible, talk to your landscaper early during the installation phase or after the first (or first few) maintenance cycles so that corrections or changes can be immediately made, minimizing your frustration and possible damage to your site. During your “interview” of potential landscapers you should evaluate how well they respond to your suggestions and critical questioning of their ideas. Weed out those who are dismissive or become offensive mistaking your questions as a challenge of their...
Why should re-landscape my property?

Why should re-landscape my property?

It’s estimated that homeowners can recover 150% and more of the money they invest into well planned landscaping when they sell their residences. Landscaping includes softscaping (i.e. plantings), hardscaping (outdoor construction projects such as decks, patios, walls, walkways, etc.) and maintenance services such as pruning, mowing, mulching, etc. Hiring a professional to assist you with your landscaping will help you avoid mistakes and problems that may actually lower your property’s value! The following are some points to consider on hiring a reputable and knowledgeable landscape professional. Know What You Want Every home-owner’s needs are unique, so think carefully about how you want to use your outdoor living space before you call in a professional. Write down the questions this process raises. For example you may have softscape questions such as: a) Do you want the entire landscape cleared and redone? b) Will you need a place for the kids to play? c) Do you need plants that are not hazardous to children and/or pets? d) Do you need plants and trees which are low maintenance? e) Sod or seed? Or your needs may involve hardscaping issues which raise questions such as: a) What size of patio or deck do I need? b) Is my yard so steep that I need to terrace it and build retaining walls? c) Do I want an outdoor kitchen? With respect to maintenance ask: a) When is the best time to prune my trees and shrubs? b) How often should my lawn be mowed? Every week? More than that or less than that? When should the grass be cut? c) How much and what...
Pete Gethins Hilltop Landscaping Over 25 years of experience and fully insured...
Hilltop Landscaping is a full service landscape design/build and landscape maintenance company located in Morris County. Whether you need a comprehensive estate plan, outdoor living upgrade, or simply a single tree installed, Hilltop Landscaping will tailor a program to meet your needs. If you can dream it we can do it! Our custom landscape design/build expertise allows us to meet your high expectations and bring your dream to reality.
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