Landscaping The Smart Way

The Builder's Corner

When selecting a landscaper for your upcoming project it’s important to know that company’s qualifications. A full service, all-in-one, contractor offers you the peace of mind that when a problem occurs, the responsibility falls on one company. No blame game… No three way battle, with you, the client, in the middle. This is one of the most frequent dilemmas an owner will come across when dealing with the green industry. Below are some tips to help you qualify your landscaper.

Design is an integral part of the construction process, in all aspects of construction. Specifically, with the green industry, the landscape designer should have extensive knowledge of species, sunlight and watering requirements.
They should possess knowledge of mature sizes and should take that into consideration when designing the package. They should also know a plant’s invasive tendencies and growth habits.
The artistic side is equallyimportant but from a scientific approach your designer should be capable of providing you a look that follows your theme while fitting and thriving in your landscape year after year.

The landscape contractor is tasked with growing or securing quality materials that have been designed in your project. He or she must have an exceptional grasp on the plant market. The foresight to make seamless substitutions when a species is unavailable; the ability to transfer a plan to a quality finished product and the versatility to perform other scopes, make for a great landscaper.

Your landscaper should be licensed to design and install uniform irrigation systems with separated turf and shrub zones. Licensed is the key word as 9 out of 10 landscape companies are not licensed to design or work on irrigation systems. More than half of all water consumption in the state of Florida is due to irrigation. That is precisely the reason licensing is critical and why the state of Florida just introduced a state irrigation license. Water is not exactly a renewable resource.

The company you task with maintaining your project should be every bit as diverse as your landscaper. Your maintenance company should have immense knowledge in horticultural practices, pest and fungus identification, proper fertilization regiments and irrigation scheduling. Saying they know and showing you they know are two completely different things. How your lawn and landscape is trimmed will affect your plants health. Misdiagnosing a plant or turf problem could make the difference between green and brown. Is it irrigation or is it a pest?

We believe using one company to develop and maintain is the way to go… one company from concept… to construction… to maintenance. Landscaping is a unique trade in the construction world as it’s the only trade that deals in living things. You wouldn’t hire a barber to perform surgery. Why would you hire a mow, blow and go guy to fix your piping or diagnose a plant disease. Should you hire a horticulturalist & landscape architect or a pick-up truck landscaper; doctor or a barber, the choice is yours as the consumer?

Dan deMont- Business Development
Juniper Lanscaping
5880 Staley Road, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone: (239) 561-5980
Fax: (239) 561-5595
Cell: (239) 826-7924

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