A landscaping contractor works to keep the yards of homes and residential buildings beautiful by mowing and treating the grass, planting flowers, artificial plants or adding a fence or decorative fountain to the yard. Before you settle on a landscaper, you should look for some characteristics that will help you make the right choice. First, you should ask the landscaper if he/she has Interlocking Concrete Paver Installer certification, as well as a Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer license. These certifications indicate that the landscaper can install a fence or stone sidewalk in the yard. For a landscaping professional to be certified and maintain these qualifications, the professional has to meet the standards of the industry. You’ll have much more confidence in a designer that is dedicated to deliver the best work.

The trees, flowers and grass in your yard should also be locally grown; ask your landscaper to verify this. The soil conditions and climate will make a big difference in the life of your plants. A landscaping contractor needs to know all about the plants that will thrive in your yard for years.

It’s also important to ask for an arial snapshot to see what your completed project will look like. The image will indicate whether you can finish the job at one time, or if you have to break it up into project phases to work within your budget or accommodate time constraints. Looking at a proposed image of the final project will indicate whether you should ask the landscaper to make adjustments before starting the work, since you can see all the landscaping features at once.

Lastly, it’s so important that you find out whether the landscaper has worker’s compensation. This is for your protection; if the landscaper is hurt while doing a job for you and doesn’t have insurance, you’ll have to foot the bill for medical expenses. You can find a landscaping contractor by searching online for local listings, or talk to your family and friends for recommendations.