One of the most enjoyable aspects of our work is sharing our landscaping and design expertise with our clients. There are so many times that people are genuinely (and happily) surprised at the benefits of hiring a landscape professional who is certified, that we wanted to share why we believe so strongly in certification, and to debunk some common mistaken beliefs.
Myth #1 – Hiring a certified landscaper is too expensive.
Truth – A certified landscaper saves you money.
Your landscape is part of your home, and for most people, your home is your single greatest investment. As with most things, doing it right from the start saves you money and time in the long run. That’s where a quality landscape professional can help.
A certified landscaper can make sure that you’re getting the most from your property. An otherwise unusable steep slope can become a beautiful terraced garden, or the addition of properly situated shade trees can cut down energy costs as well as add beauty and value to your home. And a professional will always work with you to create a plan that works within your budget, and that can be completed in stages if need be.
Myth #2 – Only people with large properties need to hire certified professionals.
Truth – Preserving and enhancing your property with the help of a certified landscaper is a smart move no matter what size your property is.
Even smaller properties have natural assets that should be cared for properly as well as challenges that can benefit from a certified professional’s assessment and advice. Most recently, our frigid temperatures, snow, ice and salted roadways and walkways have wrecked havoc on lawns, plantings and hardscapes. A certified landscaper can help you protect and repair these valuable elements of your home’s exterior.
What if you just have some simple projects, like bushes that need trimming or you’re looking to plant a tree or add some color to your garden to bump up your home’s curb appeal? Why hire a certified professional for that?
You may not know that those overgrown bushes that need trimming also have roots that are about to crack through your adjacent paved walkway, so removing them might be something to plan for. Or that the tree you wanted to plant won’t thrive in the spot where you wanted to plant it. Or that there are options like ground covers that can not only add color to your garden, but also help prevent soil erosion and block weed growth. The expertise of a certified landscaper can help you in countless ways.
Myth #3 – The only difference between a landscaper that’s certified and one that isn’t is the cost.
Truth – Totally false. The time, effort and dedication that goes into acquiring certification brings with it a level of expertise and professionalism that cannot be otherwise compared. Take a look at some local landscape reviews and you’ll see no shortage of complaints about poor workmanship, disastrous results, or blatant unprofessionalism.
One of the most important benefits you’ll get with a certified landscape professional is peace of mind. You can be assured that the in-depth training and education our staff receives ensures the highest level of professionalism. We offer creative solutions while adhering to best practices that follow strict safety standards and environmentally sound approaches to everything we do. The result is a landscape that not only looks stunning, but that you can also feel good about, too.
What are some of your landscape concerns? Share them with us here and we’ll address them in upcoming blog posts.