"When should I contact you about a project I'm thinking about? What does your schedule look like?" The sooner the better! In the Spring, we book up very fast with clean-up and mulch jobs. We are busy with these until shortly after Derby (early May.) In the summer, we move on to the bulk of our landscape projects. Come November, we are extremely busy with season-ending landscape clean-ups and leaf removals. The "off season" is a good time to get the ball rolling on work you'd like estimated.
"We received 3 quotes and they are all over the place in terms of cost...?!" We hear this often. The landscape industry remains one that is largely 'unregulated' in terms of industry standards and license requirements. The result is wide range of company "types." You can hire the part-timer with a truck and one mower who decided to start a business on-the-side, the local 10-man small business, or a large national company with 100 local employees. Each will have different operating costs, access to materials, and hourly rates. Our goal is to provide realistic and fair pricing for high-quality work.
"You guys just mow grass and pull weeds. And laying mulch isn't that hard! Why is it so expensive?" Landscape work has historically been something that the majority of homeowners have done for themselves. And that's great! Working outside is a wonderful thing. But in this day and age, more families have decided to hire a company to maintain their yards, freeing up their time to relax and focus on more desirable "weekend" activities. The job tasks might be simple, but a GOOD, reputable landscape company still has to play by the rules like every other type of business. This means labor/benefit costs and taxes, insurance, worker's compensation, fuel and truck expenses, equipment repairs and purchases, more taxes, CPAs, and the list goes on! All of this before the owners are paid - which must cover a basic salary, healthcare, retirement contributions, insurance.... and more taxes! PHEW! I think we get the picture. So, it costs a lot for us to show up at you home, no matter the task at hand. This is the difference between the $10.00 per hour kid down the street and an established company with higher hourly/job rates.
"What do you do with all that debris you take away from my property?" We take it to the dump! Or more appropriately, the "composting facility" or fill area. All green waste we haul off from your yard gets dumped at our east end dump location. Here it will get piled up while the decomposition process starts, and then ground up and processed into mulch and compost. We have to pay a "fee" to dump your waste and that amount depends on quantity and type of waste (soil, rock, leaves, limbs, etc.) Dump fees for the 2018 season are increasing.
"What happens when it rains on my mow day?" We will either mow one day earlier if the chance of rain is strong enough, or pick up your yard immediately after the rain stops and the ground is not too saturated. This is usually not a huge issue for us, as we mow very few yards compared to other companies. We always say, "We are a 'landscape' company first, and a 'mowing' company second."
"Can you guys seed my lawn this Spring?" No, Unfortunately we do not do major lawn renovations in the Spring months. We ONLY seed (over-seed, total kill, or general powerseeding) lawns in the Fall, starting in late August or early September, depending on the climate. Spring seeding is typically not successful for a number of reasons. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to call or e-mail.
"Do you treat lawns?" Though we are licensed to do so, we do not do lawn fertilization or weed control applications. But we will be happy to refer you to one or two local companies that we've worked with and are very reputable. One of them even treats my lawn!