Whether you want to design a new landscape from scratch or are planning to upgrade your yard, it makes sense to hire a reliable landscape contractor. Your contractor will manage your project from start to finish and will answer any questions you might have.

Before you start looking for a contractor, understand the type of professional you need. Research options in your area and ask the right questions.

Residential vs. Commercial Contractors 

Residential landscape contractors serve for residential landscaping projects, whereas commercial contractors specialize in managing commercial projects.

Residential landscape contractors are typically more flexible catering to the specific needs of the client.  Commercial landscape contractors are often tied to a set of city or county approved plans with little flexibility. Residential landscape contractors are more experienced with the challenges of working within the realm of small estates to small back and front yards.

Independent, Backyard Maintenance Contractors 

Not all landscape contractors work for firms; some run their own business. An independent contractor usually offers basic services. Before hiring an independent contractor, communicate your expectations with them. Make sure there is no confusion regarding the tasks to be performed.

An independent contractor can help you with relatively simple tasks such as delivering and spreading mulch, installing lawn drainage, installing a sprinkler system, and planting plants.

Often independent contractors are not licensed or insured. If problems arise there may not be a remedy in place to solve issues, please use caution.

How to Hire a Landscape Contractor?

Your choice of contractor can make or break your project. Before choosing a contractor, you need to be sure they deserve your trust. Follow these tips to find the best landscaper near you.

➢ Ask family members and friends to recommend contractors.

➢ Talk to acquaintances who have just wrapped up a landscaping project. Ask them if they plan to use them for future projects.

➢ Check online reviews and ratings.

➢ Evaluate your preferred contractor’s previous experience.

➢ Once you have narrowed down your list of contractors, interview professionals.

Ask these general questions during your first phone call.

  • Are you licensed?
  • Do you have proper insurance coverage?
  • Do you offer guarantees?
  • Can you provide client references?

Questions to ask during the consultation session-

  • Do you use subcontractors?
  • How do you charge?
  • How much time will my project take?
  • Do you foresee any challenges?

Sweetwater Landscape, one of the best landscape contractors in Santa Rosa, offers a full range of landscaping services. We will go the extra mile, if required, to transform your vision into reality. To make an appointment, call 707-887-0140.