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The services of a landscaper can mean the difference between enjoying the pleasures of your outdoor space or dealing with a frustrating field of screams. Here are a few pointers to help you ease the process.
The services of a competent, qualified landscape professional can mean the difference between enjoying the pleasures of your outdoor space or dealing with a frustrating field of screams. Here are a few pointers to help you define your needs and refine your search. An initial consultation fee should be expected and will be a worthwhile investment in beginning the design process.
When interviewing landscape contractors, ask about their certification: A Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) has a minimum 2,000 hours of industry experience and has passed a practical exam on specialized maintenance, installation or retail garden centre tasks. A Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) has a minimum seven years of combined academic and practical experience, has passed an exam and has had his or her portfolio evaluated. A Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) has a minimum of five years of combined academic and practice experience and has passed an exam proving his or her management skills. A member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has a minimum of three years of experience in tree care and has passed an exam that covers every aspect of tree care. Accredited PlanetHealthBC companies must pass an exam, submit yearly use of alternative practices and product, prepare an improvement plan, take training and meet a code of ethics.
Do not start a project without a signed contract in place. A contract should include:
Regularly check on the work being performed. Use this checklist as a guideline for your installation inspection: