Decide What Your Job Needs
Even before you begin searching for companies, start compliling a list of what landscape features you want to include in your outdoor space. This list will naturally rule out some contractors, as they may not provide the service. In general, we recommend selecting a company that can do the majority of the work themselves. If a large portion of the project is subcontracted out to other providers, your project can get messy very quickly. Most landscapers that are qualified to build a large landscape only contract out irrigation installation.
If your project has any hardscape elements or any grade changes, we recommend selecting a company that has a landscape architect on staff as well as a landscape designer. To learn about the difference between the two, check out this blog. A company that employs its own design division typically has an easier to navigate process as the estimation team, design team, and installation team is all under the same roof, and can easily meet, and know each other well.
Do you plan to care for your landscape after it is installed? If not, selecting a company that offers a maintenance division can be wise as they know the details of the project and what is important to you already. It can be nice to have a company you already know and trust provide maintenance services after the initial installation is complete.
A final consideration before researching company names is to consider your budget. Landscape installations have many moving parts and having a firm amount of money you would like to spend will help guide the design team in product recommendations and more. To learn more about how to begin budget planning, check out this blog.