Our company may not be a good fit for all people. If you are looking for a superior product with an enjoyable customer service experience and a company that will always stand behind their work, then Parker Landscape Design will most likely be a great fit. However, if the price is the most important factor in your buying decision, we may not be a good fit for you. We have found that our pricing is comparative with most top landscape companies in the tri-state area, but many companies do offer cheaper pricing.
At Parker Landscape Design, we strongly believe the boost in the resale value we can provide to your home, as well as the overall value you will receive from using our award-winning services is well worth it. Our goal is to design and construct amazing, lasting outdoor living spaces and to greatly enhance curb appeal. To do this, we are usually choosing materials that may be pricier than other materials on the market and are also utilizing construction practices (usually not used by our competitors) that are proven to provide a greater longevity against the harsh NJ climate.
This Frequently Asked Questions page was created to help you determine whether we are a good fit for you. This page answers many of the common questions asked by potential customers during the selection process. If you have a question that we haven’t addressed here, please contact Scott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Parker Landscape Design
We service the following 7 counties of New Jersey: Somerset County, Union County, Essex County, Hunterdon County, Morris County, Mercer County, and Middlesex County. For a list of individual towns we service, feel free to visit our Service Areas page.
Parker Landscape Design puts a great deal of thought and skill into designing and installing a landscape that will flourish and only become more beautiful with time. Here is what we take into account when designing and installing a project:
- Coordination of both leaf and flower colors
- Selection of plant material with longer bloom times which can provide 4 seasons of interest
- Careful attention to site conditions (such as sun/shade, presence of deer/rabbits)
- Careful attention to growth habits as to not interfere with line of sight when entering or exiting the property, ensuring that trees are not too close to driveways (can uplift or crack them), roof lines (squirrels can easily jump on a roof and damage the shingles), close to foundation walls of home (roots can damage foundation walls and create water issues inside a home) and care is taken to ensure that plantings are properly spaced for the health of the trees, shrubs and/or perennials.
- Use of low maintenance species that do not require excess care or can withstand less watering
- Selection of plant material that is less likely to get damaged and/or cause harm during heavy winter winds, snowfall, or bad storms.
- Sourcing of specimen material and trees at various nurseries to choose the healthiest and best-structured species
- Skilled installation when planting in heavy clay soils to prevent root rot and lessen mortality rates
We have spent a lot of time and effort to detail the competitive advantages that our company offers. We would love to share them with you on our Why Choose Us page.
Feel free to read Our Mission statement about how Trust, Craftsmanship, and Service come together as part of our never-ending pursuit of perfection.
Yes. We are extremely proud of the recognition that we have achieved over the years. Feel free to view our Press & Awards page.
Prior to our initial meeting at your home, we provide over 100 customer references via email so you can call customers to ask any questions that are of importance to you. This reference list will provide a list of services that we were contracted for, along with the specific town that our customer lives in. You can also read over our Google reviews and see reviews on our website.
Over our nearly 20 years, we have designed and constructed over 40 million dollars worth of residential landscape work. We are proud of our clean bill of health with NJ Consumer Affairs which tracks any complaints and lawsuits that may have been filed by a customer in New Jersey. This phone number (888-656-6225) is provided on every customer contract should a customer wish to research any landscape company’s records.
Prior to our initial meeting at your home, we will email out a comprehensive questionnaire so that we capture your likes, dislikes, and concerns. Additionally, during our site visits and subsequent discussions, we will continue to ask you questions so that we can give you the product that you desire.
We maintain general liability and worker’s compensation insurance coverage at all times. A copy of our coverage will be provided to you at contract signing.
Yes, Parker Landscape Design is merely a D.B.A. (doing business as) for Parker Homescape.
Yes. We have written many articles on various topics of landscaping that can be viewed on our Blog.
Planning & Design Questions
We do not have a minimum project size; however, our schedule is usually fully booked at some point in any given year and from there we will then decline to bid on projects.
We now recommend planning at least 1- 1 ½ years in advance for any project that may require a permit. Projects that typically require permits are projects with pools, spas, decking, patios, gas fire pits or fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. For most projects that do not require permits, 6-9 months in advanced planning is usually adequate, but it is always better to allow as much time as possible. Keeping in mind that we also run out of availability each year- the permit and/or variance process can be a long and arduous process.
After visiting your property, we can determine if you are better off doing all or most projects at the same time, or if you can implement your projects in stages. Some of the determining factors to properly answer this question will be the access to the construction area and the types of projects you may be looking to construct.
At Parker Landscape Design, we have been designing and installing residential landscapes and hardscapes for almost 20 years! We have designed thousands upon thousands of projects that vary considerably in style. Our award-winning designers and architects can design and install to any preference. We believe the diversity of our work speaks for itself!
Yes. We love using the plant finder from Monrovia- one of the largest growers of plants in the United States. When searching in the plant finder, make sure to enter the proper climate zone for New Jersey which is zone 6.
After the initial site visit, we will advise you as to whether or not we feel that a design would be recommended or necessary.
Design costs vary drastically based on the amount of anticipated time to produce your design. Design costs typically range from $2,500-$9,500 for most residential properties with most projects qualifying for a 25% refund of the design cost back into the project.
Most landscape architectural firms offer NO refund of their design costs, but since we are a design/build firm, we typically offer you a percentage back.
Click here for more information about our design process.
Within our design program, you are entitled to an allotted amount of hours to revise your initial 2-D design at no additional cost. Should you wish to have the 3-D portion of the design revised, we do charge for the additional hours it would take us to produce the revisions. The specific details will be spelled out in our Design Service Agreement. (Agreement provided is a draft and subject to change).
Most designs look pretty on paper; however, the only thing that really matters is that the design translates to a finished product that is visually appealing and stands the test of time. If the design is flawed, the “cheaper” pricing can very well become the most expensive pricing. Almost all exceptional landscape design firms will charge for their design work and will be comparable in price to our design pricing.
Yes. When you sign a contract with us to perform our design services, you own that design.
No. You are not obligated to use our company for construction services; however, most people prefer to have us do both the design and construction so that you can have one company handle all aspects of your project for a much more seamless process.
After we are given an accurate property survey, our designs will typically take 3-4 weeks to produce. Larger projects can run a few weeks longer depending on the scope of the design work.
Our work has been copied many times over the years and like many other top landscape design and construction firms across the country, we will only get into specific detail after a monetary commitment is made from a customer.
Yes, we do offer consultation services. Most home inspectors are not trained to evaluate and price exterior drainage, hardscapes, and landscapes. Many of our consultation customers want us to evaluate the condition of walls, patios, steps, walkways, drainage solutions, pool decking, lighting, and much more to determine the condition of such items and the price to repair and/or replace the items. Other customers want to determine whether or not it is feasible to build a particular hardscape before purchasing a home.
Our consultation services are a great way to help negotiate the purchase of a home or to decide whether to completely pass on purchasing a particular home because of problems.
Products & Services Questions
For a comprehensive listing of all services that we perform, please visit our Services page. If you do not find a service listed that you are interested in, please call us and we would be more than happy to recommend an excellent company.
We do not perform any interior work; however, we do have a few excellent companies to recommend to you.
Feel free to browse the Portfolio of our work. When we visit your home, we also come out with a portfolio composed of our work that has thousands of additional photographs that are not on our website.
Although we construct both dry-laid and wet-laid patios and walkways, the expansion and contraction of concrete joints in the Northeast almost guarantees you that a wet-laid patio and/or walkway will have cracks in the concrete joints within only 3-7 years. Therefore, we have a strong preference towards dry-laid patios and/or walkways due to the future expense and headache that will be incurred having to re-point or fix the concrete joints of a wet laid patio and/or walkway after this cracking occurs. Additionally, unless the entire patio and/or walkway is re-pointed, the new concrete will rarely ever match the older concrete and the hardscape will start to look very old and unsightly.
Should a problem ever occur under a dry-laid patio, it is much easier and less costly to remove and re-construct and a dry-laid patio is a more permeable surface should a customer have any drainage issues or concerns with water flow. Whenever the sand within the joints of dry-laid patios starts to deteriorate and/or crack, it is cheap and easy to re-sand.
Yes— these are two areas where sand will never remain; therefore, it is not recommended to install within the step treads and outer areas (between hardscape surface and edging restraint).
Stamped concrete is NOT a recommended hardscape application in Northeastern climates like New Jersey. Cracking of the concrete surface WILL occur and it can never be properly repaired or restored to the original condition without having to reconstruct the entire hardscape surface (newer concrete will never match the color and blend in with older concrete). Read more about Stamped Concrete Issues in the Northeast.
Most of the time, the visible white substance on your hardscape is efflorescence, a crystalline or powdery deposit of salts often visible on the surface of paver, concrete, brick, stucco, or natural stone surfaces. Efflorescence occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits on the masonry surface. Do not worry- it will not harm your hardscape structure. The recommended treatment is to let it naturally weather over time and typically after 3-6 months, the efflorescence will vanish. Should it not vanish after 6 months, a cleaning product can be recommended to remove the salt build-up.
We highly recommend keeping an open mind when deciding on the type of pool to install. The industry has drastically changed and there are both advantages and disadvantages to both types of pools. Click here to read more about vinyl pools versus gunite pools.
We do not; however, we have excellent companies that we recommend for vinyl, fiberglass and gunite/concrete pools. We can also refer companies that can handle all aspects of your pool construction from the necessary engineering, required drainage work, required pool code fencing, and pool decking/coping. Please feel free to ask us for referrals.
Yes. We transform older pool decking or pool patios into surfaces that are beautiful and will stand the test of time!
Wood burning fire pit-
- Advantages: the smell of a real fire, you can have any size fire you want, cheaper than gas fire pit (can be $2,500-$10,000+ cheaper depending on the distance that the gas must be trenched), many will come with great accessories like winter covers, grilling plates to cook on, a poker and a stainless steel ember cover
- Disadvantages: can leave clothes smelling, takes more time to start and put the fire out
Gas burning firepit-
- Advantages: has a more controlled flame, may be safer than a wood fire pit if the fire pit is located near the woods, shrubbery or trees or a structure like a roof or home; faster to start and put the fire out, little to no smell on clothing
- Disadvantages: do not have the smell of a real fire, cannot have any size fire you want, more expensive than a wood fire pit (possibly $2,500-$10,000+ more expensive depending on the distance that the gas must be trenched), will not come with an accessory package
Seeding a lawn-
- Advantages: cheaper than sodding a lawn, better for shady areas than sod, more choices of lawn types
- Disadvantages: can take up to 2 full years to establish a thick/dense lawn, is much more prone to weeds until the lawn is established unlike sodding, usually will need a few additional over-seedings to thicken up, can disperse if there are heavy rains/heavy winds during the establishment period
Sodding a lawn-
- Advantages: almost like instant lawn (little to no time to look good), will get fewer weeds initially than seeding, no negative impact if it has heavy rains/heavy winds during the establishment period
- Disadvantages: more costly than seeding
- Advantages: most styles are cheaper than Bluestone, do not get hot if walking barefoot, most styles have lifetime manufacturer’s warranties on the material, very large selection of patterns, styles, and borders
- Disadvantages: some styles may look man-made
- Advantages: may look slightly more natural than a paver surface, can have more shades of colors, can have more variation in clefting/depth.
- Disadvantages: more expensive than paver stone, can get extremely hot on bare feet
Prices for outdoor kitchens vary drastically based on the type of material used for the façade, the type of countertop installed, the appliances chosen, and the distance that any gas and/or electric must be pulled from.
For a high-end exterior kitchen, a general rule of thumb would be $1,700-$2,600 per linear foot and most kitchens will span 9-30’.
Choosing an exterior countertop is much different than choosing an interior countertop. Interior countertops are not subjected to the abuse that exterior countertops take from varying temperatures and the freeze/thaw cycle. For long-lasting beauty and durability, we suggest granite for the following reasons:
- Can withstand extreme heat of up to 2,000 degrees without the concern of cracking or compromising the stone. Many other natural stones such as bluestone, cast concrete, and quartzite cannot tolerate very hot items.
- Comes in many more colors and veining than most other natural and man-made materials
- Doesn’t crack easily like many concrete and/or other natural stone products
- Is not porous and doesn’t show dirt like many other countertop options
If you prefer an alternative to granite, we can offer other countertop options.
A good contractor will be able to help you choose a grill that will suit the needs of your family. There are many great brands and unless the grill will be used on a weekly basis, we will usually choose a grill that is excellent, but will not be too costly. A good grill can run from $3,400 to well over $20,000 and we tend to think that some of the pricier grills are not worth spending the money on. Some factors that we take into account when making a grill choice are:
- Propane vs natural gas: natural gas offers the advantage of not having to store and replace a propane tank. Most grills are able to either service natural gas or propane.
- Would you like a side burner or sear station?
- Would you like colored lights that come with some grills?
- Is cooking speed important to you?
- The size of the grill to accommodate the quantity of food you wish to cook at one given time
- BTUs or capacity of gas
Outdoor kitchens & bars have a wide selection of features to suit the needs of homeowners. Some available features are:
- Drop-in grill
- Side Burners
- Green Eggs or Similar Smoking Units
- Cabinetry, Storage & Drawers
- Ice Chests
- Garbage Disposal Units
- Bar Top Seating
- Warming Drawer
- Pizza Oven
- We do not believe in the residual maintenance programs that most lighting companies will try and sell you after a lighting installation. We take care of most maintenance items free of charge for the life of your system.
- We offer an option to “foolproof” your system so you can avoid two of the most common problems – your maintenance company breaking the lighting wiring when they edge your landscape beds and your wire nut connections loosening if someone ever bumps into a light and/or tries to move a light. Please inquire about this patented program which most other lighting contractors do not offer.
- We went to school for lighting design and have designed and installed thousands upon thousands of systems.
- Our preferred manufacturer makes most parts in the United States. Most other manufacturers outsource parts to China.
This is a question that we have gotten over the years and it is understandable how one might assume that an electrician would be a more skilled choice. In our very strong opinion, it is the exact opposite. Most electricians have not gone to school for lighting design. Their stronger skill set would be the installation of high voltage or line voltage lights which may attach to your home, not the installation of landscape lighting.
We are experts in lighting design and are also highly skilled in the placement of LED landscape lighting, the function of the systems, and the proper type of light to use for the structure/feature that we wish to illuminate.
Additionally, most electricians will task you with choosing the lights you wish to install. We, on the other hand, will bring you our recommended fixture choices, along with the options of finishes available. At Parker Landscape Design, we have an amazing selection of fixtures that will suit just about any style preference.
LED landscape lighting has exploded because of the many benefits it provides. Below are the main reasons:
- Safety – Limit liability and make for a safer passage for children and the elderly by illuminating areas where people are more likely to trip and/or fall such as steps, near a water feature or pool, sloped or inclined areas
- Security – It is statistically proven that homes that are illuminated are less likely to have burglaries and/or cars stolen or broken into
- Beauty – LED lighting is appealing to look at and helps to create a warm, inviting space, helps with curb appeal
- Ambiance – Soft lighting lowers blood pressure and creates a very soothing, peaceful entertainment space and entry to a home
Weed fabric is not recommended for a few reasons:
- Your landscape beds will still get just as many weeds with or without weed fabric. Weed seeds can blow in the wind for up to 1½ miles, land on your mulch or stone beds, and germinate easily.
- Weed fabric is very bad for the root system of plants and can cause harm or death. As plants mature, the weed fabric can restrict growth and also prevent plantings from getting vital nutrients.
- Earthworms help to aerate the soil. The fabric can prevent them from reaching the base of your plantings.
- Weed fabric contributes to soil compaction. In NJ, most soils are already heavy clay which restricts root growth and makes for poor drainage. The weed fabric can exacerbate these issues.
Please inquire about our recommendations to limit weed growth in both your lawn and landscape beds.
Yes— 95% of all of the projects we work on have deer present on the property. We take it a step beyond reading plant tags to determine if a plant or tree is “deer-resistant” because many of these tags are not accurate. We are highly skilled in selecting plant material that the deer and rabbits are less likely to eat. Please understand that the term “deer-resistant” is merely a term used by the plant industry. If the deer are hungry enough, they will eat the foliage and/or flowers on just about any plant or tree. Should this happen, we can recommend sprays so the eating is limited or stopped. Should you wish to have a company spray for you, we can offer a few recommendations.
It is nearly impossible to prevent damage to an existing sprinkler system if the sprinkler lines/heads are either along an access route where heavy equipment will be used and/or if the sprinkler lines/heads are near or under any areas where we will be digging. You can pay your sprinkler company to “move” these lines and heads out of the workspace before construction commences, but this is not recommended because you will have to call back the sprinkler company for a second time to redesign the sprinkler system after your construction project is complete. At this point, you would have paid the sprinkler company twice.
Since most sprinkler systems have to be re-designed anyhow due to new layouts of patios, walkways, and planting beds, we typically will just remove or relocate any lines/heads out of the workspace and will then coordinate to have the sprinkler company redesign and re-install your system. You are more than welcome to have our recommended sprinkler company price and re-install your sprinkler system or we can work with your existing sprinkler company. Most people prefer to have our recommended company do the installation due to logistics and ease of coordination. Should you choose to have our recommended company do the install, you then have the option of remaining with your sprinkler company to service your system or you can switch to our recommended company who is excellent and will price match any other company in NJ (as long as the proposals are “apples to apples”).
The pond and water feature industry has come a long way in developing products that require less maintenance and are very easy to operate. For customers that do not wish to maintain their own water feature, we can recommend a very good company to clean the pond, install mosquito preventative measures and check all components of the water feature to ensure its longevity.
There are very easy and inexpensive ways to treat the water feature on a monthly basis so that mosquitos should not be a problem.
Pricing & Financing Questions
It is very common for people to have no idea what exterior projects cost. Although it is difficult to accurately price a project without a physical site visit to the property, we tried to give potential customers a way of seeing price ranges for various project types. Feel free to review our Pricing Packages page.
Establishing a budget will be an important part of the process so we can try and design a project for you within your desired budget range.
We’re competitive with our pricing, but we’re not always the cheapest and for good reason. There’s a lot of things as a consumer you don’t see during the construction process. We build a lot of the structures much differently than the competition. The way we build them is meant to last. You’re paying good money, so we want to limit callbacks, and most of our customers are busy people and they don’t want to have to deal with maintenance throughout the years.
Labor can make up upwards of 85-90% of your construction costs and we will always take the time to:
- Make sure your physical construction is not rushed.
- Use best construction practices to ensure the longevity of your installations.
Every year, we are hired to repair and/or re-construct landscapes, hardscapes, drainage, and/or lighting that were not installed properly and/or the incorrect materials were used for the property. During the repair and/or re-construction process, we have seen that our construction practices are rarely duplicated by our competitors. Many customers tell us that they ended up spending much more money over the long run because they hired the wrong contractor. We have noticed that many consumers think that they are comparing proposals on an “apples to apples'' basis, but have realized that they rarely are. Some common examples that can make a landscape proposal cheaper, along with the respective benefits/potential drawbacks of these differences are:
- Nursery or garden center where the plant/tree is purchased.
- Although a plant/tree may look identical, there are nurseries that have inferior plant stock and nurseries that have excellent plant stock. Many times this will not be visible to the eye, but it is a fact that good nurseries have plant stock that has statistically higher rates of longevity
- The sub-base materials (the material that is installed under your hardscape) and other materials used during hardscaping.
- There are many edging restraint systems on the market.
- Some are poor and others are great. The longevity of edging restraint systems determines whether or not your patio stones will start to separate over time. Many contractors will apply concrete on the edges of a patio or walkway which is an incorrect construction practice. This cheaper method will lead to the eventual separation of your patio or walkway stones.
- There are many types of polymeric sands on the market.
- Some are poor and others are great. The longevity of these polymeric sands will determine the length of time that your hardscape will remain “weed-free”
- Some commonly used sub-base materials are not installed with the correct product type, the correct thickness, and with the correct compaction methods.
- When installed improperly or with the wrong materials, your hardscape may settle and sink and many manufacturers will void all warranties if there is a product claim.
On top of that, the biggest thing is that our owner, Scott Parker, will be your point of contact, through the initial phone call all the way to completion, and even in post-job follow through. If you call 10 years from now, it's still going to be the owner that you’re working with. Almost 24-7 (with the exception of Sundays and Saturday afternoons), we will get back to you, and you’ll never really wait for a phone call, even if the job is 5 years completed. Any repairs, replacements, or any other problems or concerns, we get back out there in a timely fashion. You really won’t find that with 99% of the companies out there. We take pride in returning phone calls the same day we receive them.
We will always do our best to anticipate any cost that may be incurred on your project and will try and educate our customers as to these costs before a project begins. In the rare occasions where something “unforeseen” occurs (one example would be a buried patio under the lawn that must be removed), we will never charge a customer without a discussion and signed change order.
One particular pet peeve of our owner Scott Parker is that he abhors surprises when vetting companies that he personally hires; therefore, he brings this same ethical consideration to his customers. We are always striving to try and keep our customers on budget.
After the initial site visit, we will advise you as to whether or not we feel that a design would be recommended or necessary.
We do offer financing for qualified candidates through Wells Fargo. If approved, customers can finance for up to 1 full year with NO interest as long as the required minimum monthly payments are made on time. Additionally, there is NO prepayment penalty for paying off the loan early. For more information or to apply online, please visit Landscape Design Financing Options.
Process & Installation Questions
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We do not give any preferential treatment based on the project size. All projects are commenced in predetermined order after all materials have arrived and after all permits and/or 3rd party permits are approved. All projects will have a start and completion date written at contract signing.
The owner, Scott Parker, will come out on the initial appointment and is the primary point of contact all the way through project completion and even in subsequent years should a customer have any questions and/or concerns. During the construction phase, an extremely knowledgeable foreman will always be present (bearing pickups and deliveries) to ensure a seamless process. Although rarely necessary, should a customer ever have a concern during the construction phase, Scott Parker will always make himself available to address the concerns.
After all site data is captured (measurements and/or pictures), a proposal will then be furnished (unless the customer wishes to have a design/video produced). A second meeting (either in person or via telephone) will be set up to review the proposal and pricing. At this juncture, many customers are ready to sign a contract. Should a potential customer wish to have any further revisions at this stage, either a design agreement or a retainer agreement along with a deposit will be required. At this stage, our potential customers would have already received a list of 100+ references, a questionnaire to fill out, an initial site visit at their home, a proposal broken down like a menu with pricing, and the time spent to then review this proposal again either in person at a customer’s home or via phone.
NJ law states that a contractor MUST call in a utility markout of gas, electric, water, and cable lines. This markout is done for safety reasons. Without it, there is a risk of explosion, fire, electrocution, and flooding. Additionally, when a markout is not called in, both homeowner and contractor bear liability, and a contractor can lose their Home Improvement Contractors License and be banned from working in the state.
Depending on the type of project, a township or municipality may require the involvement of a licensed engineer to handle portions of the permit and/or variance process. Should an engineer be required, our company can recommend a licensed engineer and will work together with the engineer so you do not have to project manage.
We wish we had an answer and a solution to this question because it is extremely frustrating for both a homeowner and a contractor. Unlike many other states, NJ does not enforce a uniform code for all townships; therefore, what may be required or prohibited in one town may be much different than another town. Additionally, many permits have to go through both a zoning department and a building department and may have to pass through the hands of many different people. Feel free to ask us for a status update, but please realize that we always check with the townships as to the progress of permits.
We make every effort to complete our projects in a timely fashion and comply with NJ laws by stating an estimated start and completion date on our signed customer contracts; however, the below items are unfortunately out of our control and can delay a project:
- Supply chain issues related to manufacturing hardscape items and/or growing planting items can cause shortages, delays, and at times, the discontinuation of items. Due to these issues, local stone yards, hardscape suppliers and garden centers/nurseries have had trouble getting many materials when orders are placed by companies like ours.
- Engineering and/or the permitting process with townships and/or other 3rd party regulatory bodies can sometimes take between 3 months to well over 1 full year to have clearance to start a project.
- Bad weather typically causes delays that can push scheduling out further. We have a schedule of projects and when one project is delayed, it usually has a chain effect of pushing the subsequent projects’ start dates out further. Additionally, we use our discretion as to whether or not it is productive to work on a particular day even though it may not be raining or snowing. Soft ground can sometimes cause more damage to a property by destroying lawn areas and creating mud/dirt on various parts of the property.
We feel very strongly about the environment and will only legally dispose of materials as per NJ law. Yes, you can save money and many contractors do by illegally dumping/disposing of debris, but we will not break the law and contribute to hurting the environment.
Yes. We can bring in our own recommended contractors that may be needed for your project (such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters) or would be more than happy to coordinate with a contractor that you prefer to work with. If there is any coordination needed, we can handle all logistics for you.
Maintenance & Post-Project Questions
After project completion, we will go over and leave you with simple care sheets should you wish to maintain your own property. Although most maintenance companies understand how to care for plantings and hardscape, we would also be more than happy to have a direct conversation with your maintenance company should you wish. Should you need a few names of maintenance companies, we would be more than happy to offer some recommendations. Additionally, we would be more than happy to look over your maintenance company’s contract and offer advice. We may be able to save you money as some maintenance items you may be paying for may not be necessary.
If a patio and/or walkway is constructed properly and polymeric sand is used, most patios will get 3-5 years of “weed-free” use or will have “limited weeds.” After weeds begin to develop, it is a very easy and inexpensive process to re-sand the patio to gain an additional 3-5 years of weed suppression. We, along with most maintenance companies offer sanding services.
We do not want you to wait long, so we make it common practice to try and repair within a timely fashion. Please understand that depending on the temperatures, we may advise you to wait on certain repairs/replacements to ensure that we give you the best chance of longevity.
Many studies have concluded that a well-designed “outdoor living space” or “curb appeal” project can add 15-30% to a home’s value. One study concluded that exterior projects can have the single greatest impact on the resale value of a home. The second-largest impact was an interior kitchen remodel.