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We called a week ago and spoke to Ken. Understandably he is busy, and could not schedule our mower repair until today, 6/13/18. He was supposed to arrive between 10 and 12 so my husband had the mower out and ready. We waited the entire day, with no repair person, and no phone call. I finally called him about 2:30 and got voice mail. Finally reached him at 3:20. His excuse was he had us as being in Stanley and not Mount Holly, so they couldn't find our address. Well, i have a cell phone and it was with me all day. I had also explained to him where we live when I made the appointment. Sorry waste of time. Would not recommend him or his company as business isn't a concern for them.
This company was the worst I have ever dealt with in any kind of business. Their customer service, communication skills, and timeliness were absolutely horrible, to the point that it was even detestable.First, the company has a SERIOUS problem with communicating back to their customers; those that are spending thousands of dollars.The operations manager (who used to have his own business) is a part of the problem at Metro GreenScape. His deceitfulness is very deplorable. After reading customer complaints from his previous company, I now know why he went out of business.Additionally, his so-called "supervisor" is a joke! He went back to the office and told the owner that I would not sign the paperwork for the completed job. That was a lie! He never presented any type of paperwork to me to sign for work that should have been completed over a week ago. Furthermore, he stated that he "went out of his way to go to Lowe's to get sprinkler head that was not covering one area." This is called doing his job for something that should have been part of the job in the first place!!The owner called and accused me of not signing paperwork that the supervisor asked me to sign, yet I told the owner that I was not presented any paperwork at all. Then, the owner started yelling at me, lying and accusing me of being disrespectful to his workers—which was a blatant, outrageous lie and was far from the truth.This company performed a very poor service of installing an irrigation system in my yard. It took a week for them to finish, whereas other irrigation companies that worked on the yards of my neighbors only took three days to install. I cancelled the other project for the backyard because of the hostile treatment I received from the people at this company. I would not recommend nor do I advise others who are thinking about going with this company to hire them. Please be wary and do not be fooled if Darin, the owner, comes to your home. This is a part of their sales pitch in order to lure you in, and later you will find it hard to communicate your concerns until it's too late. That is when the disgusting lies and endless run-arounds will begin.All in all, this company was a $6500.00 learning experience when it came to installing an irrigation system.
Technician who came to our house offered a one time treatment. I then got ongoing service and bills that I didn't ask for. Technician solicited me to provide one time treatment on my property as a trial. I then had the service applied without my consent the following month and got a bill. The company's position is that they don't provide one time only service and that the receipt had a line on it that I was supposed to notice that said that service will be provided on an ongoing basis until canceled. If I had known that, I never would have done business with them. I called several times to cancel the contract which they did but they would not reverse the charge for the unauthorized service. Their position is that I should have read the receipt thoroughly and not listened to their technician who explicitly told us that the treatment was one time only. The treatment was fine but they have deceptive business practices.
Our neighbors are always asking us who takes care of our lawn because the trees usually make it impossible to grow grass! But the experts with EcoGreen know just what to do to keep our grass and plants healthy and thriving.
I contacted Darren at Metrogreenscape about a problematic steep sloped backyard. He was punctual, professional, walked the property, listened to what I wanted to accomplish and then offered insightful and creative ideas. His knowledge of soil erosion protection, stone, landscape greenery, code and permits was a cut above. He provided an honest cost projection for the project and various options for completing the work in stages. I asked for a one hour consultation and was given much more.
I made an appointment with Stacey from Metro Greenscape for an estimate on a yard clean-up job and she came exactly on time and provided a very professional and detailed cost estimate. I was very impressed by her professionalism and depth of knowledge. I highly recommend Metro Greenscape and their rep Stacey. If you want professional landscape consulting and extraordinairely detailed yard cleanup and landscaping, go with them. They are not the cheapest but you get what you pay for...the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low prices are forgotten. Gene A. Weddington, NC.
My yard looked like a jungle Cris did an amazing job and my daughter thought he was hot...very professional very fast very good job...we now be using him every 2 weeks
These landscapers have been working for my HOA for a while now and the service has been deplorable. They have broken numerous items on my property and will not fix or replace them. I spoke to either the owner or the manager today and he said that his only recommendation is that I need to remove the borders as they will continue being broken and he is not going to replace these items, even though his landscapers are doing the damage. They have also left a huge pile of leaves directly in front of my door, while all the other porches were cleaned off properly. I feel this was done on purposed because I complained about their service to our HOA company. I would never have someone work for me who does not take responsibility for the damage they cause to my property and I would not recommend this company to anyone either.
Working at Metro Greenscape is and has been a wonderful experience for me as an employee. MGS is not only dedicated to their customers, but to their employee's and their community as well. I couldn't be prouder or happier to be a member of the Metro Greenscape Family!
Darin (the owner) came out to our house for a consultation of our back yard that we have done NO work to yet. He spent almost two hours with us, going through every question we had about every little thing. Our goal is to do most of the work ourselves (sweat equity, yey!) so the conversation was centered around that. They will be doing a design for us, and step by step guides on how to implement and build the items we decided on, and they will even help us pick out plants/flowers that fit our needs and style. I really loved the fact that Darin still stuck around to methodically answer all of our questions, even after knowing we were going to do the work ourselves, and that our budget was very small. He is a Charlottean, and started his business from the ground up at 18. He's very knowledgeable and great at what he does. We're so excited to partner with them to make our back yard beautiful!
Nature's beauty can be seen everywhere through landscape designs. Not everyone has a green thumb or the knowledge to coordinate a landscaping plan that's aesthetically pleasing and meets the unique needs of the property. Landscape contractors can help add curb appeal to the exterior of your home or strategize how plants should be laid out.
Generally, landscape contractors create or refurbish outdoor spaces by planting trees, lawns, shrubs and flowers, and constructing paths, decks and patios. These professionals will generally discuss client requirements, how the landscaped area will be used, and the client's preference for certain styles. After this initial meeting, landscapers will select the materials they need and start carrying out their construction and planting plans.
With the number and variety of properties that need landscaping services, it should come as no surprise that there are many different providers to choose from. In fact, there are nearly 500,000 active landscaping businesses in the U.S. This demand is driven by the continued growth in domestic housing markets. Steady disposable income has also been a major reason for households to outsource their yard care.
Landscaping contractors have a wide variety of techniques that they can use to spruce up your yard. Here are some of the most common landscaping attributes that you can find at most homes:
Homeowners and businesses may stray from annuals and biennials due to planning and costs associated with them - instead, look to fill your garden with perennials. These plants return every year, making them a budget-friendly option. You may choose to do a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials. Look at plants like allium, buddleia, coneflower, sage and veronica for inspiration when choosing perennials.
Homeowners can mix and match different kinds of trees to enhance their yard. Evergreens like spruce, magnolia, holly and firs keep their leaves year-round. Deciduous trees, on the other hand, have leaves that change color and fall off in colder months. Pair different types of trees together for ample yard coverage.
If you want to guide guests around your yard, try using pathways. You can dig shallow holes to make the stones flush with the ground, providing an appealing walkway. Pavers can also be arranged in geometric patterns to cover unused ground space or bare earth.
Landscape contractors can also build a structure that will enhance your yard. Perhaps you decide to put in a koi pond, or that you want to build out your patio. Landscape contractors have the knowledge, tools and design expertise to carry out these construction projects.
Homeowners and business managers should call landscaping contractors as these professionals have the tools and expertise to carry out jobs such as:
Planting Trees and Flowers
Landscapers are often called out to roll out sod as well as plant trees and flowers. These contractors have the design aesthetic to help you plan the best layout for your particular space. Landscapers can also tell you if certain plants aren't cut out for your climate. Not only will you get a beautiful yard, but you'll also have foliage that will last over the years.
Sprinkler systems are beneficial for a variety of locations, but many DIY irrigation projects can lead to incorrect installations. Some problems include poor-quality components, improper pipe sizing, too many sprinkler-heads per zone, and inadequate head spacing. These systems are difficult to install, and a DIYer can easily make mistakes. Landscape contractors can situate sprinklers methodically to maintain your plants and ensure that the irrigation system is set up correctly.
Building Retaining Walls
If you have a retaining wall or are putting one in, proper installation is crucial. Landscapers see issues like lack of proper base preparation, unattractive wall blocks, mitered cuts at corners and no drainage chimney installed behind the wall. To prevent your wall from crumbling, call a landscape contractor to construct one.
Besides putting in plants and trees, building decks and patios are the most common jobs for a landscape contractor. These professionals have the best materials and tools available to create the look that you desire. DIY projects can end with structurally unsound builds, requiring additional time and money to fix the issues. Good landscapers will ensure a solid result that melds with the rest of your landscape design.
Homeowners and contractors can draw a lot of inspiration from landscaping styles used all over the world. There are some limitations to your options, such as what plants you can use based on the climate you live in, how much space you have to work with and any homeowners-association compliance regulations. However, once you address these main areas, landscaping design is only as restricted as your imagination.
Many homeowners are starting to use the Mediterranean design style for their landscapes. This option is becoming popular around the world because it takes advantage of new varieties of palm trees and plants that conform to different climates. The diversity of this flora is what makes this approach so appealing.
Southwest Landscape Design
If you live in an arid region, this style is likely going to be the best choice for your landscaping. Using a mix of garden decor and plants, Southwest design aims to make the most of plants that retain water well and can handle dry, warm climates. Pathways, patios and lawn ornaments can help cover the space and complement available flora.
Japanese Garden Style
Japanese-style landscapes are known for providing a serene space. This design uses a number of techniques to make the area look bigger than it is and to create a calm, beautiful atmosphere.
No matter which style you choose, there are some main considerations that should go into your design. Homeowners need to anticipate equipment access needed to create a deck or patio, as some tools may be too big for the space. They will also want to start by choosing a focal point. It should stand out but still be connected to the rest of the landscape. Accenting your home with thoughtful plantings to highlight its features will add curb appeal and enhance its characteristics.
Landscape work is not cheap, so it's in your best interest to make sure that it's done to your requirements and that you get the best contractor to do the job. Consider these factors before hiring a contractor:
Every good contractor should have a list of recently completed jobs that you can see in their portfolio. They should also have a list of references that you can contact, or properties that you can see in person. Feedback from these sources can reveal necessary information about the quality of the contractor's work, dependability, responsiveness and capacity to carry out your particular project.
Certification and Memberships
Landscape contractors also should have relevant certifications from reputable programs, like Certified Landscape Technician. You should also ask for a list of professional activities, affiliations and awards to gauge interest in professional growth and commitment to excellence. Contractors may be part of the International Society of Arboriculture, The Irrigation Association and numerous other organizations that are committed to providing better training and education in the industry.
Homeowners should require that the contractor submit certificates verifying compliance with safety, insurance, workers' compensation and drug and alcohol testing programs. This will give you peace of mind that the contractor has gone through all the steps under industry regulations.
Pricing and Billing
Homeowners should know how much they'll need to pay for the contractor's service as well as how they will be billed for this work. Ask about any design fees, if quoted prices are fixed or estimates, and what the payment process will be. Clarifying these items in the beginning will prevent any surprise expenses.
States have different requirements regarding landscape-contractor operations. Check the specific regulations for your area, and verify that your contractor has the necessary licenses. These may include a state contractor's license, pesticide license, CDL driver's license and license to sell and purchase nursery stock. It's important to ensure that your landscape contractor complies with established rules before beginning your project.
When it comes to working with landscaping materials, safety must be the top priority. There is a wide range of services within the industry, many of which come with a risk of injury. Employers must conduct all required training in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand. Training must demonstrate the hazards of operating certain machinery, like stone cutters and splitters, as well as how to use them appropriately. It's important to verify that your landscape contractor has taken the necessary steps to fully train its personnel and that the appropriate safety precautions are in place.