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As a general rule, these guys do good work. But their service days are erratic and the customer service is blunt and unfriendly. Just recently we had an instance where they skipped our maintenance for a week. I contacted the office about the issue and was basically told that I was lying. My wife called the following week only to be told that "some houses were missed due to a glitch in the system last week."The nexr service day they promised some "additional services" to make up for the missed service. Not only was no additional service provided, the cut and overall job was the worst they have ever done. Grass clippings were all over the deck in the back yard, the "special" trim of the bushes in the front was not done, and they must have brought the dullest blade in the shop to cut the grass. They really showed us. I had read in reviews that customer service was an issue with this group. So be forewarned. There is truth in that statement. But the price is good, as is the work some days -- when they show up as scheduled and don't have a "glitch in the system." I've made the decision to look elsewhere. One too many disappointments for me.
You've heard the term, "we go way back". Well, that's the case with Ron Hunter. More than ten years ago he was a professional landscaper and irrigation expert. Ron and his team installed a beautiful lawn around our home and we were very impressed with his courteous professionalism. Today I got real frustrated with our sprinkler system which needed a complete overhaul. I found Ron's ad in Mint Mag and shortly thereafter he was hard at work on our system. We were extremely impressed with the knowledgeable way they repaired our system. In the decade that has passed since we last met, Hunter Sprinkler Repair has become a hi-tech team outfitted with time-saving specialty equipment for finding sprinkler valves and control units buried in the ground and a complete knowledge of new digital gear that has become the new normal in irrigation technology. With many years of experience behind him you won't do better than to call Ron to help you keep your sprinklers in excellent shape.
Beyond Pavers did an awesome job. They paved over 700 square feet of my property for a price better than the other estimates I had received. The gentleman Tito, came by and gave us an estimate, but explained the whole process of how the job would be done. He also listened to how we wanted the design to go and then gave us a few of his ideas of his own as well. Well his idea was exactly what we actually wanted and didn't even know it. His crew showed up on time and worked through the hot sun and a bit of rain. We were very impressed. The job turned out beautifully. Finding a good company to do a good and quality job is not easy. We have had numerous projects done through the years and have had good and bad contractors. It is a good feeling when you find and are satisfied with a company that did an excellent job on what you wanted completed. Thank you Beyond Pavers, Tito and his entire crew. Lorrie and Emmett!
I don't know if I got the usual service or if they were holding back because I bought a "deal of the day" certificate. The haircut was good. Basically just a trim. Service was good and the girl who cut my hair was very nice. The mani/pedi left a lot to be desired though. The girl who did the mani/pedi (Katie maybe?) was very sweet, and easy to talk to...but the pedicure chair was broken...and couldn't be operated with the remote. The massage feature hurt to the point that I had to ask her to turn it off.The mani/pedi just wasn't the same as I've had at other salons. I'm used to getting a decent leg/foot massage with the pedicure, and more than a 30 second hand/arm massage with the manicure. What would normally take over an hour at my regular salon took all of about 25 minutes at Brittany's.While it didn't suck...I wouldn't pay more than what I spent on the "deal of the day" certificate: $39.
I bought a house recently and the sprinkler heads did not work and there were a few busted lines. Mr. Ron Hunter came out with his nephew and for a very reasonable price fixed the heads and lines that were not working. He got my system up and running and even set the control system to work for me. They even came earlier than anticipated and were done before the original scheduled time. He was very friendly as well and courteous. I had contacted Bug Out originally because we have a contract for the lawn and house, but they did not come out when they were supposed to and waited over a week to contact me and say they were unaware of their original appointment. Mr. Hunter came out, was professional and courteous, was honest and reasonable, and well worth the money spent! I plan on using Hunter Sprinkler Repair for all my future needs! :) Thanks Mr. Hunter!
We started to try this company but decided to cancel without giving them a chance because of the complaints of bed customer care and rude salesmen. When we cancelled, however, this company met us with kindness and understanding without any of the rudeness reported on other forums. We were actually very impressed with everyone we met with or spoke with from this local company, from the salesman Nick to the Managers David and Richard. We are starting to regret not giving them a chance and may decide to in the future. They have been here for over fifteen years so it is expected that they should have some 'bumps' in the road and it appears to us that they have corrected any problems. It is unfortunate that what is expressed on the net sticks around along time after corrective measures have been taken.
My son was visiting from out of town and always likes to go to different restaurants. I had heard through the "grapevine" about this new restaurant and we came from west side of Jacksonville just to eat there. A couple of times in past I had been to same location when it was a seafood restaurant and decorated with fish etc. Was surprised how nice it looked with fresh paint and decorations. Linda was there and welcomed us. I had traditional breakfast and my son had scotch eggs with grits etc. His eggs were a surprize to him. Hard boiled eggs inside saurage shaped like an egg. Surprize when you cut into it. He said it was delicious. Wonderful biscuits. I loved my breakfast and he loved his too. Generous portions and prices very reasonable. I will be back to enjoy again.
Tim came by my house when I told him I was having a problem with the weird ants getting into my house and the abundance of mice we'd been noticing outside. He was immediately friendly and helpful and explained to me exactly what kind of ants they were, how to get rid of them, and how to keep them from coming back. As for the mice, I have never been big on killing animals he was even gracious enough to show me live traps and how to set them up myself if I ever end up getting them again. (Living on a farm this is a part of life but at least they can stay OUTSIDE where they belong!) I would recommend him as a tech especially for his friendly and professional manner. Tim made me feel a ton less embarrassed about my pest problem and that this is something that can happen to anyone's home.
Chimena is the realist hair care stylist I have known, I have been going to her for over 10+ yrs....when I came to her she not only help my hair grow long & strong but she showed me how to care for it @ home... My hair was brittle, damaged & falling out... she told me to stop doing what ever I was doing( dieting) go natural & eat more fruits / veggies & take some vitamins she recommended.... your hair is what u eat & the body will strip the non vital organs ( hair, nails & skin) of nutrients... I now have a head full of healthy hair & I let no 1 cut relax or treat my hair but Chimena... Chimena is a hair care specialist that has many years of experience & she loves what she do... That is priceless & today u can't find hair stylist that know & love there craft..
It was my first time as a customer here and it wasn't the greatest experience. I arrived early and when my stylist came and took me in. She did wash my hair but then she had me wait on the chair with wet hair while taking care of a previous client. It took about 30 minutes of my appt time. That wasn't so bad and she did give me a haircut but she didn't dry it even though she dried my bangs and I thought that she would do the rest but she didn't. I told her I would like it dried and she said she would have to take care of he next client before doing me. I don't know if I made a mistake with my request or what, but it didn't feel right to me that she used some of my appt time for another client. I don't know if I'll come back again. :( I was really disappointed.
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.