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If your sprinklers are geysering or are leaking, there are a few steps to take to mitigate these problems.
If your sprinklers are geysering or are leaking, there are a few steps to take to mitigate these problems.
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We are currently prepping our home for sale and we were told about Professional Lawn Care and Pressure Washing. When I first called I imagined the home would just be cleaned... I had no idea just how clean Paul could get our home! I'll include pictures of before and after shots. Our current home is a two story 1600 square foot home with a 1000 square foot driveway as well as a large patio out back. Paul had everything done in about 2.5-3 hours. When he was done I walked outside to check the work and I literally could not look at the house because it was shining so brightly that my eyes were hurting. I promise I'm not exaggerating... it took about 1-2 minutes before my eyes adjusted enough to be able to look at the house. You absolutely will not regret hiring Paul to take care of your pressure washing needs. If you want a perfectly done job with one of the kindest and professional guys out there then you need to hire Professional Lawn Care and Pressure Washing with Paul. This man knows his stuff. We will be referring his business to everyone we know for as long as he's working. Very competitive pricing as well.
I responded to Kathy Langford's Craig's List ad because the young man who had tended to the yard maintenance was on his way to college. She responded immediately to my call and quickly told me about how she started her own business after working in a factory and that her husband was her only employee. She came to look at the property, and I both emailed and discuss by phone my explicit needs, with which she had no objections and assured me she would take care of. She encouraged a "friendship" with frequent calls and email. She visited five times, receiving a total of $320. Because I am 82, recovering from a series of strokes, and am unable to go outside in the intense heat and humidity, my only view of the work done was that of lawn mowing and edging visible through living room windows. After the fifth visit, the temperatures had decreased enough for me to walk the one-half acre and discover to what extent Kathy had taken advantage of the situation. In an outburst of anger because I told her politely the neglect I had discovered, she screamed, "I put in 40 hours a week. I have to give my best to my corporate clients. I gave you 40 to 45 minutes each time..." Then--only then--I realized what I had foolishly bought into--a deceptively charming and manipulative woman who fulfilled barely 50 percent of her sales presentation promises. Kathy Langford is to be praised for her being the sole support of her husband and herself and for taking into her home her recently widowed mother. The pity is how devoid of integrity and decency she basically is. Never experienced anything quite like it. The $320 (that's $80 per hour) paid for at best mediocre yard work and a valuable awakening to a level of cunning and duplicity from which I had been in my long life spared. (The five-star review was written by Kathy herself and has immediately recognizable language skills. Edwardl48 is Edward Langford, her husband.)
The only choice for pressure washing in the greater Columbia area. Goes the extra mile and customer satisfaction is the upmost priority.
If they had ever gotten back to us on our bid and big backyard project, they would have had a customer for LIFE! As it is, they left us hanging big time, 3+ months, never returned calls, never got back to us with bid on our projects, never came back and fixed our front light that has no power going to it since they installed the sprinkler system. Poor customer service and even poorer follow up. , VERY, VERY disappointed!!!!! Their loss - I guess a $20K - 25K+ project, plus re-sodding entire yard, landscaping and yard contract isn't worth your time or effort to even have the courtesy to follow up on. Had them out on March 14 to draw up plans for backyard/pool project which included expansion of decks, concrete work, pavers and stones, new fencing, re-routing and new build of decking, building a gazebo with fire pit and total landscaping isn't something that they wanted to do, yet the pictures on their site show a lot of what we wanted to do and were hoping to have done by now. Lots of promises to get back to us and a lot of stalling. Last conversation said I will get back to you with the bid or tell you we can't do it...that was a month ago...NOTHING! They still have yet to return with an electrician and fix the yard light issue. Power was cut when they installed the sprinkler system. DON'T USE THEM!!!
My daughter had her electrical line cut to her AC unit by an employee of Turf Pros. At 9pm I called the owner of Turf Pros and left a message to return my call. The message I left said I wanted to know why no one has come out to repair her AC. He returned my call, when I said hello, he started yelling and screaming and when he finished he hung up. We were in a restaurant with friends and they asked, what was his problem, they could hear him without the speaker on. Never got to say anything. I called back and he did the same thing. I did get to say, cut your AC off and sleep in your house. Next call I get was Deputy Smith. I could go on but I feel that everyone knows what the ending was. My daughter and husband and 2 dogs did not get to sleep at their home. Damage someones property and make them wait til I can get someone the next day. NOT PROS BY NO MEANS.
Unprofessional work. My yard is a soggy mess. Would not hire again!
Exceeded each and every expectation by leaps and bounds!!!!!
After receiving some outrageous quotes from other lawnmower repair services, I decided to contact Tommy’s Lawn Mower & Small Engine Repair, I was amaze of the professionalism and quality work. I could hardly believe it was my lawnmower when I picked it up, it looked brand new. Tommy replaced the broken parts and tuned-up the lawnmower, which prior to this I could not get it to work; now it works flawlessly. His price is extremely reasonable, actually the best I have found in this area, furthermore is work area is extremely clean and organized an indication of his attention to detail and perfectionistic approach. Based upon my experience, I highly recommend Tommy’s Lawn Mower & Small Engine Repair services. As a note: This review is based on the work Tommy did for me on April 12, 2014, I have no association with this company aside from the outstanding work that was performed on my lawnmower. A job well done! Dr. Camuy G. Heremuru
Carolina Blades is very professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy and friendly. They completed some major work in my yard and did an excellent job. They are now maintaining my yard. They are always here when I need them and don't quit until they are satisfied with the job. I truly believe they care about my yard and always want it to look the best. They take pride in their work and want their customers to be satisfied. I highly recommend Carolina Blades for all your yard work.
When they said that their price couldn't be beat... they weren't kidding! They do a great job too!!
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.