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Trimming and removing trees can be dangerous, if not deadly. Learn how to stay safe and when to call a professional.
Trimming and removing trees can be dangerous, if not deadly. Learn how to stay safe and when to call a professional.
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I wish I would have read all of the complaints against this company from the Better Business Bureau before I hired them. I was very surprised when I saw my credit card had been charged because I have not given my authorization. Our contract stated that credit card would be charged when job was completed. The credit card was charged on 1/11/18 but they still haven't finished the work (it's 2/2/18). It's been a nightmare trying to get them to finish their job. Rodney keeps on promising it will be done by next week, but next week comes and it is still not done. It's very disappointing.
Avoid, avoid, AVOID! My hubby made the mistake of choosing Accurate for a backyard fence job without first checking the online reviews. We can't comment on this company's workmanship because they NEVER SHOWED UP DESPITE TAKING OUR DEPOSIT. This guy never returns phone calls. What little communication we had from him consisted of one word texts. It was only after we left a message informing him that we were filing a claim through our bank to get our $750 back that he FINALLY called my husband. His excuse was that he had other jobs going on and was unable to get to us on the day he had promised. Well, that is understandable. However, the fact that he did not bother to return any of the confirmation calls we had left for him is inexcusable. All he had to do was keep us in the loop regarding the status of our appointment. Luckily our bank gave us a temporary refund until the claim went through. About a MONTH later, the reimbursement from Accurate FINALLY came through. How this company remains in business is a mystery!
My neighbors use their services and I just finished speaking with Herb, who claims to be the owner, in regards to his workers deliberately blowing leaves on my yard. I explained to Herb that I witness his workers intentionally blow my neighbor's fallen leaves onto my yard. I told him his worker saw that I watchd them blow a lot of leaves onto my yard and I requested they remove the leaves. His response was there's nothing he can do, he refused to have a crew clean up the yard and attempted to inform me that the leaves were biodegradable and is healthy for my yard. If it is healthy for my yard, why take the nutrients away from his clients yard? Herb accused me of attempting to get a free yard service. I was extremely offended and would never use their service not recommend their service. The disrespect and lack of professionalism starts from the owner and clearly trickles down to the workers.
I wanted to highly recommend City Beautiful Landscaping! Rusty, the owner, has been in business in Orlando for 30 years and his knowledge and expert advice is unsurpassed. He goes above and beyond in making sound recommendations on what will work in your particular yard.His crews are hard working and very dependable. They complete projects not only on time but on budget too! Their clean up is perfect and most of all the work is beautiful!!If you are looking for a company where you don't have to worry about a thing and whose work is impeccable...look no further! City Beautiful is #1.
Very questionable communications. Prior to doing the work, the phone was either answered or calls returned quickly. After the work, the owner did not, even once, return my calls. I ended up having to leave a message that I was disputing the charge to my credit card because one side of the pavers had sand borders instead of concrete as specified in the proposal/agreement. After a few days a couple of workers showed up with two more pallets of paving stones which they were ready to lay for me. After explaining all I needed was one border enclosed in concrete, they did the work without any problems. I have no problem with quality of work. The workers were professionsl. I did, though, have a problem with the communications and would never use them again nor recommend them to anyone I knew.
Horrible...do not hire them! They damaged our property without telling us and took no accountability for their actions or even returning our calls!
THIS. IS. A. SCAM. The owner "Nick" is actually Raymond Nicholas Miranda, three-time convicted felon. Charges include burglary, watch your house, he could potentially be scouting it.
This man is a crook! He is out to steal your money! He will show up to your house and require an upfront "cash" deposit to start the job, but he will never begin! He is slimy. He operates under different business names, and may go by Nick Miranda, or Ray Miranda. Apparently his whole family is in on it. I will not stop until this man is brought to justice.
DO NOT HIRE. Nick, the owner ,was contracted to begin landscape maintenance and a redesign of my property. He showed up appearing professional with a company shirt on, courteous, with a flashy business card. More like a wolf in sheeps' clothing. He wanted most of the money up front. I knew I was in trouble when he suddenly and unexpectedly came to my house one evening asking for money for "gas". After initiating the project he began showing up less and less, phone calls began to not be returned. Now I have an overgrown lawn and dying plants This guy is a sleazy chump. You've been warned.
Accurate Pavers & Landscaping, Inc's service was horrible and substandard. We contracted them to do our landscaping and install our vinyl fence. From the very start, we had nothing but problems with them.First, during their landscaping, they broke three water sprinkler pipes and they did not notify us of the damage. The only reason why they repaired the water sprinklers was because we noticed that they were broken and notified them about the problem. Second, their landscaping service was overall horrible and sloppy. They had to come back about 4-5 times to rectify plants that they left unplanted, patches of ground left without grass coverings, trees and shrubs not cut. I felt I was a contractor inspector.Third, in installing our vinyl fence, their standards of practice for vinyl fence installation were not industry standard. They placed the concrete powder into the fence post holes with the fence post in and then poured the water into the fence post hole with the fence post in it. This is as opposed to the industry standard of mixing the concrete powder with the water and then pouring the wet concrete in the fence post hole with the fence post.In addition, the fence posts and fence were not straight with reference to the ground. Instead they were leaning to the side. I also noticed that the installers were using a one-foot leveler instead of a larger leveler as the industry uses when lining and straightening up fence posts.They also did not put silicon-based caulk sealers in the fence post headers.I told the supervisor that I needed to see him in person at my residence to show him all of these deficiencies. He was very unprofessional over the phone and he was reluctant to come until I told him that I would not pay him until I saw him in person. When he came to the house, his unprofessionalism became more evident as he refused to acknowledge the blatant deficiencies I pointed out to him. He even disrespectfully remarked, "Are these the things that you are bitching about?"The installers came back out to fix the deficiencies causing wasted time away from my job and daily duties.Talk about customer service and business professionalism, I have never seen such absence of it!!!I would definitely not recommend these group of amateur, incompetent, unprofessional group of contractors to do your landscaping and install your fence. They should have their license revoked immediately and not be allow to provide landscaping, fencing or any type of residential services.
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.