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When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
If your sprinklers are geysering or are leaking, there are a few steps to take to mitigate these problems.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
Amazing work! Wonderful to work with! Great attention to detail (and I am very hard to please,I have a need for perfectionism when it comes to anything visual). Renata takes care of the plants with attentive care, her workers are great, and she truly cares about the artistry as well as the integrity of the job! Thank you Renata for making my garden (and keeping my garden) beautiful and heallthy! :) highly recommend
I am a Realtor in Miami Florida and one of my favorite long time clients moved to Los Angeles recently and needed a reliable and professional yet highly skilled landscaper for her new west coast home since she wasn't too happy with her california broker connections. Renata came to us highly recommended from another broker who used to live and work in the Los Angeles area and now lives in Miami, let me tell you I feel much better now knowing my former client and friend is in Renata's hands! I recommend her and her landscaping work 100%!
If you need to know anything about trees, Steve is the guy to talk to. We've had him do a few projects for us and have been consistently impressed with the quality and care of their work. They show up on time, do exactly what they were asked and leave things in better shape than when they arrived. A 100% class operation.
If you have a good idea of what you are looking to do, Flores is great at executing it for a very fair price. We looked around and talked to a lot of people and are happy we went with them in the end.
So I'm woken up at 7:15 AM to the sound of machinery. I try to go back to sleep but I keep hearing it running along with the sound of yelling in Spanish and the occasional loud whistle.I get dressed and peek outside to see a Turf Terminator truck parked nearby. And a few hundred feet away are the workers with a large pile of mulch near them preparing to work. So let's break it down, Turf Terminators:At 7:15 AM on a Thursday some people ARE ASLEEP. So hearing your workers scream or whistle is rude and f-ing annoying. I don't care if it's legal for them to start work at 7 AM - they don't need to be screaming across the way to have a conversation with the worker near the truck - it's 7:15 AM - SHUT THE F-CK UP! PS. Maybe you dicks should change your name to SLEEP TERMINATORS instead.....
Regarding the "free" drought tolerant landscape from Turf Terminators - I waited a few weeks before I got an email back from them after applying and from that point on things moved pretty quickly. I still like the idea of having a drought tolerant lawn but I should have researched more. The mulch I got from turf terminators was disgusting. I requested red. They showed up with a truck full of brown, which when dry looks like dusty dirt. When the truck pulled up I thought it was dirt. They brought the wrong color and the foreman guilted me into using it. My bad. I should have insisted they give me what I ordered. But the guys were working so hard and it was "free" so I said OK. The problem is I think the mulch is ugly and mold (or some kind of bacteria) is popping up in several spots all over the front yard and back. This is really gross. First it is white, then it turned dark red and flies were it. So nasty. I was expecting the land cover to be WOOD CHIPS. This stuff has wood chips but it is not like the kind from home Depot. It smelled like fertilizer for days and has all kinds of stringy dirty things in it as well. And as I said, patches of creamy colored mold are growing sporadically through out the front and back yard. In addition to the mulch which is gross and not what I asked for, I think there is some thing wrong with the sprinker system. I turned it off because the plants are doing good (more about that later) the other day I heard water in the pipes. I went outside to check. The system was off but I could hear water in the pipes. I'm no plumber obviously but I know what water sounds like. Something is going on there and I suspect (though I can't be certain) it is turf terminator's low cost sprinkler system. I say that mostly because it doesn't look sturdy. The pipes are installed sort of crooked and it looks very flimsy. Last issue I have is the choice of plants and the layout. Since I am not a landscape designer I trusted turf terminators to do it. I saw so many awesome lawns online that they had on their site and assumed our house would look as nice. NOT. They used only 4 kinds of plants for our entire yard front and back. Only 1 plant didn't make it so that is pretty good. But there isn't much variety. They asked me if I wanted to have a say in the design when we first signed up and I said no. My bad. I highly recommend having a say in the landscape design, requesting a complete list of the plants they will be using, negotiating for the right level of variety for your house, demanding high quality wood chips and not recycled yard waste (or whatever it was I got) get the cell phone number of the foreman for future service questions, especially for the sprinkler system, and shutting it down if at any point something doesn't look right. Remember, you are going to be stuck with this lawn for a long time. And they are not responding to my email. They have not gotten back to me about these issues which is why I am leaving this review on Yelp. I plan to return to this post with photos of the mold and the sprinkler system. I'll also return with an update if and when I hear back from them.
Had a terrible experience and would never recommend this company. Owner took our money, lied and never completed the project. Doesn't pay his workers.
great contractor, pricing and quality
Love my yard! Love the ideas that were brought to the table and done with in our time frame!
Love these guys! They have done my complex for years and always do an amazing job. I referred them to my job and my boss hired them on the spot after he saw what they can do! On Time, very professional and amazing creativity.
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.