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5802 Crawford RdHouston, TX 77041
From Business: Living Earth Technology Company is a provider of landscaping products and services. The company offers a wide variety of mulch, soil mixes, sand and gravel. It utilizes recycled materials in its compost, mixed soil and mulch products. It carries more than 30 varieties of mixed soils, mulches and composts and 90-plus types …
16717 Katy FwyHouston, TX 77094
Customer service is non existent throughout the company if you compare it to most other industries. My contractor picked up the wrong stone and delivered it to my house. I immediately told him it was the wrong stone and we couldn't use it. Living Earth will not take it back or exchange it. O…
12202 Cutten RdHouston, TX 77066
The manager and staff are very rude. I called to price a stone my landscaping company put in my yard. I gave the lady the exact name of the stone and I told her I needed 75 pieces. The lady quoted me nine cent a pound so I went in to purchase. I met the manager greg and told him what I needed. H…
Tomball, TX 77375
From Business: We are a veteran design build firm committed to creating custom outdoor living structures and spaces that compliment the unique and distinctive lifestyle of OUR customers. Specializing in custom patios. Custom pools. Arbors. Patio covers. Outdoor kitchens. Fireplaces. Pool houses and much more. In the woodlands. Cypress. T…
807 Kingsford DrHouston, TX 77094
Laird’s Landscaping was recommended to us by a neighbor that Laird’s had done work for in the past. We had a root issue that was causing a portion of our front sidewalk to raise. I met with Trey Laird and decided to proceed with the project that included installing a root barrier and redoing a l…
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Terrible company do not use. Went to the office and set an appointment for a quote, had to give a 2-hour window for the appointment and I agreed. The window was from 3-5 pm so took off work, did not hear anything by 4 so called and was assured the person would be there by 5:00. At 4:57 pm called again and was told the person would not be coming they were busy somewhere else, and would I like to reschedule ANOTHER 2-hour window. This is terrible service and if they can’t even get to the initial appointment how would they be when real work needed to be completed????
I call Brandons Landscaping at 8AM on Fridsay morning. They assured me that someone would get back to me by the end of the day. At apporx 5PM I called them and asked about it. They said someone would call tomorrow. It is now four days later. When I called them they were rude. If they are not interested in customer service I am happy to give my money to anyone else. They are unprofessionl to say the least.
Horrible! Worst company I have ever dealt with. A pure nightmare! Terrible customer service, they have no clue how to treat people or resolve issues. Run from them as far as you can. There are a lot of other good options out there. The company takes prides in hiring and supporting students but they should be embarrassed of their work and customer service. The other negative reviews reflect exactly my personal experience.
Called on Wednesday for sprinkler system repair and was guaranteed they would be there on thursday. Alledgedly they came out before our scheduled appt and said the part they needed wasn't with technician. They said tech would be back between 9-11 on Saturday. At 11:00 I called and they said sorry they would have to reschedule. I made it clear on Wednesday I would be on vacation next week and actually verified n friday they aould fix on saturday. They said the tech came out but was turned away at guard shack. This was a blatant lie just like they told me after 11 on saturday the tech would be out in a hour. They did not ever return my calls after 12 and with service protocol as exhibited today dont know how theymare still in business.My golf buddy also had a appt today and CBS services was a no show for him also.I give them a less than 1 on a scale f 10
CBS Services came out to my property to repair and upgrade my sprinkler system. They were well informed, honest and gave me the best deal compared to all competitors. I would definitely recommend and plan to use them again for landscaping and updating my pool.
We had major sprinkler changes needed to our system after we installed a new swimming pool this summer. These guys did an outstanding job for us. In fact, after they did the work, we had to have them come back and make some changes when we added landscaping...and they did it for no additional charge. I highly recommend these guys!
DO. NOT. USE. THIS. COMPANY. A two-day job ended up requiring almost four weeks to complete, and was only completed after putting their deposit (charged on a credit card) in dispute. These folks are totally disorganized; they over-promise and under-deliver. They did not show up two thirds of the time they said they would, they tore up our yard, and left trash and debris around. The work was done properly, and office staff are polite and empathetic, but this is not worth the effort.
They came out on a friday to give me an estimate on repairing my leaky pool pipe. I was assured they would be there Monday at 10:00 am to fix it. They even took down my credit card number. They never showed up. I called. The office several times and was told they were coming. Nope. Also, their receptionist frequently primised to call me back and didnt. I had to keep calling, only for them to never show up
Well I never write reviews but the customer service that I received yesterday was very unusual. I called them out to my home to attempt to identify where a water leak was coming from (I assumed the sprinkler system). They dug three holes and in one of the holes, it was noticed that the hose to my water softener was damaged/cut (which was right next to the sprinkler system pipe). We brought it to the technician's attention that they must has initially (at installation of the system damaged that hose), because CBS has been the only company that has dug holes throughout my yard (front and back). He said no problem...he would repair the hose. Assuming that that was the problem I agreed for him to repair it. He also capped of the water from the main valve to wait for a few weeks to allow the ground to dry then he would come back to determine if the leak was fixed (I said ok). When I got the bill, it shows $89.00 plus $80 to repair the broken hose (total $169)! I could not believe it, specially since the tech never did all the things that's covered by the initial $89.00 (check the entire system). The fact that he added $80 to repair something I'm 100% sure they broke. So I called their office to complain about the charge and the Rep. David answered the phone after explaining everything to him, he asked me how long ago did they install the system, I told him 7 years ago....and he literally busted out laughing uncontrollably in my face (over the phone). I was immediately offended by his laughter and asked him what was it about what I said, that he found so funny...he said the fact that you say that we installed the system 7 years, I asked him why was that so funny, do you guys re-install systems every year or do you not install systems that are built to last 7 years? He then went on to say that they can't be liable for something that happened back then (as he continued to laugh). At that point his laughter was upsetting me even more because he justified it (after I had already told him that I was offended by it). I informed him that his actions were not in anyway professional and if I where to speak to and laugh at a customer that called me at my District Office with a complaint... it could be detrimental to my job and doing so would never be an option to me. It's very disrespectful and I would assume that the owner Wade would certainly disagree with his actions. Needless to say the $80.00 was removed from my bill. I will continue doing business with CBS as they are the company that installed the system, but I hope to get better treatment in the future (expecially since they'll have to come back in a couple of weeks). I hope never to get David on the phone again. NOTE: I read all the reviews before doing business with CBS, I was discouraged but when I meet personally with the owner, I was assured that I would be pleased with the job and after the sell service. Well............
Horrible customer service!. They were suppose to come out on Saturday morning. No show. Called to ask if there was an issue. They said they couldn't find my address. Gave it to them AGAIN. Was promised the person who be coming. No show still. Called again. Said their repair guy went to other site but would be able to repair my system in the afternoon. Still no show. I normally don't write bad reviews. However, if you waste my entire Saturday waiting for you to show up to my home without a courtesy call about having issues meeting your own timeline, then you get this type of review!
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.