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35 South StCromwell, CT 06416
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36 Suffield StWindsor Locks, CT 06096
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I have a 2015–2016 snow removal prepaid seasonal contract with O'Brien Landscaping. It's been a very mild winter and there have been very few opportunities for Chris O'Brien to come over here. However, we did have an April 3–4 snowstorm that left 4 plus inches on my driveway and O'Brien has not been here. It's now over 24 hours since the end of the storm and I have called Chris O'Brien twice over several hours. No response… No one showing up. So basically it was a winter where I paid $532 for snow removal and received no service. I didn't expect them to show up for the snow dustings we had all winter but I did expect them to show up and do a great job for the one or two times that I had snow over 2 inches. No show… No call… No nothing! They are anything but dependable and reliable! Go elsewhere!
I never had them do any landscaping work for me. And based on my experience i would NEVER CONSIDER HIRING THIS LIAR. I think my experience with this guy is still valuable to people who are considering hiring him. I bought a Dodge Ram 1500 from him for $5k. I'll give it to him, he put a very good price on that truck. However, the issue arises in the fact that he SIGNIFICANTLY misrepresented the miles on the engine. The truck had 238k on the body, but he insisted that the engine had been replaced in 2012 with a used engine with 89k miles. He went on to say that he could not be sure the exact miles, but that he did not drive it much. He ESTIMATED that it had around 130k miles on it. Well after I bought the car and went through the paperwork I found out that the 89k mile engine had been put in by the dealer he bought it from in 2012. The title he gave us clearly said that he bought the car at 151k miles and sold it to us at 238k miles. THERE WAS NO NEED TO ESTIMATE THE MILEAGE!! It was clear that he put 88k miles on that truck, meaning that engine had 170k miles not 130k. After I contacted him about it he got super defensive, and reminded me that he only estimated it at 130k miles and reminded me that that was just an ESTIMATE (i dont know about y'all, but to me an estimated mileage implies that you can't know the actual mileage). He was very deceitful about this whole mileage thing, and at some point just said "well you bought it As Is and there is nothing more I can do for you. Have a nice day." And now he has totally stopped responding to my texts. I would never hire someone as sneaky and dishonest as this. The thing is the truck is in real good shape, and I probably would have still bought it had he been honest with me. With businesses like this, you can't put a price on honesty. This experience shows that he is dishonest outside of his business life. I can't imagine what its like hiring him for a job.
I have known Ray for 8 years, I started out working for him, and now he mows many of my friends' lawns. He is Rock and Always follows through. I hear nothing but positive things about him. He has nice equipment that you are proud to have at your property and he does a great job everytime
All show, no substance. Promises the moon, takes your payment and then splits. Promises to show up on a daily basis and then never does. Does not answer the phone EVER, has every excuse in the book as to why they did not show up and then when you finally get to the point where you have had it, they refuse to give back you deposit. After the fact I discovered that they do this on a regular basis, leaving a string of broken commitments and refusal to make good.
Full disclosure, I was not actually a customer as the service was never rendered. Let me explain. I arranged to have my house power washed at 9 am on a Saturday morning. That morning, I closed all the windows and waited... I had no idea just how long I would be waiting. At 8:54, I received a text saying that another job was taking longer and they would arrive no later than 11 am. A little annoying but things do come up. I gave the benefit of the doubt. At 12:08, I received a call saying that the job ran even longer than originally thought but they were on the way. At most, maybe 20 minutes. An HOUR and a HALF later, the man showed up and gave me an estimate. However, he needed to go get the ladder to do the job. What company goes to a job without all the necessary equipment? I just wanted my house cleaned so I said okay. Finally an hour later, I had enough of my day wasted and I texted him back saying I did not want the service. He called and said he was ready to go and about 5 minutes away... yeah right, I did not believe he knew the concept of time. I refused the service and discount he was planning to give me... and he hung up on me!! The nerve! The company website talks about the customer being so important... not so much. I then received a lengthy text saying he wanted to end this on a good note... he should have thought about that before wasting my time and hanging up on me. He offered another discount which he says he never gives (I have a feeling he does it all the time) but I refused. I wish I could give no stars!! Save your money and sanity... find another company that values their customers.
Stunningly poor service.We hired O'Brien Landscaping to clear our yard of leaves and debris in November. Essentially, they did an okay job of cleaning the yard (if you ignore the huge amounts of crap they blew onto our back porch and all over our neighbor's driveway) but then left everything piled by the street with the promise to come pick it up the next day. That was right around Thanksgiving. It's still here. Also, they never did the weeding on the side and rear gardens that we specifically paid them an additional $40. Yeah, you read that right. Paid. We paid them upfront. Yes, I know that's dumb.So now we're left with this lovely pile of crap in front of our house. The owner texted me January 1st promising to clean it up and to give us a "service credit" for our troubles. So, for anyone thinking of doing business with O'Brien Landscaping in West Hartford, I highly recommend you reconsider. Or better yet, pay some neighborhood kids to build a pile of crap in your front yard and leave it there. It'll be a lot cheaper.
I recommend this lawn service to anyone who is looking for someone to do an outstanding job on their lawn. He does not rush the job to finish and is very professional. STOP searching you will not be disappointed!
Rays Lawn service is exceptional! I would recommend him to everyone. I had him do my spring clean up and my yard has never looked so great! He is always on time, an extremely hard worker and does an amazing Job. I wont use anyone else.
Awesome Company! As usual theyve done an exceptional job for us. Great Communication, the owner is always on the jobsite personally making sure everything goes great and that were always happy with the job. They have already been back to do our leaves for the third time this season for one flat rate. I get compliments on our yard by all our family and neighbors that it looks like a park. They also came to our aid for the fluke snow we had a few weeks ago and plowed us out at the beginning and end of the storm. If we get snow tommorrow as planned I know the crew will be here taking care of buisness as usual. 100 % satisfaction with O'Brien Landscaping, a great hire, no regrets, a thousand times I recommend them to all who are in need of leaf and snow plow services. Thanx for everything guys! Your Great!
This Company did an excellent job at my home, VERY PLEASED!!!Over the summer I called O'Brien Landscaping to do my lawn mowing and a clean-up service. My husband and I are getting older and cannot do it ourselved anymore. My son found us this company and set up a time for them to come to the house. They gave us a free estimate and a great price for weekly lawnmowing where I was able to send him a check once a month and they gave us a great deal on a clean-up of our yard. They came every week on time as promised and did an excellent job on our lawn, all of our neighbors complimented and 2 of our neighbors have recently signed up with this company after seeing the work done at our home. We also just had our driveway sealed by Obrien landscaping, they just finished today and it came out great. My husband and I are very happy with there work and affordability. We will be using them for fall and winter services. If you need a good landscaper, this is the company I strongly recommend. They make it easy.
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.