With all the commercial landscaping companies out there, how do you choose the right one in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area? Don’t despair, we’ll help you weed through the good, the bad and the ugly so you can find the perfect landscape contractor for your property.

Here are 5 tips for choosing a commercial landscaping company that is right for your property.

1. Be sure the contractor offers the services you require
A common misconception is that all commercial landscapers offer basically the same services but this is not the case. It’s important to get a list of services the company provides so you can compare it to your checklist.

Below is a list of common services offered:

Landscape Maintenance
Mowing, edging, weeding, trimming and pruning, turf and ornamental programs, seasonal color

Landscape Design
Site evaluations and plans to create or enhance marketing areas and focal points. Community master planning, amenity design such as patios, outdoor kitchens, dog parks, grilling stations and fire pits

Landscape Construction
Planting, hydroseeding, turf installation, water feature installation, retaining walls, hardscapes, drainage, erosion control and outdoor amenity installation

Irrigation and Lighting
Installation, maintenance, repair and upgrades, recommendations for efficient water use

Snow and Ice Management
Plowing, ice melt application and sidewalk clearing

Landscape Enhancement
Redesign of focal points or addition of non-contracted items such as seasonal color displays, planters or baskets, tree removal and trimming

2. Do they employ sustainable practices?

Are you looking for a company that will provide you with services to help you turn your landscape into a sustainable one? If yes, you are definitely moving in the right direction for your property. Creating landscapes that are cost-effective, energy efficient, water saving and environmentally conscious are all great ways to make an impact on your budget and the environment.

The landscaping company you choose should have sustainability at the forefront of everything they do, from the materials and plants they use to their water management plans for your site.

Questions to ask potential contractors to determine if they are capable of creating a sustainable landscape:

Where do they purchase plant materials and other supplies? Do they use native plants?

What changes could be made to help you save money and resources?

Can they recommend organic programs that could actually work for your property?

Do they recycle yard waste like leaves, clippings and fallen branches?

What programs do they offer to make irrigation and lighting more energy or water efficient?

3. Research company qualifications
You can save yourself some headaches by doing a bit of research at the beginning of the vetting process. Check out the company website, request references and ask colleagues. If you still have questions, reach out directly to the company.

Here are some questions to ask:
Does the company hold certifications and proper licensing for the work they intend to perform? Can they provide documentation?

What industry qualifications does the company hold?

Are they insured and for how much?  Can they provide insurance documentation?

Does the company have the equipment and manpower to handle your job?

What affiliations does the company have?

Are all services performed in house or will you be dealing with a subcontractor for certain contract items?

4. Make sure you have a designated account manager

One of the keys to a beautiful landscape is a great relationship and open dialogue with the person overseeing your account. This person may be different than your salesperson so be sure to find out who to direct your questions to after the sale and how to best reach him or her.

5. Ask for references

When hiring a commercial landscaping company you want to know how your property is going to look under their care. In addition to photo references of past site work, it’s a good idea to visit sites that are currently being serviced by the company you are considering. Ask the references about timeliness, quality of work, and plant material, level of communication and their overall happiness with the company.

There are many commercial landscaping companies in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area. These tips should help you choose the best landscape company for your property, one that not only fits your budget, but also fits your vision for your property both now and in the future.

If you are interested in getting a bid from Complete Landscaping Service, email us at bids@completelandscapingservice.com or click here to go to our Contact Us form. 

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This article has 18 comments

  1. Erika Brady Reply

    One of the first things I try and do when choosing a landscaping service is get a list of the services the company provides. I had an issue in the past when I didn’t do this and the company could not perform the task I asked them to. So that one is really important in my book. That way you are sure not to waste any time or money that is unnecessary.

  2. Jade Brunet Reply

    It is good to know that there are several services offered when hiring a landscape company. I am happy to learn that they are comfortable with planting and installing turf. It would be wise to find someone local who is familiar with the kind of plants that will thrive in your climate.

  3. Rachel Lannister Reply

    I really loved what you said about choosing a landscape contractor that will install a landscape that is sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally conscious. I’ve been wanting to cut down on the amount of water I use in my garden, as I want to do my part in conserving water. I’ll have to find a landscaper that could make me a beautiful garden that doesn’t require as much water as my current one does.

  4. siaosi Reply

    It would be nice to have my landscape increased by a professional. I would like to know that everything is done correctly. I would want to know that the landscape is enhanced by a professional.

  5. Max Reply

    I think that having a landscape maintenance service for my home that includes the turf and ornamental program would be great. I’ve never been a big fan of mowing the lawn, so having someone else to come and do it for me sounds like a dream. I’m going to have to look into having landscaping done for my yard, and see how it looks! Thanks for the info!

  6. Precious Leyva Reply

    Wow, I didn’t even think to ask a landscape service if they offered the services that I need. My yard needs a lot of help so I’ve been looking into different companies that can help me out. The biggest thing that I am in need of is turf removal.

  7. Braden Bills Reply

    I want to make sure that my landscape project taken care of. There’s a complicated light system, but I don’t know how to do it. It makes sense that I would want to find a good contractor for that! It would be nice to have some help for installing my lighting system.

  8. Sandra Hexner Reply

    Thank you so much for mentioning that the end product of our landscape design matches our maintenance ability. I am wanting to redo our front yard so it’s a lot easier to take care of. Also, choosing easy plants that thrive in our area, that I won’t have to continually change out will make it easier, but also save us money in the long run. I’ll have to follow your advice while searching for our landscaper. Thanks!

  9. Gloria Durst Reply

    I like how you would wnt to ask for documentation of insurance when you are choosing a landscaper. It would make sense to find someone who is insured because this would show they are a professional company. My sister is looking for someone to landscape her yard to help her home sell better, so she’ll have to find someone who has proper insurance.

    • Sue Zwolinski Reply

      Gloria,
      All you need to do is ask. Any reputable contractor will easily be able to provide a certificate of insurance that shows that they have Worker’s Compensation coverage, Automobile coverage, and General Liability Coverage. The certificate can be sent to you by their insurance company as well.
      Hope that helps!

  10. Gloria Durst Reply

    I agree that you want to be sure that a landscaper is properly certified and licensed. It would make sense to find someone who is licensed because it would show their experience. My sister is looking for a landscaper to help lay down sod, so she’ll have to find someone who is properly licensed.

  11. Derek Dewitt Reply

    My wife and I have been thinking about landscaping the backyard to add a garden but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest asking for references and photos of past sites the company has worked on. Seeing proof of skills always puts my mind at ease when choosing a contractor. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Katie Dunn Reply

    I really like your idea about making sure that a commercial landscaping company uses sustainable practices. I am currently trying to help my brother plan out his new business and I really think that it would be an advantage for him to be environmentally conscious. I bet that doing so would not only help save the planet but utility money as well.

  13. Zachary Tomlinson Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I want to bring in order my garden, so I’m looking for landscaping services. It’s awesome you talked about researching company qualifications in order to be sure of the quality of the work. I’ll definitely consider these recommendations in order to make the right choice.

  14. Harper Campbell Reply

    It’s good to know that when it comes to hiring a sitework contractor that there are some things that need to be looked at in hopes of finding the right one. I like how you mentioned that one needs to research the company’s qualifications to make sure that there will be no headaches that might come from the project. This is something that they should have to remember to make sure that their project is completed correctly.

  15. Sharon Wilson Smith Reply

    I liked your tip research company qualifications because you can save yourself from any problems that might arise. I believe that a good landscaping company must have good qualifications so it can provide quality results. If I were to hire a landscaping professional, I’d make sure to consider your tips.

  16. Tammie Houston Reply

    It’s interesting how you mentioned that problems can be avoided by researching for the company’s qualifications by checking the website or asking around. I’m planning to have my yard landscaped for my sister’s birthday, and I want someone reliable to do the job for me. Thanks to your tips, I know now how to start. I’ll make sure to keep that in mind as soon as I start looking for a landscaper.

  17. Gloria Durst Reply

    I like how you say that you would want to look at a landscaper’s references. It would be good to consider this because it would help ensure they are qualified. My brother needs a landscaper, so he’ll have to choose one with references.

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