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Tips on how to find a professional to manage your garden


As days get longer and the weather gets warmer it’s time to start thinking about how to get your garden into the best shape.

But for those who don’t have time to trim their lawns or prune their roses the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) has published some advice on how to find the right professional to take care of your garden.

Tips include:

  • Ask around and get recommendations from friends, neighbours, colleagues or family. This is often the easiest and safest way to find a good landscaper.
  • Always get written quotes and if you cannot find a recommended landscaper then it would be advisable to get two or more quotes.
  • When comparing the written quotes, make sure that you are comparing like for like and ask for a breakdown to ensure that everything you want is covered. 
  • Always use a written contract for your project as it offers you protection if anything does go wrong and always agree in writing any changes to the original cost that occurs during the work.
  • Ask the landscaper for an example of a recent local job and go and have a look at it before making a decision. Don’t just look at the quality of the work, have a chat with the householder and see whether the job was done within budget.
  • Make sure the landscaper has adequate public liability insurance to protect your property in case of damage (all APL members must have this as a condition of membership).
  • Check out who will actually be doing the work. Does the landscaper sub contract?

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