It is important that we know a ballpark budget from the start so that we can present a propoal that offers you as much as we can with out over or under doing it. We commonly adjust the following items to keep each job within our customers budget.
1. The number and size of plants. - Generally the smaller the plant the less it costs to purchase and the less time it takes to dig the hole.
2. The number of tons of rock - We think that a thicker layer of rock does a better job at minimizing weed growth than a thin layer. Rock can always be added at a later date.
3. Real vs fake/synthetic grass. Typically synthetic grass has lower reoccuring costs than real.
A properly licensed, bonded and insured contractor has some "behind the scenes costs" that not properly licensed and insured companies have. We think that having access to the Residential Recovory Fund is very important. Click here to read some reasons why this is important.
Landscaping can reduce your homes reoccurring expenses and increase the value of your home. The Arbor Day Foundations website has compiled some interesting statistics. Here are four:
1. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20% to 50% in energy used for heating. USDA Forest Service
2. The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. U.S. Department of Agriculture
3. Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value. USDA Forest Service.
4. A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers