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Choosing a Professional Landscaping Company

Choosing a Professional Landscaping Company

By Glenn Jacobsen (572 words)
Posted in Landscaping Company in Bergen County

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Hiring a landscaping company in Bergen County to do work on your property is no easy task. Before any ground is broken on a landscape project or any grass is mowed, you want to be sure you’re making the best choice. Here are some questions to ask before choosing a professional landscaping company in Bergen County, New Jersey.  

How long has the landscaping company been in business?

Years in operation is an important indicator in the quality of landscape services you are going to get. Companies that are run inefficiently or have poor customer service usually don’t last long, especially in a competitive market. A company that has been around for a while demonstrates two things to potential clients: they’ve earned the respect and loyalty of their community and they care deeply about maintaining their good standing and reputation in the area.

What services does the landscape company provide?

Each landscaping company offers a different array of services to clients. Some are experts in lawn care, but don’t have the skills or knowledge to repair that stone retaining wall that’s been crumbling in your backyard. Others specialize in landscape design and creating new outdoor spaces, but fall short when it comes to maintaining your property after the project’s completion. In almost every case, your best bet is to hire a full-service landscaper – one that offers a complete range of landscape design and landscape maintenance services. As your landscape matures and changes over the years, you will have built a relationship with a company that can handle any sort of project.

What is the size of the landscaping company?

The size of the company and number of employees is another important factor when choosing a professional landscaper. A company that’s too small may not have the experience or manpower to ensure that your project is completed on time and within your budget. On the other hand, your account may get lost in shuffle with a large national company. Your best bet is to choose a landscaper that has demonstrated sustainable growth and development over a substantial period of time but is still small enough that each client counts.

What follow-up and maintenance plans does the company offer?

Unless you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer, the relationship between you and your professional landscaper should stop at the completion of your landscape design project. The right landscape company is able to offer you an affordable landscape maintenance package to keep your property looking its best year round and protect the investment you’ve made in your landscape.

Has the company won awards and recieved national recognition?

It may seem obvious, but recognition from industry associations and other landscape organizations really do count. There are many different types of awards for landscaping companies, but look for awards from projects that are similar to what yours and are within your budget. A landscaper that regularly wins awards from local and national associations deserves extra points.

Is the company reccomended by past clients?

There are no better judges of quality and satisfaction than your neighbors. Be sure to ask the landscaper for references from previous clients, or approach someone you know who has used the landscaping company before. The best compliment a company can get is a referral from a previous customer, so take client testimonials seriously.

Find out why Jacobsen Landscape is the best choice for a landscaping company in Bergen County, New Jersey and surrounding areas.

Comments (29)

Vicky Durrant

My husband and I want to hire a landscaping company to do some work in our yard over the summer. We've never hired a landscaper before, though, so I'm happy that I found your post! I really liked your tips, especially what you mentioned about finding a company that is recommended by its past clients. I think that if a landscaper's past clients have been pleased with their work, we will be too! I'm going to start reading some reviews for the different landscaping companies in our area right away. Thank you for the advice!

Bob Lowe

Thanks for the post. I think it is important to know what services they provide. I think you really need to know what the value of what the service is. I really think that can help you to make up your mind when looking for a landscaper.

Marie Watson

Glenn, you make a great point about how you should consider how long they have been in business. I would think that a company that has been open for a long time will ensure they have the experience to work on your yard. You make a good point about how it can also mean that they have a good reputation in the area. I just moved into my house and the yard doesn't even have any grass planted, so I will have to ask around for some good landscapers who might be able to help me design my yard.

Lillian Schaeffer

This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to find a landscaping company that has been around for a while. My husband and I just moved into our first house, and neither of us have much experience with landscaping. We'd like our yard to look beautiful though, so we'll definitely look into hiring a company with years of experience to keep things looking good for us. Thanks for the great post!

Erika Brady

I am looking to find a landscape company for my yard and am trying to figure out what the best options are. Like you mention, a very large company can be good, but there is also the possibility of you getting lost in the sea of clients. But if they are really small you don't want them to lack the experience either. I will look for one that has a good reputation, and values me as one of their customers.


It's always a challenge finding that perfect landscaper to do your work for you. Landscapers should not only be able to communicate the plan to you visually but be able to advise the challenges involved in maintaining that landscape design some years from installation. Trees for instance could grow and weeds can collect over time. Hedges could grow out of control without proper trimming. Sometimes knowing what your options could be over time, would help plan the workable landscaping project for you.

Rachel Lannister

My father has this really beautiful yard and garden, but it has become a bit much for him to take care of by himself. You wrote that you should choose a service that has been in business for at least a few years. Since my father is really picky about what he wants done, having experienced people on the job would probably help him get the results that he desires. Thanks for the blog.

Caden Dahl

I like how you mentioned finding a landscaping service that past customers recommend. My schedule at work just got a lot crazier, and with spring coming up, I'm worried I won't have the time to give my landscape proper care, so I want to hire someone. I imagine that a company being highly recommended is a good sign, so I'll look for one with good customer reviews.

Annika Larson

Not long ago, my husband and I moved into a new home. We are looking to redo the landscape in order to boost the curb appeal and value of the home. As you said, it's a good idea to hire a professional landscape company that has been in business for a long time as it shows that they are respectable, loyal, and care deeply about maintaining their reputation.

Gloria Durst

I like how you say that you would want to check with a lawn care company to see if they have any awards or recognitions. It would make sense to hire someone who is well liked by their customers and recognized for this. I need someone to take care of my lawn while I go on vacation to Europe, so I'll have to see what kinds of awards they have won first.


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Braden Bills

I have some landscape projects to be done, so I want to make sure that I find the right professional to do it for me. It makes sense that I would first want to ask any potential company what services they can do! That way I can ensure that they can do what I need them to.


With the completion of our new home, I want to make sure that our landscape will be looking its best year round. I find it very useful to check if the landscape contractor service is able to offer us a landscape maintenance package to keep our property looking its best year round. That way, we can protect the investment we made on our landscape.

Kiara Woodsland

The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how ideal it is to hire a landscaping company that offers a complete range of landscape services. My goal is to have a great landscape design in my house for the years to come. It's important for me to find a landscaping company that offers maintenance service so I can get help in maintaining the beautiful landscape of my house. Since I can never tell when my landscape may need repairs, it will make sense for me to hire a landscaping company that offers both and maintenance services. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

Latoya Anderson

I like that you talked about how you must consider asking the landscaping company that you're interested in for a list of references of their past clients so you can get an overview about the quality of their job. My husband and I are interested in hiring a landscaping company that can help us to beautify the exterior of our house, particularly our garden. It will make sense for us to make sure that our investment is going to be worth it by choosing a landscaping company that does quality jobs. Thanks for sharing all your tips.

Pamela Brown

I totally agree that it's wise to ask the landscaping company for references from their previous clients to make sure that you will be able to get an overview of how satisfied their clients are based on the quality of their job. A close friend of mine is interested to hire a landscaping company, so she's looking for some tips on how she can find the best one. Her goal is to make sure that she'll up hiring a landscaping company that has satisfied and happy clients because of the quality of the services that they provided to them. I will make sure to consider all your tips for finding a good landscaping company. Thanks!

Derek Dewitt

My wife and I are thinking about hiring a landscaping company to help us with our garden, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about choosing a company that has been around for awhile. I want to ensure that they have a good reputation and have done good work in the past, so I'll be sure to look for this.


My mom wants to remodel our patio because it looks worn out and messy. You discussed here that when considering a landscape contractor we are to know how long they've been in business. Moreover, it will be highly recommended to hire professional landscape contractors and expect quality service.

Ava Murphy

I do like that you suggested choosing a landscaping company that has been in business for a long time because this kind of company has a good reputation and they care about their clients. My cousin is looking to hire a professional landscaper, and she wants to ensure a quality work. The reputation of a landscaping company matters to her because she wants to receive the best services. Thanks!

Emery Jean Chambers

It was really nice when you mentioned determining first if the landscaping company offers the kind of service that we need prior to hiring them. To be honest, I never knew that different pros offer different services from the others. I will be sure to consider that since what we need now is not maintenance but turf removal. Thanks!

Gina Henrie

We've never had professional landscaping done, but we'd love to do some improvement to get our house ready to sell. These are some fabulous tips in what to look for in a landscaping company. I agree that we should find a company that specializes in all the projects we want to complete and that we should consider their follow up services.

James Anderson

It's great that you've mentioned how one should choose a landscaping company that has enough manpower so that the project can be completed on time and within the budget. My wife wants our lawn to be beautified aside from having it maintained and free from tall grasses. Since a landscaping company with enough people are able to do the work faster and better, I'll get in touch with them so that we can discuss the other services that we need them to do for our yard.

Jocelyn McDonald

My husband and I recently moved into a home with a rather bland yard, and we're looking to hire a landscaper to spruce it up. Your article had some great tips for choosing a good landscaping company, and I especially liked your point about checking it the company offers follow up maintenance of your yard after the initial job. Thanks for the helpful article, we'll be sure to keep this advice in mind when hiring a landscaper for our new home.

Bethany G.

I do like that you suggested choosing a landscaping company that has been in business for a long time because it's an indication that they have a reputation in the industry. This is something that I will be sure to remember because it's important for me to only deal with a landscaping company that has a proven track record of satisfied and loyal customers in the past. Thanks for sharing all your tips on choosing a landscaping company.

Ellen H.

It was nice that you suggested hiring a landscape contractor that's being recommended by their previous customers, so you must ask the landscape contractor that you're interested in for references. We're looking to hire a landscape contractor because we want to improve the appearance of our landscape. It's important for us to make sure that I will get a quality result, so I will be sure to find a landscape contractor that has satisfied clients in the past.

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Jocelyn McDonald

My husband and I recently moved into a home with an overgrown yard, and we're looking to hire someone that will help us get this under control. Your article had some great tips for choosing a landscaping company, and I really liked your point to consider the different kinds of services a company can provide. we had some hedges in need of trimming, so we'll keep this in mind when choosing the landscaping company best for us.

Georgia Sheriff

I do agree that it's important to choose a landscaping company that can provide you landscape maintenance package that you can afford to make sure that your property will look best. My mother is planning to have her yard landscaped and maintained at the same time. She's been wanting a green lawn to keep her property look impressive, so I will be sure to share your tips with her.

Frances Anderson

You made a good point when you said that a landscaping company that's been in business for a long time is an indication that they are efficient and have a great customer service. This is a nice tip for me because I'm looking to hire a landscaping contractor that can provide me with ground maintenance services. It's important for me to only work with a landscaping company that knows how to value and prioritize their clients. Thanks!

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