Whether you’re looking for landscape services for your home or for a commercial property, it’s important to remember that not all landscape maintenance contracts are created equal. Because every landscape company’s agreements are different, it’s not quite as simple as just shopping for the lowest price.

So if you’re talking to a landscape company or getting quotes from a few different landscapers, here are some of the elements of the contract that might vary from one company to another. Hopefully this can help you ask the right questions and make the best decision possible!

The People

The first thing you want to ask about is the landscaping maintenance team that will be assigned to you. Do they have insurance in place in case of injury or property damage? Who should you expect to see on your property, and when? Are there any services that the company outsources to subcontractors?

You can also ask about any licenses or certifications they have, and get some references, too.

The Schedule

While spring and summer are the most obvious times to focus on landscaping, keeping your property beautiful requires different types of care all throughout the year. Make sure your contract outlines what you should expect in each season of the year.

You also want to clarify how often to expect to see them. Will your landscape services be performed weekly? Bi-weekly? Monthly? And how does that schedule shift depending on the time of the year and the weather patterns?

The Work

It should go without saying, but before you sign any type of landscape maintenance contract, you should make sure it has a clear explanation of the scope of work. By working out these details in the beginning of the relationship, there’s less chance of miscommunication down the road.

Here are some potential tasks to clarify:

  • Mowing
  • Seeding / over-seeding
  • Aeration
  • Fertilization
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Bed maintenance (weeding, mulching, etc.)
  • Irrigation
  • Pest control

Landscape Services: Free Consultation

At The Greathouse Company, we have provided landscaping services to businesses and homeowners throughout the Nashville area for more than 40 years. If you’d like to set up a free consultation with one our landscape specialists, just click below.

We’d be glad to walk through how our maintenance agreement compares to other companies you’ve spoken with, so you can make the best decision for your property’s landscape needs!