When choosing a Contractor for your next project here are a few points to keep in mind…
|Over 26 Years in Business with Original Owner||YES||?|
|$2 Million Dollar Liability Insurance Policy||YES||?|
|Proven Performance on Large Commercial and Residential Projects||YES||?|
|Experienced and Knowledgeable Craftsmen with many years
|New Innovative Designs||YES||?|
|Top Quality Materials||YES||?|
|High Quality Suppliers to Aid in Design & Troubleshooting||YES||?|
|Exclusive Distributor on Selective Products||YES||?|
|Coordinated Effort from Design to Install||YES||?|
|Excellent Safety Record||YES||?|
|Full Time Office Staff||YES||?|
|Regular Business Hours||YES||?|
|In-House Landscape Designers||YES||?|
|Value Engineering Service for Retaining Walls||YES||?|
|Contract Contains Written Warranties||YES||?|
|Stand behind all warranties||YES||?|
|All crews carry cell phones for constant contact||YES||?|
|Annual Service Plans||YES||?|
|Drug Testing on Employees||YES||?|
|Worker’s Compensation Insurance||YES||?|
|Licensed Plumber on Staff (Irrigation Connections to Main Lines)||YES||?|
Did You Know?
1. Landscaping can add up to 20 percent to a home’s value and decrease property values by just as much!
2. Landscaping can have a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent when you sell your home.
3. Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent.
4. Plants control runoff, slowing erosion and allowing water to be absorbed by the soil and the aquifers.
5. Landscaping can reduce noise by up to 50 percent.
6. A tree removes carbon dioxide from the air and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breath for a day.
7. An acre of trees can remove 13 tons of dust and potentially harmful gases from the environment each year.
8. Landscaping can help lower costs by providing energy-efficient alternatives for your property.
9. A single tree can save you up to $300 a year in air conditioning. Adding a tree to your landscape can also help with pollution reduction, erosion and storm-water control, and wildlife shelter benefits.
10. Plants provide essential habitat for native wildlife.
11. Pruning trees at the wrong time of year can kill your tree or shrub, or drastically reduce any future growth.
12. Plants can tell you what nutrients they are missing by the color of their leaves.
13. If pesticides are not applied at the right time during the growth cycle of the pest you will do more harm than good, the least of which is wasting your money.
14. The two best defenders against disease in your garden is garlic and chives.
15. More plants die from over watering than under watering.
16. If you leave footprints when walking across your lawn, it is time to water.
17. If you choose a low-water use plant for year-round landscape color you can save up to 100 gallons of water each year.
18. If you use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, you can save hundreds of gallons of water each year.
19. You should apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed. Although fertilizers promote plant growth, it can also increase water consumption.
20. Grass mowed at 3 to 4 inches maintain a deeper root system than grass mowed at one inch.
21. It is important to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
22. It is important to aerate your lawn a minimum of once a year.
23. Most established lawns/gardens don’t need to be watered more than twice a week.
24. It is best to water in the morning when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
25. Landscaping is the only home improvement that increases in value as it matures.
Apples to Apples
First things First. Visit the contractor’s retail center to see how well they maintain their facility. If they can’t maintain their own facility how are you going to get a great looking landscape.
- Have you seen and checked the quality of plants going into your landscape design?
- Have you seen the stone, brick, or block going into your new landscape?
- Have you set down and reviewed the plans with the landscape contractor and understand what you are getting?
- Are you signing a contract for your new landscape project? (this is for your protection also)
- Are you getting a design when you sign the contract?
- Are you getting a list of plants going into your landscape?
- Are plants sizes listed out so you are not just getting the smallest plants available?
- What grade of plants are you buying? Grade 1 or Grade 2 or Grade 3 (Kiefer Landscaping uses grade 1)
- Are the plants that are in your landscape plan recommended for your zone?
- Are you getting a written guarantee on plants and material warranties?
- Are you getting a written description of the work to be performed?
- Are you getting the thick commercial weed barrier or the cheap see through weed barrier? Some weed barrier will actually puncture if you walk on it, leaving holes for weeds to grow. All landscaping should have a weed barrier fabric. Absolutely no plastic, newspaper, or burlap should be used as a weed barrier.
- How thick is the rock bed going to be in your new landscape?
- How thick is the mulch bed going to be in your new landscape?
- Do the people installing your landscape have experience doing the kind of work you are wanting done?
- Do the people installing your landscape have experience or are they new to landscaping?
- Find out if the company in under new ownership or management.
- Does the contractor own or rent the equipment doing the job? Just remember if someone rents equipment they will be in a hurry to return the equipment, not allowing the time needed to perform the work properly.
- Does the contractor have the proper insurance to perform the work that you are wanting done? if not you are liable if something goes wrong.
- How many years have they been in business? Sometimes experience and years are figured differently. Kiefer Landscaping has over 26 years in the landscaping business. We have the experience and know-how to make sure your landscaping looks great and stays great.
It is hard to do an APPLES to APPLES comparison not knowing the above information. Quality work is also hard to put a price tag on. Kiefer Landscaping guarantees all of the above and guarantees the highest level of quality and service that you will find.
Proudly serving the communities of Effingham IL, Champaign IL, Mattoon IL, Charleston IL , Greenville IL, Mt. Vernon IL, Newton IL, Olney IL, Shelbyville IL, Salem IL, Urbana IL, Vandalia IL, Highland IL, Flora IL and all of Southern & Central Illinois for over 20 years.