What to Look For in a Commercial Landscaper

Are you searching for a commercial landscaping service? There are so many of them around, that it can be difficult finding the right one for your business. Whilst your budget might seem like a priority to you right now (and we appreciate that budget is a concern), it doesn’t make sense to use this as the main criteria when choosing a landscape company. That’s because not all landscapers are equal. There are those that can give you a poor, mediocre or a brilliant result, so how do you find this illusive landscape company that can give you an awesome result for an affordable price?

Do they have the skills, qualifications and experience you need? 

First of all, you need to make sure that they’re qualified landscapers, because if you want a large retaining wall built, you need to be confident that they’ll do it properly. So ask them about their qualifications and also look for this information on their website. This is also where you’ll find information about their skills and experience because they’ll use their website to promote their business. 

 

It’s likely that a commercial landscaping service will specialise in a particular type of landscaping. For example, at Vorstman we specialise in creating modern landscapes to suit your lifestyle and budget. So check out their website and find out where their specialities lie and make sure that they match your requirements. Also make sure that the company has all the necessary insurance policies (such as professional and public indemnity and work cover), reducing your risks if an accident occurs on-site.

Do they have a good reputation?

You also need to know if the commercial landscaping service has a good reputation in the local community, because this also gives you confidence in the company. To look into their reputation, you can ask the company for contact details of previous commercial clients who are happy to talk to you about their experience. You can also ask for recommendations from friends, employees and other businesses in the area, as well as via social media networks. Has anyone ever used the landscaping company? Would they recommend them? Do they have any other recommendations?

Arrange to meet the commercial landscaping service on-site

Once you have checked the background of the landscaping company, it’s a good idea to meet them face to face on-site. This is because you can get a much better idea of who you’ll be working with and whether they ring any alarm bells. You want a company that is prepared to listen to your needs, offer any advice or ideas, and doesn’t run roughshod over you. Also, if you are interested in a particular service they offer, for example sustainable practices, this is the time to talk about how these practices can be incorporated into your landscaping design. If everything works out and you think you can work with your chosen company, then ask them for a free quote and take it from there. 


Vorstman Constructions is a leading commercial landscaping service located in Greenbank. Why not call us on 0447 211 770 to discuss your needs?

4 Popular ideas for garden makeovers

Unless you have an absolutely perfect garden with not a blade out of place, you might be in the mood to explore garden makeovers. These can be as little as replacing the dead turf in the back garden with fresh new turf or as much as a complete redesign with retaining walls, new paths and garden beds. If you are interested in changing your garden’s design, then you might already have  few ideas in mind. To help give you more inspiration for your makeover, let’s take a look at four of the more popular ideas that SE QLD homeowners have embraced lately.

 1. Outdoor entertainment areas

Whether you want a complete outdoor kitchen or just a fire pit with rustic seating, outdoor entertainment areas are very popular in our corner of the world. Our mild winters and hot summers mean that we can use our outdoor spaces all year round, so it simply makes sense to maximise your living and entertainment spaces by extending into the garden. Maybe you want an undercover area for your BBQ with an outdoor fridge and al fresco dining? Making use of your outdoor spaces is an essential characteristic of Brisbane homeowners, so why not give us a call and explore a few garden makeover ideas with us?

 2. Add some hardscaping to your garden

If you are always walking across the grass or a dirt track to the washing line or the shed, why not build a concrete or paved path? It’s no fun walking through wet grass or muddy dirt, not when you can solve the problem quite easily with hardscaping. There might be other areas of your garden where you have trodden a path through the grass, well why not build a permanent path? This will make your yard look more appealing and stop the path getting muddy in the rain. You can also consider covering some of the ground with pebbles or decking, it all depends on how you use the outdoor spaces. A lovely timber decked area can cover a multitude of sins and looks particularly fabulous! Paths can also be made of decking, raising the paths above the ground if you tend to have a problem with drainage in the rain. We take on lots of garden makeovers where we use hardscaping to add an extra dimension to the exterior of Brisbane homes, so why not give it some thought for your home?

 3. Using local or native plants in garden makeovers

Plants that are locally grown or in particular, native plants, are already adapted for the local environment. In Brisbane this means that they require less water and are often very drought tolerant. Many native plants are also havens for native wildlife, especially birds, and many homeowners plant natives for these two reasons – their drought tolerance and the abundance of birdlife when the plants are in flower. Gardens based on native flora are also much less demanding of your time, as they need little maintenance. Maybe a good pruning every year, but generally, native plants look fabulous and manage themselves.

 4. Creating your own private oasis at home

With our busy lives, many homeowners are renovating their gardens to create an inspiring private oasis where they can de-stress and relax at the end of the day. Just breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the view of your garden can be enough to refresh your soul. We can help you create a wonderful relaxing oasis in your Brisbane home. Garden makeovers are our speciality!

Call Vorstman Constructions on 0447 211 770 to discuss your landscaping needs.

Are all landscape contractors created equal?

If you’re ready to renovate your gardens, it’s time to find the best landscape contractors in your area, but how do you do that? Are all landscapers equal? Unfortunately, as with any trade, not all landscapers are the same, because they have different specialties, skills, qualifications and experience. Here’s a few tips to help you find the right landscapers for your job.

Finding the best contractors for your garden makeover

The best way to start your search is to have a design in mind or a basic overview of what you actually want done on your land. Even if it’s just that you want some sort of natural landscaping around the pool, stone pathways and a retaining wall. Knowing the basics you can work out the details later with your landscaper.

Next you need to ask around your network of friends and relatives and see if any of them have hired landscape contractors in the past few years and if so, would they recommend them? It’s always great when a friend recommends a contractor, because it gives you more faith in the company. It’s also a good idea to search online for local landscapers, as they will know your area well and understand the soil types, etc. Make a list of at least three companies and be sure to check their websites for the following pieces of information.

Qualifications: Do they have any professional qualifications? Often, landscapers don’t include their qualifications on their website, so look for a QBCC licence number, because that tells you they are a licenced builder (which is good!). At Vorstman Constructions, we are QBCC licenced builders and we can do all your hard and soft landscaping, whether residential or commercial.

Experience: How much experience do they have in landscaping? Whilst you don’t mind apprentices learning on the job, they need to be supervised by someone who is experienced. At Vorstman Constructions, we have more than 20 years’ experience in the landscaping industry and have worked all over Queensland creating fabulous gardens for both residential and commercial clients. 

Do you like them? This is one of the best ways to make your decision. If they are qualified and experienced – do you like them? Do you think that you can work with them? Will they listen to your opinions and work with you to achieve your dream landscaping? If you own a commercial property, this might not be such a big deal, as long as they can do the job. For a homeowner however, it can be a very big deal. So once you have your short list of at least three landscape contractors, your next step is to contact them, talk about your project and ask them to come out and discuss it with you. A face to face meeting is the best way to decide whether or not you feel comfortable with them and if you are, then ask for a quote.

Ask for quotes: Quotes can be different between landscapers, but don’t believe that the cheapest is the best. Many people have been stung by opting for the cheapest quote and then not being happy with the results. Qualifications, experience and being easy to get along with are some of the most important factors when choosing landscapers.

To discuss your next landscaping project, call the friendliest landscape contractors in Brisbane on 0447 211 770 or shoot us an email today.