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Essex Landscape Garden Professionals offer advice on how to choose a landscape gardener

Faced with hiring a landscape gardener, many people don’t know where to turn. There are many to choose from, and lots of them claim to be ‘garden experts’. To help customers choose the right company, Essex garden landscape experts D&G Garden World have published some guidance.

David Smith is one of the owners of D&G Garden World. He says: “Graham and I have put together some advice on choosing a good quality landscape gardener that won’t let you down or charge you too much and will go the extra mile to help make your new garden the only place you’ll want to be.”
This advice covers asking the following questions:
  1. What services to do you offer?
Some landscape gardeners cover a variety of services including turf laying, fencing, decking, patio laying and planting. Others however only specialise in one area. If you are looking for an all-round garden landscaper then you must quiz your prospective provider as to what they can actually do – properly and professionally.
  1. Can I see and check testimonials from past customers?
If you have not been recommended to this garden landscaper by someone you know has been satisfied with their service, then ask them for testimonials that you can verify. There is no substitute for hearing from other satisfied customers that this garden landscaping company can be trusted to do a good job, on time and for a reasonable price.
  1. Can I see photographs of previous work?
Ask for photographs or even video coverage of recent garden landscaping jobs so that you can check the quality of the work. An example of a good portfolio can be viewed here: http://picasaweb.google.com/DG.GardenWorld/ASelectionOfGardenLandscapingProjects#
  1. Do you provide written, no-obligation quotations?
Make sure the garden landscaper puts their quote in writing on official headed paper showing a postal address and full contact details. Verify these details and look the company up by searching for them on the internet. Listings in directories and a strong presence stand for a lot.
David summarises by saying, “Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, any garden landscaper worth their salt will answer them without hesitation. Whatever you do, take your time and ask around for recommendations. All of this will ensure your garden project runs to schedule, is not overpriced and the resulting garden is something to cherish.”
D&G Garden World offers free, no-obligation written estimates on all garden landscaping projects. For more information call in to 1B Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster, Essex or telephone 07852 666858.