Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can you install plants that are deer resistant? Fire resistant?
A. Yes, we will review with you the plant options that meet your micro-environment.
Q. What are the advantages to underground sprinkler valves?
A. Among the benefits are aesthetic-- frost protection -- pruning protection- home maintenance protection --UV protection -- above ground anti-siphon valves are unsightly and are usually hidden with shrubs which are pruned and if the valve wires are not protected or are just floating around the valves these can get cut while gardeners are pruning and the irrigation system will not operate and you won't know this until your garden starts to die.
Q. Will you be able to secure the requisite permit required by the town to install new fencing?
A. Not at this time my contractors license is in process -- so it would be acquired by the home owner as owner builder - which saves you the home owner, because I am not charging you for my time to generate the permit.
Q. Do you charge for on site meetings?
A. not the first introductory meeting where we would discuss project options, during construction; all time is documented along with change orders and the client is billed.
Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes. I have liability insurance for my commercial and residential projects.
Q. How are you at finishing projects?
A. I generally run on schedule, but if I am held up on an unseen construction obstacles- I email the client with an amended time line and an estimated for labor and materials costs to finish the project.
Q. How much extra do you charge for materials?
A. At this time I pass my purchasing savings on to my client, but charge for my time to pick up - order- or return materials --- in general the client saves 10% over all on materials.
Q. If you enter a property and see materials used that are below your standards do you suggest the client up grade?
A. If the materials and equipment are serving the function for which they were designed then I do not recommend changing these, but I do bring options to my clients attention and remind them if it works don't fix it.
Q. Can you have a lawn on drip?
A. Yes! A leading drip parts manufacturer has designed an non root intrusive underground drip system that will sustain a lawn - plus with the addition of gopher wire the lawn is gopher free as well.
Q. Do you do tree work as well as general garden maintenance?
A. Yes tree removal along with stump removal.
Q. Do you do emergency repairs on water mainlines from the water meter to the building?
A. Yes. Going under sidewalks and retaining walls rather than cutting through them. Generally water service can be resurrected within one day or hours depending on the complexity of the break.
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