Property owners need to use natural landscaping techniques to ensure that their properties remain healthy, sustainable, resource efficient and most importantly cost-effective to manage. When these techniques are appropriately applied the owner will have many benefits which may include lower costs, easier maintenance as well as high values of their properties.
Natural Landscaping Specifications
Property owners are thereby of the expectation that their contractor’s proposal incorporate standards and specifications of Natural Landscaping. Contractors also expect that property owners will only consider the contractors who have complied to the standards and specifications of Natural Landscaping and also expect to comply to these same standards during the whole period of the contract.
Below are the standard procedures and responsibilities that the contractor will be required to perform although they may not be required to include all of them. These specific procedures will be outlining the category as well as the quantity of work that will be required.
1. General Standards
a) Replacement and guarantee
The contractor should at no cost and within two weeks replace any plant material or turfs that have been damaged due to improper maintenance procedures or attention. The replacement material should be the same variety and size of the damaged material.
b) Any damaged plant material that gets lost or requires repair due to vandalism, theft, vehicular incident or extreme weather is not the responsibility of the contractor.
c) The contractor should report to the property owner on a monthly basis of any plant losses, their causes and recommendations together with their pricing that are not covered by warranty and are not related to activities of maintenance.
2. Contractor Experience And Staff Training
a) The contractor should provide staff who are knowledgeable and experienced in best management practices of plant health, hazardous material, pruning, pesticides, irrigation maintenance and the property owner should demand replacement of the staff if they are not as per their standards.
b) Firms that are certified especially in environmental standards should be given preference.
c) Direct supervision onsite should be done on all work done by a professional qualified in landscape matters and with a 5 year education as well as experience in horticulture. Those with a horticultural degree with more than two years of experience given preference.
d) A certified Irrigation Technician or Auditor should provide direct supervision on all irrigation repairs and maintenance.
e) An insured and licensed contractor should apply all pesticides with their details provided to the property owner in advance.
f) All pruning should be done on strict supervision of a staff who has proper pruning techniques and training.
3. Contractor/Owner Communication
a) The property owner should be provided with a supervisor who will be acting on the owner’s behalf and informed if they are on vacation and if so who they will step in as their replacement.
b) The contractor should provide the property owner with an emergency contact list that identifies the names, contacts and positions of the key maintenance staff.
c) The contractor should be able to attend site inspection meetings if or when requested by the home owner. Consult professionals to find Best solutions for lawn care today!