“What is a landscape contractor?”
You might be wondering what is a landscape contractor and what does it take to become one?
The State of North Carolina considers a company eligible to become a contractor if they:
- Perform professional landscape services like installing, planting, repairing, and managing gardens, lawns, decorative vegetation, etc.
- Offer horticulture consultations or planting and landscape design work
- Construct, install, or maintain landscape structures such as drainage systems, cisterns, low-voltage landscape lighting systems, garden pools, retaining walls, patios, or other decorative landscape features.
- Have the ability to work or bid on landscaping projects that total more than $30,000.
As a NC Landscape Contractor (Lic#1699) we are required to pass a 3-part License Examination Process:
- Part 1 – The ability to understand and interpret landscape designs and plans
- Part 2 – Pass a test where you answer 200 multiple-choice landscaping questions
- Part 3 – Pass a plants identification exam (designed by the NC Nursery and Landscape Association) to test our knowledge on a wide selection of plants and planting materials.
Having the experience and skill level it takes to pass this process – and get a landscape contractor’s license – can take years.
This is why most of the landscapers you meet probably don’t have the expert training and knowledge needed to help you like a professional landscape contractor can.
According to a Clemson University study, “Homeowners wanting to increase the value of their property will do well to consider the cost-effective return potential of quality landscaping, and to safeguard their investments by hiring licensed, professional landscape contractors to perform the work.”
If you would like to discuss your next landscaping project with a NC licensed Landscape Contractor or get a free garden consultation from one of our experts, we invite you to > contact us here.