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First Light Landscaping
507-263-4642 or 612-490-2914
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The following are some points to consider on hiring a reputable and knowledgeable landscape professional.
 
Know What You Want
 
Every home-owner's needs are unique, so think carefully about how you want to use your outdoor living space before you call in a professional. Write down the questions this process raises. For example you may have softscape questions such as:
  • Do you want the entire landscape cleared and redone?
  •  Will you need a place for kids to play?
  • Do you need plants that are not hazardous to children and/or pets?
  • Do you need plants and trees which are low maintenance?
  • Sod or seed?
Or your needs may involve hardscaping issues which raise questions such as:
  • What size of patio or deck do I need?
  • Is my yard so steep that I need to terrace it and build retaining walls?
  • Do I want an outdoor kitchen?
With respect to maintenance ask:
  • When is the best time to prune my trees and shrubs?
  • How often should my lawn be mowed?
    • Every week?
    • More than that or less than that?
    • When should the grass be cut?
  • c) How much and what kind of mulch should I use? When should it be applied?
Keep in mind that not all landscapers are knowledgeable in the installation all three aspects of landscaping; softscaping, hardscaping and maintenance. A landscaper who has the training, experience and knowledge of all three aspects will be better able to help you to obtain the most out of your outdoor living space. Most of all, select a landscaper who not only encourages your input but also actively listens to what you are saying and replies with well reasoned responses.
 
Be Involved!
 
You should actively involve yourself, not only in the pre-installation or design stage of any landscaping project, as stated above, but be involved throughout the installation and/or maintenance phases as well. Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind as you will have to live with the work performed or end up paying someone else to obtained your desired results. Whenever possible, talk to your landscaper early during the installation phase or after the first (or first few) maintenance cycles so that corrections or changes can be immediately made, minimizing your frustration and possible damage to your site. During your “interview” of potential landscapers you should evaluate how well they respond to your suggestions and critical questioning of their ideas. Weed out those who are dismissive or become offensive mistaking your questions as a challenge of their expertise.
 
What Should a Professional Landscaper know? How Reliable is His/Her Firm?
 
A landscaper must know which plants will work best in your yard based on the soil type, exposure to the sun, and other climate/environmental conditions. A complete professional landscaper will also have hardscape design/construction knowledge and be able to explain to you in simple English how to best maintain your landscaping.
 
Tree Takedown and Removal
 
We can also perform tree takedown and removal.  We never like to get rid of a tree, but sometimes it is necessary for one to come down. We dispose of trees in a careful and efficient manner, minimizing waste and invasiveness in your landscape.
 
 
We are located in Cannon Falls, MN and provide residential and commercial landscaping and landscape design services to the greater Southern Minnesota and Southern Twin Cities Metro areas. Use the simple form below to tell us what you are looking for, or click here to contact us with more detailed information.
 
 
 
 
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Contact us today - free estimate and onsite landscape design consultation!  612-490-2914 or 507-263-4642
Whether you need landscaping maintenance or a complete landscape design and install we have the experience and skills to make your vision a reality.  We service customers from the Twin Cities to Rochester, Minnesota and all points between.  Contact Us
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