No Time for Do-It-Yourself Landscape Projects? Hire a Professional!

Tips for hiring landscape contractors:

  • Get at least three estimates. Ask for a written estimate with all associated costs, scope of work, and a timeline.

  • Check references.

  • Ask for professional certifications.

  • Make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

  • Check out the Arizona Registrar of Contractors’ (ROC) website - http://www.azroc.gov/ to see if they are a state-licensed contractor. You also can find out if the Arizona ROC has received complaints about a specific contractor.

Landscape architect and landscape installation professionals.
Landscape Professionals
  • Certified Arborist - www.isa-arbor.com/home.aspx
    Certified arborists achieve a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through training and field work.

  • Irrigation Association - www.irrigation.org/
    Irrigation Association professionals have technical skills to design, install, manage and maintain all types of irrigation systems.

  • Smartscape - www.smartscape.org/
    Smartscape graduates have 20 hours of specialized professional landscape training that emphasizes sustainability and stewardship of natural resources in the maintenance of beautiful urban environments.

  • Desert Landscape School - http://www.dbg.org/desert-landscape-school
    This certification is sponsored by the Desert Botanical Garden. It is awarded to people who have completed a series of workshops and have passed examinations covering the workshop material.

  • Other Resources - http://www.dbg.org/gardening-resources#other