Choosing a landscaping company is no simple task, as there is much to consider from pricing to location. Additionally, evaluating your landscaper can be tough, if you have no metrics or frame of reference to standardize. Researching can be even harder, as easily accessible information about companies can be hard to come by. However, when you are working with a landscaper, or are in the process of making a selection there are some things you can consider. Having been in the landscaping industry for a while, we know how to identify all of the red flags, and positive qualities a landscape company should have. Whether you are looking for a commercial maintenance company or a landscape design company for your residential home, here are the top five things to look for from your landscaper.


Clear and Consistent Communication

Likely the number one complaint from the clients of any bad landscaping company is that communication was unreliable. Feeling out of the loop, or confused on details, lack of communication can be a big red flag. Great landscaping companies make commitments and have transparent processes that ensure your needs are met on a reasonable timeframe. In the same way, quality control should exist to manage the quality of work, you should have dedicated points of contact, and multiple methods available should an issue arise.

Comprehensive Gallery or Portfolio

Quality of work is obviously the most important piece of landscaping service, as this is how well your property is landscaped. If you are looking for an easy way to gauge the quality of work of a new landscaper, any good landscaping company will already be showing ti off. For a reputable company, these high-quality photographs will be a source of marketing material and a talking point for acquiring business. We pride ourselves on our extremely high standards of quality, and show off the results of various services, right on our website.

Experience and Reviews

Another great way to judge a quality landscaper is based upon their time in the industry, and reviews from other clients. Choosing a landscaper with no digital footprint is a massive risk, as a new company could be a home run or a complete strikeout. Taking risks like that with the property that is your pride and joy is never recommended. Instead, take a look at Google, and websites, to find reviews and testimonials verifying a high-quality landscaping company.

Professional Affiliations

In the same vein as experience and reviews, there is no more credible stamp of approval than professional affiliations with leading industry organizations. Using OakLawn as an example, we are members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), as well as partners with the Maryland Department of Labor. These organizations are credible due to their makeup of the industry’s best, and their confidence in OakLawn means a lot.

Full-Service Landscaping Company

Our final tip for what to look for from your landscaping company is a full-service offering. No property managers want to manage multiple vendors to work in their landscape, and this creates unnecessary hassle. You want a company that is big enough to offer commercial quality services on everything from lawn maintenance to tree services. The right landscaping company for you will offer every service your property needs, and trust us, juggling multiple contracts is never a fun process.


Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.

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