According to the Community Association Institute estimates, four out of every five homes constructed since the late 1990s are in communities governed by a homeowners’ association. Whether your home here in Atlanta is in one of these small communities or not, more than likely you will eventually come to need groundskeeper landscape services in Atlanta. The only difference is that if you live in a homeowner’s association community, then your groundskeeper may be constrained by the rules and regulations of the homeowners’ association in what they can and can’t do. Either way, you should expect a specific list of services, costs, and milestones so that you know exactly what the groundskeeper is going to deliver, for how much, and when. Since it’s common practice to get more than one estimate, it’s good to understand exactly what a groundskeeper does.
Landscaper vs. Groundskeeper
Though the terms may be used interchangeably, technically speaking a groundskeeper is not a landscaper and thus the services delivered can be quite different. The best way to distinguish the two is to understand that a landscaper creates new landscapes while a groundskeeper takes care of what’s already there—and if perchance what’s there is a golf course then the groundskeeper is known as a greenskeeper. A landscaper will provide an assessment of the current conditions of the area and provide a proposal or plan for improving and enhancing the grounds. This should include a budget and accompanying milestones to complete the project. A groundskeeper is typically brought in to execute the plan and in the future to maintain the property using a variety of hand and power tools and assorted equipment. The landscaper creates the design and layouts while the groundskeeper implements the plan and keeps it healthy, clean, safe, and attractive over time.
Groundskeeping for the Home
Though groundskeeping is an activity often associated with tending to an area in an institutional or association setting, it is also a service that many individual homeowners have come to use as well—especially if job and family constraints limit the time available to garden or the size of the grounds to be maintained are quite large and regularly or occasionally need a professional to maintain. Any one or number of tasks such as mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, weeding the grass and garden, or simply planting flowers and bushes, can be quite time-consuming and may require outside help. Often a groundskeeper has an extensive range of knowledge in general horticulture and pest and weed abatement. This includes the utilization of organic methods in lawn care, shrub pruning, and snow removal, as well as other tasks required to improve the soil, flowers, and garden—especially as many people are moving away from the use of chemicals to treat their lawns and deal with pests.
It’s no wonder that as today’s gardens have come to include koi ponds, bird and butterfly habitats, xeriscapes, small wetlands, and other more exotic designs, selecting groundskeeper landscape services in Atlanta has become more of a challenge in selecting the right company to perform the work. Correctly assessing a groundskeeper’s knowledge is crucial to ensuring that the selection will be the right one.
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