Some HOAs "shop price" for landscapers because of rising costs may cause other landscapers to increase what they charge, spend less time at customers properties to control costs or charge for extras. Many times there are solutions that our competitors are not talking about.
The cost of hedge trimming is reoccurring, increasing and not necessary. Have you ever asked your current landscapers to “break out” the annual cost of hedge trimming for each of the properties you manage? How much has this cost increased? Have they made suggestions on how to reduce or eliminate this expense, noise and environmentally polluting task?
Many landscaping maintenance contracts call for irrigation systems to be checked for leaks once a month. If a system is checked today and a leak starts tomorrow it might mean a month goes by before it gets found and fixed. That water can be costly and does not need to continue. There are devices that detect non-normal water use. When it does it sends emails and text messages so staff can be sent out to assess and fix leaks if they are found. Using / wasting less water means less money is spent so many times these devices can pay for themselves.
We are one of only a few landscapers in southern Nevada that is licensed to spray for weed control. It is a special license through the Nevada Department of Agriculture. It is not included in any other license, not even a landscaping contractors’ license! In addition to the company needing a license so does each person spraying.
In Baltimore, a 10% increase in tree canopy corresponded to a 12% decrease in crime(source). Many trees are not properly cared for. Having discissions and implementing a tree heath program may affect the heatly and size of trees.
According to the Virginia Cooperative Extension “…the value of… a landscape improvement increases over time since the growth and maturity of trees and shrubs enhance aesthetic appeal.” It is generally less expensive to plant smaller plants than larger ones so do not wait as the time will never be just right. Get the ball rolling so these plants have time to grow! (Source)
Some of his quotes can be interesting to HOAs regarding their landscaping.
You can't look at the competition and say you're going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you're going to do it differently.
“Don't wait, the time will never be just right.”