Is Every Landscape Company a Landscape Construction Company?


If you’re like most people, you assume that you need a landscape company for any outdoor projects you’re planning. Whether it’s an irrigation issue, the installation of a new fire pit, replacing the concrete patio with pavers, or replacing the big ugly juniper, any landscaping company with decent online reviews and competitive rates will fit the bill. Right? Actually, no. Not every landscape company is a landscape construction company, and you’re going to want the latter for specific outdoor projects. Here’s why.

What is Landscape Construction?

Anyone being paid to perform work on your property should have the experience and skill sets necessary for the job, which are confined by the possession of various licenses. Different licenses are what set landscaping companies apart. In general, landscaping can be divided into two categories.

  • Hardscape materials include wood, stone, and metal, and they’re used in projects like patios, outdoor kitchens, barbecues, fireplaces and fire pits, retaining walls, water features, and shade structures.
  • Softscape materials include plants and other organic materials. Softscape services may include landscape design and architecture, irrigation, and ornamental installations.

A licensed landscape construction company has the expertise to create permanent or semi-permanent installations to your outdoor space that generally add value to your home.

Which Do You Need?

Choosing between a landscaper and a landscape construction company may not always be obvious. Keep these considerations in mind to help you narrow your options to the most appropriate company for the job.

  • Are there any existing issues to your outdoor space, such as drainage problems, soil condition, broken or failing fences, etc.
  • Think about the updates you’re envisioning and how they’d be identified – are they hardscape features?
  • How do you plan to use the space? Do you want to entertain, relax, boost curb appeal, or a combination of all three?

If your project does include hardscapes, a licensed landscape construction company is going to be a better choice. Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno holds a number of licenses and has extensive experience in all landscape construction projects. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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