This is the third installment of 11 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Landscaping Company which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.
Of the 50 states in America, 49 of them require landscapers to have a professional license. (Good luck to those of you living in Oregon!). Always ask to see a landscaper’s license to be sure that you’re getting professional work done on your yard. If the Cape Coral landscaping company doesn’t have a copy of their license, ask them for their license number. Then search on one of the local county websites to see if the contractor is registered and the license is active and up to date.
What are the consequences of using an unlicensed Cape Coral landscaping company? There is no end to the variety of disasters that you can invite by hiring an unlicensed contractor. For one thing, the incorrect use of pesticides can put your health at risk. Scientific research has linked pesticides to Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states that:
“Anyone using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides on agricultural or related sites in Florida needs a restricted use pesticide license. Also, a license is required of anyone who aerially applies any pesticide in Florida to agricultural or related sites. Agricultural and related sites include but are not limited to the following areas: farms, plant nurseries, livestock, forests, ornamentals and turf not associated with structures (such as golf courses, parks, and cemeteries), right-of-way areas (along highways, railroads, pipelines, etc.), soil and greenhouse fumigation, raw agricultural commodity fumigation, aquatic weed control, wood treatment, seed treatment, sewer root control, use of antifouling boat paints, treatment of swimming pools with chlorine gas, demonstration and research using agricultural or related restricted use pesticides, and regulatory use of agricultural or related restricted use pesticides.” License types available are Private, Commercial, and Public.
In addition to a license from the state of Florida, there are may be other local and county requirements that apply to landscapers. In Lee County, all professionals must formally register their landscaping business with the county. This certification is not active until the business has at least one employee complete a training course.
Are you looking for a Cape Coral landscaping company that provides services such as water features and lighting? R & R Sprinkler & Landscape is the company for you! Our landscape design team knows the right landscaping elements for our Florida climate, our knowledge of landscape installation ensures the longevity of your plants. We are dedicated to making your landscape dream a beautiful reality! If you have any questions or if you would like more information contact us online, call 239-772-2607, or follow R & R Sprinkler & Landscape on Twitter.