With Youtube, Pinterest, and the internet in general, many people are choosing the route of DIY (do-it-yourself) around the house. Even with the wealth of information literally at your fingertips, there are times when hiring a professional is the better way to go. Your exterior landscaping is one of those times. Here are 9 reasons why you should hire a professional:
1. Get exactly what you want in a landscape design.
Once you and your landscape professional decide on a design for your space, you know exactly what you are going to get! There may be small changes along the way, but not without your consent. Therefore, when all is said and done, what you planned, is what you get.
2. No hard labor.
Working on your yard is hard work. From the initial installation to the monthly (or bi-monthly or weekly) maintenance, it can be labor intensive even for the simplest of designs.
3. Ensured quality.
A professional has a reputation to uphold. The quality of their work is imperative to the future of their business.
4. Saves you time.
You work hard. You deserve some time to kick up your feet and take it easy. The last thing that you want to worry about, after working all day and all week, is taking care of your yard.
5. You don’t have to worry about purchasing the wrong materials.
Time, money, and headaches spared! Get exactly what you need without the stress. This is all in the daily life of a professional landscaper. They know what you need and exactly where to get it.
6. Project planning.
From start to finish, everything is planned out for your project. Certain tasks must be finished before others begin. And that's not even considering the proper permitting and approvals.
7. Work with your weather and climate.
Natural climate and weather patterns are going to play a huge role in the care and maintenance of your landscape design. Some plants will do better in a places such as Haiku, while others will thrive in Kihei. Perhaps a rock design for drainage is best for you. A professional will be able to guide you through the best choices for your climate needs, as well as set up the proper care and maintenance schedule for you.
8. Artistic vision.
They may be able to show you some designs that you had never thought of. A professional will keep up-to-date on new information and new landscaping trends. There is a very good possibility you are going to like what you see.
9. Stay on BUDGET.
When "Doing-It-Yourself", it is easy to just keep buying more and more. Every trip to Home Depot can send your budget cap higher and higher. When you work with a professional, you give them your budget and they give you a price quote to suit your needs.
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What is it?
Rat lungworm is a parasite that was brought to Hawaii from Southeast Asia by — you guessed it — rats. The parasite can be transferred to slugs/snails when they crawl through rat feces. Flatworms eat slugs and can also be carriers. The Semi-Slug (Parmarion martensi) can be more heavily infected with the parasite.
How do humans contract it?
By eating raw/under cooked snails and slugs or food that has come into contact with their slime trails.
They may be hidden in produce and missed upon initial inspection. The slime trails left behind by infected gastropods also contain high amounts of the parasite. Slime trails are everywhere when you start to take notice of them. Sidewalks, picnic tables, counter tops, produce —makes you want to go wash your hands, right?
How do I know if I have been infected? What do I do?
Before you consult Dr. Google, know that symptoms are usually flu-like:
If you think there is any possibility that you have contracted this parasite, seek medical help immediately.
If all of this sound really scary, it’s because it is. The best measures you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your pets (yes, animals can be affected as well!) is to be informed and aware of the causes and symptoms. Be vigilant in inspecting and thoroughly washing your produce with soap and water. Wash your hands after working outside and especially before eating.
Greg Stout has over 30 years of experience in the landscape and irrigation industry. Born in Illinois, Greg relocated to Hawaii in the 1970's and has been providing quality design and installation work to the people of Maui since 2000 as the owner of Maui Lawn & Landscape, LLC.