The latest Cacti Landscapes TV commercial – airing on local TV stations here in Las Vegas.
If you decide to do your yard yourself you can dump at the local dump for free. Just take your monthly home bill with your load of trash and it will be free. Do not use a company vehicle.
[highlight_one] When hiring a contractor you need to ask questions. [/highlight_one]
The more you ask, the more (and better!) information you will gather. Also, if the contractor doesn’t seem too confident or seems vague in his answers you know that he is the wrong choice.
– Many contractors hire sales people and many of these sales people really don’t know how a landscape project work. Therefore, a lot of the information you give them can get lost before it even gets to the installation crew.
– Contractors must be licensed, bonded, insured AND be current with all licenses and licensing conditions in order to be able to give you an estimate or a proposal. You can search the Nevada State Contractors’ Board by clicking here.
– If a contractor’s ad or flyer does not contain the NV State Contractors’ Board License Number, they are probably NOT licensed.
– You should always hire the contractor you feel most comfortable with.
– Prices for the same project are literally “all over the place“. Shop around, get a second or third opinion.
– If a contractor is not paid in full within a certain time frame, he is legally allowed to put a “Mechanic’s Lien” on your home. He can also foreclose on the home (in certain cases).
– Many contractors use cheaper materials to save a few bucks. We would rather spend the extra $20, ensuring quality of work.
– There generally is no reason to ask for a deposit for a project that costs less than $5000, unless unless sub contractors need to be paid or synthetic turf needs to be purchased.
– I have spoken with owners of other landscape companies and the number one thing that I can’t stand is “extras”.
Many owners just love the extras. They will charge for every little thing. We try – to the best of our ability – NOT to charge for extras. If you want to add plants or trees that is certainly an extra we will charge you for, but for the most part we do not charge for the little things.
As long as you maintain your property your landscape should be in good condition for 5-10 years – depending on certain factors, e.g. the way you maintain your property, your chosen style and if you have animals or kids using the landscape.
If you get landscaping done and don’t maintain it, it will not last for a long time. Plants die for no reason, water must be changed once per quarter, and the weather does a number on the plants and trees. Cacti Landscaping will help you with your maintenance to ensure you know how to do these things.
The second thing is the style you like and you chose for your landscaping. A lot of people love their landscaping when it is new and looks fresh; but remember that after 5 years certain things might have to be replaced. Keeping your landscape up-to-date will only improve the value of your home.
Thirdly, there is the wear and tear of the property. If you have children or animals they can be pretty hard on your landscape. Most people with dogs do not understand how much grass is needed for just one small dog, let alone 2 large dogs. Take this into consideration when budgeting your landscape and that sooner or later certain items need to be replaced.
One more thing to consider are tree roots, as they can hinder grass from growing and grass may have to be repaired approximately around the 10 year mark.
We felt it was time to redesign our website to give our current and future customers a much better experience!
We added previous projects, an image gallery, an online estimate request form, and much, much more. Browse our site and see what Cacti Landscapes & Cacti Grounds Management can do for you!
In Las Vegas we install 2 different types of irrigation systems in the residential market
First are the popup sprinklers used for grass and flower areas.
Next is the drip system which is very popular in the desert areas of the Western US.
The drip system can be used for plants, trees, flowers and gardens.
There are many different types of drip irrigation. We use the same type that is used in the commercial field. Our experience has shown us that our Vegas sprinkler system lasts longer and works more efficiently than any other.
Many homeowners and contractors utilize the adjustable head: This type of head we only use when absolutely necessary. The problem with this type of drip is the alkaline level here in Nevada and that it will eventually clog the heads, which forces you, the homeowner, to keep adjusting until the head pops off and gets lost or it simply quits working all together.
When you hire Cacti Landscapes Inc., you get the best installation in town. We use better piping and swing joints on all heads and overall better parts than most contractors. This eliminates many problems like cracked pipes and broken sprinklers that can happen right after the other guys leave.
We also install taller popup heads; so when your grass grows to full height the sprinklers still operate properly. Many competitors dig shallow trenches and use shorter heads with hardly any topsoil. This saves them a lot of time and money but gives you an inferior product which will cause you problems right from the start.
Our credo is: We do it right and we do it for a reasonable price.
Here are some reasons we don’t plant certain trees or plants in Southern Nevada:
I personally love Agave plants but only one seems to do well in the Las Vegas Valley: the Century Plant. The Agave plants attract a beetle that will kill them within a year or two of planting.
The Purple Plum Tree you see all over the valley, but what you don’t know is that they do fine when there is grass around them, but if you remove the grass or put in rocks they will get bores.
The same thing will happen to the Mimosa Tree and and the Japanese Blueberry Tree.
Another “favorite” is the Italian Cypress Tree: they get spider mites and will die one by one. You can try to prevent this by applying herbicides every 6 months, but I like to simply enjoy my backyard landscaping without spraying a bunch of herbicides.
Most Las Vegas and Henderson landscapers don’t really follow the diseases, hence we recommend calling your local Arborist to be sure before planting. Of course, the experienced green thumbs at Cacti Landscaping are always ready to help out too.
Please contact us if you need any help or advice!
The #1 piece of advice that I can give you, the homeowner is to set up a fund for your yard.
Homeowners tend to think that when they get a new landscape they can forget about it. Maybe in other places in the US this might work, but not in Las Vegas. We have harsh seasons; plants die and things break.
Ask your landscaper what a good budget would be, and also ask them to explain it, it really shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a reasonable number, given they know your property, your plants and your system.
I would consider irrigation repairs, plant replacements, and additional rock over a period of 5 years and then divide the total into the months of the year.
So, let’s assume the number is $2500 (for the next five years): That would mean only $42 per month you would need to put away.
If you have a “rainy day fund” for your landscape set aside and an issues arises you can just do it and take care of it right away — which might even save you money because you don’t have to wait and don’t allow the problem to get worse.
For example, if you see a little leak that is continuously running every day, it might cost you $70 on time to have us repair it. Meanwhile, your water bill has already increased by $30. If you wait only 2 months to repair you could have used the money you had to pay the water company for the repair — hence, in the end, it’s not costing you money at all.
Cacti Landscapes makes it easy for you to pay your landscaping bill.
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Try not to plant palm trees between the months of November and March. They will not do well and may take a couple of years to even get started.
When planting palms the SECRET is to always backfill with concrete sand. If you see your landscapers backfilling with soil they are not doing a good job.