Leaf Removal This Year, More Landscape Work Next Summer

My landscaping contractor impressed me with his efficiency, professionalism, and hard work … and he was also a very nice guy

Submitted by Dave H.

Front yard

WHAT MY NETWORX CONTRACTOR DID FOR ME: Leaf cleanup and disposal.

WHY I CHOSE HIM: Personable manner, price, professionalism.

My home is set on a 2-acre lot, so you can imagine the amount of leaves I had to clear up this fall. I wanted to turn the job over to a professional, so I googled and Networx came up.

Networx provided me with a selection of landscape contractors. I chose the top two and had both of them come out to bid on the job. I’ve used another contractor referral service as well, and I had a better experience with Networx in terms of the quality of people that came. With the other service, there were huge variations in price, which annoyed me. I’m very satisfied.

I chose SM Landscaping, LLC because he was more personable, he was cheaper, and he just seemed a lot more professional.

2-acre lot cleaned up

He did the job within 4 days of my initial request. He came out on a Sunday, which is also impressive for me. It showed me someone who is willing to work any day of the week, 7 days a week rather than 5. Plus I was at home then, so it was more beneficial for me.

He cleared up all the leaves that had fallen and took them away – and he actually had to come back to make a second run. His price was per truckload, so I asked him, “How much do I owe you? Do I owe you 2 truckloads?”  He actually said, “No, I’ll do that cheaper for you.” Again, I was very impressed. It took him probably 4 or 5 hours to do the whole thing.


I originally wanted someone for just the one job, but I was so pleased with his performance that I’ve asked him to come back for another, larger project. We’ve also been talking about work he can do for me next year. I was that impressed; I’m probably going to hire him for the whole year for tasks like lawn maintenance, scarifying the lawn, clearing the deck, and a tree I may need to have taken down. He proved himself to me and he was a very nice guy.

I recommend that you consider the following when hiring a contractor:

  • Price
  • Efficiency on return of call
  • Availability
  • Professionalism – whether they appear prepared and well equipped. The fellow from SM Landscaping turned up with a uniform on. He looked very, very professional. As well, he had texted me a picture of the machine he was going to use – a huge vacuum suction device – instead of just blowing the leaves and then having to shovel them. That was perfect, exactly what I needed.


Edited by Laura Firszt.

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