Consumer Information

Consumer Information

The NJLCA is a proven resource to both the landscape industry and the consumer. Our members offer a variety of services from design to installation and maintenance, which are oriented to the needs of each client.

We understand that choosing the right landscape contractor can be a very difficult decision to make.  You want to know about their background and experience, years in business, and if they have the proper credentials including certifications, registrations and licenses to do the job right.

Members of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association must apply for membership and be approved by our board of directors prior to being accepted into our association. Part of the application process includes the submission of the following information as required by law:

Home Improvement Contractors Registration number (HIC#) (In order to qualify for an HIC number, contractors must be insured.)

Sales Tax ID number (FEIN#)

New Jersey Fertilizer Applicator Certification

Pesticide License Number

Complaint check through the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

The NJLCA consists of individual businesses that provide the following types of services for homeowners, commercial property owners, condo associations, HOA's, and municipal properties. Their services fall into four main categories with many members providing multiple services.

Maintenance

Annual Maintenance –is the art and vocation of keeping a landscape healthy, clean, safe and attractive.

Garden Maintenance - maintenance to keep your flowers blooming and looking good by deadheading, pinching and pruning.

Pruning – trimming (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.

Spring/Fall Clean Ups - removal of debris, dead leaves, twigs, etc. after the winter has begun or ended.  Pruning and trimming for the spring and fall.

Annual Maintenance Calendar

Lawn Care

Lawn Applications - periodic application of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other nutrients to turfgrass to keep it healthy and strong.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - An ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.

Organic Lawn Care - the practice of establishing and caring for a lawn using organic horticulture, without the use of chemical inputs such as pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

Design/Build

Hardscape - structures (such as fountains, benches, or gazebos), as well as patios, walkways and walls that are incorporated into a landscape.

Plantings - the installation of plant material or beds of plants.

Design - the art of arranging or modifying the features of a yard, an urban area, etc., for aesthetic or practical reasons.

Lighting - outdoor landscape illumination that is used for aesthetics and safety around the outside of the home.

Irrigation - an efficient form of supplemental watering.

Grading - creation of slopes to assist in improving drainage, increasing stability of the land and directing traffic.

Drainage - the natural or artificial removal of a surface's water and sub-surface water from an area.

Landscape Management

Landscape managers oversee both the landscape project plan and the workers who implement it.

Snow and Ice Management

Risk managers charged with providing safe environments for clients by using snowplowing techniques, deicing, sidewalk clearing and snow relocation.

FAQ's

How To Hire A Landscape Contractor (downloadable checklist)

DIYer's

Why Should You Choose an NJLCA Contractor

What is an HIC Registration