Working with Landscape Architects: the Difference

As homeowners become more discerning about their outdoor living preferences in south Florida, they expect authentic custom design, exceptional beauty and value, and the promise that the job will be done right. 

However, the biggest reason that we lose jobs is price. Since we are known for pricing jobs fairly and accurately, are FNGLA- and ISA-certified, and have over 65 years of knowledge and experience, why is this?  

You know the drill. Landscape architects compete for jobs with a flat-fee design proposal they hope will meet and exceed client expectations. Their bid has an acceptable profit margin that includes the cost of landscape contractors to execute the plan.

Contractors never intend to underdeliver, but to keep profit margins acceptable, low-bidding contractors are forced to cut corners, failing to match what they specified. For example, a landscape design calling for 30-foot trees can now afford only 16-foot trees — or trees of the right size but of lower quality. Plants delivered to the site are smaller in size or dull instead of colorful.

In all cases, underbidding means under-delivering. While the Landscape Architect remains focused on exceeding client expectations, a low-bidding Landscape Contractor must focus on cutting costs to meet your expectations.

 Jupiter Island Club, Photo credit Loulie Walker Events, NY (Pinterest)

From our earliest years, Jenkins adopted the design philosophy of renown New York landscape architects and designers of the Jupiter Island Club, Innocenti & Webel. We committed to “quality design rooted in a clear understanding the constraints and opportunities of an existing site. Existing vegetation, soils, hydrology, habitat, heritage, and regulations must all be taken into account. Further, these must all be integrated with the client’s design preferences, sensibilities, and budget.” 

If we are wrong in our choices, we don’t blame our poor decision on the architect, but instead work to fix design errors at our expense. Because we maintain what you design, we offer design suggestions in advance to “create thoughtful landscapes of lasting beauty while enjoying the process and the people with whom we work.”

Learn more about us, our history, and work at jenkinslandscape.com

Landscape Contractor That Flies Trees

What do the most successful Florida Landscape Architects and Luxury Home Builders have in common? Eventually, they need a good Landscape Contractor.

We know that as good architects and builders you live and breath design functionality and sustainability. You place great value on aesthetics, but not at the expense of the environment. The innovation and beauty you design on paper deserves to be fully realized. And when seeking a landscape contractor to bring your design to fruition, you prefer one that is licensed…and then you deserve more.

Jenkins Landscape is a licensed contractor in Florida with over 60 years of continuous service, guided by three generations of the Jenkins family, two of whom continue to be fully engaged in all aspects of the business.

We contract with Landscape Architects and Luxury Home Builders looking for a reputable and reliable contractor with the experience, manpower, and equipment to do the job. We grade and prepare soil, relocate mature trees and plant new ones, install lawns and shrubs, and construct the winding paths, stone walls, and gurgling brooks that transform a piece of ground into an aesthetically pleasing green space.

Jenkins employees combined hold more than 50 certifications and licenses from FNGLA, ISA, and GI-BMP. We are landscape designers, installers, pest and irrigation experts, tree planters and mature tree movers. We hold our employees to high standards of safety in all areas of garden management services.

As employers, we value a good work ethic, and we have a culture of safety and education. 

Because so much work goes into creating the vision, at the very minimum, the landscape contractor that you choose to build that vision should be licensed…that they are one of the best-equipped mature tree movers and re-planters is a bonus! To see us in action, click the link and scroll down to watch a tree fly!