There is no single skill or ability that will guarantee success as a landscape contractor in Laguna Beach, CA, however, there are a few that have been proven to help ensure that clients are satisfied time and time again. Surprisingly, research has shown that few of these essentials pertain to an extensive knowledge of plants or a technical outlook on landscape design, although these are crucial for meeting the demands of the job at hand.
Instead, efficiency in communication and other soft skills appear more frequently in studies investigating the strengths of successful landscape construction companies. Here are a few skills that we at DL Hickman value and continuously hone, for smooth landscaping projects that proceed without a hitch.
Communication is key in any partnership, whether it pertains to communicating with a client or joining forces with a landscape architect. Our ability to articulate design concepts and communicate complex ideas allows us to serve as seamless bridges in communication between the landscape architect and client. This means that we can ensure the landscape architect’s design comes across vividly to the client and leaves them without any misconceptions regarding the final product.
However, when a few different parties have conflicting ideas about how a particular landscape should look, the construction process can be halted. We find it essential to be able to mediate conflict and build consensus in these situations. Being an assertive force that drives and encourages the landscaping team also ensures that jobs are completed quickly and efficiently.
At DL Hickman, we have a holistic understanding of all the disciplines landscape architecture and construction influence, for example, ecology and transportation. We pride ourselves on our ability to notice the ‘big picture’ when approaching a landscaping project. Various people, as well as the environment, are often affected by landscape construction and the inconvenience others experience should be kept at a minimum. It is important for landscape contractors and architects to consider not only the local impacts of a large project, but effects on a regional and city scale as well. Minimizing pollution, for example, falls within the skill of social awareness.
Self-evaluation and the ability to learn from experience
Landscape architects know too well that determining the feasibility of a design is of utmost importance. We too acknowledge the importance of this skill and continuously hone it to ensure that our creativity and ambition don’t distract us from practical factors, like cost. This is just one of the lessons we have learnt through decades of hands-on experience.
Another fine skill that accompanies experience is the ability to function effectively under the stress of a demanding project and meet deadlines. It requires the swift coordination of teams and management, which we can guarantee. Years of experience have also made us skilled at diplomacy and the maintenance of good client relationships.
Established landscaping contractors with plenty of experience are generally more reliable and have had the time to develop a varied and expert set of services. At DL Hickman, we have worked with landscape architects for a long time, delivering a comprehensive range of landscape construction services, from masonry to excavating and general contracting.