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Landscaping Contract: Everything You Need To Know

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Are you in need of landscaping services but unsure about the details of a landscaping contract? Look no further! A landscaping contract is a legal agreement between property owners and landscaping companies that establishes clear expectations, protects both parties in case of disputes, and ensures a successful project outcome.

To ensure a successful outcome for your landscaping project, it’s important to seek legal advice from expert counsels of Legamart  before signing a contract

What are landscaping contracts? 

Landscaping contracts are legal agreements between property owners and landscaping companies that highlight the scope of services. They are important as they establish clear expectations, protect both parties in case of disputes, and ensure a successful project outcome.

A landscaping agreement, also known as a commercial landscaping contract, is a legal document between a client and a landscaping company.

The document covers the terms and conditions for the provision of landscaping services, such as grass cutting and lawn care. To create a landscaping agreement, one can use a landscaping services or lawn care contract template. These documents provide a framework for negotiation and can ensure a successful project outcome.

What are the key components of a landscaping contract? 

key components of a landscaping contract

The critical components of a landscaping contract include:

  • A detailed description of services.
  • Outlining specific tasks and responsibilities for each party.
  • Clear payment terms with cost and schedule.
  • Warranties to protect the property owner.
  • A termination clause outlining the circumstances of termination.
  • Discussing insurance and liability to protect both parties and including change orders to accommodate any changes or additional work that may arise during the project.

A landscaping project involves hiring a landscape contractor to do the necessary work. Choosing a reputable and experienced contractor and seeking legal advice before signing a contract is essential. The landscape contractor should provide a detailed description of the scope of work, payment terms, warranties, and a termination clause. Seeking legal advice can help protect both parties in disputes and ensure a successful project outcome. 

Additionally, warranties should be included to protect the property owner and a termination clause that outlines the circumstances under which the contract may be terminated. Liability and insurance should also be discussed to protect both parties. Finally, the contract should have change orders to account for any changes or additional work that may be required during the project.

When hiring a landscape contractor, choosing someone with a good reputation and experience is important. It is also recommended to seek the legal advice of the legal counsel of Legamart before signing any contract to ensure that both parties are protected in case of disputes. By having a detailed and comprehensive contract in place, the property owner and landscape contractor can ensure a successful outcome for the project.

What are the unique considerations for landscaping contracts? 

When considering a landscaping contract, there are unique considerations that should be taken into account. These include outlining project-specific details, such as the installation of irrigation systems or specific landscaping features, discussing the business relationship between the property owner and the landscaping company to ensure successful collaboration, and addressing communication, dispute resolution, and confidentiality to ensure that any issues that arise are handled professionally and confidentially.

“Rights reserved” typically means the owner or company retains certain rights and privileges. In landscaping, this could refer to the rights reserved by the contractor for providing maintenance services or performing a specific landscaping job, such as trimming shrubs or creating a green space. Commercial landscaping services may also have certain rights reserved in their contracts. These rights can be necessary for potential clients when deciding which landscaping company to work with. Ultimately, It may depend on the specific requirements of the situation and the advice of the legal counsel of Legamart.

When entering into a landscaping contract, it is important to discuss the specific timeline for the project, including start and end dates and any potential delays that may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. It is also essential to clearly understand who will be responsible for any necessary permits or approvals from local government agencies. 

This helps avoid any legal or regulatory issues during the project. Finally, it may be useful to include a provision for quality control or oversight to ensure that the work is completed to the satisfaction of both parties. When negotiating a landscaping contract, these unique considerations should be considered to ensure both parties are satisfied with the outcome.

Services covered in a Landscaping Contract

Landscape contracts are used to do much more than mow lawns and install plants. Rather, landscaping contracts include all kinds of residential and commercial landscaping services. Irrespective of whether it is a one-time or regular/ongoing service, it is vital to write down all the services provided in the form of a contract. Some common services that are capable of becoming a part of your landscaping contract are:

  • Clear and grade land
  • Build hardscape elements such as decks, patios, masonry walls, water features, install pavers, etc.
  • Install and manage irrigation systems
  • Install landscape lighting
  • Apply pesticides and herbicides
  • Other area-specific services

How Do You Hire an Appropriate Landscape Contractor?

  1. Start with a plan – the primary question you must answer is whether you require a full-service or a maintenance landscape company. While a full-service landscape company provides the design, installation and maintenance work, maintenance companies are used to provide lawn services (such as mowing, leaf cleanup, edge, etc.). Once you have made your choice, it helps you narrow down your selection, making it easier to decide on the right company. 
  2. Research landscape contractors – Once you have decided on the services required, the next step is to hire the appropriate landscape contractor, with whom you shall enter into a landscaping agreement. Typically, you should look for a contractor with previous experience of handling a similar landscape project, along with someone with a license and current insurance coverage of their services. 
  3. Get Referrals – Usually, landscape contractors are small, local companies. Therefore, personal referrals are one of the best ways to find an appropriate service provider for your needs. You can ask your friends and family, or any other acquaintance, to find the right person. 
  4. Interview landscape contractors – this does not mean that you should conduct a proper interview procedure with the contractors. However, you must seek answers to common questions such as – the time they have been in the business, usage of subcontractors, requirement of permits, plan drawing, care instructions, warranty for plant material and workmanship, payment expectations, etc. 
  5. Get estimates in writing – Ensure your negotiations are written through a proper agreement. Usually, for any installation or hardscape work, the company sends their representative to take the appropriate measurements and discuss the plan further. An ideal estimate must include the following features:
    1. Contact information
    2. Total cost including taxes
    3. Scope of the project
    4. Maintenance schedule
    5. Plant specifications
    6. Terms and conditions (if any)
    7. Warranty information 

Lawn Care Contracts v. Landscaping Contracts

The main difference between lawn care contracts and landscaping contracts is the types of services the contractor provides. While lawn care contracts are used to address specific services, such as mowing, pest control, etc., landscaping contracts are used to engage in land grading and other material work, which might be much more complicated to execute. 

Due to the extensive nature of landscaping contracts, they are used to address the unique needs of each client. On the other hand, lawn care contracts might be more common.

Key Aspects to Consider in a Landscaping Contract: Payment Terms, Timelines, and Deadlines

Payment terms and the timeline for completion are crucial aspects of a landscaping contract. To avoid any misunderstandings or disputes, the project’s cost and payment schedule should be clear. Additionally, deadlines and milestones should be established to ensure that the project is completed on time and to the satisfaction of both parties. It is recommended that all agreements between clients and landscapers be put in writing and includes specific details about the work to be done. Case studies may help develop an agreement that meets the needs of both parties and follows legal requirements.

A. Details on project cost and payment schedule: This point highlights the importance of including the project cost and payment schedule in the landscaping contract. It ensures that both parties are aware of the financial obligations and can avoid misunderstandings or disputes in the future.

B. Deadlines and milestones for completion: It emphasizes the need to establish clear deadlines and milestones for the completion of the landscaping project. It helps to ensure that the project is completed on time and to the satisfaction of both parties. Additionally, it provides a framework for monitoring progress and addressing any potential issues that may arise during the project.

Here’s a Sample of a Free Landscaping Contract Template

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[Client Name]

[Client Address]

[Client City, State ZIP]

[Landscaping Company Name]

[Landscaping Company Address]

[Landscaping Company City, State ZIP]

This agreement (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into on [Date] by and between [Client Name] (“Client”) and [Landscaping Company Name] (“Landscaping Company”).

Scope of Work

The Landscaping Company agrees to provide landscaping services as outlined in the attached proposal (the “Proposal”) in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement. The Client agrees to pay the Landscaping Company the amount specified in the proposal to complete the work.


The Client agrees to pay the Landscaping Company the amount specified in the proposal in accordance with the payment schedule outlined in the proposal. The Landscaping Company will invoice the Client for payment.

Change Orders

The Client may request changes to the scope of work outlined in the proposal. If such changes are approved by the Landscaping Company, they will be documented in writing and added to the proposal. The Client agrees to pay any additional costs associated with approved change orders.


The Landscaping Company warrants that all materials and workmanship will be of good quality and free from defects. The Landscaping Company will repair or replace any defective materials or workmanship discovered within one year of the completion of the work.


Either party may terminate this agreement in writing if the other party fails to fulfill any of its obligations under this agreement.

Insurance and Liability

The Landscaping Company agrees to maintain adequate insurance coverage for liability and property damage. The Landscaping Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Client from any claims or damages arising out of work performed by the Landscaping Company.

Governing Law

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state. 

Entire Agreement

This agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior discussions, negotiations, and agreements.


By signing below, the parties acknowledge that they have read and understood this agreement and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.

[Client Name] [Landscaping Company Name]


Date: _________________ Date: _________________


To have a successful project, property owners and landscaping companies need to work together. Landscaping contracts are important because they help both parties to understand what work needs to be done and when it should be done. A good contract will protect everyone involved and make things clear.

It’s a good idea for property owners and landscaping companies to read and discuss the contract carefully to ensure everyone is happy with it. Finally, consulting with an attorney of Legamart may be beneficial if you have a legal issue or are unsure how to proceed with your landscaping agreement, as they can offer legal advice, review your affidavit, and represent you in court if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What services are included in your landscaping contracts?

A: Our landscaping contracts include a wide range of services, including design consultation, site preparation, installation of plants and features, hardscaping, and ongoing maintenance.

Q: How long does a landscaping project typically take?

A: The length of time required for a landscaping project depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the project, as well as the weather conditions.

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