We had Christian come out to give us an estimate. He was prompt and very nice. However, the estimate was out of this world. For the price that he gave us for the apron of a driveway and plantings on each side we had the entire back yard with 2 large patio's (1000 sq ft each) done, 2 walkways in addition we had the apron and plantings in the front and back installed for a total of $14,000. The estimate broken out was $3000 for the driveway & plantings. Crawford Landscape's estimate was $11,200.00--for a new apron and plantings around the apron! I wanted to write this when we completed our job by another contractor to make it a fair comparison. We also had hired a landscape architect before we started bidding any of the work so we already knew most of what we wanted to do.
When I called to inquire why the estimate was so high (other bids at that point were a few thousand lower)I was surprised at Christian's attitude. He also failed to include the backyard job into the estimate (which made it a much larger job). He said well, you wanted the apron done first (don't see what that has to do with getting a full quote--the backyard was to be done during the same time, we had an issue with our dogs) but anyway, I'm glad that I went with the other contractor and I was very pleased with the quality of their work. They also made some suggestions along the way that worked out well for us. Maybe because there was other work around, he jacked the price? Not sure.