In continuation of our Landscaping Inspection Series: Part 1 blog, we wanted to focus Part 2 on our process for selecting the best material with your landscaping inspection in mind. Although each county has its own rules and regulations, inspectors seem to be most concerned with energy conservation, fire and erosion safety, and curb appeal. But how do you choose which plants and trees for your projects in order to pass your inspection?
Gosha Greens mindfully sources plant material for landscape contractors to ensure they will always pass their inspections. When a landscape contractor reaches out to us, they need three specific measurements:
- Planted height: the height from the ground level to the top of the canopy
- Spread of the head/canopy: the average horizontal width of the crown
- Caliper: the diameter measured at 6-12 inches above the ground
Gosha Greens provides all of these measurements to every landscape contractor, but we also send photos including the rulers, measuring tape, and caliper tools in them for quality assurance and to convey scale.
Other benefits of sending photos are to show the landscape contractor the health and shape of the tree, which include:
- Single leader: the vertical stem at the top of the trunk
- Clean, straight trunk: no scars, holes, or fungus
- Straight trunk: no elbows
Sometimes, a landscape contractor will request a plant in a specific size that simply does not exist. For example, a plan could call for a 36-inch clusia in a 7-gallon pot, but most clusia plants are sold by the time they reach 30-inches. However, Gosha Greens always sets realistic expectations on size and measurements for everything we source. We’ll offer multiple options for the requested plant, so our customers know exactly what is available and what they are willing to compromise on.
In the end, Gosha Greens offers the best service and top-quality plants so that the landscape inspection is of minimal concern to our landscape contractor customers.