FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get started?
What is a proposal? Is it like an estimate?
A proposal is more detailed than an estimate. It's a comprehensive contract describing all work to be done, including materials needed, timeframe and the total charge. Upon request, we also offer a hand-drawn illustration of your design.
We do this for all of our clients and every client appreciates the amount of time and effort spent on their project.
What is CT Scapes' specialty?
Can you tell me more about CT Scapes' background?
CT Scapes is owned and operated by Charles Tracht, a licensed landscape contractor. Tracht has worked as a professional horticulturist for more than 20 years. He started his training at the world-famous Bahia Resort & Hotel in Mission Bay.
What happens during a consultation?
A consultation takes place at your property, where we meet one-on-one to discuss your landscaping needs, ideas and questions. Consultations typically last about an hour.
What should I know about budgeting for a landscape project?
It can be challenging to come up with a budget for landscaping if you've never done so in the past. According to the National Association of Realtors, professionals recommend budgeting 10% of your home's value. They also remind us that a well-planned landscape can increase your home's value by 12.7%. Giving us a clear, realistic budget enables us to help you determine the order in which you can implement your project ideas. We recommend making a list of "needs" and "wants" to help you prioritize.
Do you do commercial landscapes?
Yes! In addition to serving homeowners and investment property owners, we have experience in working with homeowners' associations, property management companies, apartment complexes, schools, and private businesses.
What kinds landscape features do you install?
We have extensive experience with a wide variety of outdoor features, such as patios, porches, walkways, retaining walls, fences/gates, trellises, arbors, sitting areas, stonework (such as dry river beds), water features, fire pits, lighting, irrigation systems (including drip), water harvesting tanks, and, of course, lush and living softscapes (plants!). Do you have a flock of hens in your backyard? We can even build chicken coops from scratch!
Do you use synthetic pesticides?
For everyone's health and safety, we do not use synthetic fertilizer/pesticides. When pests are a problem, we do our best to find non-toxic solutions.