Save money, avoid landscaping scammers with these Better Business Bureau tips

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Memorial Day weekend may have homeowners thinking about landscaping.

Everyone wants a lush green lawn and colorful garden but be on the lookout for garden and lawn-related scams.

The Better Business Bureau has some helpful tips to avoid scams and save money.

  • Find reputable businesses: Make sure to do some research before hiring or signing a contract with an unfamiliar lawn care company. Google the company name and the word "scam." Also make sure to have a contract detailing the scope of the work expected.

  • Be skeptical: Be mindful of anyone who knocks on your door offering services.


  • Stay on budget: When buying landscaping supplies,, understand return policies. Get to know store policies before making any major purchases. Some nurseries will give a free replacement for a diseased plant, others may have stricter "no refund or exchange" policies.


  • The Better Business Bureau has a list of accredited landscape contractors and lawn maintenance companies on their website.
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