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As agreed, H.A.M builds a stone patio behind our house in early December. With hindsight it might have been better to wait until spring. The patio is nice looking, but as of this writing, it has started to settle unevenly. In several areas it is below the level of the beds so that mud flows onto the patio when the beds are watered. Unfortunately, there are now permanent stains from the caked mud on the surface. I have tried to wash these off with the garden hose, and to sweep them off with a broom, but the stained appearance of pools of dried mud remains. The “stone” is really textured concrete.
digging and repair followed. (See my review of the excellent and professional work done by E.R. Concrete)--The contrast in work ethic between this company and H.A.M. is particularly striking.
Accepted proposal: Patio $7500, Bed Prep $6500, Gravel paths $5,395, Plant installation $12,644.46, Mulching $2,438.92 (plus
March and April 2012:
One evening my husband mentioned, “There is a man walking on our property.” I looked out the front window, and a H.A.M truck was parked in our driveway, so I walked outside to introduce myself to
During the construction of the beds and paths on our property, I found H.A.M’s crew to be pleasant. They traced out the dimensions of the beds and paths with spray paint. To my eye, the paths looked excessively wide—not like paths, but more like garden beds. In total, the crew spent two half days. They dug up my neighbor’s hosta (as required), but did not replant—leaving the bare-rooted plants to wilt. I emailed
She called H.A.M, and arranged for them to reconstruct some of the beds. In addition she told me she would talk with
The next day (April 26), while her crew was planting,
I researched the proper construction of gravel garden paths on the web. I found that it is important to construct a base
Nonetheless, I waited to hear
be standard, and thought both would create an irremediable mess on the property, though adding polysand to the gravel to make it adhere to itself andnot move around on top of the garden fabric seemed the least satisfactory. After this visit I demanded a one-on-one meeting with
When he came to our property,
property owners so I could see these paths. He replied that “He could not remember” and would need to get back to the office to look these experiences up. (I have not yet been given a list of other gardens I might visit.)
To give readers a sense of
On May 7, the H.A.M. added mulch to the beds. Again, I showed the crew the paths, and also the drainage problems on the patio. I was told that all would be corrected by the addition of the mulch. Later
he would repair the patio so that it drained properly. H.A.M. never returned to make this repair.
Ouryard has large trees, and an abundance of roots and rocks, so to build anadequate base for the paths would have required more digging than was done.
Total paid to date at end of May $30,062.
I have told
At present I am in the process of hiring another landscaper to reconstruct the paths and at least one of the beds. I have paid
In conclusion, I would discourage anyone from hiring
DO NOT HIRE H.A.M landscaping for any job.
They also did an excellent job removing the snow from my driveway on 12/17/11 when we got 4 inches of snow in one afternoon.I didn't even know they had shown up to complete the job.
I also needed a log for a particular project.
I would HIGHLY recommend them. Both "
be patient Just didn't work out"
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