Mr. Schmidt took over a project that was started in the Fall of 2010 when another landscaper apparently bailed out on us after repeated phone calls and emails that we were ready for him to get started again in March 2011 after the cold weather ended. Mr. Schmidt had to work with what was already installed and he did a GREAT job of tying all the loose pieces together to be a cohesive project. He kept us very well informed of additional costs when we made changes to the original plans and worked steadily in the heat over the course of a couple of weeks to get the flower beds finished, the irrigation installed, and the plants in the ground. He is a pleasure to work with and offered good suggestions to help us save some money sometimes too. He used quality materials for the irrigation system and timer and has offered to come over one or two more times after the work was completed to ensure that we set the timer on the irrigation system to optimize watering, as well as conserving water after the plants are established. He likes to get started early in the day to get the majority of the work completed before our infamous Florida heat and humidity sets in but, if necessary, he will stay until dark to complete some projects already underway that day. Because we did make changes to the original plans and added additional spaces to be landscaped and irrigated I really can't fault Mr. Schmidt on the final costs. It did wind up being more than we planned to spend, especially if we add what we paid to the original landscaper who jumped ship on us. If Mr. Schmidt had done the project from scratch I think he would have done a much better job of controlling the costs for us. But, as I said, he had to work with what was already in place because it was too far along to tear it all out and start all over again. Although the original project has been completed we will be calling Nature Encounter again for other outside projects which were not planned to happen this year.