BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is urging homeowners looking to landscape their homes this spring to only hire licensed contractors.
Commissioner Mike Strain advises that homeowners should ask contractors for their license issued by the LDAF before allowing them to begin work on their property. He also suggest that people should ask arborists, landscape horticulturists and landscape irrigation contractors for references before allowing them to do work and also follow up on the references.
"Not everyone who claims to be a 'yard specialist' is actually a landscaping professional which requires training," says Strain. "All arborists, landscape horticulturists and landscape irrigation contractors must be licensed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry."
Oversight of these professionals is handled by the LDAF's Horticulture and Quarantine Programs division.
Strain also says homeowners should ask for a copy of the company's insurance. Arborists and landscape irrigation contractors are required to have current liability insurance before a license is issued.
If you have any questions about if a landscape horticulturist, landscape irrigation contractor or arborist is properly licensed you can call the Horticulture and Quarantine Programs division at 225-652-8100.
For a list of licensed horticulture professionals visit www.LDAF.la.gov.