Recent Review: The executive level review: This is an A+ contractor. The quality of their work is outstanding and they are tremendously easy to work with. Very professional. I called Central Services in early spring of 2015. My new house completed construction in late winter. They were one of 3 contractors that I contacted to get proposals on various levels of landscaping. I normally do all of my own general landscaping but with my new house, I wanted to get a 'proper' start. I have a home with an exposed basement and some relatively steep hills on either side of the house, as well as a wetland starting just off the rear of my yard. My home builder did NOT include landscaping and only went up to a rough grade. In spring, my yard was a hot mess. It was too much for a single person to tackle so I put together a list of highly reviewed contractors from Angie's List and requested quotes for a number of long term tasks with the understanding that the budget only allowed for a yard/grass and a proper drainage solution this year. This was also my opportunity to give some landscapers a test run to see who I might want to work with longer term on those items I cannot do myself. Gary stopped out and provided me with different ideas and a very detailed proposal. He listed the work that would be performed, the materials he was going to use, a estimated timeframe and their guarantees along with some helpful information on how to best support a newly seeded lawn. I can't tell you how important that second part was -- I mean he listed the varieties and percentages of seed, the type of soil used, etc. For the drainage, he drew out exactly where he would lay the PVC, how deep it would be buried, how it was prepped, etc. The other quotes I received were 'official' looking and nicely formatted but lacked in the important details that Gary provided. He even explained why his quote was likely to come in a bit higher than the others. After hemming and hawing for a few weeks, I chose a seperate company for the drainage solution. I struggled with the decision but it basically came down to price. It wasn't a big difference (~10%) but it was enough and the other landscaper has a significant number of A reviews on Angie's list. I figured they must be OK and this was an opportunity to save a few bucks. Well, I can tell you I am regretting that decision. I should've spent the couple hundred dollars more. It's probably going to cost me a lot more to fix what the other contractor did. I've posted that review under that contractor so I won't go into more detail. Suffice to say, after that experience, I decided I would give someone else a shot for installing the yard. I talked to Gary in early summer and informed him of my intentions to use him for my lawn. I communicated my desire to plant in early September and he was very accommodating. In late August, Gary contacted me and informed me I was 'next up'. A couple weeks before installing the lawn, he sent someone by to kill the weeds. Both of my neighbors have very nice, established lawns and I was a little worried about this. My lot was new construction -- tons of rocks and tons of weeds bordering beautiful lawns. They did a great job. They actually applied the weed killer right up to the edge of my lot. There was a very tight line where the weeds died and they managed not to accidentally kill any of my neighbors lawn. Outstanding work. A few days later, they removed the silt fence. They had that knocked out in no time and disposed of it for me. They then did a pass to remove the top layer of rocks and disposed of those as well. Then, just before Labor day, they installed my yard. Gary added over 100 yards of topsoil delivered. This was the primary reason I needed to hire out. I had done 20 yards earlier in the summer with a shovel and wheelbarrow and it was just too much. However, I know that the quality of the soil is critical in getting your yard started correctly so it was very important that it wasn't just any old topsoil used. CS used a very high quality soil with a compost mix. I later learned they source it from a company that I've used in the past due to the quality of soil they provide. I was thrilled with this. As it turned out, the 100 yards was not quite enough to get things graded properly so they had to order another 20 to supplement the original quote. I have NO problem with that change. It was well communicated and Gary had the change order to me quickly. I signed off immediately and there was no delay in the work. Gary's workers (Matt, in particular), busted their butts. They worked hard for two days straight to get the rocks removed, soil down, graded and seeded with a layer of straw on top. They started the heavy work on the Thursday before Labor Day and were done by Friday afternoon. I didn't think there was any way they were going to get it done before the weekend but they proved me wrong. So the communication and the effort leading up to and right through the work was excellent. However, that's only a part of the story. It's nice to have a smooth project but more important, to me, is the final result. I can tell you that I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. The skill, effort and materials that CS puts into their job show up in the results. After only a few days, I had a decent amount of fescue and rye popping up. This was very important to me because, as I mentioned, I have some steep hills and I was greatly concerned about run-off and watching all my seed and soil run into my backyard. Those hills were seriously eroding all summer and the work Gary's crew did defied the laws of physics. By getting some grass up quickly, the yard was able to establish a good base and firm up the soil to keep the seed and soil in place. I'm now 4 weeks removed and the grass has come up on about 95% of the yard. There are a couple of minor bald spots but those are mostly due watering issues due to location (either over or under watering). It's only rained a couple days in the last 30 but other than that, it's decent grass growing weather. The fact that they provided hoses and their yard Camel system (i.e. timer with multiple outlets) was an added benefit and played an important part in improving the overall results. Finally, learn from my mistakes. Don't just go with the landscaper with the most good reviews on Angie's List. Even if they have an excessive number of good reviews. Sometimes that is just good marketing. Occasionally, you have to dig a little deeper to find the true gems. Central Services is one of those gems. Also, make sure that any competing quotes provide the same level of detail as Central Services. Challenge them on anything that is not spelled out. Don't assume they will perform the same level of work for less. I can tell you, they won't. Frankly, to get over a half-acre of grass to grow where previously there was only weeds and rocks is amazing. The work CS did was outstanding and I will be using them for many future landscaping projects. Gary and his crew get an A+ from me. I don't give out A's freely -- it truly requires a special business and CS has met that criteria. Initially, I did have sticker shock over the price (from all 3 contractors, not just CS). Now that I've had it done, I can tell you that they earned every penny and I would do it again in a heartbeat.