Raleigh >A Cutting Edge Landscape & Design, Inc.
What a mistake. If you are thinking of hiring Rick Swinarski, A Cutting Edge, run away fast…. run very very fast. He seems like a good guy with many stories that seem to make sense about landscaping but his stories are a cover for a lack of knowledge and low quality work. After awhile he will stop showing up. At first he does an acceptable job at best, later his work becomes unacceptable. He will take the money and run. He gave us notice that he could not finish the job but took all our money anyway. We are now trying to get part of it back. It will take at least a year or more for our landscaping to recover. He built a patio for one of our neighbors last summer, by this spring it had buckled and they had to hire another contractor to fix the problem. He gave another neighbor a bid on their drainage issue and for the next nine months he never came to do the job. Many phones calls to him with reasons why he was not there, too wet, too cold but it will be done by mid April. Never showed. No money was paid but nine months later, in the busy season they are now looking for anther contractor. We found out too late for us that he has a history of shady business then changing business names. See WRAL Five on Your Side story from 2005 his business name then was Carolina Landscape and Turf. It looks like Rick Swinarski or his relatives wrote all his good reviews online, unfortunately we believed them.
My lawn looks wonderful!. This is definitely a full service landscaping company. Not only does our lawn look consistently beautiful, but Rick Swinarski, the owner, is very knowledgable and helpful when it comes to deciding what types of plants and flowers would do well in each area of our yard. When we have a question or concern, he's very responsive and a good listener. Highly recommended!
Amazing Back Yard Transformation!. I have attempted to be my own landscaper for over six years with little success and a lot of frustration. Thanks to Rick and his hard working team at A Cutting Edge, we now have something we never expected to have and can enjoy it for a long time. We met Rick when he redesigned and produced a beautiful landscape at our neighbor's house and after meeting Rick, we immediately knew he was the right man to transform our yard. Rick spent about an hour with us initially and then spent the time required on his own over another week or so and returned to our house with a very professional design with impressive detail. He spent time to review the details, the price, and answered all of our questions. The design had our base ideas but Rick's knowledge and expertise of landscape added more than we knew was possible in a small yard - we loved it. Rick educated us on the hardscape options for stone, provided brochures and thoughts on what would work best, we made some final decisions and Rick and his team took over. We were never rushed and our opinions and requirements were always Rick's priority. His team was polite and very respectful to my wife and I and these guys work hard for their customer! The weather did not cooperate, but Rick worked through the weather keeping me very informed of the progress as he worked, and always consulted us on any specific details or issues. Not once was I concerned! We appreciated his suggestions and ideas throughout the process and the time he took to pull it all together. He really focused on us as his customer and the result is truly a transformation of our backyard that he and his team should be proud of and we are extremely happy with and looking forward to enjoy. Rick sent photos and even provided a video of the progress on the landscape for us to share with others. Rick had his own ideas which added to the design but not the price which is truly a unique quality. Rick asked us if he could post the before, during, and after pictures on his web and we are happy to show off our new yard at his web site (see the before, during , and after pictures) in his gallary. Rick is a great guy, very down to earth, with great landscape ideas and skills - we highly recommend him!
HE RAN OUT ON US TOO!.
Well, after having written Rick a great review for his work at our house, he ran out on us too. We had agreed that he would do a portion of the work later -- a really bad idea, what was I thinking! -- he never came back. We had paid him for the work. I have called him several times, but he's clearly not coming back, and we are out our money. I agree... Run, don't walk away from him.
After trying to get an estimate from our previous, well-recommended landscaper, we searched on CitySearch and found Rick. From the first meeting, we felt that he would provide us with simple but nice landscaping, and do a professional job at a reasonable price. He used our previous landscape design to plan a new, much simpler approach, and then built two low stone walls and planted some bushes and small trees. Throughout he has been helpful, informative, and reliable. He did the work personally, including building our stone walls, and his crew were always professional and polite. He has also been knowledgeable about deer resistant plants. We are getting lots of compliments from our neighbors, and we would recommend Rick to anyone.
Really Nice Design, Beautiful Pond.
We met with Rick after finding him here on Citysearch. He came up with the idea of building a Koi pond and waterfall in our backyard. My wife and I loved the idea! My wife always talked about having a waterfall in our yard. The next week Rick came over to our house with a very professional looking design. It actually looked like a design done by an architect. He also told us he strives to make every yard look like the cover of Southern Living(Immaculate). With that, I told him he had the job. The work started and ended on time. In general we love the design of the landscaping and the pond. There were a few issues with some of the landscaping, and the pond was smaller than advertised, but overall we're happy with the work that was done.
There were a lot of extra things Rick did at no charge, and he has been fairly responsive to the issues we've had, so it kind of makes up for the smaller pond, which was supposed to be 1500 gallons, and turned out to be only 400 gallons.
Best Landscap Service in Raleigh/Wake Forest.
Want a picture perfect lawn and landscaping? Want your neighbors to drool over your perfect lawn AND spend the same or less than they do? Go with A Cutting Edge and I guarantee that you that this outfit will instantly become the gold standard against which you measure all residential landscaping services. Fast, dependable, always on time, quality, and value.
Professional Work, Excellent price. Rick is a hands on professional who clearly loves his job! He met with me and my husband and me face to face to review his detailed proposal. He made competent suggestions to take full advantage of both our landscape setting as well as our budget. Without question, I would highly recomment Rick for any of your landscape needs!
FROM RAGS TO RICHES. Cutting Edge Landscaping came and completely gave my yard the look that it needed. From the start Rick provided a great proposal that had a detailed layout of what would make my yard beautiful. I was well informed of what was going to be done, how it was going to be done and reasons why it was going to be done. Rick is a very knowledgeable person who provided detailed information about the plants, trees, flowers and other materials that he used to make our yard look good. I also like the fact that he stayed the entire time and did some of the work himself to make sure it was done to his satisfaction and mine. I will continue to do business with Cutting Edge Landscaping in the future because they 're a company I now trust that is in it for my best interest not theirs.
"Honey, Stop the Car!". The headline above says it all regarding A Cutting Edge Landscaping & Design. You can't help but pause and take in the beauty of our yard and landscaping thanks to Rick and his crew. They never hesitated to go the extra mile until they were satisfied with the fruits of their labor. It's a pleasure to come up our driveway and enjoy the benefits of their hard work. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for the yard of their dreams.
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