In today's tough economic times, many people are choosing staycations for their summer plans. Of course, when people do this, they want beautiful outdoor scenery right in their backyards that entices them to stay home. One way to do that is to hire a local landscape contractor. The following are tips to hiring the right landscaping contractor. First off, have a plan. The best thing to do before even searching for a local landscape company is to outline what needs to be done weekly or monthly. Will it be just mowing and some trim work? Will there be shrub cutting or planting involved? Having an outline ahead of time will make it easier to pick a landscape contractor. It also helps to keep a price firmly in mind.Sometimes the quickest and easiest way is to look around. Neighbors with beautiful, manicured grounds more than likely hire a service to take care of their property. Note which landscape company is being used. Talk to the neighbor about rates and reliability. Then call and ask for a price quote. Most landscape contractors will offer a free quote.