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O’Briens Landscaping & Design David O’Brien Horrible Landscaper Getzville, New York!!
I hired Mr. Obrien to do some landscaping work for me for the cost of $4700.00 of which I have paid him $3700.00. My property did not look like a professional landscaper did the work. His work did not enhance the look of my property or my neighborhood. In fact Mr. OBriens lack of workmanship made my property look neglected, in some cases a hazard, and was not worth the money that I paid him. When Mr. Obrien finally showed up at my house to get a scheduled payment I confronted him about the quality of his work and the mess he left on my property. He immediately became belligerent and started lying about things he had done on my property. I tried to workout a solution with Mr. OBrien to bring my property up to an expectable standard but he was too hostile and stormed out of my house stating that he was going to get his $1000.00 and I would see him in court…. Pink stone bed Did not level the dirt that he dumped into the front garden from the side before putting the stone on. This dirt was also all clay. The garden is noticeably uneven and to fix it correctly all of the stones have to be removed so the ground can be leveled. In picture 1 you can see that the bed is not level; I have marked the brick line so it can be seen well in the picture. Pictures 1 & 4 shows the unevenness of the bed. Did not use enough border stones to make the area attractive. Did not use enough pink stones to cover the soil. The front garden was not graded correctly at the sides to prevent erosion. No base under the rock border/wall. This will cause them to shift and fall during the freezing and thawing that is common in this area. No weed barrier as Mr. OBrien claimed there was. Weeds and lilies from the side where the walkway was installed were coming up through the rocks. The roots were transplanted when he dumped the clay on to the front bed from the side…….Back beds Did not dig the area up before throwing down the mulch. Did not pull weeds before throwing down the mulch. Did not use enough mulch to cover the areas Not enough stones to complete it. Used broken concrete as some of the stones. Used broken pavers stones, they were all supposed to be natural stones. Used my stones that were being stored in my garage and by my stairs, about 15 in total. No base under the stone border. Dumped some chunks of clay from the side area into the flower beds. Did not level out the area where he dumped the clay. No flowers…….Sod……Did not complete the area; Only laid sod on 50 sq ft of the 157 sq ft, and had no plans too complete the area as he complained there were to many tree roots…The area is lumpy and not level, the sod over the lumpy parts is currently dying as can be seen in picture 29 at the end of the photos. Dug up and cut many tree roots. This can cause tree branches fed by those roots to die and stress the tree. Did not cut the sod nicely around the tree. Damaged the tree trunk when he was digging up the area…….Fence……Did a horrendous job staining the fence, missed spots with huge noticeable drips. Got stain all over my house, my neighbors house and the sidewalk. Opened both gallons even though 1 was more than enough to cover the whole fence with two coats plus the stain that he wasted by leaving it in buckets on my stairs…….Flagstone walkway…Mr. OBrien claims that walkways and patios are his specialty. The walkway was becoming a bigger hazard everyday. Uneven with many places for people to trip. The flagstones were lifting, causing an even greater tripping hazard. Did not dig the ground to the proper depth. Holes were forming under the flagstones. Lillys were coming up in the middle of the walkway. Rocks were breaking. Put grit all over the basement window sills. Didnt seal the flagstones. Left a pile of grit in the middle of the walkway. Not graded correctly for drainage. Did not use the proper materials or proper amounts to do the job. The wrong type of flagstone, very thin and cheap stones were used when the size of the walkway called for thicker ones. Did not cut the stones to fit the area…….Trash and tools all over my property……Left trash, buckets, and tools blocking the stairs to my front door…My hose was left in a tangled mess on the ground in the back under the hose hanger…Chunks of dirt were thrown behind my garage and a large pile left next to the garage……Started lying and became combative when confronted about the quality of his work……Took my shovel