Cottage Gardens, Etc. Complaint - Landscaping

Review by kaymalek on 2003-09-02

Last fall I had Sam Korcovelos who owns Cottage Gardens, Etc. (gardens, patios, etc.) put in some landscaping for me. There have been several problems with it, and I have tried repeatedly to get in touch with him. This started late last fall, then I have repeatedly tried to reach him during the spring and summer. Usually I simply get his voice mail though I have by chance talked with him twice late this summer. He finally has set up an appointment for early evening the last time I talked with him. That was only three hours or so after I had talked with him. Of course, he didn't show up.

Most of the plants that he put in did not survive the winter and needed to be replaced. I was supposed to have a flower garden with the perennials he planted which also did not grow. He was supposed to have put plastic under the dirt for weed control -- I don't think that was done.

His business card does not give an address and there are no listings in the phone book or on the internet. I also cannot find a residential listing for him. I tried a reverse look-up with the telephone numbers on his business card and there is no corresponding listing. The phone numbers listed are: Business: 847-648-8619; Residential: 847-234-3573. I have also checked for addresses in nearby communities.

This is a letter of information for you and your files about the businessman in your community. I am very dissatisfied with his work and his attitude. I feel as though he is definitely a crooked businessman. I would appreciate any help that you could give me on following through with this person, and also I hope that I can prevent anyone else from being scammed. Thank you for your attention to this situation.


Kathryn Malek

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