Re: Contractor Obligation
I'd have to agree with libcarp that a responsible contractor would have either not done the damage or would have fixed it, no questions asked. If you expect any cooperation from this contractor at all, withhold final payment until you've gotten satisfied with the job, including resolution to the lawn and trees. Also keep in mind that the contractor is going to be pissed that you're withholding payment so any further work done by him may not be of the best quality, let alone the hassles of dealing with him.
I would recommend getting quotes from landscapers to repair the damage, then negotiate a reduction in the final bill rather than have this same contractor back.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!