As your agent, the landscaper damaged property belonging to another. His 'agency' directly creates a responsibility on your part.
Originally Posted by maggiemae45
What you should have done is insist he carry insurance. That aside, you are responsible for his actions.
HOWEVER, you are ONLY responsible to the neighbors insofar as to make the 'whole'. Not to replace their used swing set with a new one but to place them in the same or similar position as they were before your agent damaged their property.
Having the landscaper replace the pole with a like pole (same color and construction) is what the law will require of you. Anything else let the neighbor sue.
And KEEP receipts of any work done or materials purchased.
Just because I'm a miserable human being doesn't mean I'm not right...