About this pro
2 years in business
4 hires on Thumbtack
My shrubs were trimmed very nicely during very warm weather and the clean up was done very well. I very happy with the results.Sep 15, 2016Verified
Chose the right plants. Cleaned my flower beds perfect amount of mulch reduced weeds made my yard look 100% better exceptional service at a price could affordApr 19, 2016
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?Went to college for a BS in Alternative Medicine. I was required to study herbs, botany and lots of chemistry. I became obsessed. My mother ALWAYS has been a plant lover and as I grew older I realized growing plants from seed, caring for them, creating landscape designs and being covered in dirt, sweat and tears surrounded by beauty that I helped create instills me with a feeling of peace & brings me joy. There's nothing that compares to putting one's hands into soil that makes one feel more connected to the web of life on this earth. I believe dirt is not "dirty"...the inside of the homes on the "Hoarders" show..that's dirty. LOL. I've seen homes in 3rd world countries with dirt floors and livestock living indoors cleaner and tidier than many suburban homes filled with cheap plastic things. Life is precious. Plants are alive. We should treat them with respect and care for them; they suck up our dirty carbon dioxide emissions and turn it into oxygen we must have to breath. I'm long winded..maybe that's why I have a symbiotic relationship with plants...as we all do. No plants on this earth = no humans. They provide our food, medicine, clothing, shelter & clean up our messes. I am just happy I found out what work I can do that brings me joy and pays my bills! Money - a necessary evil.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Look for a professional that knows about tropical plants & has plenty of references from other clients they've done work for. Any person can say they know what they're doing, but it's best to check references first. If a customer wants an exotic looking, native tropical property design - seek out a professional that has knowledge from experience and books or schooling. Don't hire a lawn care professional to install a tropical flower bed for you!! Don't hire an exotic, rare orchid house designer to sod your yard! Just because someone is a professional with one area of these landscaping subcategories...soil, trees, grasses, irrigation, epiphytes, xeriscaping, organic pest control, non GMO plants, germination and plant sales, FL native plants...does NOT mean they are a professional in all of those categories. Ask what their passion is. Do they love their work or do they just do it to pay the bills? A passionate worker will always work harder than a worker that is only motivated by money. You get what you pay for does apply to landscaping in many ways. Sometimes people hire someone to put a bandaid on a broken leg because it was cheaper, then end up spending more down the road because now the broken leg is now infected. Meet and speak with the professional. Does your gut like them? 1st impressions are usually the right ones. Listen to your instincts!
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?Cost, maintaince, aesthetics, function, & ongoing care. Customers should not only think about short term issues in their landscape, but long term as well. "What do I want it to look like?";"Can I afford this?";"Am I going to be able/willing to maintain a new installation or do I need ongoing gardening care from a professional?;"I saw this plant and thought it was gorgeous, is this invasive or will it survive here?;"What is my soil like? Do I need to test the pH and amend it so my landscape will be permanently happy?";"Is this plant poisonous? Will it's root system compromise the existing areas of my home once fully grown?", "What time frame do I expect this project to take to complete and is that reasonable?"; "What are my full expectations and have I made them clear to my landscaper?;"Is what I want right for the terrain and climate of Florida?";"How involved would I like to be in this project? Do I need a professional to draw up a design proposal for me to approve or do I already have a specific plan of exactly what I want in mind?" - these are just some of the questions I believe a client should mull on prior to discussion with a professional. Communication is key!