What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, we try to attend as many workshops as we can throughout the year. Also,
we are members of the NHLA, National Hispanic Landscape Association, and they offer many workshops to help us better ourselves as Landscape Professionals so that we can offer our best to our clients.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up in the business. My father owned a landscape company throughout my younger years. I worked for him for as long as I can remember.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common types of jobs we do for our clients are interlocking pavers in backyards or driveways, sod installation in front or back yards, planters around windows or walkways, and sprinkler installation.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently we completed a project for a couple who wanted a change from their 24 year old back an front yards. They knew exactly what they wanted and were able to convey that to us. We installed new sod and irrigation, a new brick planter, mow curbing, and a concrete pad for their new jacuzzi. The couple cataloged the entire process. We were extremely happy for them and anxious to know what they thought of their new outdoor space. Well, it wasn't until we saw their review for us on YP.com that we REALLY knew how happy they were. This couple created a webpage dedicated to VALLEY PACIFIC LANDSCAPE. We LOVED it!! Seeing all of the pictures from beginning to end was great! Check it out for yourself: http://garyrjohnson.org/index.html
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My advice would be: Go with your gut feeling because this is like an interview for a job and you want someone who UNDERSTANDS what YOU want, who knows what they're doing, and someone you feel comfortable COMMUNICATING with. If time permits, get two or three estimates to help you decide which contractor will work best for YOU. Ask for references and a license if need be. Sometimes the lowest estimate is not always the least expensive way out... And sometimes, the most expensive one is not always the best quality work. But in the end, I say go with your gut feeling.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We wish customers knew that all Landscape Contractors are NOT THE SAME.Not all of us just "mow & blow" or "get in/get out". We believe that ALWAYS doing our best and ALWAYS taking pride in our work will ALWAYS PRODUCE QUALITY WORK.