- How did you get started doing this type of work?
I received my degree in ornamental horticulture and design in 1984. I was working in the exterminating business for several years, but the passion for landscaping was always there as I did landscape projects on the side (with the approval of my boss!). I got so busy that I left the exterminating business and went full time with landscape contracting in 1990.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We installed a job that included a Koi pond with two waterfalls. We were having issues with one of our employees, and, as it turned out, he decided to create problems for us on the job. The waterfall lost water - up to 4+ inches a day! We had to take each section of the feature apart and rebuild it.... what am I proud of? We stand behind our work 100%. We have never had this kind of problem, but we did and we worked tirelessly until it was perfect! The troubled employee is no longer with our company and the customer is happy!
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check references before hiring a landscape contractor! The last few years has really weeded out the landscape design / contractor field, but many of the former employees of defunct landscape companies are working with a cellphone and a truck! Buyer beware! Look for a landscaper with an established reputation. Going with the lowest priced bid may cost you much more in the long run with change orders, or worse yet, having the job left unfinished or done so incompetently that it has to be ripped out and replaced (we know, because we have had to do this many times for clients in the past). Our pricing is competitive, and a money saving value in the long run. Once we complete your project, you will never have to hire another company to come in and fix it. It will be completed correctly! Changes in our price only happen if there is some unknown or undiscovered issue on the property, like an underground spring, debris buried by the builder, a large vein of solid rock, etc, that must be addressed during the project.