(Client’s) Garden design 

I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging after a hectic Christmas weekend. It’s good to be stationary after a travel filled few days, especially since the Northeast is in the middle of our first deep freeze of the season. It is -13 degrees outside with the wind chill and my furnace is having a hard time keeping up. With that being said, I’m hoping all of you had a memorable holiday, full of new memories and lasting impressions.

Okay let’s warm things up a little bit and talk about spring. A good problem for any landscaping/exterior company to have is a full upcoming schedule in the spring. It’s never too early to plan ahead to make your time as efficient as possible, because efficiency saves the client financially and puts money in your pocket. It’s important to have a plan of what jobs to start first because frankly every job is different. For example; Urban yardology has been hired to completely restore a front yard with all the bells and whistles. Another job requires us to add a new color palette to an already existing very large unorganized Island. Now in April, especially the beginning of April wouldn’t be the right time to start putting flowers into the ground (Frost) being that I operate in zones 4 and 5. So common sense tells me, the yard restoration would become priority number one.

Now let’s move forward to the garden design job scheduled for late April. Keep in mind, I’ve already had the walk through with the client and I know what their looking for as far as color, height, run, impression and maintenance difficulty. At this point I could easily go dormant and not communicate with that client any further until a few weeks leading up to the start date, but I don’t want to do that. It’s important that I get these flowers and this design right for the client, so what works for me may not work for them. Now I don’t want to bombard my client with emails overwhelming them, but I want them to feel like they are part of the process. So for example the first email will give me the foundation needed to move forward. Meaning they liked the theme I presented but might not have liked some of the color choices. Believe it or not, I’ve had some clients that love orange but just not that shade of Orange. This process usually happens two more times before I feel the client is satisfied with what will be the final result. Now I have the information in hand, so when the time comes all we need to do is go to the garden center and pick up the materials needed, saving me time which in the end saves the client’s money. What I’ve learned by doing this, it keeps the client involved, it makes them happy to know that there needs are being met and it also uplifts their spirits through this cold time of year, it gives us something to look forward to……. so it’s a win-win really.

I personally choose (Proven Winners) as my resource guide to the client. For example; when I do send floral suggestions it looks like the picture below showing a beautiful image along with the basic growing details.




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Winter “blues”

A quick blog just to provide pure motivation to the soul. Things are looking up from here my fellow followers, the days get longer and before you know the migratory birds will be back serenading you with their unique sounds. I know in our household the winter blues can be daunting which just adds stress to a already small environment. Often we sit and play the, what do you want to do game which most the time only adds to the frustration  and usually ends with no results. 

This is where social media and technology are beneficial. With a click of a button you have access to countless of options on events in your area. Facebook for example offers an event page where you can find all kinds of activities for adults and children. Local businesses and organizations use this to their advantage, and so should you. 

I recently took my family to the coastal Maine botanical gardens Christmas light event. Thanks to social media and a local news bit I was aware of such an event.  Being a landscaper I’ve always known about the coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and have been there on a few occasions throughout the summer months,  but had no idea they had this winter event going on. So we decided to make the trip to see for ourselves what all the hype was about. It was a great evening out and the display was nothing more than spectacular. Of course it was a small hit to the wallet, but again a small price to pay to be able to have this lasting memory embroidered into our minds. 

Most importantly it got us outside, it got us moving, it recharged us, it gave us fuel to move forward and that my fellow followers is the message.

http://www.mainegardens.org/

Feel free to check out the links below, you’ll be amazed what’s right outside your backdoor.

https://www.livingsocial.com/

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