How to find landscaping companies near me

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Landscaping Companies Near Me

A lot of people will tell you, “anyone can do landscaping it’s easy”.  My answer is “yeah right!! Like in any skill, you have people that can produce something that could be called landscaping. It takes an expert to produce outstanding results every time.

In today’s climate, it seems like every man and his dog, have suddenly become professional landscapers or professional block paving companies. I can tell you, that some of the jobs I have seen over the years have brought tears to my eyes. Especially when I have found out how much the clientele have paid for the substandard work. They could have had, the same work, carried out professionally, for the same cost or even cheaper in some cases.

You might be thinking “what makes me a good judge of what’s good or not”?

Let me tell you that I have over 35 years of experience in the industry and at times at the cutting edge of new technology. I am from the era of giving the customer what they pay for and more. You can probably guess and I am proud to say I am known as “old school” and yes, I think that gives me the right to class myself as an expert.

 

Always putting Quality before Quantity with Landscaping Companies Near Me

Staying in business for this long certainly didn’t mean putting the pound first before doing great jobs for customers. I have seen and rectified enough bad jobs from these cowboys to last me a life time. I know the clients are slightly to blame some of the time but they are only trying to save money, like we all do. but it can end up costing a lot more in the long run.

 

Tips for finding good reliable landscaping companies

Always when looking for professionals make sure you pick ones that have landline phone numbers and not just mobile numbers. The reason is, that at least landline numbers are tied to property that has an address that should give more security.

Ask them how long they have been in business and how many years’ experience they and their work force have. Also remember that a job is only as good as the people carrying out the work

Get the proposed professional to tell you how he is going to carry out the work, even if you don’t know what on earth they are on about and not just the price. This is something I always do and also, I watch the clients face and when I see they don’t know what I am saying, I stop and explain until they do.

Another good tip is to make sure they look at you straight in the eye. They talk to your face without looking away too much. People who are a bit dodgy to say the least, or are not telling the truth tend to look away from you

Ask the right questions to landscaping companies near me

Ask for addresses and phone numbers of clients they carried out work for recently and some time ago if possible. If they give excuses of why they can’t do this then do not entertain them at all. This is a great big warning sign.

I will let out one of my secrets to you. It is, that I absolutely love people asking me for previous work addresses.  I know, that if they go and visit the property and talk to the owners, that I am just about guaranteed to get the job as they make wonderful sales people.

Just think about it. If you have had work carried out for you, that is really good, what would you do? I think you would be singing the praises of the professionals that carried out that work.

Am I right or wrong?

Unless it is a really simple job, always get the quotation in writing with the process of works. They should include depths, materials and start and finish dates if possible. I try to give a start date but usually with a plus or minus date of 3 days subject to weather conditions.

Make sure that everything is included in that quote such as waste chargers or material costs. You need the one final sum of the work being carried out but be warned sometimes unexpected problems do occur and will carry extra costs.

Use these tips and information for all your jobs in or outside your house. Whether it is for landscaping or even painting your house.

So go and find Landscaping Companies Near Me

Achieving higher standards

 

Ted

Decking ImageDecking – Is Decking Right For Me?

If you are thinking of having a patio area whether it is decking or any other material there are several things to consider.

1 The placement of the decking.

2 Who is going to use it?

3 Raised or leveled?

4 To treat it or not?

5 Are you prepared to do maintenance?

6 All ways ask an expert.

Let’s break down these six listed items and look at these one at a time.

 1 The placement of the decking.

It doesn’t matter what type of material you are going to use for a patio area if it’s in the wrong position. You must look at whether it will be in the sun, shade or exposed to the wind. Even take into consideration the time of the day you are mostly going to use it.

What’s the point of having a patio if it is in the shade all the time? Well, when you don’t want to be in direct sunlight. I know some people have ailments that restrict them from being exposed to the sun for any length of time; also some people just prefer to sit in the shade.

Another important point is the time of day you are going to use it. Is it going to be throughout the day, just the morning, afternoon or the evening time?

It’s no good if you are going to use it in the afternoon and the sun hasn’t reached that area or even passed it so you are in the shade.

Can you see now why positioning is so important, so you can fully enjoy the area?

2 Who Is Going To Use It?

Now you might be wondering why this is important, let me explain. You might have small children and the area is going to double up as a play area so the surface you decide on has to reflect this.

If you have a hard surface they could possibly hurt themselves or decking that is a softer surface but with a chance of splinters?

If your children have ride on toys with plastic wheels I can tell you from experience that decking would not be the best surface.

3 Raised Or Levelled?

Some customers like the patio areas sunk down into the ground so that finished height is flush with ground level. Other customers like to have it raised 4-6inches (100-150mm) above the ground level on bearers.

This all comes down to preferences and costs.

4 To Treat The Decking Or Not?

Once you have had the decking constructed are you going to have it treated? My recommendation is to treat it with a good quality decking or fence stain. This will preserve the surface for a lot longer and help to keep the look of the product.

The decking that you use should already be pressure treated for rot so you can use it as is, the choice is yours.

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5 Are You Prepared To Do Maintenance?

As with any surface it will weather in time, but as far as decking is concerned you will get a build up of algae. You might not even realise this until you walk on it on a wet day or a moist early morning and end up on your backside.

Algae and water just don’t mix as you will end up with a surface that is as slippery as ice, unless you do the maintenance keeping it brushed and cleaned.

This again is something to think about.

6 Always Ask An Expert.

Why ask an expert as you might have made your own mind up?

An experienced person will be able to tell you if you have come up with the right decision or not for your personal circumstances. As you know there are things that can always be overlooked that’s why experienced advice is valuable and could save you time and money.

Experienced advice should be free for you to rely on.

Hope this helps when you are deciding on what surface you would like even if it’s not decking.

We have been the only approved contractor for many of our clients ranging between 5 and 20 years plus. Not bad for a landscape company to brag about in today’s climate, hey!!

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What is the secret formula to our success in our commercial landscape maintenance?

 

We put our success into working with companies down to being an ‘old school’ family run business that still prides itself with customer satisfaction.

 

When we go out on site to meet the clients we are always on time if not a couple of minutes early, but not to early. If we are going to be late because we have been held up by maybe traffic or roadworks, even if it is only five minutes we always ring the client to let them know. There is nothing worse than having people turn up late, we know as this is one of our biggest bug bearers.

 

When you meet the client make sure you confirm their name and yours.

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So it would be something like “John Doe? Hi I am Ted Wosko A-Z Landscapes & Contract Services Ltd, nice to meet you” this is done to start making a connection between yourselves.

 

Once the conversation starts about the project, just listen to what the client is telling you and do not interrupt. If it is several different areas or types work then before you move on to the next one, that is the time to talk, confirming that you know what the client needs and expectations are.

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If at this point you have suggestions because you can see a better or alternative way of doing things this is the time to speak up. Saying something like “Is there any particular reason you would like it carried out like this or may we make a suggestion that we think would be a lot easier and you would end up with a better finished product”

 

Why are we doing this? Some people (and we have dealt with some but not many) do not intend to listen to what you have to say. By saying “May”, you are asking them for their permission to allow you to make suggestions.

 

By doing this we have never been refused the chance to make those suggestions, also you make more of a connection and build trust with that person. When you start making your suggestion you should say “in my experience I would do it like this”. You are confirming to the client that you are the expert and that is why you are there to help them.

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It’s Funny because my very first meeting with Grayson Palmer from Duncan Clark and Beckett nearly resulted with me walking away from this prospective project. He was almost rude and when I did try to speak I was cut short but I thought ‘bite your tongue’.

 

At the end Grayson turned round and said “you have made some good, sound suggestions, I am not used to people I deal with making suggestions, usually they follow my directions. What you have said has made complete sense so before you quote for this work can we go over your ideas and suggestions and I would then like you to quote on all the ones that we agree on”.

 

This took me by surprise, but as you will read we were very successful with our quotation and this lead to us being awarded this very large project. It also led to Grayson and myself becoming very good friends and both respecting each other for our own particular knowledge.

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We also carried out phase two of this project and one other as a nominated subcontractor, this was only because we do not generally do door and threshold alterations. Although I ended up making and helping the carpenter to do these alterations as he had not come up against wheelchair friendly thresholds before. In hindsight I think we would have been better off being the main contractor and getting our own subcontract carpenter.

 

As you have just read, we work well with companies and clients by listening and making suggestions and this is backed up by the amount of testimonials we have from our clients. Go check them out for yourself if you haven’t already by clicking

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Coloured Patterned Imprinted Concrete Driveway

When the clients asked us to submit a quote for this patterned imprinted concrete drive, it was very straight forward, as everything was worked out so it was just a matter of counting the metres and submitting the price.

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Once again we won the battle to carry out the work, and by no means do we or ever have submitted quotations at a low price just to get the work.

We are a well established family run company that offers top rated work at a fair price. We work under the principal of old school “you receive what you pay for” and nothing less. In these modern times we see this less and less from other companies as they are after the quick pound and the standard of work does not come into it. We think this is the reason workmanship has slipped and people do not take pride in their work anymore.

This is one of the reasons we do not carry out site work on new build estates, as with a building if the foundations are not sound it is not stable, the same goes for landscaping, much of the work is below ground  – sub level – out of sight, but is the cornerstone of the project.

The first thing we did was to mark and excavate out the area for the new drive. We took the depth down to 8 inches “200mm” from finished level. The form work was set up to the required shape. This area was then compacted down followed by 4 inches “100mm” of type one material and compacted down again.

The drive was laid a section at a time using a 10mm summer cobble mix with fibre mesh. The concrete was poured and levelled with the finished surface left as a trowel finish. Coloured surface hardening topping was applied and trowelled into the surface.

The area was covered in plastic and pegged down on the edges. The edges had a double cobble edging stamped into the concrete using the G tool. The rest of the area had a cobble pattern stamped into the surface using the cobble moulds. Expansion joints were cut into the drive every 13 feet “4 metres” using a bolster chisel and club hammer. Once the concrete had dried efficiently the plastic was stripped off with the surface finished off with a soft brush and trowel with any slight modifications rectified using cobble patterned hand tools.

The rest of the area was completed using this process. Once the concrete was completely dry the form work was stripped back and removed. The new drive area was swept clean before 2 coats of patterned imprinted sealer were applied to the surface.

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Applying the sealer does have several different benefits to the surface of the new patterned imprinted driveway. It brings out the richness of the colour used and stops the colour fading as it has an ultra violet barrier built into the sealer. It also helps stop any oil stains from vehicles penetrating the surface and is a lot easier to clean off to keep the patterned imprinted concrete drive looking in pristine condition for many years.

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