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Garden Designs First Rule: Know Costs of Maintenance & Management

Garden Designs First Rule: Know Costs of Maintenance & Management

Garden designs need  maintenance expectations that are realistic economically and client centered. One of the most important aspects of customer care in Landscape design needs to be the education of clients as it refers to caring for the gardens that are designed on paper before they are installed. Like any first time meeting between professionals and their prospective clients questions and their answers need to be defined. The ultimate goal is to match client with landscape AND the commitment of time and money to develop that desired garden design.

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Color in the landscape needs thought and care.

 

Garden Maintenance 101 Maintaining the value with realistic expectations

Garden Maintenance 101
Maintaining the value with realistic expectations

Are you kidding me? Gardens are a bunch of plants you pick up from Home Depot or some local nursery and then plant into the ground. What is so difficult? This is where even the best designers and or homeowners fail their property, their bank account and the environment. The business of figuring out what to do, where to plant, how much to buy, how close to plant things and then light, water, soil requirements and time all become the maze to navigate. So who do you call to learn about all these things before we start investing money?

This is the question not being addressed. That is the greatest question to begin with. 

Where do I get educated? That is one of the most frustrating questions for those who really want to get started on the restoration and redesign of the land around their home. I wish I had the easy answer. The truth is for those who live hear in the northeastern part of the United States the answer is call Plant With Me @ 516-860-5131 and ask Michael Rosenberg questions for clarity, focus and a starting point. Plant With Me believes in building relationships before money is exchanged, building trust and focusing on needs before contracts and commitments are solidified. This part of the process takes time and patience with a strong commitment to client agendas. One of my stock statements said to every new prospective client is how expensive I am. I support that statement with this saying, “I am not afraid of spending your money I am afraid of wasting it.” Plant With Me is dedicated to educating people how to best utilize the services they already have in place. General landscaping ‘mow & blow’ companies have a cheaper labor rate then Landscape Design/Installation companies, Professional Tree Care companies and Specialty Garden Design & Management companies like Plant With Me. My point, if you can maximize efficiencies and costs while maintaining value than why wouldn’t you want to be educated. Educating people is Plant With Me’s first commitment.

Pruning to fit. Japanese Maple planted close to a wall and Walkway @ risk of loosing value due to placement. Managed to maintain value.

Pruning to fit. Japanese Maple planted close to a wall and Walkway @ risk of loosing value due to placement. Managed to maintain value.

In conclusion we all have room to learn. We all welcome opportunity to manage money at a high level. We all desire our investments to gain in value over time with realistic expectations that to do so requires professionals that are trained with experience to help meet those needs. Now you are armed with some tools to begin the gardening process. What you choose to do with them is all up to you. Until next time good luck on your journey and remember to find joy is each breath and each breeze, our planet provides.

The Real Fire Pit Build of Stacked Boulders

The Real Fire Pit Build of Stacked Boulders

 


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