Many claim they like to work outside and dig in the dirt. That’s good, but when it comes to working for others, there are many other considerations. If you contract landscaping services look for a professional, knowledgeable, experienced contractor.
I don’t believe that anything speaks more than being able to walk and talk the presentation and installation. With 4 degrees and 35 years experience, my sales presentation and installation supervision are strong assets. Having the nursery with thousands of trees and shrubs gives a broad base for either sales or installation.
Our portfolio of several hundred projects we’ve done (design/bid) helps assure the client that we can both walk and talk landscaping. As the client sees the jobs we’ve done, they see plenty they hadn’t thought about before and they also see which ones do or don’t suit their site or personal preference.
I take two other books with me on the presentation. One is a collection of shrubs and perennials and the other is about trees. These pictures show the individual plants in various seasons and the first book shows their reason.
The first book shows the plants on the job and in combination with each other. It shows how certain perennials will be in the foreground to enhance the larger shrubs in the background. It shows how the gold enhances the blue or the red enhances the green.
These former landscapes also show function. A picture is worth a thousand words. This is both the walking and talking phase of the bid process.
After much discussion both the client and myself have been enlightened as to what they want to see in their yard.
The pictures obviously show the plants of various color in combination. In the picture, you also see how they look with brick, wood, stone, or siding. The plants will be of various sizes to suit various budgets and there will be numerous types of mulch shown also. These are some of the considerations that I spoke of before when landscaping for others. You have to know your customer and they have to know you. This determines what you can do for each other.
It serves no purpose for me to make an $8000 proposal if you’re thinking $2000 and why should you invite me to landscape your castle if all I know is “green side up”/
By the time we have several visits and a design presentation, we’re on the same page and it’s our plan.
Of course, the installation has to match the presentation. This is about 35 years experience and knowing the customer. Every site and personality will vary a little and P.R is as important as pH.
After all the pictures and questions, very little is left to chance and that means no surprises for either party. These are about the things they did and didn’t teach you in college.
It’s really why “Landscaping – 4 – U” is far better than “Landscaping 101.”
Dudley Wooten is the owner/operator of Wooten’s Landscaping and Nursery and can be contacted at 740-820-8210.