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Old 07-08-2010, 10:54 PM
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YIKES!! It's A FEMALE!!

Hello All!
I am new to the garden maintenance business (2 months) and found this site to be terrific! I hope it's OK that I'm a female type business owner. I truly appreciate all the information you all pass around.

I do not mow lawns - I clean out planting beds, plant perennials- annuals, mulch, edge beds, de-weed, prune... lately however I've been getting requests for small landscape installations. I have been a gardener for 25 years, work in a school Sept-May and started this for extra income in the summer.

Hope to increase my business next year and maintain what I have worked on this summer. I'm so glad people procrastinate....it keeps me in business!


If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden. ~Robert Brault
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:05 PM
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Good luck! Sounds like you do all the stuff I hate doing! Guys like me need people like you to refer customers to with stuff we don't have the time, knowledge or inclination to deal with. I begrudgingly pull weeds and work in flower beds at my municipal day job, the whole time wishing I could be out mowing and not bent over destroying my back.

And why do people like day lilys so much? When theyre not blooming they look like crap!
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:09 PM
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Hey AOD, Thanks!!
Call me crazy - but I LOVE to pull weeds! Wish I lived in your area - we could collaborate! I totally agree with you on day lilies - even when they do bloom they don't last long enough! I cut them back underneath.

You have loads of equipment! Hope you are staying cool in this heat!
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:14 PM
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Yes day lilys suck. The small amount of design work I have done I always push for mulch, rocks and ornamental grasses for full sun areas. Black eyed susans aern't bad either. Hostas are great, they just don't like full sun. I basically have two kinds of trucks and equipment, the kind I am making payments on and the kind thats rusty and broken down.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:20 PM
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HEY................Who you callin black-eyed??? LOL

I love Hostas and Grasses - textures are everything! They have come out with sun-loving Hostas - no burn. Have you checked out heuchera (coral bells)...They now come in amazing colors and are sun tolerant. Plus they are evergreen!

I basically have one kind of equipment - whatever is in the back of my HHR!
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:41 PM
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Great to have you on board!

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Hello All!
I am new to the garden maintenance business (2 months) and found this site to be terrific! I hope it's OK that I'm a female type business owner. I truly appreciate all the information you all pass around.
My fiance is the native plant specialists and bed caretaker, I mow. I am just the muscle, she does everything else. Glad to have you here.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:48 PM
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Welcome !!! I have daughters, and we do the same type of bed service as well. This year we started inside plant care at the local malls. Have a great season!!!
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:42 PM
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Welcome! you would also be very popular in our area, especially with your experience. Good luck to you!
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:19 AM
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Thanks everyone! I feel so welcome! It's nice to have somewhere to go for information - from real people - who are in the business!

My brother helps me so he is my muscle! He gets irritated with me sometimes because I dwell on details...but that's how I run my business.

Happy Bed Keeping! I'm off to my own bed keeping...
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:29 AM
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Welcome Susan. Thanks for the info on hostas.
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