About 6 years ago, we moved to Savannah for a visit to the east, to see that coast, and experiment with pruning business there. I was not sure if I wanted to stay in horticulture. The 8 months down there enabled me to decide to stick with this industry. I did that by figuring out what I don't want to do - that's weekly maintenance. And I don't like irrigation work. With that in mind, I realized that although pruning skills transfer across the USA easily, landscape skills don't. I was trained for the Pacific NW. That meant Portland or Seattle area. 1 day in Washington was enough to determine that Portland area would be my permanent stomping grounds. 5 years later, I now find my vision becoming more focused once again. I realized that I want to do SOME installation, A LOT of design plans, and A LOT of pruning. Whereas I contracted all pruning and tree work the past 2 years that came my way, I'm now retaining all smaller pruning, and some large tree work - referring a few large tree jobs. Finally, I'm sending out referrals, and picking my avenue. Maybe in part its because I don't need it all. In addition, we will no longer take "repeat neglected yards". We don't mind fixing it once, but don't call again. Part of our vision now is to stick with people that maintain their yards, not those that repair it every two or three years.