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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Steiner, Jan 13, 2012.
Truck and trailer ready to roll.
Thats a great way to look at it. I really enjoy designing landscapes but when I could actually be making money now (most of my business is maintenance, mowing and brush clearing), my enthusiasm in design disappears. It is worth it if you bid the job right, but a lot of what I deal with, with new customers/ potential customers is who can do what the cheapest. Being a solo op its very hard to spread myself that thin, if you know what I mean, or do anything for free. I feel like that kind of work is filled with countless unpaid drives to and from their house, mostly from the types of "adults" who want something for nothing from a "young kid" (23). Not to sound harsh. I've had people take my designs and plant selections, and just do the job themselves. I'm also upstate, feel free to PM. Your design work is inspiring, even for someone as disgruntled with it as I am.
Nice work stein!!! Also from the Syracuse area. You still keeping busy? fall is coming. Do you do a lot of fall cleanups? Nice equipment and work!!
I have about 5-10 clients who have me put their landscape to bed each fall. I don't sell it too hard, as I try to get them to rely on my spring cleanups instead.
What about you? Mowing? Hardscaping?
I am a golf course superintendent in the area, also mow a handful of lawns on the side. Where do you get most of your mulch? Hafners?
I get my mulch at Mill Creek on the corner of Taft and Northern boulevard.
20 dollars a yard vs. 30 plus at Hafners. I only go to Hafner's if Mill Creek is already closed for the day as Hafner's has better hours.
Redbud at my mom's house for mother's day and a small patio out of techo parisian.
Using a new app for the iPad and drawing sketches that really have a nice hand drawn feel to it. The app is called paper and it works really well just make sure you get a fine tipped stylus to work with it!
Here is an example and I will post more of what is possible as I play. Great for conceptualizing your landscape designs!
Here is another quick doodle to show what is possible with the paper drawing app on the iPad! Great tool to communicate your designs!
Those turned out pretty great.