We have completed our first “class” and, based on the appointments I have had since the start of the Landscape 101 series, I would give you all A’s. The appointments have been on track, with each client having a list of important descriptive phrases and potential themes. This has made our meetings more productive and enjoyable.
Now that you have graduated from Landscape 101, I would like to tell you about what happens next, hence our title Landscape 201. Before leaving our first meeting, I will schedule the second meeting approximately two to three weeks out. During this time I am working on the estimate, using Quick Books to type out the process of getting from an unattractive yard to a beautiful one. You could say I am mentally landscaping from the ground up or, more accurately, from below the ground up because I must include drainage and irrigation. I take the key points from out meeting, noting the changes and the additions to the yard. From this, I calculate the labor hours required to accomplish the work and list all the materials to be used.
Upon the completion of the estimate, there is a dollar number for the labor and an itemized list for the materials. The estimate is an education in itself, allowing our clients to see all the materials and labor required to accomplish the transformation. This process takes time, and I am aware not all landscapers approach the process in the same way—but, for me, it is the most important part of what I do. It takes creative time to convert verbal descriptions into physical representations, matching hardscape, plants and design to the theme. I’m tired after the process, but it is a good, satisfied kind of tired.
After the planning work is finished, I begin the design. That is the topic we will cover in our next edition. Until then, thank you for your support and please remember to call back if you do not hear from me after a couple of days. I look forward to meeting those of you who need our expertise and count the opportunity to serve you as a privilege. Enjoy fall. It’s a great time of year- Blessings, Arthur.