New Desert Gallery, a Tucson-based exterior design and construction company, has earned national recognition for sculpting a landscaping masterpiece. The company recently received a 2006 Grand Award for Environmental Improvement.
As with many corporate
executives, Roger Mongeon,
a chemical engineer
who worked for Union Carbide,
found himself being
transferred around the
provinces of Canada. His
children were growing up,
and moving from city to city,
changing schools frequently,
was getting a bit trying.
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew
you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk,
crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape professionals know,
number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially
when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.
Despite the variety of landscape contracting companies that exist, the mower is a universal element for almost all of them. Even many companies that now focus exclusively on design/build projects were probably originally founded by a guy with nothing but a pickup truck and a lawnmower.
Heres a scenario: You’ve created a cutting-edge landscape concept for an upcoming project. You know the
plant material that you’ve selected will require supplemental watering to get it through the establishment period
and the harsh weather days beyond.
SOME PEOPLE CLIMB THE LADDER
of success by moving from one
firm to another, each move taking
them a little higher up the corporate
ladder. Others are one-company
people, hitching their star to the
success of a particular company.
Brandon Meadows is a fine example
of a one-company man.
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When you’ve been a contractor
long enough, it may seem like
you’ve seen it all. However,
sometimes just when you start
to feel this way is when you
find yourself presented with a
truly challenging project.
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.