How Landscapers Can Ask For Referrals Correctly Without Irritating Clients

How Landscapers Can Ask For Referrals Correctly Without Irritating Clients

There are many ways in which landscaping companies can promote and market themselves. The number of ways has accelerated enormously over the past couple of decades with the internet playing an ever-increasing role in our lives, especially in the world of e-commerce and business.

However, there is one way in which businesses, including landscapers, can promote their products and services which has been around for as long as people have traded, and that is via referrals. The beauty of this is it can be brought into the 21st century by seeking referrals through the use of online strategies as well as good old-fashioned word of mouth.

The value of referrals for landscaping businesses cannot be underestimated. No matter how much you spend on advertising and marketing, whether that is offline or online, none of it can have the same impact as one of your satisfied clients telling someone they know who is looking for a landscaper to call you.

It is part of our human psychology that we will more readily take action that we are encouraged to by someone we know and trust than we will ever do simply by seeing an advertisement or blog post online, for example. That is not to dismiss these and other digital marketing strategies, as they all work. However, if you manage or own a landscaping business you must also include strategies for getting referrals if you want to maximise the number of enquiries you receive.

To help you create and implement your referral strategy, we have outlined a few of the best tactics to use to both increase the number of referrals your landscaping business receives and to ensure that those referrals are inclined to ask you to take care of their landscaping requirements.


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Weeding Your Garden Like A Professional

Weeding Your Garden Like A Professional

From the day that you first realised you enjoyed gardening until today, whether that has meant you have been tending a small garden, or have gone on to larger landscaping projects, there will be one task that you share with every other gardener on the planet. That task is weeding, and no matter how large or how small a garden is, and whether it is landscaped or not, weeds can appear at any time.

Although it is part and parcel of every garden, it does seem to be one of the things that many gardeners hate to do, and it is also the source of more complaints by gardeners than any other. Look on any gardening forum or Facebook group and you will see countless posts about those ‘XXXX weeds’. You can add your own favourite expletive where the ‘Xs’ are

Why weeds would cause so many negative thoughts and words from gardeners only each of them will know themselves. Our guess would be is that it may seem to some like something that never gets completed. as no matter how many weeds are removed, there always seems to be some more that come along to take their place.

So, whether you hate weeding, or if it seems more difficult than it should be, here some quick tips to make the weeding that you do in your garden more effective, and the results more prolonged.

#1 Know The Weeds You Have

Not every weed is benign to humans and some of them can be positively nasty if you touch them. Others serve as the habitat for certain species of insect that have a positive impact on your garden.  So, before you go ripping up every weed you see, make sure you are able to identify those weeds which you definitely want rid of and those which, unless they are actually causing any harm to your plants, can be left alone.


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Professional Landscapers

Why Should I Use Professional Landscapers?

Have you ever wondered if there’s actually any real value associated with using professional landscapers? As professional landscaper designers, we have to admit that, at times in the past, we have. After all, can’t anyone with a few tools and a little bit of handyman experience redevelop a garden?

Fortunately, we’ve come to see the error of our ways, and now we recommend finding a professional landscaper for all but the smallest, simplest jobs. Really, it’s that much easier, and it will save you time, money and an awful lot of frustration. Trust us!

Below we’ve outlined a few of our top reasons why you should always use professional landscapers. Still not convinced? Speak with your local landscaping contractor and we think you will be!

  1. They Know What They’re Doing

For starters, professional landscapers know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it. It doesn’t matter exactly what you need them to do, they will be able to complete the job fast and efficiently without causing you any unnecessary worry.

On the other hand, if you decide to do things yourself, you will probably find that you run into all sorts of problems, especially if you’re not a very handy person. It’s simply not worth the trouble!


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Planting Tips
Landscape Design

Planting Tips Around Your Pool And Lawns

Sprucing up your poolside and lawn with an aesthetic garden that blends into the landscape can be a visual treat and is a popular garden and is in the top pool trends of 2019. However you need to have a good maintenance routine for the different foliage. If you want your poolside garden and lawn to provide a pleasant and natural ambience you will need careful planning not only for design and architecture but also the know-how on the type of plants best suited for your location.

When you’re in Australia, a landscape design professional will tell you that having a garden surrounding a pool or grown on your lawn can be challenging. Here are some helpful plantation tips for poolside gardens and lawns.

Planning a poolside garden

  • A good poolside garden requires planning. Identify area for your plantation. Chalk out a map of the entire area where a suitable perimeter should be left vacant as a walk way around the pool. Fence in the area of your garden with good quality fencing that does not obstruct the visual appeal.
  • Large trees should not be planted on one particular side of the pool as this would block out the sun. But if required as per your needs you could do this precisely to provide a shaded area for your pool. The location where your garden will feature the most foliage should be restricted to a place least likely to be frequented by human traffic.
  • Ensure that your garden terrain is structured at slop away from the pool area. This prevents muddy water draining into your pool. A good way to prevent such a problem and lend a natural ambience to your poolside is to have rock border placed alongside the garden.
  • When defining the border of your garden, it should be at least 6 meters away from the edge of the pool to prevent water being splashed continuously on plants. Alternately, this is also to prevent plant debris from falling into the pool.
  • Being a poolside garden, there will be water splashed somehow onto plants, thus when choosing your flora and various trees, those that prefer dry arid conditions should be avoided. Since your living in Australia you should choose plants suitable to Australian conditions.
  • The ideal trees to grow alongside a pool are palm. Palms are very durable trees and do well near water bodies in dry conditions. The roots of palms are relatively small and hence doing not require large areas of soil..


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Types Of Pool Fences

What Types Of Pool Fences Are Available And How Do I Choose One?

Swimming pool fences come in various shapes and sizes, making choosing the right one for your home difficult. Modern glass fences has become increasingly popular in recent times, but other styles remain common.

With this in mind, we will outline the main styles of pool fencing, the benefits and disadvantages of each and a few things we think you should know before you choose a style for your home. The main types of pool fencing on the market today include:

Frameless Glass Pool Fencing

Frameless glass pool fencing is a desirable option that is becoming common throughout Australia. Frameless glass fences are usually made from rigid glass panels, secured at the bottom with shiny silver stainless steel fixtures. Although they don’t always look solid, frameless glass fences are just as secure as other styles when they’re built right.

Frameless glass is an attractive option if your swimming pool and outdoor entertaining areas are separate. It lets you see between the two regions, making summer entertaining easier. It is also relatively low maintenance and very easy to clean.


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Wildlife Friendly Landscaping

5 Reasons Why You Should Keep Wildlife In Mind When Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping has become a major consideration for homeowners throughout Australia and the world. One of the best ways to create a sustainable outdoor space is to make it wildlife friendly. Increasing amounts of habitat clearing and fragmentation mean that many species – especially birds – simply don’t have enough places to live.

According to Landscapers Network, wildlife friendly landscaping is simple. Choose native species, avoid chemicals and artificial fertilisers, and encourage wildlife to visit your garden. 5 reasons why you should do this include:

  1. Animals Are Relaxing

Personally, nothing cheers me up more than sitting down for a coffee in the morning and watching the birds go about their business. Simply planting the right species and creating a habitable environment can encourage animals to both live and breed in your garden. This can lead to innumerable opportunities for you to simply sit back, relax and take in the beauty of nature.

  1. Creating Habitat Can Give Species Somewhere To Live

Most native species have significantly reduced habitat range due to land clearing and fragmentation. This means that they can have trouble finding places to both live and breed. Keeping your native species in mind when you’re landscaping can help you develop an outdoor space for these animals to thrive. Think about things like birds, possums and other small mammals.

  1. A Native Garden Is Beautiful

Australian conditions are tough, which means that it can be hard to find plants that are easy to grow and look after. Landscapers working with wildlife in mind will allow you to create a maintenance free garden that requires few chemicals and synthetic fertilisers.

  1. Attracting The Right Animals Can Keep Your Garden Healthy

If you’re smart about the way you landscape your outdoor space, you should be able to significantly reduce the amount of chemicals you have to use. For example, attracting birds can help reduce the risk of insect infestations, while pollinating insects like bees and butterflies can help keep your plants healthy.


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Improving Your Soil

The Importance of Improving Your Soil While Landscaping

When it comes to landscape design, there are a few things that the average home gardener sometimes forgets about. The most important of these is undoubtedly soil improvement. The best time to improve your soil is when you are landscaping and redesigning your garden. Although it can seem like a waste of time and money, it is extremely important to make sure that you put the effort in to make sure that you are planting your new garden in rich, fertile soil.

After building, soils are often sandy and poor:

If you have built a new house, then you may be tempted to simply design your yard and plant your garden around the soil which is already there – don’t be. The dirt used for housepads is usually very sandy and nutrient poor, which means that there is little to sustain your plants. Add to this the fact that builders rubble is often full of rocks, rubbish, and chemical, and you have plenty of reason to replace it with decent soil.

The easiest time to improve your soil is while landscaping:

Once you have established that you need to improve your soil – in some way shape or form – then you will realise that the best time to do it is when you are redeveloping your garden. This is always the easiest time to remove old, poor quality soil and replace it with better quality, more fertile soil.


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Turf Farms

Keeping your Lawn Disease Free

Lawns can be affected by a wide range of different diseases, some of which can lead to a very scrappy, unhealthy looking lawn. Some diseases can come directly from poor quality turf farms when you buy roll on turf to lay, but many come from other places.

Keeping your lawn disease free can be very difficult, but there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce the chance of fungal diseases affecting your grass and to reduce their effects if they do. Keep reading to learn how to keep your lawn disease free!

What kind of diseases affect lawns?

Most lawn diseases are caused by various funguses which cause your grass to look terrible, to stop growing, and sometimes, to die. Some of the more common fungal diseases affecting residential lawns include:

  • Brown patch
  • Dollar spot
  • Fairy ring
  • Fusarium blight
  • Necrotic ring spot

Some of these diseases will turn your lawn yellow or brown, and others can be identified by the presence of mushrooms or small fungal growths.

How to I reduce the risk of fungal diseases in my lawn?

There are a number of things you can do to keep funguses out of your lawn, including:

Be careful what turf farm you buy from – buying from a poor quality turf farm can mean that your lawn has a fungal problem before you even lay it. This can spread to other, unaffected lawns in the area, and can cause huge problems with neighbours. Buy from a high-quality turf from farms like Carabooda Lawn to make sure that your lawn is disease free when you plant it.

Avoid contamination – Avoid bringing in contaminated dirt from other places, don’t plant things around your lawn which are unhealthy or sick looking, and be careful when it comes to walking on your lawn after you have been in contact with grassed areas in public.

Getting rid of diseases:

Getting rid of fungal diseases can be difficult, especially if you aren’t sure exactly what the disease is. There are a lot of things that you can do to remove them and reduce their effects, including:

  • Keep your grass watered and use lawn fertiliser. Doing so will reduce environmental stresses on your lawns, making it easier for them to get rid of funguses and diseases on their own.


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Ashe County Farmer’s Market

Come by and see us at the Ashe County Farmer’s Market!

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Chris and Jeanne

Ryan is a pleasure to work with and he has a positive personality and a can-do attitude! We have been extremely pleased with the extensive work he has done with our landscaping. He designed and completed a new garden bed, which has enhanced our property’s appearance and value. All the way through the project, he consulted with us on the plantings, design, and cost.

Additionally, he created a trellis for our raspberry bushes, which blends in with our forest setting. We look forward to his continued work for us, including our plans for a hard-scape patio in the near future! We highly recommend Ryan for any landscaping project!

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