NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE (Click on Photos to Enlarge)

Dear Readers:

Welcome to the winter of 2002! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

Clients often ask me "what do you do in the winter months?" and so I thought I would share with you some insight of our typical winter routine. It is actually a very exciting time of year for us. This is the time of year that we become renewed, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, I am off to a slow start while attempting to get over my third "cold" since October. Perhaps you can relate!

Vacation!! Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, we do not spend the entire months of January and February on vacation in some exotic tropical location. Although we would like to do so, we have many tasks that we need to accomplish prior to the on-coming spring landscape season. We will spend most of our time designing new landscape projects. This is a great time of year for us to focus on quality design projects so that we are organized to perform their installation in the spring. We often become "booked up" by mid-spring and are forced to delay projects until summer. If any of you have landscape projects, small or large, that you would like to have considered top priority, please let us know. We would be very pleased to assist you.

This winter we will be starting our venture into computer aided design and, once we have over come the educational curve, should be ready to begin designing most of our projects via the computer. This will be very helpful in saving and securing drawings/documents for the long term. Future designs will be saved via compact disc.

We will spend a great deal of time maintaining, re-conditioning, and purchasing new equipment for the spring. Constant driving and constant use requires that we perform a lot of maintenance work on our vehicles, trailers, tools, and uniloader. For example, I average about 30 thousand miles per year on my car (as we do with all of our vehicles), and shovels do not last forever. We will re-organize our office, including file reorganization, and the addition of one new computer this winter.

We will also spend time making various staff adjustments. We have had a large number of requests for us to begin installing and maintaining sprinkler systems, rather than sub-contracting or referring this type of work. To do so will require that we staff a sprinkler technician. However, it would allow us to offer a more inclusive landscape installation package, and would allow our previous clients one less contractor to rely upon. Please provide us with input if you have a desire for us to provide such sprinkler services.

As the weather permits, we will attempt to work on landscape projects throughout the winter. Once the soil freezes to around 6", it becomes nearly impossible to be productive. Please keep in mind that this is still a great time of year to plant trees, while they are dormant, and to have us install professional landscape lighting.

We will be attending the Western Association of Nurseryman convention in early January, and perhaps others later. We attend trade shows and seminars to sharpen our skills and maintain our competitive advantage. We know that you have high expectations and we plan to continue to meet those expectations by being on the cutting edge of technology and horticultural science.

Finally, we will spend some time vacationing. As for myself, I have not decided where to go this winter, although, I can promise you that it will be somewhere warm! My winter vacations are often combined with several stops at nurseries and botanic gardens. Some of my recommendations from my past visits include: the Huntington Library & Gardens, in Los Angeles; the Getty Museum, also in Los Angeles; the San Diego Zoo; the Horticultural Domes, in Milwaukee; The Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa; and Disney World, in Florida. All of these provide outstanding examples of landscaping. Did you know that the San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos to also be considered a botanic garden? It may not be the warmest time of year to visit, but the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is definitely on my favorite list.













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