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A Wealth of Knowledge

 

By Tony Catanzaro

 

Landscape Professionals are unique individuals. In many cases they define the American entrepreneur.  They must have knowledge of many things to be successful. While at a seminar in Ohio Gary Kinman, a well known industry leader had a list of all it takes to be that proven professional. I saw Gary for the first time about 14 years ago and he was the person who changed how I view the green industry and the landscape profession. It was Gary’s list that has inspired me to create my own list of what a landscape professional is. While I know like many other industries and professions not all in it are our best. I have however over the years had the pleasure to get to know some of New Jersey’s best landscape professionals and even some from around the country.

 

A landscape professional has to wear many “hats”. They can be horticulturist, nurseryman, botanist, entomologist, geologist, arborist, chemist, engineer, land surveyor, equipment operator, mechanic, stone mason, carpenter, grounds manager, wildlife manager, designer, consultant, artist, turf manager, concrete paver and wall installer, personnel manager, recruiter, safety coordinator, secretary, production manager, purchasing agent, sales person, customer relations person, marketing executive, estimator, lawyer, dispatcher, translator, accountant, collections person, photographer, courier, weatherman, and at times psychiatrist.

 

Much of this list may sound like other small businesses with the exception of the combined knowledge of horticulture, construction, and equipment. The design, build, and maintain landscape firm are true “general practitioners”. After 29 years in this profession it is my observation that many people do not realize all the knowledge, education, and experience that these people have to offer.

 

The landscape professional after many years gains knowledge about spas, hot tubs, pools, ponds, waterfalls, fish, aquatic plants, fountains, sprinkler systems, under ground dog fences, black top paving, low voltage lighting, storm water management, garden sculptures, decks, bird houses, mailboxes, railings, sheds, gazebos, cabana houses, arbors, pergolas, wishing wells, bridges, outdoor furniture,  athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, putting greens, bocce courts, horse shoe pits, barbeque grills, outdoor fireplaces, horse paddocks, dog runs, de icing agents, fencing, indoor plants, vegetable gardens, play structures, and just about anything else you may find in a back yard.

 

Now not every landscape professional has experience and knowledge in all of these things but over time many will. Field experience, trade magazines, books, continuing education, professional associations, networking, seminars, suppliers, manufacturers and the internet are all tools used by these professionals. With a rapidly changing science such as horticulture and the ever changing dynamics of construction, equipment, and business the landscape professional must work hard to keep current. The landscaper who fails to use all these tools is bound to struggle and most likely fails or stagnates in business.

 

The key thing to remember is that a well qualified landscape professional is a key person to consult with before you, choose a building lot, build or buy a new home, expand your home, install a pool, clear a lot, water proof your basement, pave your driveway or make any major outdoor purchase. There is no one more qualified to advise you on the impact the work will have on your outdoor surroundings. Look past what you may have previously thought and learn to fully utilize the landscape professional’s skills.

Maintenance & Plowing




Regency Landscape offers high quality residential and commercial grounds maintenance and snow plowing services in the following towns:

• Long Hill Township
• Warren Township
• Bernards Township
• Bernardsville
• Berkeley Heights
• Watchung
• New Providence
• Surounding areas

Patio & Pavers




Regency knows that a well designed and installed paver project can add beauty and value to your home. Pavers may be used for eye pleasing patios, elegant pool skirts, meandering walkways and drive ways. Don't forget retaining walls and raised planting beds. The possiblities afforded by pavers are limited only by the imagination. Our Design/Build services are available in:

• Morris County
• Somerset County
• Union County
• Hunterdon County
• Middlesex County
• Warren County



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