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Helping Add to Your Overall Quality of Life: An Interview with Landscape One

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and services you offer?

We are a small contractor serving in Muskegon County In Michigan, doing business as Landscape One for 14 years. Landscape One strictly designs and installs, which includes irrigation and repair. Operation is simple and we are not involved in clean up, snowplowing, mowing, etc.

What is your position at Landscape One?

I am the Owner of the company.

What are the benefits that come along with using the locally grown plants/materials?

Locally grown plants are most suitable for local climate. If they were not suitable, they would not grow locally. Dealing locally is less expensive due to transportation cost, easy to communicate and handle for this business even in this global economy. Samples can be taken to homeowner or to show variety. This benefits all parties and supports local business.

You pride yourself on your site on having the best price- how are you able to provide quality service on such affordable price?

The Owner takes one job at a time and is in the field working 95% of the time. We do not have a large payroll. Employees are never waiting for further instructions because owner is on site and there is never wastage of material as a result. There is no lack of communication with employees or homeowner. Landscape One does not get involved with or as a middleman. Instead of owning large expensive equipment and storage cost, we rent them as they are needed and don't have to make monthly payments.

What projects go along with winterizing my landscape?

Just winterizing irrigation system, which includes blowing out water from system and inspecting to make sure all heads, sprayers, zone junctions and timer is functioning properly.

What tips do you have for someone attempting to do land scape lighting themselves?

Whenever, wherever electric is used be very careful. Improper wiring and connections are very risky for your property and personal safety. If the project is large and requires electrical connections, please contact a licensed electrician. For small projects read directions carefully.

What are some of the benefits that come along with new landscape construction for your home?

Good landscaping beautifies your home. Every day even before you enter your home, landscaping is what you see. By buying a simple landscaped house you don't have to pay thousands of dollars right after you spend your savings on closing costs and other necessities, etc.

In your opinion, how much can a newly landscaped exterior increase the value of a home?

5 to 15%. But high maintenance landscaping can turn off a possible buyer.

What is the best way for people to contact you?

Email or phone 231 638 7833.

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