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Affordable Full Service Landscape and Irrigation: An Interview with Green Ackors Landscaping

By Kristen Bosse

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

Green Ackors Landscaping is a full service landscape and irrigation company. In addition to landscape design and installation of plant material, we also offer:
Pergolas and gazebos
Waterfalls, ponds and fountains
Flagstone patios, walls and bed borders
Outdoor kitchens
LED outdoor lighting

We also offer the full range of professional lawn care- both residential and commercial.

How did you get into this line of work?

After 30 years in the retail grocery business, I decided to start my own landscape company. It was a hobby since I was a kid.

What makes your lawn maintenance services different than other landscapers?

We strive to make every home or business looks its best. We want the homeowner or business owner to be able to relax in their landscape, and admire it.

What should homeowners be looking for in a good landscaping company?

They should look for a company that has been in business for a sustained period of time, 10 years or longer. Look for someone who your friends, relatives or neighbors have used, and recommend. Look for someone who is insured, operates within the city, federal and state laws and regulations.

I heard a statistic from a past interview that 96% of all landscaping companies fail within the first five years. Why do you think this is?

Same thing applies to restaurants. Being a good cook makes you a good cook- not a good business owner. Running a business is a TOTALLY different set of skills than being a good landscaper (or a good cook).

What sets your business apart from other comparable companies? Do you believe you do anything better/different?

We are more creative than most. We try not to design or install the "same old, same old" landscapes that you see up and down many city blocks. We continuously study landscape design and incorporate new ideas whenever we can. We also listen first, then suggest our ideas. We want to know how the customer is going to spend time in their landscape. Kids, pets, entertaining, cooking out...all these activities will alter the design of a good landscape.

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

This is a complex question, and here is a complex answer. A well landscaped home is going to sell more quickly than one in the same neighborhood that has little or no curb appeal. A well landscaped home should also sell for a higher price. Most of the time, a nice lawn is important to a prospective buyer, and the landscape will pay dividends.

But the question is, "how much". I know, so here is my best answer to that.

New landscape becomes more valuable as it matures. A $5,000 investment might bring you back $5,000 - $10,000 in the first year or two after installation. Five years down the road, it will probably bring you $15,000 - $20,000 because the plants have grown and matured. The design has reached its maturity and looks its best.

You seem to offer an enormous amount of services- would you pick any out as your specialties?

Flagstone. Patios, fire pits, bed borders, etc. We love working with stone and boulders.

What are a couple of the secrets behind creating captivating landscape lighting?

We like to create focal points- it might be a group of trees, a fountain, or a path to a seating area, but we want to draw the eye to certain attractive features. We also incorporate security and safety into our lighting designs. Our best designs are usually a collaborative effort with the homeowner's participation.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

My cell phone is (254) 715-9520. My email is greenackors@hot.rr.com.

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