The big picture: We want to help you enjoy your
garden. And we want to educate homeowners about the importance of proper
The back story: I started taking gardening
classes when I bought an old house that had the usual overgrown landscaping
- lilacs, yews, Rose of Sharon and spirea. I had no idea what to do with
them, so I took my first gardening class through a community college. I
enjoyed it so much that I decided to go for a Certificate in Horticulture
through what was then the Pittsburgh Garden Center, now part of Phipps
Conservatory. The class that I enjoyed most was pruning, so when I started
my own gardening business, I decided to specialize in pruning.
And when I say we specialize in pruning, I mean that
we hand prune shrubs - we rarely use hedge trimmers on anything except
boxwood. So if you're looking for a company to prune azaleas into balls -
call somebody else! However, we do love pruning topiary - creating shapes
for a purpose. So our pruning specialty breaks down into an even smaller
niche - topiary and specialty shrubs such as weeping Japanese maples. These
really require an experienced hand, so do call us for those!
When I started the business, I noticed that most
'landscapers' say they'll do everything - lawn care, retaining walls,
patios, garden design, maintenance and more! But many (not all) of them
employ college students who know little about any of these areas. I decided
early on to remain a 'gardener' not a 'landscaper', and to employ people who
know and love gardening.
We've created a niche in our garden maintenance
business that stays focused on hand pruning and hand weeding gardens.
Because our customers asked for it, we also provide other gardening services
such as edging and mulching. And because we love stone work, we will also
build or re-build dry stone walls.
Our business has grown in unexpected ways over the
years - click on the links at left to see ways in which we've expanded.
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