How has business been for you?
We really were not impacted by COVID. Our core business is construction; we're not a maintenance company. We saw the biggest increase in our business was outdoor living [additions]. People were doing staycations versus traveling. That trend has carried on to this year, but the biggest uptick we've seen this year is the post-[winter] storm plant replacement.
How do you help a customer decide what to do for their yard?
With outdoor living, it's all about how they're going to use [the area]. Do they want a firepit area? Do they want a dining area? The second thing we take in consideration is where the sun hits on the back of the property. If you tie that into plants or landscaping, it's all about what direction your house faces [and] how much sun you get. That makes all the difference in the world, and that's how we determine landscape. More often than not in Richardson, because the homes have some age to them, it's going to be kind of a combination of shade-tolerant or partial shade/partial sun because most homes have pretty mature trees.
How long does a typical landscaping project take?
One day. In one day, we can take out all the old shrubs and put in all new [ones], check irrigation [and] put a border in. All the plants go to recycling; we don't throw them in the trash. The only time it takes a little bit longer is if it's like a lot of plants.
What’s the biggest issue you see in Richardson?
[Plants] thrive when we properly prepare the soil and make sure the irrigation is installed correctly. We really want to take out the old and put in new so we can go down our list and check the boxes to make sure everything's the way it's supposed to be. What we see common in Richardson is some of the homes are older [and] the drainage is incorrect, or the dirt is too high on the house. We see that a lot because a lot of the homes here have some age to them. Those are things we look to correct as part of a new landscape, and that's a big part of what we do.
What do homeowners need to know in order to maintain a healthy yard?
The thing I think most people miss in landscaping is you have to make sure the fundamentals are correct with your yard in relation to the house. It's easy to make grass green [and] to make the plants look pretty. The thing we want to make sure customers focus on is [whether] the drainage is correct. Those are the things I think people forget or they don't think about. Or another example is, if they have a pier-and-beam house and they have hardwood floors, is water getting under their house? If the moisture content is too high, it’ll damage your hardwood floors. Those are the most overlooked things in landscaping.
1218 Executive Drive W., Richardson
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.