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Tips On Getting Your Gardens Ready For Spring

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Spring officially sets in on March 20th and although it may not seem like it, any true gardener will tell you that as soon as the holidays end, our minds are focused on that garden. Here are a few things any gardener can do to satisfy that “gardening” itch, in the bleak of mid winter.

Compost Set Up Area:

Composting is one the best things you can do as a gardener. Compost is the black gold of the gardener’s world and you can also create it yourself out of food and yard waste. You’ll be using that waste instead of dumping it in the trash can, you’ll be saving money, and you’ll be loving on your garden. There’s really no point in discussion.

So find a nice, flat area somewhere near the house or garden and enlist some help in setting up a very basic composting system, which doesn’t require much but air, fresh material, and something to hold it all in (an old trash can with holes poked in it, a three-sided structure of hay bales or cement blocks, a small area of mesh fencing).

Containers For Seedlings:

If you’ve always been a “last-minute gardener” – purchasing your leggy seedlings and popping them in the ground right before the weather shoots up to high heat – then this is your year to get a head start and enjoy every moment of spring gardening. Start saving small containers (egg cartons are superb) for those seedlings you can grow yourself; in many areas of the country, you’ll want to get those seeds growing in February so they will be ready to plant  in the ground by April or May. Check this planting calendar from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for the right planting dates for your area (just type your location in the box).

Ordering Seeds:

This may be every gardener’s favorite part: browsing the seed catalogs and websites and picking out which plants to grow this year. Make sure to order your seeds now so you’ll have them in time to start planting them indoors. There are several fabulous organic seed suppliers online. You can order from the website or request a catalog to browse at your leisure:

Preparing Your Soil:

Depending on your location, the only soil prep you may be able to do at this point is just say a little prayer for it. But in many part of the country, days of snow and ice will be interspersed with days of warmer weather and thawed ground. On those days, get out there and do as much work as possible to break up the soil. If you have a larger garden plot, getting a tiller in there on a good day can be extremely helpful. Just digging up the soil is good, as it aerates and loosens and prepares it for planting. But you can also work in compost (well-rotted), manure (well-cured), or other additives depending on the type of soil you have.

Prepare You Potting Area and Garden Tools:

  Claim a corner in the garage, workshop, or patio as your own. Pull out that old, dusty table from the attic or spare bedroom. Give it a bright, cheery coat of paint on a sunny day, set it up, and you’ve got a brand-new potting area ready. Next find all those garden tools and get them ready for spring-time use by scrubbing them down with something a bit abrasive like a scrubbing pad to remove any caked-on dirt or rust. Give them a light coat of oil on the metal parts, then store them in a bucket of sand to keep them rust-free and sharp until planting time comes.

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Value Of Referrals

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re•fer•ral:    “a person referred or recommended to someone or for something”   definition by: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/referral.

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION AND BUILDING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

In any business Communication Is Key. Again, this moment begins as soon as I meet with my clients personally for the first time at their pre booked “Free  One on One Consultation”. As I am in the business of home improvements and maintenance service, miss communication can be a costly expense for both my business and my client. I take the extra time to listen, understand, do the  research and work out a resolution to  make the experience not only a successful one but also a memorable one for both of us. Keeping clients up to date with how a project is coming along is also a good thing. Think of it this way, renovations can be a  temporary life disrupting time. You are there doing drywall work, making the least amount of mess as possible in the kitchen, while mom the clean freak is trying to get dinner ready for the kids before you take them soccer practice. You are actually part of their personal life, in their home and are in the way. It’s stressful enough for both of you and this is  why communication is so important.   Listen to their concerns, questions and issues about what the plan is in their home. Building a professional relationship with your client will go a long way. Get to know them. Let them know that they can contact you with any other questions or concerns in future. Your services shouldn’t just end because the job is done. Your client may require more services or know someone who does in the future. Guess who they’re going to call?

 

Challenges

CHALLENGES

Every project I come across is unique and individual with its own set of challenges, problem solving, completion deadlines and unexpected surprises. I take extra steps to communicate with my clients to make sure they are satisfied from the moment I meet with them at a “free one on one consultation” to the end of the finished project. I encourage our clients to inform us on how the  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services experience was for them and how we can improve. It’s important to get your clients involved in the entire process. Bottom line is they are paying for it.

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IMPORTANCE OF A JOB WELL DONE

If you are a business owner then you can understand and appreciate the value of  referrals. As a I am in the field of renovations and home improvements here in the Durham Region, my finished product represents my company. I cannot stress enough how a “JOB WELL  DONE” with my clients  will go beyond the finished project. A happy customer will do the advertising for you. Beware: A dissatisfied customer will also do advertising for you if their experience with your services or product did not meet their standards and will have no problems telling their friends and family members NOT to consider using your services from bad personal experiences

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Word of Mouth is a “Good Thing”. Happy clients will do free advertising for you! People that have had a great experience with a service will want to let others know.  This is a good opportunity to ask your clients for Testimonials. Websites and social media are another form of word of mouth. If your clients are willing, ask them for comments so others can see.  Some neighbours are nosy and are always keeping an eye on what’s going on in the neighbourhood.  When they see your company vehicle in the driveway or sign posted on the lawn, chances are they will ask their neighbour what they got done and want to see the work.  There’s always someone who knows someone who needs something done in their home or apartment. Your clients will also call you back for more work to be done around the house. Treat your clients like Gold. Thank them often for choosing you for their services.  These people are your bosses and without them you wouldn’t be where you are today. Just remember to keep this in your mind-always!

 

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