BioGardener – 2015 Winter Notes

Hello BioGardener Lovers:

I assume most businesses follow some kind of model in pursuit of success.  But daily decisions predicated on some formula is such a bore – give me the poetry of guts and wits over the sterility of procedure and equations any day.

However ambiguous our model and loosey goosey our process, I’m content with the results.  BioGardener is flexible instead of large, thoughtful instead of fast, scrappy instead of mechanical, balanced instead of greedy.   In other words, we’re human.

And like all humans, we make mistakes, and sometimes rely on our client friends to help make us aware of and then correct those mistakes.  That’s one benefit of running a business like a human instead of a machine – the cultivation of relationships.  We believe those relationships are key to making BioGardener a better business.  In a human way of course.

All to say:  thanks to all who value that human relationship and understand that we’re all on the same team.  Thanks for responding with a conversation instead of an overreaction, and respecting us as people instead of tools.  It makes a difference.

Winter Chores

Speaking of tools, winter should be arriving any day now, our favorite season for sharpening blades, tuning engines, welding over tape, and reflecting on another busy year.

For maintenance clients, we typically shift our focus towards leaf management and away from weeds and grass mowing.  We do our best to find something to do while the mowers take a rest, but if you feel like it’s overkill or need a bigger push, please just let us know.  Nobody is under contract – we rely on you to tell us when to back off and when to get huge.  Communication baby.  It’s what the humans do.

It’s a good time to make sure beds are mulched with at least 2-6″ of organic cover like leaves or mulch, and to file the pruners in preparation for winter cutbacks in February/March.  Allow the dormant shells of shrubs and perennials to persist until then to help offer shelter to wildlife during bleak times, give the plants time to reseed, and to contribute to the stark beauty of a winter landscape.

And don’t forget about sprinkler systems, the Kevin McAllisters of landscapes.  Soils are perfectly saturated heading into the dormant season and don’t need much help from anyone in the moisture department.  Turn those sprinklers OFF, or at least set timers on a 28-day schedule if you need to get your money’s worth.

Tips for the Fellers

For all who have contributed to the holiday tip pot for the guys in November payments, many thanks.  It’s a great way to show appreciation for the crew’s hard work throughout the year and is always deeply appreciated.

Winter Schedule

As every year, the guys will take a week of paid vacation around the holidays, which means the schedule gets egged – a rainy fall and lots of delayed installation projects only makes it runnier.  Most likely, we will push regular maintenance accounts back one week, sort of like the trash day slide.  I’m but one man and cannot preemptively alert each individual account to the exact effects, but if something doesn’t seem right just ride it out and allow things to settle out organically in early January.  Or send me an email.  In the meantime, I suggest applying the cost savings towards the larger bottle of lightly peated 10-year single malt Irish Whiskey.  You’re welcome.

Tree Sale

If the Aggies taught me anything, traditional is everything and trees are good.  So get ready for our annual tree sale some time next year, just like always.  Be ready to act though, because our schedule is already unseasonably crowded and I’m already hating spring – a new record for me.

Now go start a bonfire, dance in a moonlit field, manipulate intoxicants out of organic material, and celebrate in all the other ways that only us humans can.  Thanks for another great year of being human!  Viva BioGardener!

Jeremy

 

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