Surf’s Up! This week the Harvesters review an important subject – your NEW JOB STARTUPS. Having a great startup for a new job is a really important part of your work, and requires a well thought out process.

Watch this brief clip as they review the actions that will either impress or upset your new client.

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Ed Laflamme LIC

started his own business from scratch, built it up, sold it and then wrote a book about how he did it. So, he’s been there. He understands your frustrations, worries and concerns. Some of you may want to buy companies, while others may want to sell the one you own. You need expert assessment and guidance before you can move forward. Ed has experience in this area. He is recognized as a CLP: Certified Landscape Professional. Read Ed's full bio.


Job site start up–boys you’ve said a mouthful! Nothing impresses a new client less than not showing up on time, working in a haphazard manner, not having materials ready when needed and generally running your project without a “flow” to it. Add in poor employee supervision and work habits (like allowing blaring music on site) and you have a recipe for a customer meltdown. Keep promising completion dates that come and go and you should find another occupation.

An aside re: irrigation plans-I can’t help but laugh! After 14,000 installations I may have drawn 250 plans, all on larger projects. They are as rare as Ming vases. I know in most of the country landscapers perform irrigation contracting and will repair lines/heads as needed. The real problem with irrigation comes from the hardscape design build crews-they either don’t care about the irrigation system and literally “pave” right over it or repair piping incorrectly (allowing debris in or connecting the pipes to the wrong zones). And they almost always forget to install conduits under hardscapes to allow for future irrigation and lighting needs.

Final thought-don’t forget to call 811 for a markout. I promise you that if you damage any utilities without locating them first the utility provider is much less forgiving than your client.


Great input and thanks! With hardly any irrigation plans out there I smell a great opportunity for landscapers to draw out new plans showing where the valves are located, the zones they water, back flow device locations etc. AS AN EXTRA!

The call before you dig is an excellent way to avoid BIG problems. We had a few gas line hits lately that weren’t very good plus they were way shallow as in less than 12 inches deep.

New Job Start Ups and Job Turnovers are one of our top “best practices” we would like everyone to know and practice!

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