White Shovel | Landscape Design Install Clean-Up
06 Sep 2016

WOW! Is that my “house?”

I wasn’t quite sure what was going on! It was late April, on a beautiful summer day, I was sitting on the back deck with a young lady. I was showing her the designs I had put together for her front yard. Back then we didn’t use iPads to show designs, we had actual pictures printed and brought them to your home. She was looking at the photos, where I had designed a few different ideas for a landscape across the front of her home.

She was stunned, and began to cry. I was still new to our design process, and of course I hadn’t seen everything, but this was new for me. I asked her if everything was OK, to which she replied “YES!” These are just so beautiful, I never imagined it could be so nice.

This was my first experience in “art.” Art to me was something that grabbed a persons heart, it was something so beautiful and so personal you couldn’t help but stare.

Landscape design has become a passion for White Shovel, we long to see our clients eyes light up, and smiles come across their face. Our design process consist of 3 different appointments, each one is meant to learn more about the client, and build something they would love.

The first appointment is meant to interview the client, and their landscape. We want to know what you really like, and most of the time our clients don’t really know what they like. This takes work on the part of the designer, and we have to ask just the right questions. We want to reveal to ourselves as well as to you what you would love to see. We also interview your landscape, we check and recheck. What’s going to be practical, and beautiful. What’s going to give you pleasure, as well as be easy to maintain.

The second appointment is all about looking at the ideas we came up with. We want to show you the things which we thought, were what you would love. Showing you what we were thinking based on what we thought you were thinking. It’s a fun process, and it gives you the opportunity to say what you like, and what you do not like.

The third appointment is where we discuss the cost for installation if you choose to go that route. It shows you how the plants will be laid out, and how many of each plant you will need. It also will show you different options and packages for installation. Most people don’t realize this, but landscaping can be installed small and you can watch it grow. This saves you a lot of money. You can also install it large and enjoy it in a more immediate fashion.

All three steps are necessary components, however, a client may choose to just take the photos on the second appointment and install the landscape themselves.

We live to serve, and design, and we hope to see you soon.

06 Sep 2016

White Shovel Inspiration (Our Inspiring History | Our Passion)

I wanted so badly to write about how incredible our history has been, I wanted to talk about how inspiring and fast learning we started out to be. Actually, it really didn’t start off quite that great.

In the beginning White Shovel was a small town lawn care business called Turfs R Us. We didn’t have 40 employees, or large trucks with fancy equipment. There was just me, and a lawn mower. Well actually I had a push-mower, a weed whacker, and a hand held blower.

In the beginning mowing was a great start, and allowed me to access to learn more about clients. I’d like to say that in the beginning all I wanted to do was design landscapes, but actually all I wanted to do was make clients happy. When I finally hired the first person to help me, we weren’t just mowing grass. We were assisting clients in maintaining beautiful yards. We pulled weeds, rolled up hoses and organized toys from their children and pets in the back yard.

I remember, almost to the day when the first client asked me for plant, and garden advice. I must of had a blank look on my face. I didn’t know about plants, and I certainly didn’t know about design.

It didn’t stop there, for the next couple of months more then 20 people asked me for plant, and design advice. Honestly, I was stunned! Who was supposed to be giving them advice, and why weren’t they doing it. I just couldn’t believe there was that many people who had yards, and needed a few ideas or some plant advice. But there was.

After doing some searching in the phone book (which was popular at that time) I began to realize the giant gap between “Landscape Architect” and “Residential Design Advice.”

That was the day I enrolled in a landscape design college course. Then, over the next few months, I began to exercise my learning on a daily basis. I was helping clients with design advice, and learning about plants from both the course and in my daily life. My skills grew rapidly.

After the first year of doing this, I sold my lawn care businesses and began the creation of what we know and love now as White Shovel. Working close beside me, my wife and I proceeded to design and install landscapes on a small level, perfecting our craft. Then we decided it was time to build a team.

One of the big issues we had in the beginning, which most people might see as a benefit. We didn’t have any competition, this led to hundreds of errors. Simply because there was no one to copy, or check ourselves against. Our process employs a serve the client method that was un-heard of in the landscape world. People didn’t design landscapes for free, and they certainly didn’t give consulting advice away.

People to this day remain skeptical of our design process, and we are often misunderstood. However, for those which have experienced the high cost of a Landscape Architect, or the small advice of a lawn care person trying to help. You can appreciate the great lengths we go through to bring you wonderful ideas at a very great price.

White Shovel now, is a power house of low maintenance designs, and systemized installation. Our team works round the clock to delver the best design ideas in the business. We have dedicated people to produce design ideas on photos of your home. Each client is designated with a “design rep” that walks them through choosing a design they will love forever. Separating our design and consulting from our pricing department, allows the client to experience exact pricing every time. No hype or price hikes for higher or lower paying clients. We offer systemized landscape design – install – and landscape clean up.

We hope you will consider getting ideas from us before beginning your next landscape project. I personally promise amazement, and I know you will enjoy looking at your home completely designed several ways during our design process.