Interview with the Artist

Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

We specialize in design and construction of new landscaping. Often we find focal points that are worth keeping and working around. This can usually save the budget for more features, and also lower the cost. Many times our client s don’t even know what they have in their yard, or its value …until we go in and clean it up in detail. One thing that separates Sadree Landscape Design from other landscapers is this: We build relationships through trust. Your trust is more valuable to me than whatever may be in your wallet. I will share my knowledge and experience with you so you can make informed decisions. I will also walk away from work I don’t feel comfortable doing. My reputation is solid because of this, and I will not compromise that for anything.

 

Describe three recent jobs you’ve completed.

Due to tight watering restrictions in the Tampa area, many of our clients are looking for ways to reduce their turf areas (grass), or do away with it all together. In the last three projects, we have done just that. Most people would cringe at the thought of having no grass in their yard, but you would be surprised at how much nicer and cleaner a Florida friendly yard can be. Clients that have gone through this transition will agree that the value exceeds the cost. The best part is that once you are done with a phase …you are done. I work with client budgets to get the most for their money. The last three jobs were no different than the hundred or more before. If your budget is not realistic I will inform you of what is. If that is more than what you are comfortable spending, we phase the job into sections until it is complete.

 

 

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

Look at their portfolio. See if the work is cookie cutter, or does it look like there is an artist behind the design. Ask lots of questions to see how much plant knowledge is behind the designer. There are tons of plants to choose from, and since plants are live materials, usually there won’t be a guarantee. Plants should be chosen wisely to fit the space they will be planted in. Also, Plants should be used as focal points and to soften things like boulders and hardscape. If the whole design is done with plants, expect to lose some or all of your investment at some point. With life comes death… that is a guarantee.

 

 

What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

This is a good question. Do your research first. I have four websites, all different and full of information. Like this page, I have taken time to devote to you. All of my websites are filled with pages of text and video content with pictures of my work. I also have video testimonials. I am A rated on many other websites and A+ rated with the BBB. Landscaping isn’t my job or career, it is my passion. If you are looking for someone to replace your lawn with more grass, there are many out there that can give you a much better price. If you are done wasting your hard earned money on something almost impossible to obtain, call me …I may have a solution.

 

Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

I don’t follow the cookie cutter design techniques that most do. I am an artist, but one with vast knowledge and experience in the green industry. I don’t try to sell a thousand plants to fill space in your garden. My goal is to build a relationship with everyone I meet. Trust is hard to win, but I am not afraid to earn 99% if I am given only 1. What really sets my work apart from the rest is this: I am a working artist. Each project is another work of art for me. I always take pictures after, so great detail goes into each step of the project from beginning to end. The preparation that goes into each project is where most are left in my wake. I put great detail into the prep work, even though it lies under what the client can see. My thinking is this – A quality job starts from ground zero.

 

 

What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

In this industry, plant knowledge is key. Also, it is important to know how much of the investment can you expect to hold on to over the years. Many landscape designs done with all plants can lose their luster in a few years, and also cost more than the initial outlay to maintain. If you are concerned about value, focus on cost, not price.

 

 

What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

I meet many people that want something easy to care for, and then ask me to replace their lawn with more lawn. Grass is not something easy to care for these days. With chemical restrictions, fertilizer bans, and tight watering restrictions… a healthy lawn can be found in dreams along with dragons and unicorns. Many homeowners don’t know, and some don’t even care about the value of the investment they are about to make. people will spend $30k or more on a swimming pool and only want to spend $1000 on landscaping, even when a pool may return 30% – 40% and in some cases scare away a potential buyer. Landscaping returns 100% – 200% on the investment, if it is done professionally and well thought out, and can improve the overall property value as much as 20%! When selling a home, what is the first thing people see around the “for sale” sign? …Your front yard. The benifits are more than just monetary. Landscaping also lifts the spirit and awakens the soul. Why do hospitals, nursing homes, and amusement parks spend so much of their yearly budgets on landscaping? …in tough times humans need a hug from mother nature. That alone makes this investment worthwhile.

 

 

How did you decide to get in your line of work?

I got into landscaping because I wanted to work outdoors. This all started in 1989, when I still didn’t know what I wanted as a career. I was working for an insurance company in the claims department. The job was very stressful and not very rewarding to me. After a nervous breakdown, my doctor suggested I change my line of work. I took his advice and started working for a commercial lawn service. Years later, I built up enough clients to go out on my own. I ran my lawn business until 2002 when an opportunity came to pursue a career in the music industry. I sold the business and relocated to Los Angeles, Ca. In LA, I learned about marketing and the music industry. After meeting with some very powerful people in music, I decided to ride out my contracts and come back home to Florida. I decided to go back to landscaping, but this time in design instead of maintenance. All of my life I had a dream of becoming a rock star… as it stands, I have become one (not exactly what I had in mind), but who’s complaining?

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See our interview on Florida Homes, a leading site for Florida Real Estate, Georgia real estate, North Carolina real estate & Tampa, FL homes for sale: Designing a Grassless Yard.