Kansas City, MO
Areas of service:Kansas City, Kansas City, Overland Park, Independence, Olathe, Lees Summit, Shawnee, Blue Springs, Lenexa, Leawood, Mission, Belton, Grandview and Prairie Village.
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About Hayes Landscaping
Hayes Landscaping is a professional company serving South Kansas City, Red Bridge, Waldo and surrounding areas.
We give free estimates and specialize in:
- String trimming
- Retaining walls
- Tree trimming
- Gutter maintenance
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Questions and answers
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
When you tell someone the importance of watering, they would take you seriously. More plant material is lost to that one thing.
When you guarantee plants & trees that something isn't going to just take care of itself. It needs to be maintained, watered, trimmed and fertilized! Would you have a dog and expect him to feed and train himself?? I get more calls about this also, even if you have a sprinkler system sometimes it doesn't reach all parts of your yard and beds so you need to walk around your own yard once in a while and make sure everything is being taken care of.
That everything costs money, If you need something picked up and delivered it's usually gonna cost you something. With the economy everyone is trying to save, but don't be over frugal, the landscaper has to eat and pay bills too!
- What brands or products do you work with?
I try to keep as much as I can local, especially plant, tree and shrub material. I feel if its grown in Kansas City or one of our out lying cities like Olathe, Blue Springs or even Belton/Harrisonville it's more likely to survive. As far as chemical applications, I try to stay as green as possible. I buy all my mulch local as that is very important to keep certain pest out of our area, wood is very bad at bringing in pest's, so do not buy firewood or mulch that comes from out of the area or state!
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
First and foremost your budget. If you've seen another persons yard, tree, plant, fence, etc your in love with it remember the address, take pictures etc., so you can use that as an example of what you want. Go to Garden Centers and the like to get ideas ahead of time. Have your yard marked for utilities if any digging is involved right at the time you are getting estimates so its done and off your list, and let whoever you hire know its been done, although they should be able to tell if the yard is marked. Color scheme if you have one or at least colors you would like to see in your yard and plantings. If you prefer low maintenance, some people just don't enjoy being outside to much, if that's you, be honest about it!
- What types of jobs are the most common?
Mowing, gutter cleaning, and trimming. These are things all people need to do or have done! This what we call maintenance and everyone should do at least this much.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
Master Gardener, and I've taken course work at Penn Valley Longview, and Maple woods. At one time I was certified to do chemical applications, but I let that go as I don't believe all that spaying is necessary! That was many years ago and if I knew now, what I didn't know then! Hind sight, I guess.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Landscaping, lawn maintenance, Bobcat work, tree trimming and removal, drainage issues, precision shrub trimming, garden design and instillation, retaining walls, and gutter maintenance. We have all the right equipment to get the job done right.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
I always go by and check on all plantings and instillation of plant, tree, shrub, and sod these have to be maintained and I make sure my customers and I are on the same page when it comes to watering etc. I also call about hardscape, retaining walls, drainage and gutters to see if those things are what the customer imagined the job or work would actually be. If they have concerns we go back and fine tune the job.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
In the summer months about 2 - 3 installations and about 15 mowing's. In the spring and fall I do about 10 yards a week with clean-ups and fertilization, verticut and aeration, gutter cleaning etc. Winter is a slow period I do a little snow removal and gutter maintenance and whtever I can keep busy with.
- How did you get started?
I worked for a friend on his mowing crew, to supplement another job I had over 30 years ago. While working for him learned the ins and outs and realized I could go out on my own and do that plus add the landscaping and design into my business. I took that leap and never looked back.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
It was a smaller job in upper Crestwood. The back yard of this house was small and very over grown, a total lack of anything except the owner had installed a nice privacy fence, so basically a blank slate. We have put in steel edging and nice beds that we have anchored with nice small under carriage trees, shrubs, and some roses in the few sunny spots. Also I urged him to do a mirror on the privacy fence to make the yard have the feeling of being bigger, he loved the idea so we did it. We over seeded what grass was there and its filling in nicely. His Mom was in from California and could not believe it was the same back yard what a nice complement!
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Go to your LOCAL lawn and garden center and talk to the people who work there! They are a wealth of knowledge and are very helpful. Also garden extension centers, pick up the free garden magazines and news letters, etc.
When contracting be honest and maybe find some parts of the job that you can do yourself to save that way. You could also do a job in stages, get the bones of the installation going and then save up to do more as you can afford it. But always be up front and honest about your budget, they are certain things its never good to go cheap on and a good professional will be honest with you what those should be.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
First of all it, should cost nothing to have someone come and talk with you about the services or job you are asking to have done. Then how the job will be done and the time frame, cost, materials used, where landscape plants and tress are purchased, if they are locally grown, how are large trees and shrubs transported, if plants and trees are guaranteed, what your schedule looks like as opposed to the person doing the work (do you want to be present when work is going on), do you need utilities marked. This is just a portion of things to talk about.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
Why did this tree or plant die? answer: is usually not enough care ( watering), sometimes it's a pest or disease, we are losing a lot of big trees to disease in Kansas City right now. Sometime it's run it's course everything has it's life span. Sometimes it's not planted in the correct place sun, shade, soil etc.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I'm a big lover of all animals but especially dogs and when the weather and customer permit I bring my dog to work with me, it makes me happier to have him along.
I also like to tell a joke or two!
Lastly my yard never tells the story of my abilities, the old adage the cobbler never has great shoes, the plumbers wife calls someone else?? I never seem to have time to take care of my own stuff, cause I'm either working and when I'm not it's usually raining or snowing so I can't get out in my own yard.