As we kick 2020 out the door, we’d like to thank you for your custom and patience as we work through our to-do list.

It was a crazy year for us with unprecedented growth in customers and the scale of the jobs that we do. We, like many, faced uncertain times as we went into lockdown – but we’ve emerged stronger than ever!

The workload levelled up from May and we are currently booking in work for February next year. If you have something you’re wanting us to take care of, it’s best to let us know as soon as you can.

Garden chat

Winter planting was massive this year with the farming sector taking an interest in environmental conservation. Plant supply became an issue, with even the most common of plants going out of stock. A lot of fruit trees have also been going in this year. We completed most of the winter pruning on time and now onto the Christmas tidy-ups.

Lawn maintenance continues year-round. We are doing a lot more dethatching than usual and have noticed more fungi diseases this year.

 

Jobs done right

We finished the extension to the Ashburton Industrial Park for ACL – the tree specifications for this job were incredible. Each tree had to be 2.5m tall, stakes at 2.4m so we custom cut stakes, holes had to be 1.5m deep filled with 80% topsoil and 20% compost, fertiliser in the hole, root guard in the ground to stop roots breaking the kerb. Finishing it off with an irrigation feed system, it wasn’t just a simple tree in the ground.

We also completed two new housing units in Timaru for Kainga Ora (Housing New Zealand). We even did the fencing for this which were four different types, so the boys really stepped up here with something that was slightly out of their comfort zone.

 

Community involvement

We sponsor a few things over the year but this year one stood out – the Hinds School bike track that the kids sorted by gaining sponsorship and generating ideas. A real credit to these kids with email updates and photos of progress. Look forward to having a go!

 

Team update

We farewelled Ben in early November for him to return to the automotive sector. Replacing him is Sam – he’s young, keen and willing to learn. Welcome, Sam!

Bailey, the tall university boy is back with us after finishing his studies until he finds a job in the marketing sector – we secretly hope he doesn’t so he can stay with us 😊

We are also in talks with another person to join us as well, so the business is really expanding.

Mitchell and Nathan are both heading away with their families camping. On a side note, Nathan has just completed the Queenstown half marathon and smashed his time from last year. You may have seen him training running around town in the early hours of the day.

My brothers and friends in the boat racing circuit had a good marathon this year with coming first in their class after a week of hard racing.

We do hope you have a special Christmas and a relaxing break – you deserve it!

Cheers
Dale