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OCTOBER 2019 EDITION

A word from Jarrad...

Hello all!! I hope this edition of The Creeping Gardener finds you well and enjoying the bits and pieces of sunshine we’ve had. This time of year is absolutely manic for us, and we love it! Things have started to grow, rapidly, and we are busy trying to stay on top of everything, whilst also providing the very best service for all of our amazing clients.

Our team continues to grow, in order to keep up with the work load, so we are now placing a huge emphasis on making sure each and every one of our team members is trained up and works exactly how we want and expect them to.
As with most businesses (I dare say), finding the right staff is always one of the biggest challenges! Whilst we are extremely happy with our current crew, as it is filled with brilliant people who all want to learn more and achieve great things, we are also always looking to add to it with more great people and hard workers. If you do know of anyone who may be suitable to join our awesome team, please let me know via email – jarrad@ahlg.com.au We’d love to meet them and see if we can make it work!!

Luke and I have been making a greater effort to get back on the tools, where we can, to assist in the training of everyone and to just help out in general, which has been great fun, but with this, comes less time to ‘run’ the business and answer all the calls/emails as promptly as we’d like!

With this being the case, we will be opening a 1300 number for all new enquiries, but don’t stress – you wont be going to a call center somewhere else in the world – you’ll come through to one of our friendly staff members, who will take all of your details and pass them on to the right person to give you a quote or some advice on the matter.

We are deeply committed to providing you with the very best service and we feel this is a positive step in the right direction! Have a smashing October folks, and we’ll see you soon!

Jarrad

Whats going on at AHLG...

EVERYTHING!!! We are already reaching capacity with our schedules, but we are also on the look out for a new EXPERIENCED team member and also another trainee!

We’ve had another irrigation and turf expert join our ranks this last month, and he is off to a very busy start!! Simon has joined us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, ranging from golf courses to estimating, team leading and everything in between! He and Ben have been under Kris’ guidance in showing them the ‘AHLG way’ and have been smashing out the lawn renovations like mad men!

Clint and the landscaping lads are on absolute fire at Mount Lofty House! We’ve been asked to post more updates on this project, so we’ll crack on with that from now! The stone walls are looking a treat, the paving is well under way, and a new lawns and plants are soon to follow!
It’s been a great learning experience for us, working on a larger building site, but one our guys have risen to! This team has been bolstered in a large way, with Jimmy joining the team a few weeks ago. He has some great experience and skills, and is an absolute ripper of a bloke to go with it!

Our commercial maintenance team are ticking along nicely, with Cam, Cam and a few other helpful hands doing a great job on all sites!

As for the residential maintenance crews – BUSY is an understatement!! Keep up the great work all!

All systems are go, for an extremely busy spring!

Joke of the month...

Simon's motor mower had broken down. His wife, Maria, kept dropping hints about getting it fixed before the grass grew too tall, but the message wasn't getting through, and Simon kept procrastinating and putting off doing the repairs.

Frustrated, Maria decided on what she thought was a clever way to make her point. When Simon arrived home from work, he found Maria sitting in the grass, clipping it by hand with a tiny pair of scissors.

Simon, totally amazed, watched silently for a few minutes, then went into the house only to appear again a few minutes later where he handed her a toothbrush.

'When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the sidewalks,' said Simon ungraciously.

Meet the staff...

Sean O’Grady
AHLG Division:

Residential maintenance crew.

Time spent with AHLG:

3 months.

Previous occupation:

Garden maintenance at ECH.

Marital status:

3 years married

Hobbies (other than gardening, obviously):

Music: been playing guitar since I was 13 and playing in bands since I was 18.

If you could swap jobs with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Any guitarist in an international touring band. Traveling the world and getting paid to do it as well as playing to huge crowds at festivals sounds like a dream!

Last book read:

The Barefoot Investor For Families.

Favorite meal:

Home made (family recipe) macaroni bake.

Biggest pest at AHLG and why:

Dog poo on wet lawn. Or… Kris adding sums to back up his point. Eg ‘if I have 1 sugar a day, that’s 7 sugars a week, 30 sugars a month etc.

Favorite job on the tools:

Hedging.

Best thing about working at AHLG:

I love the variety of work in the beautiful locations/properties as well as the awesome people/staff that work at AHLG!

In (the garden) bed with Matt...

Wisteria

We had some questions from one of our readers last month about pruning wisteria -

Pruning my wisteria. 
When do I do it?
How much do I take off?

Fear no more….we are here to help put your worries to rest!

Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) has to be one of the most spectacular climbing plants around - they bring so much joy and elegance to a garden when they are in bloom.  Wisteria needs to be pruned twice a year once in winter and the other in summer.

WINTER PRUNE

Before you get the trusty cutters out you need to make sure your wisteria is growing the way you want it to. First choose your leader… Then move the branches around in a fan shape to get the best coverage on what you’re growing it on.  Now that you have your shape and coverage it’s time to prune the flowering stems.  You want to shorten the stems so that you only have 2 or 3 flowering buds. This will put more energy into the flowering buds, creating longer and stronger flowers.

SUMMER PRUNE

This is a lot easier however still very important to maintain you wisteria to have it looking it’s best.  You need to prune back the long wispy stems that have shot up over the growing season. This will maintain its shape and reduce the plant from using energy that is not required.  I hope this helps and please contact us if you would like more information, a demonstration on you wisteria or to even just book us in to take care of it for you!

Untill next time!

Matt.

Partner profile...

BIANCO MOUNT BARKER

The team at Bianco Mount Barker provide a huge range of building materials, power tools, general tools, safety gear & accessories in all of the major brands. Their knowledgeable staff will go above and beyond to match you with the most suitable product for your needs. We’ve found Bianco to be great to deal with and their on-site delivery service has saved us a heap of time! Drop in to their showroom at 45 Secker Road, Mount Barker and check out their range.

What the f...acts...

During the 1600s, tulips were so valuable in Holland that their bulbs were worth more than gold. The craze was called tulip mania, or tulipomania, and caused the crash of the Dutch economy!! Tulips can continue to grow as much as an inch per day after being cut.

Products we love and recommend...

Felco Secateurs

Over the years we have trailed many different brands of secateurs but we keep coming back to one brand – Felco. While they’re certainly not the cheapest, we’ve found them to be the best all round in terms of comfort, durability, ergonomics and cut precision. Clean pruning cuts are so important to the health of a plant, poor quality secateurs lead to tears or shredding of the cut making it susceptible to disease. Multiply this by thousands of cuts over the course of a season and you have a real issue on your hands! That’s why we prefer to use quality tools and the Felco range has a number of quality variants to suit any application. Be sure to keep a sharpener on hand too!

Machine of the Month ...

Sherpa AS940

This month we are showcasing our Sherpa all terrain slashing machine. This little beast is an all-wheel drive go cart on steroids! Because of its smaller size and impressive traction, it can get into spots that a standard mower or tractor can’t get to yet still has the power to blitz through tall grass, weeds, bracken and even blackberries! The Sherpa is perfect for slashing your block in the lead up to the fire danger season. Give us a call to book in a quote for your area today.

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