Landscaping firm offers winning touch – The Royal Gazette
Created: January 21, 2021, 8:05 am
Andrew Medeiros of landscaping company winner ARM Landscaping Services (photo by Jessie Moniz Hardy)
ARM Landscaping Services only has three crew members and most of the time it is the owner Andrew Medeiros who operates the lawn mower.
The size did not prevent Brighton Hill, Devonshire from winning the BERMUDIAN magazine’s Best of Bermuda Award for best landscaper last October.
“I was happy and excited when we won,” said Medieros. “There are some big companies that are hard to beat. I would not have made it without my team. “
Mr Medeiros felt that the company’s personal touch had something to do with the win.
“I have a good relationship with my customers,” he said. “You can call me anytime. We’re just trying to do our best. Instead of dealing with a foreman, customers take care of the owner. I would think that makes us a little different. “
And he said because it’s the same men who have jobs, they really develop a relationship with the customers.
“Customers feel good because they know us,” he said.
Mr. Medeiros started ARM landscaping 12 years ago at the age of 23. The company name is its initial. When he started ARM, he worked for a family member’s Brighton Nurseries. After 4 p.m. he started doing small jobs for clients when he broke up.
“The hardest part of starting the business was putting together a list of customers,” he said.
But as he slowly built his reputation, he was able to focus on ARM two days a week and eventually full day. He said one of the challenges is raising the money to start a landscaping company.
“In the beginning, you need money to buy all of your tools,” he said. “My most expensive tools are my lawn mower and my two trucks.
“I make zoysia grass for golf courses, so you need a different type of cutting machine for that, which is quite expensive.”
As a landscaper, he has seen climate change first hand over the past two decades.
“Years ago, in the summer, you cut and worked twice a month,” he said. “Sometimes now you get a month without rain. But then you will get some months where it rains a lot and you have to go three times a month. Hurricanes also occur later and occur more frequently. “
Contrary to popular belief, he said landscapers don’t like storms.
“It’s just a lot more work when you’re already busy,” he said. “But every year is different. You can’t rely on what the weather was like last year. “
Mr Medeiros said there was a lot of catching up to do after the Covid-19 lockdown ended in May. Many customer yards ran wild.
Covid-19 made him lose a worker.
“He was gone at the time,” said Mr Medeiros. “He just couldn’t come back. I had some immigration permits that weren’t approved, but got rid of some work to be comfortable with a crew of three. “
His favorite pastimes are cutting grass and installing new plants.
“When you start new plants and gardens, you can express your artistic side,” he said. “I like to cut grass because it’s just you and the lawnmower. You don’t have to talk You can just put your music on and cut your grass. “
What he likes about the business is that it’s consistent.
“It’s every day,” he said. “There is always work to be done in landscaping. You’re always busy. There is never a slow season. “
He also likes diversity.
“With something like construction, you’re building a house for six months, so you’re in the same place,” he said. “I’m in a different place every day with landscaping. I like that part. I also like that I work outside. I couldn’t be inside all the time. “
Ironically, he doesn’t have his own garden. He just doesn’t have the energy for it.
“I do it in other people’s homes all day and that’s fine,” he said.
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