Landscape Architects Should Love Biologicals!
You know I’ve never met a Landscape Architect who was not completely interested in the benefits of using a biological approach to landscape installations, That is i.e., less transplant shock, less establishment issues and an overall more vibrant and healthy plant. Not one. After all, what’s more important than results. Results matter. Results are paramount to a successful Landscape Architect practice. Results result in REPEAT business. Results also result in lost business. So if results are so important and all landscape architect want good results; and, therefore buy in to what our products are all about: How is it that all Landscape Architects aren’t using these tools?
The answer has to be UNDERSTANDING. They all “see” and want, the benefits for plants they are using, but aren’t exactly sure how to use them or get them. The knowledge of how this all works is in the heads of everyone tuned into the expanding knowledge base of organics and plant health. Problem is the knowledge is so spread out and compartmentalized, it is hard to see the forest from the trees.
Let me explain in a nut shell:
- Biggest question – “Does it work?” – was a good one twenty years ago when no one knew for sure. Today? Please. Natural compounds used to enhance crops are today a global phenomenon. Landscape materials because of their high costs are a natural for using biologicals. It is an essential part of the due diligence of the Professional Landscape Architect to investigate and initiate the use of biologicals to yield a robust landscape at less cost and impact on the environment.
- What’s the cost of using these compounds? Generally speaking a quality product will cost less than 2% of the cost of plant material treated. With trees for example, the cost is typically less than half the cost of staking the tree. (Seen some dead staked trees lately?) With turf, figure 1.5 cents per square foot: Beds, 10 cents per square foot. (lasts years in the bed).
- So write a specification. Write one that is tight. Write one that is verifiable. Require receipts. Require specific rates of use. Write one with teeth. If the spec is loose don’t bother. A loose spec for lights in a parking lot will yield tiki oil lamps at best.
- Work with a company who has been a partner with professional Landscape Architects for twenty years. We have tight specs. We have usage calculators. We have comparative analysis of competitive products – label against label – saving you tons of time and aggravation. We wrote the book on Mycorrhizal compounds. We’ve grown inoculums. We know ‘em. We know where they work and how to use them. We’re a million dollar company and most of our business is with landscape contractors that use our products regardless of if it is specified.
Need further information? Let us partner with you. We are totally committed to helping make your projects all they can be… “Results Matter”, and good results build your reputation and practice.
James Quinn, CEO
Horticultural Alliance, Inc.