The end of this decade marks the end of our first decade in business. That’s right. 10 WHOLE YEARS in business. As the saying goes, time flies.

Our 1st water, feature constructed in 2010

I can still remember the rush I’d get from early successes, like landing our first apartment complex to maintain (the manager generously gave our low baller proposal back to us along with two other proposals she received and said, “Raise your price”), working from a small desk at the corner of a spare room next to our washer and dryer.

I remember the anxiety I felt on occasion during those early days, when Colby would leave our job site to go to Bangor for swing shift, to do the job that was actually giving him a paycheck.

The energy of a new, young company is fresh, nimble and fluid. Also, eager, naïve and willing to say yes to just about anything.

landscapers moving large rock

How we moved large rocks before we had an excavator.

Now, we’re tired. Kidding, not kidding! Jokes aside, we’re more structured, more seasoned, more confident in who we are, and, frankly, pickier about what jobs we take on.

It’s taken 10 years to develop our portfolio and our processes, some of which we’re still refining. As we enter into our second decade of business, we want different things than what we wanted in 2009. We have new ideas of what we want to be, how we want our business to feel, and what traits define our company culture.

In decade number two, the definitive word that will guide and shape us is this:


What a difference 6 years makes! This water feature was constructed in 2016.

We’ve built equity, sharpened our systems, and developed strategies for keeping good people when the economy is strong. And, perhaps most importantly, we’ve done good work in our community for a decade now.

Having had some of the same maintenance clients for 8 to 9 years, we’ve shown our reliability. When our landscapes and concrete projects still perform after many rainy seasons, aging with integrity, we’ve demonstrated our craftsmanship.

Now, it’s time to bring it all together, and simply be and feel like a solid company – built to last.

Being partners in marriage and business is a challenge! But we love what we do.

To all of you who have helped us build this foundation – through business, referrals, words of encouragement and words of criticism when necessary – we can’t thank you enough. Your support is invaluable.

Onwards and upwards.


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