Winter is a great time to take a look at tools that can help you on your landscape crew be more effective and turn out a better finished product on the job site. We’ll be highlighting a bunch of tools over the winter you can find with us here at The Rusty Shovel. First up is the Ox Tools Wood Float.
As published in July issues of Neighbours Magazines
If you have a landscaping project ahead of you – we want you to start it with us. Whether you’re developing a new yard from scratch or renovating an existing yard, doing the work yourself or hiring it done, our team makes it easy.
Here’s how it works:
If you don’t know exactly what you’d like to do yet, we’ll set up an appointment for our landscape designer to come out and meet with you for a consultation and work with you to develop a plan that will be both aesthetically beautiful and functional. The plan can be as simple as a pencil sketch, or as intricate as a computer drafted blueprint with 3D renderings of your new space – we’ve got a solution for every budget and project size.
Once that plan is complete, or if you already have a plan and know what you want to do, the next meeting takes place with one of our materials specialists. Working from your plan, these specialists will work with you to select the products that will bring your plan to life – considering your budget, style, and functional requirements. From there, we do a takeoff of all the materials required for your project.
Now that we know exactly what your yard is going to look like and what we’re going to build it out of, now is the time to decide whether you want to build it yourself, or have someone do some or all of it for you. And either way is just fine with us.
If you want to tackle the work yourself, we have an endless library of how-to videos and articles for you to reference during your build. Whether it’s a sprinkler system, patio, retaining wall, putting green, water feature, or landscape lighting project, we’ll make sure you have all the information to complete your project properly to give you the greatest chance for success. We even offer a Site Setup Service where we come out to stake out your yard and shoot elevations to make sure you are building everything just as the plan intended.
Don’t want to tackle the work yourself? No problem. We don’t offer installation services directly at The Rusty Shovel, but the reason for that is half of our business is dealing with professional landscapers who do offer those services. That’s why we developed our Contractor Referral Program. After working with you to determine the scope of the project and what products are required, we can shop your project to our network of contractors and secure quotes for installation on your behalf. This isn’t something that we take a markup on or get some sort of kick back from. It’s just our effort to bring more efficiency to the process and ensure that you get the most accurate quote in the timeliest manor. Our hope is simply that you choose our products wherever possible for your installation.
So, if you have a landscape project in your future, let us help simplify the process for you. You don’t need to organize a parade of landscapers through your yard and try to sort out whether everyone is quoting on the same project scope. We’re your one stop from plan to product selection, material takeoffs to quotes, DIY or installed for you.
Get started at www.TheRustyShovel.ca with a consult request, or visit our showroom hiding behind Staples at 680 Angus Street in Regina. We’re more than just great landscape supplies – we’re Landscaping Made Easier.
The Shovel Crew is getting a bit of a wardrobe refresh this spring from our friends at Silver Screen Sportswear.
But what this post is actually about is how awesome 3D renderings are. When I saw these done up with our logo – it confirmed my choices and got me super excited to get it all in. The same goes for your yard. It’s a substantial investment you’re making in your property, so why not view it in 3D first to make sure you’re going to love it when it’s finished? It takes a potentially anxious/stressful experience and turns it into PURE EXCITEMENT about how you’re going to use your finished yard. Jesse can help you through that process.
(You can get more info and some landscape design portfolio samples here)
And finally back to the clothes. We’re doing a limited run for our staff right now, but if you’re a shovel fan, put in your requests and I’ll see what we can do on another run later in the year for you. We could always use a few more brand ambassadors out there
After designing over 300 yards the last few years we have boiled down all of that experience into what we saw as the hardest, yet most crucial part of the design process: “explaining the final design and vision to the client”. Now this is not a knock against our clients (you are an A+ bunch), however, taking all of the images that the designer sees in his/her head and then reducing those images to a 2D drawing leaves many concepts lost in translation…no matter how thorough the design notations are. That is why we have shifted away from offering the option of getting either a 2D or a 3D computer rendering and instead are offering only the full package now. That is, 2D take off plans (hardscape, planting, and lighting) and the fully rendered 3D model of the design. Client understanding, and project success have been continually achieved and exceeded once the full 2D and 3D package was given to a client and/or contractor. To improve the customer experience even more we have added onto our software capabilities and now deliver the 3D design in photo real renderings with both a daytime setting and nighttime setting so the client can see what their landscape lighting will do when the sun goes down. This capability is the next generation of landscape design.
Take a look at the included video to see and hear Jesse talk about what makes our new process so valuable.
Every year as spring approaches, preparations begin for the upcoming landscaping season. Whether you’ve been a landscape contractor for decades, or you’re putting together your game plan for your first year in business, the upcoming season brings exciting opportunities, a few challenges to overcome, and some great projects to add to your portfolio. As you prepare for the year, you may be looking at an empty tool trailer waiting to be filled, or the tools in your full trailer may be in need of some replacements or upgrades. Either way, we’ve taken the tools from our suppliers and put together a bit of a “dream trailer” tool list, some must-haves, and a few tools that might not always be on everyone’s radar, but that can greatly improve efficiency while reducing fatigue and potential injury.
This list cuts through the noise of all those large catalogues and gives you all the info you need, and all you have to do is click the link to see:
The Super Pro from K-Rain has become our go-to gear drive sprinkler head at The Rusty Shovel. We love it because it offers a ton of performance benefits along with being simple to install and adjust – all at a competitive price point.
Have a look at the video to learn how to adjust your K-Rain Super Pro Rotor.
Belgard Hardscapes are some of the most beautiful and enduring that you can find. Take a look at their 12 steps to installing paving stones like a professional below.
Take a look at the video below to understand how rainfall moves through artificial turf vs natural grass.