The Importance of Questions

I recently had a phone call from a potential client asking if we offer maintenance services, specifically weeding.  Before I answered her question I asked why she was inquiring.  I asked that question because I often see people turning to what I consider short-term solutions simply because they don’t know there are better alternatives.  And as it turns out there might be a different solution to her problem.  She and her husband had moved into their house three years ago.  Both are busy professionals with limited time and even less inclination to garden.  The gardens looked amazing when they moved in, as the previous owner was retired and loved to garden.  As you can imagine, three years had brought some changes…and weeds!  As with many non-gardeners, the solution seemed to be continuing to spend money, paying someone else to weed.  I suggested that maybe it was time to make the garden their own by turning it into something they could enjoy.  For them, that might mean turning some of the beds back into lawn, or putting in more groundcover plants to reduce open areas for weeds to take hold. Until I see their yard, I won’t know.  But I do know that when it comes to gardening, less can mean more.  Less guilt and more relaxation!