down, and the client had a complete rebuild on the land, which was also a river lot that needed some TLC. “We did a full excavation of the yard, and addressed some of their drainage issues by adding a French drain for a cleaner look,” explains Smikles. Along with sodding the yard, the team looked after the greenery, which included bringing in established trees with the help of their in-house arborist. “There were a lot of mature trees around the yard, so we brought in trees that would match the surrounding landscape. This also meant the client didn’t have to wait years for the trees to grow,” he says, adding they also laid down a Barkman Concrete walkway as a final touch to the project. “We can take clients from the planning stage right to a finished product. We have an inhouse designer and estimator, Hillary Proctor, who graduated from Red River College’s Greenspace Management Program. We meet with clients to determine their needs, and the proper plan of execution. We like to keep all our services in-house, everything from lawn care to hardscaping to decking, so customers can access the services they want with just one phone call.”
Many of the company’s projects started with the manual labour side of the business and moved into more. Such was the case at Victoria Crescent - another new build where the company was hired to maintain a river lot. Over the course of several seasons, they incorporated eco-turf between a stone walking path, and created a paved extension to the hot tub, which was located further out in the yard, to make all the elements cohesive.
Along with residential jobs, Smikles Enterprises Ltd. does commercial landscaping, hardscaping, and maintenance. Last year, the company won the contract to landscape the new City of Winnipeg’s Rapid Transit Station. “All of our work has been through word of mouth,” he explains, adding the company is going through a rebranding process to ensure clients know about all of Smikles Enterprises Ltd.’s services, and to remember their name for each piece.
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