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Steve
03-23-2004, 09:39 AM
Xray,

Meiers Landscape needs you to make a website for them based on your template #3.

Please asap put their logo on the main page. Put "under construction" below the logo and then below that put their phone number.

I will email you the specifics.

Thank you.

macemeier
03-23-2004, 10:15 AM
Ok guys. First thing we need to do is create a single web page that has my company logo. Add to that my phone number, which is 972-365-8772 and a message saying "Our websight is currently under construction." If you guys can upload that to the Ipower web hosting server, that would be oustanding. He has the passwords and everything needed for that.

As for the actual websight, I'll have to figure out exactly what I want to do this evening and post later.

Thanks,
Mace Meier

Steve
03-23-2004, 04:31 PM
Hi Mace,

Check your email.

Xray
03-24-2004, 01:51 PM
I took care of the underconstruction text. http://www.meierslandscape.com/

I will next put together the template in a temp directory. I will post when it's up.

Xray
03-25-2004, 11:47 AM
The temp page is up.

http://meierslandscape.com/temp/

*What text do you want on the home page?
*What services do you want listed in your services page?
*What text do you want in your about us page?
*Do you have photos for the sample photos or should I use the ones I have for other websites?

Xray
03-26-2004, 08:29 AM
I added more pages.

macemeier
03-26-2004, 04:14 PM
Home page

Banner at the top of page: *Please eliminate the text "Professional Lawn Care."

Links on left should be:

Our Services
Our Insurance
Our Credentials
Customer Login
Contact Us

Text should read: *Thank you for visiting Meier's Landscape Maintenance. *We are a full service landscape maintenance firm, serving portions of Lewisville, Flower Mound and Coppell. *Our staff of landscape professionals are ready to serve all of your landscape maintenance needs.

Our Services

At the top of the page, text should read Our Services. *Next, a link to all of our services should be listed out:

Weekly Mowing
Bi-Weekly Mowing
Bed Weed Control
Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control
Bed Clean-Up and Mulch
Fire Ant Control
Shrub & Tree Trimming & Pruning
Autumn Leaf Clean-Up
Grub Prevention
Winter Overseed
Seasonal Color
Seasonal Color Soil Ammendment
Seasonal Color Maintenance
Shrub & Small Tree Insect Prevention
Landscape Design & Proposal

Our Insurance

We carry $1 million worth of general liability insurance. *We also carry workers comp insurance on all of our employees. *This should be important to anyone choosing a landscape maintenance firm. *Many home owner insurance policies specifically exclude damage caused by uninsured contractors hired by the home owner.

Our Credentials
Our founder, Mace Meier, graduated from Oklahoma State University in May, 1992 with a bachelors degree in Landscape Contracting. *Mace Meier is also licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture as a commercial pesticide applicator.

Customer Login
Leave blank for now.

Contact Us
Meier's Landscape Maintenance
1245 Valley Oaks Dr
Lewisville, TX *75067
(972)365-8772
mace@meierslandscape.com

Weekly Mowing and Bi-Weekly Mowing should link to the same page.

Our mowing service, whether done weekly or bi-weekly(every other week), includes mowing, trimming, edging and blowing off all paved areas.

The right way to care for a bermuda lawn in Texas is to treat it like a golf course fairway, which means mowing the lawn at least three times per week. *(To find out why, click here). *However, outside of golf courses, it isn't financially practical. *So most lawns in this area are mowed either weekly or bi-weekly.

Each year in late February to early March, we scalp the lawn. *The scalp mowing removes all the dormant grass blades and mulches them back into the soil. *This allows more sunlight to reach the soil, which produces faster green up. *This also enables us to start the season at a lower cutting height, which helps us cut grass blades instead of grass stems further into the season. *As the season progresses, we gradually increase the cutting height.

Our regular weekly service begins in late March and goes through mid-October. *In Mid-October we convert our weekly service to bi-weekly service until we get our first freeze, which is typically around Thanksgiving. *Our bi-weekly service starts late March and ends upon first freeze.

As you may notice on our service agreement, we do not allow "skipping". *Many of our customers ask us “What do you do in the winter?” *We try to stay busy in the winter installing landscape designs, but because our strategic focus is on landscape maintenance, that’s tough to do. *We have to earn the bulk of our annual income in 32 to 34 weeks. *There is a limit to how many stops we can schedule in a day, so if you’re on our schedule, you’ll be serviced. *As much as we’d like to allow customers to skip a cut every now and then to save a little on their landscaping bill, we simply aren’t in a position to allow for that. *All of our existing customers have agreed to these terms. *We feel these terms are very reasonable.

Bed Weed Control
Bed weed control consists of pulling or spraying weeds as they emerge from the bedded areas of the landscape. *This service is performed 12 months per year. *Typically, broadleaf weeds and non-crawling grassy weeds are pulled. *Nutsedge and bermuda found growing in beds are sprayed when possible. *We've found that it's nearly impossible to successfully pull these weeds and remove the roots from the heavy clay soils that are native in this area. *That's why we spray them. *Often times, these weeds require multiple treatments.

Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control
The absolute best defense against weeds is a thick, dense, healthy turf. *Our program consists of 6 applications per year and is specifically designed to promote healthy, thick, green turf. *But unlike many of our competitors, our program is also designed with the thought in mind that it's got to be mowed on a practical schedule. *That's why we only apply nitrogen 4 times per year. *We apply just enough nitrogen to keep the lawn healthy, but not so much that it grows too fast, which can easily cause the weekly mowing to be too much work. *Our fertilization & weed control product is designed to achieve maximum results when combined with a weekly mowing schedule and adequate watering habits.

Bed Clean-Up and Mulch
We use only premium shredded cypress mulch, which we have found holds it's color longer than any other type of mulching material. *The service consists of removing all trash and debris found in bedded areas, pulling & spraying weeds and laying new mulch at a depth of approximately 3 inches. *As the mulch ages, it slowly turns gray. *Many customers have us come around every year to apply a light dusting of fresh mulch to cover up the older, gray mulch.

Fire Ant Control
The imported brazilian fire ant isn't native to Texas. *It is thought to have been imported to the US by way of New Orleans over 100 years ago. *Because the fire ant isn't native to Texas, it has no natural predators. *Texas A & M University is in the process of bringing in flies from South America that prey on fire ants, but so far, they haven't survived a winter north of Waco. *The north Texas fire ant problem is here to stay.

Our fire ant product is applied once a year to the entire landscape and not only kills existing *****ies, but also prevents new *****ies from forming for an entire year. *The active ingredient is the same active ingredient used in Frontline, the flea and tick treatment placed on the back of a dog or cat's neck. *On most landscapes, we apply less active ingredient than what you'd find in the dose for a small dog.

I'll finish up later.
Thanks,
Mace Meier

macemeier
03-26-2004, 07:20 PM
Shrub & Tree Trimming & Pruning

At Meier's Landscape Maintenance, we realize there's more to pruning and trimming than just firing up the chainsaw and getting after it. *It's of critical importance that those who trim trees have a good understanding of the way tree bark heals. *We see examples all over town of tree limbs that have been improperly cut, producing openings that will never heal. *These openings will eventually allow boring insects to penetrate the tree and kill it. *Through years of education in the Landscape Contracting program at Oklahoma State University, we know how to do things the correct way. *We've also made substantial investment in our trimming & pruning equipment. *We have the tools and the know how to give your landscape plants the manicured look you want. *So whether you want a one time trim or you'd like to schedule regular trimming/pruning, we can help.

Autumn Leaf Clean-Up
Most trees in this area start losing their leaves in late November and leaves continue to fall through about mid-January. *Customers can choose to have their leaves cleaned up right before Thanksgiving, right before Christmas or right before the Super Bowl (late January). *Some customers have us come out for all three occassions during the winter months to clean leaves. *Autumn leaf clean up consists of removing all leaves from the lawn and beds and mulching them with our shredder. *We leave the debris in regular 30 gallon trash bags for the next scheduled trash pick up. *Many of our customers use the shredded leaves as mulch in their beds. *It's very good organic matter for beds and because it's been through our shredder, it decomposes quickly.

Grub Prevention
Our grub prevention plan consists of applying a systemic pesticide to the entire lawn area every year in early spring to provide season long protection from grubs. *The material is absorbed by the grass and anything that feeds on the grass will get sick and die. *The advantage in preventing grubs over treating them after they become a problem is that earthworms, which are beneficial to the soil profile, don't feed on grass roots and therefore aren't harmed by our materials.

Winter Overseed
Winter overseed ensures that your lawn remains dark green all winter. *We use only the best cultivars of perrennial rye seed. *The service consists of scalping the lawn and removing clippings in mid to late September. *Seed is applied at the appropriate rates. *Customer is responsible for following strict watering instructions for the first three weeks of seed germination.

Shrub & Small Tree Insect Prevention
Shrub and Small Tree Insect Prevention consists of applying a systemmic pesticide in early spring to soil beneath the plant's canopy. *The material is absorbed by the plant via the roots. *Any insects that feed on the plant for the next several months will get sick and die.

Seasonal Color
Seasonal color can give your landscape the touch of color that really sets it apart from the neighbors. *We use only the finest 4" annuals available. *All plants are treated with a systemmic pesticide at time of planting that will cause any insects that feed on the plants to get sick and die. *Plants are guaranteed to customer's satisfaction when purchased along with our soil ammendment (if needed) and maintenance plan. *Customer is responsible for keeping plants adequately watered.

Seasonal Color Soil Ammendment
Our seasonal color soil ammendment consists of tilling heavy clay and importing organic matter and sand as needed. *For most clay soils in our area, this is a 'must do' procedure for flowering annuals that you'll be proud of.

Seasonal Color Maintenance
Seasonal color maintenance includes the following services: *1.) *Testing soil pH levels once every three months and making adjustments as necessary *2.) * Applying liquid plant food to annuals bi-weekly 3.) *Removing leaves and debris from planting bed bi-monthly and *4.) *Deadheading annuals bi-monthly or as needed.

Landscape Design & Proposal
Our landscape design package consists of first meeting with you, walking the landscape and discussing your goals. *We take measurements of your entire existing landscape, noting all vegetation, sprinkler heads, irrigation valves, etc. *We use your input, along with our education and industry experience to draw up landscape plans custom tailored for you. *Then, we meet with you again to present our design. *As one can imagine, this requires a substantial investment of our time. *That's why we charge for our designs up front. *If you elect to have us install the landscape, we will always deduct the price of the design from the installation cost. *Our design fee does not include making changes to our designs or drawings. *Customers do not receive a copy of the designs until they've agreed to have us do the installation and paid the deposit.

Xray
03-29-2004, 11:21 AM
I updated the site with your new information. If it looks good, I will then put in your new pictures.

macemeier
03-29-2004, 07:57 PM
All Pages: Drop the "call today for a free estimate 972-365-8772". It's not needed. The contact us link is easy enough to find. Also, we need to add the visa, mastercard & discover logos to the banner at the top of every page.

Home Page: We need to move the paragraph up, such that it's where the photo is now and enlarge the photo and place it under the paragraph.

Contact Us: We need to delete the "Contact us today if you would like to receive a free estimate for any of our landscape maintenance services." Also, the color of the e-mail is not standing out. Maybe yellow or orange would stand out better. Lewisville is spelled Lewisville, not Louisville.

Weekly Mowing/Bi-Weekly Mowing: Paragraph needs to be broken up as it was detailed earlier in this thread. Too long for a single paragraph.

That's all for now.

Thanks,
Mace Meier

Xray
03-30-2004, 05:18 PM
I made more updates.

macemeier
04-02-2004, 09:54 AM
Home Page: *We still need to enlarge the photo beneath the text. *Basically, make the photo fill the entire green area below the text.

Discover, M/C, Visa: *Let's try enlarging the images just a little bit and moving them down to the green area, just above the line that says "Services" or "Welcome" or whatever the page is, with right side alignment. *Also, separate them such that they are three separate images.

Photos: *I notice that with the scalp mowing before and after it's real hard to see a difference. *Let's set it up such that when someone clicks on the photo, a pop up comes up with a larger picture. *I'd actually like to do that with all the photos on the websight.

Fire Ant Control: *Below the picture of the mound, let's include the text "Fire Ant *****y". *Below the picture of the guy's arm, let's put the text "Pustules caused by fire ant stings".

That's all for now. *I'm off to San Antonio for the Final Four. *GO POKES!!!!

After we get these changes made, let's make it go live at www.meierslandscape.com. *I'll still need to make some changes as soon as I take a few more pic's of our work.

Thanks,
Mace Meier

Xray
04-04-2004, 06:26 PM
The home page image is a small file and can't be enlarged without losing quality. Maybe you have another one you would like to use?

How does the credit card look on the home page and contact page?

You can click on the scalp images.

macemeier
04-04-2004, 11:02 PM
Weekly & Bi-Weekly Mowing: *We need to breake this paragraph

Our regular weekly service begins in late March and goes through mid-October. In Mid-October we convert our weekly service to bi-weekly service until we get our first freeze, which is typically around Thanksgiving. Our bi-weekly service starts late March and ends upon first freeze. As you may notice on our service agreement, we do not allow "skipping". Many of our customers ask us “What do you do in the winter?” We try to stay busy in the winter installing landscape designs, but because our strategic focus is on landscape maintenance, that’s tough to do. We have to earn the bulk of our annual income in 32 to 34 weeks.

into two separate paragraphs. *The break should come after Our bi-weekly service starts late March and ends upon first freeze.

As for the enlarged scalp mowing pictures, is it possible to have the link go to a page that shows both the enlarged before and after pictures on the same size? *Maybe one right above the other such that you could scroll down to see the after picture? *We need to have these two pictures in the larg size on the same page.

The visa/MC/Disc logos look good.

I'll have to take a picture of one of our lawns as soon as the bermuda is in full green up and e-mail that to you for the home page. *In fact, I'll be e-mailling several photos to you in the near future for all the pages that don't have phots right now.

As for the link under Weekly & Bi-Weekly Lawn Mowing that says (to find out why, click here), we'll need to entitle the next page How To Properly Care For A Bermuda Lawn.

Most of the lawns in our area are installed at the time of new home construction. *The lawns are brought in as sod. *Almost all of the lawns we see in our area are not common bermuda lawns. *They're typically one of the many "tif" or "hybrid" varieties of bermuda grass. *This grass is much harder to properly maintain than common bermuda. *Our guess is that over 90% of the lawns in our area are a "tif" or "hybrid" type of bermuda.

The most identifiable difference between the "tif" or "hybrid" bermuda is the length of the leaf blade. *Common bermuda leaf blades will grow to lengths of *3/4" to 1". *"Tif" or "Hybrid" bermuda leaf blades reach lengths of only 1/2" or less.

Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and many other well respected universities recommend a cutting height for "tif" or "hybrid" bermuda of 1" or less.

These universities also recommend that not more than 30 to 40 percent of the leaf blade ever be removed with a single mowing. *(Important point: *That's 30 to 40% of the leaf blade, not the entire plant.)

Simple math tells us that at a 1 inch cutting height, which is the maximum recommended cutting hieght for "tif" or "hybrid" bermuda, and leaf blades that are a maximum of 1/2" in length, we can't allow the plant to ever grow any taller than 1.2 inches between mowings. *(Realize, the first 1/2" to 3/4" of the plant is stem, not leaf blade) *Basically, this means mowing the lawn 3 to 4 times per week in order to comply with university guidelines.

Golf courses typically mow the fairways every M-W-F. *This ensures that they are always cutting leaf blades as opposed to grass stems. *As long as leaf blades are cut, the lawn looks green after it's been mowed. *However, when grass stems are cut, the lawn looks gray to yellow right after it's been mowed.

As home owners or comercial property managers, it isn't practical to mow the lawn 3 to 4 times per week. *Most people either mow the lawn every week or every other week (bi-weekly).

So, what's the big deal with the university guidelines? *The immediate difference is most appearant from about the first of May until the middle of September. *During this time of year, you'll notice that golf course fairways are always green, whether they were just mowed or not. *Lawns, on the other hand, look gray or yellow right after they've been mowed. *The lawns actually look greener before they're mowed than after. *It's because with weekly mowings (and especially bi-weekly mowings) the mower is cutting stem, which leaves the plant with very little leaf blade. *Stems are white to yellow. *Only the leaf blade of the plant is actually green. *Each time the stems are cut, the plant must draw on it's root system to force new leaf growth. *This weakens the root structure, making it easier for weeds to take hold during winter dormancy.

Xray
04-05-2004, 09:26 PM
www.meierslandscape.com has been updated.

macemeier
04-07-2004, 08:46 AM
Everything is starting to look really good. *A few more changes:

Our Insurance: *I'll be e-mailing you an image of the Hartford logo that I'd like to add to the "Our Insurance" page.

Weekly Mowing & Bi-Weekly Mowing: *Let's eliminate the photos of the scalp mowing from the top of the page and let's make the word "scalp" yellow, a link, to the page you've already created with the large before and after photos.

Each year in late February to early March, we scalp the lawn.

I think that's about it for right now.

Thanks,
Mace Meier

Xray
04-09-2004, 03:52 AM
www.meierslandscape.com has been updated.

macemeier
04-11-2004, 10:34 PM
The link under weekly & bi-weekly service (To find out why, click here.) is gone. *We need to make that come back. *Everything else looks pretty good.

The only other changes I anticipate making are adding more color photos of work I do this season and we still need to create the customer login page as soon as I find some time to play around with the gopher software.

Thanks,
Mace Meier

Xray
04-14-2004, 06:52 AM
The link is back in.

macemeier
05-23-2004, 10:33 AM
Let's change the text under Our Insurance to this:

Why is it important that you hire an insured contractor to do work around your home? *Why is workmans comp insurance important?

Landscaping is inherently dangerous work. *Almost every piece of equipment used in the green industry is designed to cut through plant materials or soil and most of that equipment can easily remove a finger or foot in a split second. *We routinely encounter dangerous work environments. *For example, mowing grass at the top of a retaining wall could easily lead to a broken back or neck with a simple human error. *Every year in the US, thousands of green industry employees are injured or killed on the job. *If you don't believe us, just call the local emergency room and ask their staff about the types of injuries they see every week during the growing season.

Most home owners don't realize it, but the simple act of hiring an uninsured contractor to do work around your home could cost you everything you own. *If an employee is injured while working on your property, or there is damage to your property, your home owners insurance will likely deny the claim because you hired an uninsured contractor. *No respectable commercial property manager would dream of *allowing an uninsured contractor on their property. *Why would you want to be any less protective with your greatest investment?

There are two types of insurance that are needed to ensure that you don't find yourself listed as a defendent in a law suit or with damages that won't be paid. *The first type of insurance is general liability insurance. *This insurance will pay for any damage that we may cause while we are working on your property. *The second insurance, and more costly, is workmans comp insurance. *Workmans comp insurance pays an employee who is injured on the job for medical expenses and lost wages.

We carry general liability insurance. *A few of our competitors also carry this insurance, but we believe most are simply uninsured.

We also carry workmans comp insurance on all of our employees. *This is the big one that almost none of our competitors carry and we believe it is where most home howners are at the greatest risk. *Rest assured, if an employee of an uninsured contractor is seriously injured on your property, non-citizen or otherwise, you will likely be named as a defendent in a law suit and your home owners insurance will likely leave you holding the bag. *We carry workmans comp insurance on all of our employees.

When you do business with us, you can rest assured that your personal net worth is safe.