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12/05/2022 - 16:13
The company "Tuinman Nick" in Belgium was set up by Nick De Laet. He started working in gardening as a side hustle, then established a one-man business and recently his company became a limited company. His first applications with the TerraCottem soil conditioner were primarily for laying out new lawns with turf.
We asked him a couple of questions:
It's a Belgian company that strives for beautiful ideals and sells quality products.
Do you use TerraCottem in all your projects or why specifically in certain projects?
Since I work for different client profile, the investment budget varies per project. I offer different options regarding fertilisation of plantings and/or lawn. Not all my customers want to spend the same amount on fertilising. For plantations around a company building, the budget is often on the low side, and I only provide the bare necessities, usually plants and bark. With residential work the budgets are higher, I can use just more fertiliser and soil conditioning. The clients want long-term results and less worries. I usually recommend it, especially after the dry summers of recent years and, also to achieve stronger root growth.
How did you learn about our products?
I had read about TerraCottem in my supplier’s catalogue and had seen the packaging in their warehouse. As I did not know the product at the time, I asked the seller for information. The price of these products is higher than other less effective products, which is why I had not used it at the time.
Many chemical products have a short duration of action and with certain natural products one does not get the right results.
So, I had been searching for a while for a product that I could trust and that was justifiable. In short, one that also improves the eco-print.
What is your speciality?
My main activity is laying turf (small to medium-sized gardens up to about 700 m2). In larger gardens we sow.
But I also do general weekly, fortnightly or yearly maintenance. What I like best are projects involving wood, i.e., building made-to-measure garden sheds, and then furnishing them with beautiful plants that bring colour and life to the garden.
I prefer gardens with straight lines with different types of flowers and lots of variation in colour. This is often what the clients want.
I'm not a landscape architect and I haven't studied for this profession, apart from a home course that I sometimes take. But I love my work and I always want to improve in service, speed, and finish.
There is a lot of competition in the market. I always go for the best result and I am therefore not always the cheapest.
What do you like the most about your work?
I do both garden maintenance and garden construction. With maintenance, I like to achieve a good result in the short term. With landscaping, it's important that people can enjoy it and relax.
I love working outside in all weathers. Snow and rain are also part of the job, but of course I prefer sunny weather.
In recent years, I have got to know other independent garden contractors. It is nice to grow together and to help each other in order to achieve a beautiful result and deliver professional work.
After all, in this job I can be my own boss and make my own choices.