“Everyone is seeking a beautiful yard they can enjoy with their loved ones.”
by Nethan Acosta, Owner, Arizona Modern Landscapes
Prescott LIVING: What got you into this profession?
Arizona Modern Landscapes: It has always been a dream of mine to own my own business. I grew up being exposed to the construction industry at a very young age, and at the age of 15 I began to work for New Life Landscapes and learned extensively about the landscaping trade. This led me to the conclusion that one day I would open my own landscape company.
Prescott LIVING: What are the most difficult and gratifying parts of your job?
Arizona Modern Landscapes: The most difficult part of my job is time management. While this is a skill that I’ve improved, there is not enough time in the day to complete all the tasks a business requires. There is no better feeling than completing a project and seeing the satisfaction in the customer’s face. In that moment, I see more than just a happy face, I see thorough and quality work, many laborious hours, and tons of coordination that has come together successfully. It takes a lot of trust to invest thousands of dollars into a yard, and for that I am very grateful.
Prescott LIVING: What are your clients asking for most from you right now?
Arizona Modern Landscapes: Well to be specific, the most common question asked is “When can you start?” With spring and summer approaching, everyone is seeking a beautiful yard that they can enjoy with their loved ones. However, the product that I have been selling the most, aside from pavers, is synthetic grass. Not only is synthetic grass pleasing to the eye because of its vibrancy, but it is little to no maintenance, and the turf we offer is very high quality. In the last two years approximately 90% of my projects included synthetic grass.
Prescott LIVING: How do you work within Greater Prescott’s climate and watersupply limitations to give your customers what they want to do in their yards?
Arizona Modern Landscapes: I always recommend artificial turf because, as mentioned previously, it requires zero water, and it is green year-round. For the clients who prefer the freshness of real grass, I educate them on the high-end irrigation and sprinkler systems that have been created to conserve water.
Prescott LIVING: What can people in this area do to invite more wildlife into their yards?
Arizona Modern Landscapes: I recommend bird feeders that are off the ground or bird baths! Ground wildlife can be hard on landscaping. I recommend bird feeders that are off the ground or bird baths! Ground wildlife can be hard on landscaping.