At the time, it was just a job, but something about landscaping clicked with me. I loved the challenge of taking a property that was ordinary or even unsightly, and turning it into something to be proud of.
While at Allgreen, I had the wonderful fortune to work with a great mentor who said I had a gift, and encouraged me to go further. He taught me lots, nurtured my interest, and he inspired me.
I quickly rose through the company to junior then senior foreman, and spent the off season studying and taking seminars and workshops offered through the Canadian Landscape Association. I earned my CLT (certified landscape technician) and became one of the first people in the province to earn journeyman status in landscaping. In fact I am often a judge for those challenging their landscape certifications, held spring and fall at the Agricultural College in Truro. Somewhere along the road, landscaping ceased to be just a job; it had become a passion.
In 2014 I moved from Allgreen to Green FX. My thinking was that while Allgreen is a great company, Green FX had a great reputation too, but it was smaller and so afforded me the opportunity to be in charge of more technically challenging projects.
It as well was a satisfying experience working with some great people and giving customers yards they could be proud of, but it was time to strike out on my own. Encouraged by colleagues, customers and friends, and with a desire to build a solid future for myself and the love of my life, my boy Noah, this year I decided to take the plunge into my own business.
My philosophy for business is pretty simple – work with people who share my passion and who are willing to learn and improve, treat them with respect, have true conversations with customers so they understand what’s possible and I know exactly what they want, and give them that at a cost that is fair and reasonable.
About the name – I chose Yards Apart because I see that as not only a name but also a promise. We’ll convert your property to one that is Yards Apart from our competition, and from the neighbours. Sound good?
[Alex is] so informative and he taught us a lot how to maintain each and every plant so that our property could look beautiful for years to come. Thank you again Alex for all your hard work and we look forward to working with you and the Yards Apart crew on many more projects in the future.”
His landscaping is an art form for him and he has very great work ethics. I’d recommend him to anyone who wants some good professional landscaping done to their property.”
The guy is easy to work with and I really appreciate that. Thank you very much Al.”
Alex Matheson, he truly is a perfectionist and you can tell he really cares about what he does.”