By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Northborough – From installation of a swimming pool and patio area to upgrading the plantings around your home to routine lawn maintenance, Alan Steiman's Landscape has been serving customers in central Massachusetts since 1974.
“Quality and reliability are the basis of our business. We have been a high-end provider of landscape service for decades. But we provide this quality at competitive prices,” said Banner Steiman, who has owned the business since her husband's death from cancer two years ago. “We can work within anyone's budget, tailoring a project to meet the needs of that budget.
“We care about our customers and want them to be happy, so we will call after we'se finished your project to make sure you are completely satisfied,” she added.
Bob White, sales manager, noted that popular water features such as pools or waterfalls can be added to just about any project, within the project's budget.
“It doesn's have to be a large waterfall. Just large enough to add the pleasant sound of flowing water to a paver patio or an outside sitting area.”
Alan Steiman started the business in 1974, though his wife pointed out he really started when he was 11, mowing lawns for his grandfather. The business developed into a full-service landscaping company and now offers complete design and installation services for outdoor living areas, pools and spas, water features, stonework and outdoor lighting. It will take on those projects throughout central Massachusetts and has worked on Cape Cod and the North Shore as well.
The company also offers full landscape maintenance services for both residential and commercial customers in central Massachusetts, and operates a snow removal business for commercial customers in the winter.
Banner Steiman noted that over three-quarters of the company's employees have been with the firm more than 20 years, providing a guarantee of experience and reliability.
These days, a lot of residential customers are updating their existing landscaping.
“When you'se been in a house for 20 years, the landscaping tends to outgrow its location. We can remove overgrown bushes and add new plantings, and give your home a new look,” White said.
Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits are also popular additions to existing patios and outdoor living areas, he noted.
Installing low-voltage lighting to highlight landscape features at night can make a major difference in the way a home looks, White said.
“Illuminating your home or landscape with fixtures that cast just a little, soft light will enhance your yard tremendously. This lighting turns on and off automatically and costs very little to operate.”
“We are also going to add seasonal holiday lighting installation service this year,” said Diane McNally, office manager.
With new software now available, White can show customers a three-dimensional view of how proposed landscape projects will look, coming in from a bird's-eye view down to eye level, and providing a virtual walk-through of paths, patios and plantings at different times of day and different seasons of the year. And a nighttime feature illustrates how the project will look with the addition of low-voltage lighting.
Banner Steiman pointed out that her company also does one-time projects, such as sprucing up existing landscaping if a customer is hosting a wedding at the home or is planning to put the house on the market. The company can provide a rotating supply of annual flowers through the spring and summer for flower beds outside an office.
Inspiration for a variety of landscaping projects and information about them, with photos, is available on the company's website, www.alanslandscaping.com. For additional information, call 508-393-6682.