April 21, 2013

Landscaper makes switch to full-time

ROUSES POINT — A Rouses Point business owner already had a back-up career in place when job cuts changed his landscape.

TPC Landscaping, owned by Andrew Favreau, is in its second year as a full-time business. Favreau said he operated the business on a part-time basis the seven previous years when he was an employee at Wyeth/Pfizer.

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“Then I was laid off,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed doing this.”

The business is based in Rouses Point. Favreau said he is willing to take on projects throughout Clinton County.

He offers a wide range of landscaping services, such as mowing or even rebuilding lawns, landscaping with trees, shrubs and pavers, creation or restoration of mulch or stone beds, brush hogging, hedge and shrub care and more. Light hauling of materials such as sand, gravel, topsoil and mulch is also available.

Favreau even has a tractor with a backhoe for light excavation. He has a network of connections who can handle larger projects, such as sprinkler-system installation.

It is presently spring cleanup season, Favreau said. That includes cleaning up your yard and sweeping up sand and stone from winter.

There is also a full-sized commercial pressure washer for building facades and houses.

Favreau offers residential and commercial plowing in winter, from walkways to driveways to parking lots. That business has been a little slow the last couple winters, he said.

One trend Favreau has noticed is more people who want a natural look to their landscaping. That could be at least in part due to tough economic times, he said.

Favreau said he prefers natural mulch, not dyed. It tends to last longer and provides a better environment for plants and shrubs.

“I’m not a big promoter of fertilizers. I like to use natural clippings to fertilize the lawn,” he said.

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