MK Gardening Services Ltd provides reliable professional gardening services to residential customers across Hertfordshire, North West London, and the Home Counties. The company offers lawncare services, landscaping, planting, maintenance and treats Japanese Knotweed amongst others. The founder Mark King spoke to Herts Review about his business journey.
The Bushey based company started operations 32 years ago. “My background is in the building trade as I was particularly good with my hands. I was working for Black Cherry Garden Services as a foreman but was getting a lot of private jobs which I did at my spare time mainly at weekends. It got to the point that I had so many jobs, could not work all weekends, and had to turn away a few jobs. After a while I took the plunge and started working in a self-employed capacity”.
“I have done a lot of training to develop my skills. I have an NVQ in gardening and completed a course on Japanese Knotweed. A lot of people misunderstand Japanese Knotweed. It was introduced in the 1800’s as a garden plant but has spread across the UK due to its resilient nature. We are professional specialists in Japanese Knotweed and can remove it safely. It is not toxic but can grow back again so you need professional help for it to be managed properly”.
MK Gardening Services Ltd have a team of 5 providing gardening services to high-end residential customers in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. “We are a family business. My stepson and daughter’s boyfriend are part of the team. I think I may have employed over 60 people since I started this business. Having people working for me can be challenging as I have extremely high standards. So sometimes it has not worked out in the past, but I have learnt a lot over the years. I am now more use to it, so it is good to have the team we have right now. We work well together, and I am extremely proud of them”.
The client base continued to grow over the years. MK Gardening Services is now an established gardening company with a solid customer base, but it took a while for it all to come together. “I suppose as a business you start off taking any work you can get. After a while you figure out some clients you really enjoy working for. I think we are okay now. We have our own niche of customers we focus on. Networking has really helped our business. Some of the best customers have come through recommendations from my network group. So, we are pretty pleased.”
It has been a mixed year for Mark. Despite the covid-19 pandemic, it has been an incredibly busy year for his company but personally it has been a bit challenging. “As work is outside the house we have carried on working. I have had only one day off since March. I suppose with lots of people at home, they want their homes to look better so we have had a constant stream of work. On a personal level my wife has not been very well, but I am glad she is getting better. Touch wood everything will be fine”.
Mark believes that MK Gardening Services is different from other gardening service companies because he and his team have mastered the art of planting. “There are not many other gardeners that understand planting. Planting is a unique skill. It requires a bit of thought and design. I have seen so many projects where plants are just placed indiscriminately. They have not understood patterns or colours. It is really a sad sight. From my training and practice, the team and I have created some beautiful gardens as part of our portfolio. The feedback has been wonderful as well”
“In addition, we are dedicated conscientious workers. We do an excellent job when we take on any project. A lot of our jobs come through recommendations from my network and from customers I have done work for. I have not had to do much advertising and we have enough work for the team. I prefer our small team with our personalised approach. I have tried in the past to have a bigger team, but it didn’t work out. You lose that personal relationship with customers and standards may drop. For me that is unacceptable”
“We want to remain a medium sized company. Possibly add one more employee and a van. That should be okay for now”.
Contact Mark and the team if you have any issues with Japanese Knotweed or if you need their excellent gardening services here.