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Equipment for the Home Gardener

Icon Written by Geoff on April 1, 2006 – 4:57 pm

There is a lot of excellent lawn and garden equipment for the home gardener to choose from today. The last few years has seen a rapid development of quieter, reliable, and more efficient machines. We have also seen a vast improvement in the availability of good timely parts and service from dealers of brand name equipment. 

Pricing between major brand name manufactures has also become very competitive. The home gardener will find that the cost difference between a quality reliable piece of equipment and marginal products made for the large discounters is not all that great. Factoring in cost of replacement parts, service costs, and loss of equipment use, the higher priced but better built machine may just be more economical. The old adage “you get what you paid for” definitely applies to lawn and garden equipment. 

While a brand name in itself does not insure a good product, it is a major step in the right direction. Today, more than ever before, a manufacturer cannot afford to turn out a poorly made product. Word quickly gets out about shoddy poorly designed equipment. 

Brand name manufacturers, also cannot afford to have bad, poorly trained dealers represent them in the market place. Service is more than just a buzz word today in the lawn and garden industry. Quality equipment means good service, quality parts, and timely repair. Fortunately the days when anyone could call themselves a dealer just by selling a few pieces of equipment are gone. 

So how should you begin looking for a piece of equipment? Look for brand name equipment from local dealers who service what they sell. By service we mean providing more then just that “shinny new mower, we mean timely service and quality parts. The dealer should be your resource center, they should freely provide information (this does not mean just handing you a brochure) to help you select the best equipment for your needs. 

Good dealers like good manufactures want your repeat business! These are the people who will go out of their way to help you, they know and use the products they offer.

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Who We Are

Icon Written by Geoff on March 1, 2006 – 12:01 am
We get numerous emails asking us about our company and just what do we do. First of all, while we do have extensive gardens, we do not sell plants directly to the retail public. Most of the plants we produce are consumed in our normal business operations. The plants we grow are unique specimen plants, often new introductions. We are always looking for new plants with the potential to out perform all others of their class. 


Secondly, while we do have sunny borders, grasses, and roses gardens, our primary interests lie in shade gardening, specifically Pulmonarias, Epimediums, and large specimen Hostas. The gardens are aesthetically pleasing, while also providing a habitat for birds, butterfly and other wildlife. At anyone time we have between 300-400 different plants growing in our gardens, although we find it hard to believe at times. 


Thirdly, Martin’s Yard & Garden is a family owned and operated lawn and garden maintenance company serving Southwestern Lower Michigan,(Zone 5) for over 18 years. Our mission is to provide timely quality affordable lawn and garden maintenance to the members of our community. We have had the honor of being selected “The Best of the Best” the last four years, in a survey conducted by Leader Publication.


Equipment My wife, Marty, is responsible for maintaining the office in some semblance of order. She is our accountant and office manager rolled into one. Her duty is to keep us all under control and headed in the right direction. Marty is our rose garden expert, having grown and cared for roses for-over twenty years. She is also a great cook.
I run the day to day operations of the business. Although I would much prefer being out in the gardens, I do the scheduling, research, designing, and planning. I have been involved with plants for over 40 years. Equipment
Equipment Our son, Geoff, is our computer specialist. He designed and maintains our web site and plant data base. even though he now lives in Florida, he keeps all our systems up and running. With out him I would be lost in this fast paced digital world.
While we do not sell plants we are always here to help out with your gardening questions. Please feel free to email us whenever you have a question or problem. Naturally, if you live in our area we would be more then happy to work with you directly on your lawn and garden needs.
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