Brad busy enjoying the landscaping life
Despite being bought up on a farm, there was no going back once Brad Anderson had a taste of working in a landscaping business.
Now the owner of Hyde Landscaping Invercargill, Brad worked for his former boss Graeme Hyde for 22 years before buying the thriving business seven years ago.
“I was originally doing a farm cadet course when I left school. I did a year of that and while waiting for a farm to work on Graeme, who was a family friend, offered me some work,” Brad says.
“I enjoyed that more than farming and stuck with landscaping.”
Nearly thirty years later Brad enjoys his work just as much with the added challenge and satisfaction of running his own business. “I love being outside, meeting people, always being somewhere different, just the whole lot.
“To succeed you’ve got to be motivated, you can’t just sit back and let it all come to you, you’ve got to put the work in. ” Hyde Landscaping currently employs ﬁve staff, plus Brad’s wife Kirsty handles the administration side of the business.
The nature of the business requires them to be adaptable because of the variety of work undertaken; this includes section clearing, operating machinery, building fences and retaining walls, planting trees and shrubs and laying lawns.
The largest project undertaken by the company was landscaping Bupa’s Ascot Retirement Village and Care Home in Invercargill, which was completed in 2013. Hyde Landscaping provided landscaping for 60 houses in the development.
The company’s reputation and high standard of workmanship has resulted in it completing landscaping projects for several other retirement villages in Southland in addition to ongoing work in this sector.
It also undertakes regular landscaping maintenance work for commercial and retail clients who need their premises to be well presented at all times and has considerable expertise in residential landscaping.
This can be designed and created from scratch for new and existing houses, or a renovation of a tired looking property.
There can be many things to consider in a design, such as the ﬂ ow from living areas, sun angles, wind direction and views which may need to be either blocked or opened up.
One of the challenges in developing a landscape design is a client’s ability to visualise the completed project, so Brad has a library of photos for people to refer to, and can even place shrubs and trees unplanted on site.
A good landscaping design adds signiﬁcantly to the visual appeal of a property and with the addition of outdoor living spaces also greatly enhances owner’s lifestyle.
“A decent barbeque and a ﬁreplace in a patio area with good shelter looks great. It deﬁnitely adds value to the house and it’s good to have a well designed socialising area.”
It is satisfying for Brad and his team to see the results of their work, not only when a project is completed, but when they are asked to return after some time to do maintenance.
He also gains satisfaction in Hyde Landscaping giving back to the community by providing sponsorship for rugby clubs, a squash club, a hospice golf tournament and sponsoring a Tour of Southland cycling team.
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