S.K. Landscapes initially started out in 1987 after Sean’s graduation Reading University where he gained an Honours Degree in Horticulture (specialising in landscape design and construction).During our first five years, Sean concentrated on the landscape construction side of the business. Having completed landscaping work at properties in the Bromley area, customers frequently asked about ongoing garden maintenance and grounds maintenance services. As a consequence, he developed S.K. Maintenance.
This left Sean in the unique position of running two gardening companies, with one providing soft landscape gardening services and the other taking on hard landscaping work.
Karen, Sean’s wife, gave up teaching to join forces with Sean and to organise the garden maintenance rounds, schedule client visits, deal with the growing number of gardeners on the team and to manage the office duties. Initially, Karen worked as a gardener after obtaining a City & Guilds qualification in horticulture and gaining practical experience.
The success of S.K. Maintenance in the Bromley area saw the company expand to having six or seven garden maintenance rounds, alongside two or three landscape construction contracts, in progress at any one time. At this point, the business name combined to become “S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd”.
The business continued to undertake landscaping and garden maintenance work for a further fifteen years until, in 2007, Sean decided to specialise in garden and grounds maintenance only. What Sean didn’t forget is that reputable gardening companies look after their existing customers, so we still landscape for them during the quieter months.
S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd, based on Oakley Road in Bromley, has redeveloped commercial premises adjacent to City/UK Irrigation Ltd where you can visit us in person. Alternatively, contact us on 020 8462 7800 (landline) or 07831 855276 (mobile) to discuss your ongoing garden maintenance and grounds maintenance needs.
S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd currently manages in excess of 300 maintenance contracts, ranging between 3 hours to 3 days per visit. These contracts encompass domestic gardens (60%) and commercial properties (40%), such as 22 schools within the borough, flats, health clubs, retirement homes and communal grounds. We have provided gardening services on some of these contracts for over 10 years.
We assign one or two team leaders, and one assistant, on all garden maintenance contracts in the Bromley area. It is company policy not to change team leaders or assistants on an established contract unless it is absolutely necessary. Staff illness, holidays and gardeners leaving are unavoidable for all companies of our kind but the size of our own business ensures regular garden maintenance or grounds maintenance visits take place on time.
Sean carries out site inspections to ensure correct maintenance of the contract, to see gardeners meet required standards and to discuss special requirements with the client.
The company's staff compliment varies between 18 and 23 working across sites in Bromley and the surrounding area sat any one time, with Karen running the office alongside two part-time assistants (Jenny and Tracey). We carefully select every gardener on our team and train them into becoming part of our conscientious, trustworthy and hardworking workforce.
Attracting good staff with horticultural qualifications is always ongoing. Aided with onsite training, S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd has grown to becoming one of the largest, longest-established garden maintenance and grounds maintenance companies in the area.
The best gardening companies know that hiring good staff is just one prerequisite to running a successful business. Good communication is another and we achieve this by keeping site/client notes for all contracts in Bromley and the surrounding areas. Team leaders, assistants and gardeners write reminders for themselves, and read requests phoned or emailed through to the office by the client. The company holds regular staff meetings to ensure specific gardening services never end up forgotten or lost amongst other topics. These meetings enhance the smooth running of our business.
S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd utilises the latest machinery and horticultural practices, enabling staff to deliver high quality garden maintenance and grounds maintenance services which provide the client with value for money. We continually maintain our machinery, and regularly back up our stock supply with spare equipment in case of emergencies.
We encompass machinery and vehicle running costs, including petrol, within our labour costs per garden or grounds maintenance visit.
S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd owns 14 commercial vehicles, 4 tipping trailers, a rotary sit-on mower, 5 large wide-cut mulcher mowers, 35 pedestrian rotary mowers, one cylinder mower, brush cutters, strimmers, hedge trimmers (including long-reach type), leaf blowers, chain saws, a SISIS hollow-tiner, 3 lawn scarifiers and numerous other hand tools to enable gardening services in the Bromley area. S.K. Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd also employs a dedicated and trusted grass cutting company to manage large fields in our school contracts.