Now I’m an ICPI Instructor!

One problem in our industry is a lack of any building code, or minimum standards. Basically, anybody with a wheelbarrow and a shovel can call themselves a landscaper, and build patios, walkways, and driveways.

However, a number of years ago a group called the ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) began to do studies on materials and installation techniques. This has led to a “best practices” book, and ultimately training and certification programs, in order to try to ensure that the public gets the best products and installations possible.

I have been an ICPI Certified Installer for many years, but this winter I had the opportunity to take it one step further. I am now a Certified ICPI Instructor. I teach other companies, contractors, and installers how to (and how not to!) install concrete pavers.

What does this mean for you, the client? Well, you can be sure that any project installed by Peace, Love, and Landscaping is using the most up-to-date and rigorously tested materials and methods in order to ensure that your patio, walkway, or driveway lasts for years to come.

For more information on the ICPI, visit ICPI.org

Super Star Employees

At Peace, Love, and Landscaping I am so fortunate to be surrounded by incredibly talented and dedicated employees.

This year we have some familiar returning faces such as Chuck Wightman who has been with me for over 5 years as the hardest worker on the crew – EVER.  And, he is also a wizard when it comes to his precision for making cuts in stone and pavers.

We have our returning apprentice Jordan Milmine.  Jordan has been off at Fanshawe College studying Horticulture Technician Program, and has been missed on the jobsite during his school year.  He is our Hercules, our strong man, our farm boy.  Every crew needs tall, muscular crew member, and as his experience grows he becomes even more of an asset to the company each year.

But, by far the biggest news is the hiring of our new Crew Leader (Foreman) Jeff Cunningham.  Jeff comes to us after years of experience in the Golf Industry building and maintaining golf courses throughout Ontario.  He is familiar with a wide variety of heavy equipment, has completed massive projects in the past, and has an eye for detail rivaling my own.

With this band of Super Stars, and the others that are being hired and trained as I write this, 2013 looks to be an amazing year not only for us at Peace, Love, and Landscaping, but for you the Client!