March 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM
WESTFIELD, NJ — At 26, Matt Ince, owner of Ince Landscape Construction & Management in Westfield, already has more than 20 years of experience in the business.
“I started cutting grass when I was five years old,” said Ince. As a child, he gleefully used the old-fashioned unpowered lawn mower his dad bought him to cut his family’s grass, then his grandparents’ and neighbors’. At two to three dollars per cut, he was able to save up enough to buy himself a $600 mower by the time he was six.
“I enjoyed what I was doing and I found I could make money doing it,” he said.
Ince continued working in the landscaping business—both for himself and for others—through high school. The Westfield High School grad earned a business degree from Mississippi State University and got his Class A CDL before re-starting Ince Landscape Construction & Management in July 2011.
These days, Ince and his maintenance crew mows over 130 lawns in the Westfield area every week. He offers numerous services, including landscape design, shrub and tree installation, drainage systems and grading, sod and seed lawns, lawn aeration, shrub pruning and mulch installation. In the winter, Ince offers snow plowing for residential, commercial and municipal entities. This was a busy winter.
Now the company has begun spring cleanups, followed by spreading mulch. Planting will begin in May. The company will feed customer’s lawns, plants and trees with a combination of natural fertilizers and synthetic—natural because they’re better for the environment, but some synthetic because they get faster results. They also use mulching mowers in some applications, which recycles the grass back into the soil, where it acts as a natural fertilizer.
Lawn-care customers can choose how often they want their lawn mowed, and there’s a “small-mower only” option for those who prefer less noise.
Ince takes pride in hand-selecting all of the plants for his landscaping projects. He talks with customers about what plantings will look best years later, which means sometimes talking them out of their original ideas.
“We differentiate ourselves in that manner,” he said. “I think it’s kind of refreshing for people.”
If things don’t work out, Ince will make it right. Both landscape work and hardscape work are warrantied. If a properly cared-for shrub dies, for example, he’ll replace it.
If there’s a service Ince doesn’t offer, or if his company isn’t the right fit, he’ll recommend a local contractor whom he has worked with previously and is confident will do the work to the customer’s satisfaction.
“I really try my best to be as accommodating as possible for people, and 99 percent of the time we make it work, but we make sure it’s realistic. I have to be able to follow through on what we promise,” said Ince.
"You know that feeling when you are proud of your home, because it just looks so good? Well, that is the feeling we now have thanks to Matt Ince and his hard-working crew,” said Scotch Plains resident Brian Doyle. “They took our home's landscape, which was overrun with weeds, and transformed our home into a beautiful place. I couldn't believe the difference. Matt's crew was neat and clean. Matt was proactive in asking me if I wanted additional services that I hadn't even mentioned, like pruning our trees and shrubs. I can't even begin to explain how happy I was with Matt's work.”
Jeff and Jessica Ganzer agreed.
“Ince Landscape Construction & Management has been taking care of our landscaping since we moved in to our new house in May 2011,” they wrote. “Matt and his team not only took care of cleaning up the yard, but also discovered a 12-foot broken sump pump pipe that was inhibiting our drainage. They fixed it right away. They are reliable and come weekly to cut and clean our property. Matt is a pleasure to work with and I recommend Ince Landscape to anyone.”
While Ince is making people’s dreams come true with beautiful outdoor spaces, they’re also making his dreams a reality.
“When I was five, all I knew was it was really fun,” said Ince. “Now, I just like seeing all of our plans and preparation coming together. I like making people happy.”
Call Ince Landscape Construction & Management at 908-232-0249 or visit their website at http://www.incelandscape.com/.
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