ROUSES POINT — A Rouses Point business owner already had a back-up career in place when job cuts changed his landscape.
TPC Landscaping, owned by Andrew Favreau, is in its second year as a full-time business. Favreau said he operated the business on a part-time basis the seven previous years when he was an employee at Wyeth/Pfizer.
“Then I was laid off,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed doing this.”
The business is based in Rouses Point. Favreau said he is willing to take on projects throughout Clinton County.
He offers a wide range of landscaping services, such as mowing or even rebuilding lawns, landscaping with trees, shrubs and pavers, creation or restoration of mulch or stone beds, brush hogging, hedge and shrub care and more. Light hauling of materials such as sand, gravel, topsoil and mulch is also available.
Favreau even has a tractor with a backhoe for light excavation. He has a network of connections who can handle larger projects, such as sprinkler-system installation.
It is presently spring cleanup season, Favreau said. That includes cleaning up your yard and sweeping up sand and stone from winter.
There is also a full-sized commercial pressure washer for building facades and houses.
Favreau offers residential and commercial plowing in winter, from walkways to driveways to parking lots. That business has been a little slow the last couple winters, he said.
One trend Favreau has noticed is more people who want a natural look to their landscaping. That could be at least in part due to tough economic times, he said.
Favreau said he prefers natural mulch, not dyed. It tends to last longer and provides a better environment for plants and shrubs.
“I’m not a big promoter of fertilizers. I like to use natural clippings to fertilize the lawn,” he said.
He went through a Cornell Cooperative Extension training class on lawns and hardscapes. Favreau said he has a good contact at that organization to consult if there is a particularly tough problem with a lawn, trees or shrubs.
TPC Landscaping is presently a one-man operation, with occasional assistance from his wife. Favreau said he may add one or two people this summer, but has already done his interviews for that.
TPC Landscaping has a good mix of commercial and residential customers, Favreau said. His biggest job so far is an ongoing project to refresh the landscaping at area ARC offices and facilities.
“I’m always looking for more work,” he said.
Favreau said he prefers to buy his supplies and equipment from locally owned businesses rather than the big-box stores.
“We are definitely a small-business supporter,” he said.
The business started out as The Perfect Cut Landscaping. He could no longer use that name once he incorporated, so he changed it to TPC Landscaping.
“It is a name that stands out and is not to hard to remember,” Favreau said.
Favreau said he is fully insured.
Favreau is a native of the Town of Champlain and graduated from Northeastern Clinton Central School in 1998. He went on to earn an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Clinton Community College, then landed a job at what was then Wyeth.
He lives in Rouses Point with his wife, Kasey Kirk, and their chocolate lab. Favreau said they are avid snowboarders and mountain bikers.
To contact Andrew Favreau at TPC Landscaping, call 726-0369 or email TPCLandscaping@ymail.com. The business is also on Facebook at TpcLandscapingInc.
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