Rick's Lawn Maintenance & Pressure Washing

Owner Rick Baker has a plan to keep your yard looking its best

Ricky Baker, owner of Rick's Lawn Maintenance & Pressure Washing, specializes in debris hauling, clean-up, mulching, landscaping, sodding and trimming.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.

With the beginning of fall come several things that need to be done to keep yards looking their best, and Rick Baker of Rick's Lawn Maintenance & Pressure Washing may be the landscaper you need.

Baker, owner of Rick's Lawn Maintenance, specializes in debris hauling, clean-up, mulching, landscaping, sodding and trimming.

"This time of the year, I do a lot of raking up leaves and pine needles and cones, and a lot of general cleaning up for people who like their yards to look good throughout the fall," Baker said. "I also do a lot of guttering and pressure washing in the fall of homes, driveways and curves. It is a lot going on in the fall."

He said a lot of people don't clean their yards in the fall, then they have to pay a lot of money in the spring to have a landscaper get their yards back in order.

Baker said he started his business three years ago after getting laid off from the shipping and receiving department at W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc. He said he was in the process of getting his paperwork straight to start the business when he was laid off, so he just went to work getting customers once he got his business license.

He said he has been able to grow his business by staying "on the grind," going the extra mile to please customers, providing a multitude of services and charging very reasonable and affordable rates.

Baker said he does all of his customers' yards as if they were his own and he always listens very carefully to what a customer wants him to do.

Baker said the fall is the best time to do a lot of things to make a yard more beautiful, such as planting flowers, laying sod and installing walkways and patios made of rocks and stone pavers.

Baker said he does not charge his customers when they request he cut their yards between their scheduled cut dates due to a special engagement they may be having at their home or for whatever reason.

"For example, if a storm comes through and you have a lot of debris in your yard and you are one of my regular customers, I will stop by and take care of that for you," Baker said. "During the three years I have been in business, I have gained a lot of regular and reliable customers who appreciate when I do things like that."

One of those customers is Rosa Mitchum of southeast Gainesville near Robinson Heights, who has used Baker as her landscaper since he has been in business.

"He does beautiful work and he doesn't charge me the world and all," Mitchum said. "I don't have to call him because he comes by and check the yard to see if it needs to be done, and I appreciate that."

Baker, 56, is a 1975 graduate of Gainesville High School. He is a lifelong northeast Gainesville resident who is working hard to leave something for his three grandsons and four granddaughters to take over after he retires. He said he is teaching his oldest grandson, who is 10 years old, how to do lawn maintenance work and how to respect a hard day's work and the pay that comes with it.

"I've told all of them that I want them to go to college and major in business administration then come back, if they want to, and take this what I have started to another level," Baker said. "I am working hard to establish something for them that they can use to make a living for themselves when they get grown."

To contact Baker, call 352-225-1676.

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