When you’re working with a garden, there are some things that you want to keep an eye on, said Mike Toth, who works for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
He said you want your garden to look nice, and you want it to look safe.
But there are times you just want it boring.
“I want a garden that’s just as beautiful and natural and just as simple,” Toth said.
Toth is one of several landscapers who are making this effort.
He says it’s been the hardest thing he’s had to do in the last two years.
“There’s nothing quite like being a gardener and doing something that’s so important to your community, and then getting up in the morning and cleaning it up,” he said.
He also has a new job.
In addition to being a contractor, Toth also manages the Department of Energy’s New York City Office of Urban Landscape.
“It’s really hard to find a place where you’re going to be doing that work and get a job in a year,” he explained.
“So, we’re trying to find some way to do that work that’s as cheap as possible, as efficient as possible and as beautiful as possible.”
The city has an annual budget of about $10 billion to $15 billion to support landscaping in New York.
About $9 billion of that goes to parks, $2 billion to fund street improvements and $1.2 billion for landscaping.
The rest goes to state agencies, such as the Department in charge of parks and public safety, the Department for Environmental Conservation, the City of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Some of the money goes to projects like making street trees in parks, turning greenways and replacing streetlights.
The city also pays for some of the cost by taxing businesses, and it uses the money to pay for other projects, like buying new landscaping equipment and landscaping crews.
For those of us who work in parks and do landscaping every day, there’s something special about being part of that process, Tith said.
And we think it’s important that the city knows that.
“We just have to be honest with ourselves, because if we don’t, we don.
We just have too much work and too little time to work on the landscaping.”