After working as a casual gardener with the Weeding Women team while gaining her Diploma in Horticulture, Tracy decided to buy a franchise in 1997. She’s never looked back.
Passionately overhauling gardens from Henderson to Byford and south to Golden Bay, Tracy has built a highly successful franchise. She has more than a dozen clients who have been with her since the very beginning, plus thousands more satisfied customers whose gardens she has weeded, fertilised, planted and cultivated.
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Born and bred in Perth, Tracy has been a swimming teacher; she’s travelled the world and worked in a corporate office for many years.
“I would sit in the office watching my fellow employees battling to come to work every day,” says Tracy. “I thought to myself, ‘I never want to be like that’.”
It was then she decided to make a change to do something she really loved. “My options were either cooking or gardening, so I chose gardening.”
Tracy says the best thing about the job is the instant reward you get from seeing a happy client.
“You spend just a few hours on a place and it can go from looking like a right mess to fantastic. To know that you have done that with a bit of hard work is very satisfying.”
One of her biggest motivations at Weeding Women has been the business founder Colleen Sheehan: “She has been an absolute inspiration to me,” says Tracy. “She is like a pillar – she never gives up and never lets you give up. She is very supportive of all of her franchisees and we have become close friends.”
Similarly, seeing the fruits of her hard work is also motivating: “I did a lot of work with the Kwinana Shire beautifying and maintaining the median strips, roundabouts and parks.
We also worked alongside an environment group on reclaimed land, where we planted thousands of trees. It is very satisfying driving down the road and seeing acres of healthy trees that I helped create. From a tiny sapling to a forest – it is nice to know I have been part of such amazing change.”
The suburbs that are serviced by Weeding Women Rockingham include Anketell, Byford, Hope Valley, Mandogalup, Mundijong, Naval Base, Oakford, Postans, Wandi, Bertram, Casuarina, Calista, Kwinana, Leda, Medina, Orelia, Oldbury, Parmelia, Wellard, Windsor Hills, Baldivis, Cooloongup, Hillman, Rockingham, Safety Bay, Settlers Hills, Shoalwater, Waikiki, Warnbro, Port Kennedy, Secret Harbour, and Golden Bay.