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Arbor Intern Adds New Skills to His “Tool Belt”

This guest post was written by Colby, about his intern experience with us this summer.
 
From a very early age, I’ve had a love for trees!  Hardwood species can live hundreds of years, bearing witness to history that future generations only study.  After a few diligent seconds of deliberation, I chose to major in Forest Resource Management, minoring in Business Management, at Clemson University.  This summer, I am interning with the Charleston, South Carolina branch in their Arbor Division.  Charleston is home to the Angel Oak, which is estimated at 400-500 years old, dating this tree to be an acorn at the time of Columbus’ arrival to the New World.
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The Most Popular Trees for Southern Commercial Properties

Commercial landscaping professionals spend a lot time working with our clients to help them select the right plants and trees to use in their property’s landscapes. The types of trees that would grow and thrive successfully in a commercial landscape design depend on the region where the property is located, using the Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Zone 8 - a region which experiences mild winters, a temperate summer climate, and a long growing season, covers much of the Southern US, so in this article we’ll take a look at 5 types of trees which are most suitable for commercial landscapes within Zone 8:

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Finance Intern Broadens His View of the Landscape Industry

This guest post was written by Raymond, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Now at the halfway point of my internship, I am given a chance to stop and reflect on my experiences and the skills I have developed.  I am majoring in Agricultural Economics at the University of Florida where I first met my Mentor, Timo, during an Agribusiness Career Fair.  I attended the fair totally ignorant of the landscape industry with preconceived notions of an industry comprised of a handful of men with a truck.  Those views were shattered after Timo went out of his way to have a conversation with me.  His friendly demeanor and knowledgeable conversation dispelled those notions and ultimately convinced me to join the Yellowstone finance team for the summer.

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Port St. Lucie Intern Builds Confidence and Skills

This guest post was written by Rose, about her intern experience with us this summer.

Interning at Yellowstone Landscape’s Port St. Lucie branch has been the best decision of my life.  As a horticulture student from Auburn University, I knew this industry was where I wanted to be but wasn’t sure where I fit.  Yellowstone and all the people I work with have helped me find my way!

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North Houston Interns Finds Family Away From Home!

This guest post was written by Gladys, about her intern experience with us this summer.

As a Plant and Soil Sciences student at Sam Houston State University and with an avid interest in biology and chemistry, I was unsure what I would learn with this internship.  One thing I did not expect was the comforting feel of family that Yellowstone provides.  There is the father figure, Greg, who is all knowing and who the other managers look to for guidance.  Then, my Mentor Nick, who is like an older brother and who has gone above and beyond to teach me everything he knows as well as look out for my best interest.  Not knowing what to expect from such a prestigious company was frightening but that all disappeared when the entire branch rallied around me during my first intern video-conference meeting.  They knew I was nervous to be in front of a computer filled with strangers (the other Interns), yet they stayed with me through the entire meeting helping me to relax and smile.  

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Keeping Your Commercial Property Safe

Keeping your commercial property safe for employees, tenants and visitors is always a concern for property managers. Many don’t realize how landscaping can play an important role in risk management. If areas of your landscape are inadequately or improperly maintained, it can create safety hazards on your commercial property’s roads, walking paths and entry points.

Failure to resolve these issues can result in more serious liability problems for your property.

Here are three tips to consider to keep your commercial property safe:

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Want a Successful Summer Landscape? Here’s How.

You want to maintain a healthy and inviting commercial property, even through the heat of the summer. And you want to present a professional image to tenants, visitors and employees, even when the thermometer is pushing triple digits.

Whether you manage a corporate campus, a commercial office property, or even a hotel or resort, it’s important to keep your trees, plants and turf looking their best.

Here are a few things you can do to insure a successful commercial landscape this summer:

 

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Top Cleanup Services to Include in Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

 

It's important to make sure that your property is in tip-top shape at all times, and that starts with your landscaping. Landscaping is the face of your commercial property, and it should be a top priority when it comes to your property’s upkeep and maintenance.

Maintaining your commercial landscape is important not only for its visual appeal, but for the health of your landscape.

Here are a few of the services that you should be including in your commercial landscape maintenance contract:

 

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The Accordion Effect

It's one of the most common questions we’re asked when we start working with new clients.

How many people will you send out to our property at each landscape service visit?

If the previous landscaper had a 4-person crew servicing the site, and your landscape didn’t look the way you wanted it to, it’s logical to assume that throwing more people at the problem is the answer, right?

Not always. Here’s why:

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Ideas for a Sustainable Landscape for Your Commercial Property

The idea of a “sustainable landscape” can mean many different things to many different people, but at its most basic level, the term refers to the practice of minimizing the utilization of non-renewable and non-native plant materials. Following are a few ideas to consider if you’re seeking to make your commercial landscaping more sustainable.

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