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Unhappy With Your Current Landscaping Provider's Work? Consider These Next Steps

You’ve reached a point with your landscape service provider where it’s obvious to you that they just aren’t cutting it. It could be a string of obvious mistakes and missteps that have built up, or just a general, slow decline in the appearance of the property. Whatever the cause, your landscaper has failed to meet the expectations laid out in your landscape service agreement.

As the property manager, you’re dissatisfied and stressed. Your job is to manage the entire property and landscaping is just one of the many aspects that you oversee.

What should you do when your landscape provider isn’t owning up to what was previous agreed upon? Should you cancel your contract immediately and start the search for another landscaping company?

The problem is that it was an arduous process selecting the right landscaping company for the job the first time, and to even consider restarting the search before the contract expires would give anyone a headache.

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Tampa Intern Combines Past and Current Experiences to Gain Unique Results!

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

This spring, I finished my junior year as a Plant Science student specializing in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture at the University of Florida. I spent my previous years jumping around the plant science fields going from ethnobotanical research to organic agriculture to ornamental production. In my quest of finding what I want to do in the green industry, I’ve learned a lot from my experiences as well as the people I’ve encountered along the way. While I tried various horticultural areas I’ve always had a love for design and art; painting on the side, using my skills in Illustrator and Photoshop to make flyers, and even designing a landscape. It was after I designed a landscape on campus I realized I could combine my two loves, plants and art, to pursue a field I think I was always searching for - Landscape Design.

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Top Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

You have every right to ask as many questions as needed about your landscape maintenance contract, until you feel 100% comfortable. You, as the property manager or owner, are in charge of selecting the best landscape service partner and investing wisely in your commercial property. It your obligation to improve its curb appeal, keep it safe for visitors, and enhance the quality of life for all who visit the property.

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Personal Interaction Builds Communication Skills and Patience for IT Intern

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

Coming from Florida State University I.T. classes and joining Yellowstone Landscape for the summer has provided a much-needed professional experience.  Interacting with the other interns made it easier to connect and acclimate to an unfamiliar environment.  Unlike class work, this experience helped me gain personal skills necessary in any professional environment.  This was mostly due to my time working the helpdesk which exposed me to situations I would have never been exposed to elsewhere.  Experience in troubleshooting helped me succeed at the helpdesk, but a lack of personal interaction with customers was an area I needed to improve during my time here.  Even though I am still working on it, I have improved immensely from my experiences helping users across the company.  I have developed communication skills and patience while working with company employees across the southeast.

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Red Flags In Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Bid Responses

Whether you are new to the process of reviewing commercial landscape maintenance proposals, or have extensive experience in hiring landscape providers, dealing with competitive bid responses can be a challenge. Remember that the proposal is one of the first steps in creating a long-term relationship with a reputable commercial landscaping company. It’s their responsibility to provide a clear understanding of how they’ll approach the care of your property’s landscape, and what you’ll be getting for the investment you make with them.

Choosing the right commercial landscaping company can be a long process. You have a variety of different companies to choose from for your property’s commercial landscape maintenance needs. It may take weeks of meeting with different companies to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that fits the services, aesthetics, and even the values that you are looking for in a landscape maintenance partner.

Here are three important things to look out for when you’re evaluating bid responses to select your next landscaping provider.

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Central Houston Landscape Management Intern Finds His Passion and Career!

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

This summer I’ve had the opportunity to Intern at Yellowstone Landscape’s Central Houston Branch.  During this time, I focused on experiencing the landscape maintenance and enhancement division.  Coming into my internship as a graduating senior from Sam Houston State University, I knew I was interested in landscape, but I didn’t know Yellowstone Landscape would make it my passion.  The company prides itself on positive interactions with others, and they make sure to start within.  Since day one, the staff has gone above and beyond to provide me with the tools to be successful and I have never dealt with a more well-rounded, fully functioning group.  It is not specific to a single department or branch either, it’s throughout the entire company.

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Charleston Interns Adapts His Skills and Excels in Irrigation

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

My summer with Yellowstone Landscape is the best internship experience I’ve had during my college career.  As an Agriculture Mechanization major at Clemson University, I wasn’t sure what to expect with an internship in the landscape/horticulture industry and if I had the knowledge needed to be successful despite being a Turfgrass Science and Management minor.  After talking to Charleston Branch Manager, Remington Phillips at a career fair, I realized I could adapt my skills and excel.  With an interest in irrigation he made it happen and offered me an opportunity to come on board as an Irrigation Intern and I couldn’t have been more excited!

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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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