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Sarasota Intern Understands the Value of Field Experience

This is a guest post, written by Shelby, about her intern experience with us this summer.

 

My internship with Yellowstone Landscape is my very first, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I knew after graduation from Southern Illinois University, I wanted to do an internship with a landscape company and gain hands on experience as opposed to only classroom work. I wanted to work in the field and experience all aspects of landscaping.

As an intern I am able to work with the Account Managers, mow and trim crews, irrigation and fert-pest departments, and even the mechanic! I have really enjoyed this rotational internship as it very important for me to learn about each aspect of the company.

It’s awesome that each intern has a project and I was able to do what I enjoy the most, design! I plan to go into design in the future and I have thoroughly reveled in my project. Another favorite part of my internship is working with the irrigation department. Before coming to Yellowstone Landscape I knew nothing about irrigation and after a week with the irrigation crew I gained a new skillset. Irrigation is a must to keep the most pleasing landscape attractive after it’s installed.

The greatest lesson I have learned is every aspect of the company is important and must work together as a team, like a well-oiled machine. Without the mow and trim crews the landscape would become over grown. The irrigation crews keep the lawns and shrubs properly watered when there are broken spray heads and rotors. Account Managers keep the lines of communication open between clients and crews. The fert-pest crew keep lawns and plant materials green, healthy and free of insects and disease. Every part of this company is crucial to its success and no job or position is of greater or lesser importance.

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Tampa Intern Is Grateful for the Lessons Learned

This is a guest post, written by Kennon, about his intern experience with us this summer.

My experience with Yellowstone Landscape in Tampa, Florida is one I will always remember. My previous experience is with residential landscapes, and to come to a company with an outstanding reputation that works on high-end communities has been a real blessing. I have learned more these past few months than from any other experiences in the field.

To make a property look its absolute best you must manage all aspects of the landscape. The mow crews have a huge responsibility to make sure the property is free from weeds and trimmed perfectly. I have the utmost respect for every crew member as they work very hard and do an outstanding job.

Irrigation is the area I have learned the most from and working with the irrigation team has been a rewarding and educational experience. I had very little experience prior to coming to Yellowstone Landscape and have never worked with drip line irrigation. While working on my internship project I had to come up with a way to bring irrigation to four planters under a trellis/arbor, with cemented pavers that could not be removed. I was able to work with an irrigation tech to come up with the best solution. Also, during the installation of my project I lead the crews and irrigation team on where to install the plants and needed drip irrigation. My project was very rewarding and hit all the areas I have been working with.

I have learned skills that are not taught in college; respecting your crews and how to communicate professionally with Property Managers. Great communication skills are essential in this industry. I have learned new ways to keep track of what is going on during the day by placing notes in my phone under the “Notes” app. Managing multiple crews and properties and keeping under the budgeted labor hours is extremely challenging and requires great management skills.

Overall, I have had a wonderful experience that very few interns experience with other companies. I highly recommend Yellowstone Landscape and I am grateful to Yellowstone for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

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Why We Decided to Join Instagram

Admittedly, we’re a little late to the Instagram party. Since setting up our profile and creating our first post about a week ago, it already seems like something we should have done sooner.

Instagram is a platform that’s all about sharing images of the world around you. For individual users, that could be pictures of your family and friends, favorite meals you’ve eaten, or some of the places you visit in your everyday life.

For companies like us, it’s a little different.

So, what does Yellowstone Landscape hope to share with our Instagram account?

In short, these are the things we’ll be sharing with you, if you decide to give us a follow:

  1. The Spaces We Create and Maintain
  2. The People Who Make Those Spaces Happen
  3. A Glimpse Inside Our Company

 

The Spaces We Create and Maintain

As one of the country’s leading commercial landscaping companies, we have the great privilege of working with some amazing clients, creating beautiful and unique landscapes, and maintaining them throughout the changing seasons.

There are a number of things that we need to do to be successful as we grow our company. We focus a lot of our attention on safety, educating our teams, and providing great customer service to our clients. But none of those things are the first thing that most people think of, when they think about what a commercial landscaping company is.

We are the spaces that we create. When one of our Landscape Installation teams finish a project, does it fulfill the architect’s vision? When our Landscape Maintenance teams complete a weekly service visit, is the property more beautiful and tidy than it was before we got there?

Over the years, we’ve built a pretty expansive photo library, and there’s only so much of it that we’ve been able to include on our website and in our sales, marketing and recruiting collateral. Our Instagram account will now be the place where we pull some of our favorite images off the hard drives, and put them into the world. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing these spaces as much as we enjoyed creating them.

 

The People Who Make Those Spaces Happen

We talk a lot about the dedicated Landscape Professionals that make up our company. For most of our new clients, our people are one of the first things they ask about. Who are you going to send out here to take care of my property?

In peak growing season, there are over 1800 of us that put on a Yellowstone Landscape uniform every day. Not all of us are out in the field, but the men and women who are directly responsible for the spaces that we create and maintain, deserve to be featured alongside the beautiful results they produce.

We’ve said it many times before. Commercial landscaping is a dangerous and difficult profession. Too often, the effort and energy required to produce the end result is overlooked. There are hundreds of diligent Landscape Professionals across the South wearing our logo on the back of their safety vests. With our new Instagram account, we hope to share more of the faces that make up Yellowstone Landscape.

 

A Glimpse Inside Our Company

Over 1500 properties currently being served. 18 branch locations in 4 states. Hundreds of trucks and trailers. Thousands of mowers, edgers, string trimmers, blowers, and hand-held tools.

What in the world is it like to work for a company like that?

There are a million little things that have to go right, each and every day. Of course no day is ever perfect. What makes Yellowstone a special place to work is the way that we overcome the challenges.

With our Instagram account, we hope to share some of the behind the scenes images. Pictures of our mechanics working hard to keep all our equipment running, so our field crews can get their jobs done. Interns and Rookies learning the ropes as they launch their commercial landscaping careers. Seasoned pros finding the most efficient and effective way to serve our clients and their properties. Business Developers connecting with new clients at tradeshows and networking events. Celebrations in our local branches, honoring individual and team accomplishments.

 

We’re excited to begin sharing and connecting with a new audience. If you’d like to follow us on our Instagram journey, you can join us here.

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2016 Summer Interns Gallery

It was so great to have all our 2016 Interns at our Palm Coast headquarters.  This great group of interns enjoyed dinner on the beach, lots of team building activities, and got to hear firsthand from our leadership team what it takes to run one of the leading commercial landscaping companies in the country.

Great job this summer and best of luck to you all!

 

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Jacksonville Intern Learns Valuable Lessons Outside the Classroom!

This is a guest post, written by Matt, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Being chosen to participate in an internship at Yellowstone Landscape has taught me many lessons in the field of landscape management as well as provided me with skills that I will carry throughout of my lifetime. As an intern, I experienced every aspect of the company, from the Account Manager to the maintenance crew.

In the beginning, I worked with the irrigation technicians, learning how to change PGA and PEB valves on sprinkler heads as well as laying pipe for brand new irrigation lines. I then moved into the chemical and fertilization department, learning what chemicals to use on specific turf as well as plants. I collected and examined caterpillars that were infesting a group of Oak trees on a property which led us to treat with a chemical in order to eliminate the infestation. I also learned how to Arbor Jet trees and shoot chemicals directly into the vascular system of an Italian Cypress, something I never knew was possible.

The remainder of my time as been spent with the maintenance crew. Experiencing this aspect of landscape maintenance has been an essential part of the internship. I have learned how to use a 60 inch zero turn mower and was given the opportunity to mow multiple areas and fully understand how to operate it. I have also gained experience using an edger, blower and weed eater. These tools are the backbone in the lawn care industry and gaining experience with them is priceless. Being in the field tested many of my skills. I learned to prepare for the heat, work safely and work hard all which are important for anyone considering this industry to understand.

While observing my Mentor working with customers one on one, I learned the importance of communicating with a customer, understanding what they want, and turning it into actual work in the field. It showed me how hard work pays off! I would say this is the most valuable thing I have learned during my Internship. I recommend anyone considering an internship in this industry should experience as much as possible in order to gain fully what this industry has to offer.

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Daytona Intern Gains New Perspective On The Landscape Industry!

This is a guest post, written by Anthony, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Working at the Daytona Beach Branch for the past eight weeks has been exciting. I’ve seen and experienced nearly every aspect of the landscape business, from meeting clients to working out in the field with mow crews. At the University of Florida I studied crop production, so landscapes and ornamental plants are new to me.

I’ve learned so much it’s hard to recount. I came in not knowing how to operate a lot of the equipment used for landscape management. I can now effectively use an edger, zero-turn and walk-behind mowers with sulkies and a tractor. I’ve been able to interact and learn from my mentor as well as nearly every member of the Daytona team. Sometimes, it can be a little awkward as the intern, but being at this branch and in this environment has taught me how to work with a wide range of people.

I didn’t notice landscapes much before this internship, but now I notice well managed landscapes and those that need an expert’s help all of the time. I can now assess when something’s been done well, or not. I’ve gained a better perspective of the everyday needs of a landscape that I don’t believe can be gained in a classroom. There’s a distinct difference when you learn how to spray plant protection products in theory, and when you carry 40 pounds of liquid solution on your back in the middle of a highway median. I have spent the last few years doing the former, so to have the opportunity to do the latter is more valuable than words can describe.

Interning with Yellowstone is challenging, there is a lot of work required to be done, but it is also one of the most valuable learning experiences in my career so far. I’ve learned so much about an area of agriculture that I wasn’t familiar with. It’s an experience I highly recommend.

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Atlanta West Intern Sharpens His Management Skills

This is a guest post, written by Mark, about his intern experience with us this summer.

 

As a 2016 summer Intern with Yellowstone Landscape, there are a number of experiences that have influenced me in a positive way, but one in particular has really stood out.

Learning how to operate a zero-turn mower could be compared to pursuing an internship. It is an intimidating task that holds a lot of uncertainty if you have never operated one before. The zero-turn mower is much larger and faster than any landscape equipment that I have used in the past. Likewise, this is the first internship I have done, and Yellowstone is a large, fast-paced company. Both tasks seemed daunting at first, but the more you get the hang of the controls, or familiarize yourself with the people at your branch, everything runs smoothly, like a well-oiled machine.

Learning to maneuver a mower over a curb or rough terrain is comparable to the unexpected challenges that the managers encounter each day in the many facets of the business. For example, one day a crew truck was experiencing issues and required maintenance right away. The manager had to get the truck repaired and then figure out the best way to allocate the crew’s time spent at each property that day.

As a management major, it is important for me to observe and learn from my Mentor when situations like this occur. Figuring out the best solution for an unforeseen mishap is a hands on process that you cannot learn in a classroom. I realize that the company must take many factors into account when making decisions that affect the budget, labor hours and safety. Ultimately, with time and experience, you will become proficient in not only running landscape equipment, but also running the many facets of a landscape management business.

 

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Why Commercial Landscaping Clients Should Care About Pokemon Go

Seriously. You should pay attention to this thing. Give me three minutes and I’ll tell you why.

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Mississippi State University Intern Builds Her Skillset!

This is a guest post, written by Krystin, about her intern experience with us this summer.

 

This internship has been one for the books! I have had two mentors, which is definitely something to remember, both having helpful tips along the way. I’ve learned that respect between managers and the workers goes a long way. Without that respect, there is a void in communication, and nothing gets accomplished within the time frame that is needed. In order to gain this type of respect, you have to go out and work with the crews, show them that you understand what they are out there doing day to day in the heat. Having the opportunity to be on both sides definitely shows me the managers, or any person higher up than a crew member, truly cares about how everyone is doing. For me, that really means something. It means a lot to me when I’m out working with the service workers, and see my Mentor, or other Account Managers out there breaking a sweat and getting dirty with the crews to help get the work done.

Many of the Crew Leaders, Irrigation Techs, and my Mentors have taught me multiple new skills. I have used plenty of new tools and felt very accomplished when I’ve figured out the technique because I know now I have the skills to do any job. I am capable of trimming trees or finding irrigation breaks or clogs so much easier than I had before. Knowing that there is a specific technique to most everything that is done when taking care of a neighborhood or resort landscape opened my eyes in a whole new way. Being able to spot fungus and identify worms, chinch bugs, or other types of pests on turf or plants, is something I have come to find valuable. I know I can call the fert-chem crew or manager if I spot any type of problem while out in the field, and know that they’ll be there that day to fix the problem. This keeps the client or Property Manager pleased with the way the property looks.

Everything I have learned this summer has helped me so much and I hope with the time I have left in this awesome city of Orlando, that I will continue to learn and make more memories to look back on in the future. I came into this internship thinking I knew so much, only to realize that I had in fact only touched the surface with my previous internship. This being said, I am very pleased that I made the choice to come all the way to Florida, and expereince this hands on opportunity.

 

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How Your Landscape Improves Your Business

For many businesses today, it's not just what's inside their building that counts. Delivering great service and innovative products for your clients is essential. But you can't serve anyone until they walk through your door. That’s why your property’s landscape is so important. It can either invite people in or send them running to the competition. If your property is serviced by one of your area’s professional commercial landscape companies you should have a plethora of service and landscape enhancement options to choose from. Any of the options they present will greatly enhance your business’ first impression.

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