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What makes you better?

There are so many things that make almost all commercial landscaping companies seem the same,

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Choosing a Landscaping Company

What are the questions that property management professionals should be asking when considering a landscape company for their property?

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Celebrating 2014 and Preparing for 2015

It’s the time of year when our branches come together to share a meal, celebrate their accomplishments, and prepare to enjoy some much deserved time with friends and family. While all of our Austin Outdoor locations have plenty to celebrate this year, I was privileged to join our Jacksonville branches this week as they celebrated not only the holidays, but their 2014 PLANET National Landscape Award of Excellence. Paired with their success earlier this year as our company’s Client Engagement champions, Team Jacksonville certainly had a memorable 2014.


As we turn the page to 2015, we’re planning some amazing and exciting things at our company. Our foundation will always be the pursuit of service excellence. We’ll start 2015 with a clear understanding of what our clients expect from us, listening intently to what they tell us is important to them. Once we understand that, our talented landscape professionals set about the business of delivering on the promises that we’ve made – creating premier properties.


We’re honored to partner with so many great properties and humbled by how many clients have entrusted us with the care of their landscapes. We truly believe that beautiful landscapes increase the value of private properties and that well kept public spaces create a sense of pride and community.


Our best wishes to all this holiday season. We can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

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Thankful for You

As we enter the holiday season, we reflect on the past year and look forward with great anticipation to what may be the most exciting year in our company’s history.  Regardless of what changes and new opportunities come our way in the coming year, our success will continue to rest on two groups of people that deserve our unending gratitude - this year, and every year.

First, each of the dedicated landscape service professionals and supporting staff at Yellowstone Landscape are, without question, some of the finest people that our industry has to offer.

Our front line service workers, reporting to work before sunlight and often working well into the hot summer afternoons...

Our professional services staff, working tirelessly behind the scenes to support our workforce and our clients...

Our company leaders, always deliberating, balancing what is best for our company and what is best for our clients in equal parts...

Yellowstone is filled with individuals that prove their dedication to serving our clients and their properties in remarkable ways.  We’ve heard it time and time again from our clients – our people are what make the company.

“It isn’t your company that is awesome, but the people you have working for you.  The employees you have are exceptional and go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Yes, they certainly are.

We are also deeply thankful for the clients we are privileged to work with.  From new partnerships (over 200 new properties served this year), to clients that have been with us for years (more than 9 out of 10 clients retain our services from year to year), we are thankful for each and every client we serve.  They allow us to practice our passion for improving their landscaped environments and teach us how to best serve their communities.  They allow us to play a part in their success stories and challenge us to deliver results that exceed expectations.

Our clients expect more from us, because we will never be content to be just another vendor...

Our clients know that anyone can mow their grass, but their needs go far beyond that...

Our clients realize that their landscape deserves professionals that care as much about their properties as they do...

So, as we prepare to celebrate this time of Thanksgiving, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to you – our amazing employees and the premier clients that we are honored to serve.

 

Image Credit: gratisography.com

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Severe Weather and Your Property's Landscape

As we approach November 30th, the official end of hurricane season, we are grateful

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Integrated Landscape Services Get Better Results

An integrated landscape service program is essential to deliver the results you are looking for in your propertys landscaping.

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Celebrating with VillageWalk of Wellington

This week Austin Outdoor was honored to present a 2014 PLANET National Landscape Award of Excellence to the board and residents of VillageWalk

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Landscape Design - Seeing the Potential in Your Property

This past week our Landscape Designers from across the company gathered together for a series of presentations and training sessions

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How Safety Conscious is Your Landscape Service?

I recently came across an infographic that detailed exactly how dangerous the landscape service business really is.  Here at Yellowstone Landscape, we’re fortunate to have a leadership team that takes our Culture of Safety very seriously, but the statistics cited in the research indicate that not every company in our business is so focused on protecting their employees.  While we’re certainly not perfect, we believe that how well a landscape service contractor cares for their people is a direct reflection of how well they will care for their clients.

 

Here are a few things pulled from our Safety Program that you can use to start a discussion about safety with your landscape service provider:

 

Company Vehicles and Equipment

  • Do not use a cell phone when operating vehicles or equipment unless it is an emergency. Also, do not engage in other unsafe activities (such as taking notes, reading maps, etc.) when operating vehicles or equipment.
  • Use cones, barricades, and other warning devices provided when working in traffic areas. Do not park vehicles or equipment where they are likely to get hit.
  • Turn off vehicles and equipment when they are not in use. Take the keys with you. Do not leave equipment unattended.
  • Only operate vehicles and equipment after you have been trained.
  • Do not allow passengers on any equipment and do not allow unauthorized persons to operate company vehicles or equipment.
  • Promptly report any missing or damaged safety devices to your supervisor. Do not operate equipment with missing or defective safety devices until they have been replaced.
  • Do not remove or disable guards, shields, or other safety devices unless you have been authorized to do so. Never bypass a safety device.

 

Employees Attire and Protection

  • When appropriate, dress according to your job standards. If you are working in the field, this includes: long pants and long-sleeved shirts, socks, boots or shoes with sturdy, nonslip soles, chemical-protection clothing and footwear when handling chemicals, and a hat for sun protection during the hot summer months.
  • Do not wear jewelry, drawstrings, or loose or frayed clothing when operating or working near powered machinery or equipment.
  • Wear a safety vest at all times where work zones include traffic.
  • Always use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — safety glasses, goggles, earplugs, gloves, hard hats, etc. — that has been assigned for the particular task. If your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) does not fit properly, immediately tell your supervisor so that it can be replaced.

 

General Safety Best Practices

  • Inspect work areas, equipment, and job sites for hazards before starting your work each day. Immediately report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor so that corrections can be made before you start work.
  • Think safety at all times. Do not distract coworkers or engage in roughhousing, horseplay, fights, or similar activities that increase the chances of an accident.
  • Do not take shortcuts and do not run.
  • Always use appropriate fall protection if not working at ground level.
  • Lift correctly to avoid sprains, strains, and back injuries. Always lift within your limits and never lift or move an object that weighs 50 pounds or more by yourself. Seek assistance from a coworker for heavy loads.
  • Practice good housekeeping at all times. Keep your work area and job sites free of objects and debris that could be tripping hazards. Do not allow oil, water, or other substances to remain on floors so they become slip hazards. Return all tools and equipment to their proper location at the end of the day.

 

The infographic, courtesy of Bolt Insurance, is available here

 

Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

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What does your landscaping say about your community?

For property management professionals, a reliable landscape service partner is essential to achieving your communitys goals.

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