Blog

First of the Year Landscaping Tips

Looking for ways to keep your commercial property’s clients and employees happy? Don’t underestimate the power of an attractive and well maintained landscape.

You don’t need to spend lot to create green spaces that will entice employees to go outside, relax, and explore your property’s grounds. Here are some tips that can ensure an effective commercial landscape design:

 

Start with a plan

It’s important that you know about the micro environment of your property, when considering where to invest in your landscape. Be sure to take note of areas that receive ample sunlight, areas of shade and even how the wind blows across your location. This will help you decide what to plant where and can even help decide where outdoor dining and break areas should be located. Plan for all seasons to maximize enjoyment of the space.

Enlist the help of a professional commercial landscape firm to develop a plan for your outdoor spaces. Pros can tell you what plant materials will look good in the space, and they also have a sound knowledge of the different kinds of plants that will work, the right trees for the right spots, and the most convenient systems for irrigation.

 

Make sure the landscape design harmonizes with the architecture of the building

Having a landscape design that goes with the building architecture is extremely important to an effective commercial landscape design. Keep in mind that the landscape is usually intended to enhance the aesthetic of the architecture, not than dominate it.

Also, consider developing a theme for the landscape, or adding some signature elements. It can help your clients characterize all your locations, just by their visual appearance.

 

Make sure the entrance is inviting

Any carefully planned commercial landscape design should start with a welcoming entrance. A captivating entry can be achieved by plantings such as colorful flowers, blooming perennials, bright grasses, and even incorporate hardscape elements around existing signage.

Incorporating some of these ideas in your main entry will add value and please employees and guests visiting your commercial property.

 

Think including about a focal point

Strengthen the visual appeal of your property by including a focal point, such as a water feature or a professionally designed annual flower bed. A strong focal point on the outside of the building draws more interest to the location, creating opportunities to showcase other features of the property.

 

Make sure it makes the right impression on clients

First impressions are important. An organized and tidy landscape means that your potential client will notice the landscape as a sign of a well managed building, giving them greater confidence in the products or services your clients are providing.  

 

Avoid overplanting

Make sure you consider what the plantings in your landscape plan will look like as they mature. We often see commercial landscape plantings that have overgrown the area as they developed. It not only decreases the visibility of the building and other amenities, but also makes the landscape look untidy and unkempt.

When you are planning to plant trees, keep in mind how quickly they will mature and how their roots will spread. Likewise, don’t plant shrubs too closely to each other. No one wants an overgrown landscape. It increases regular maintenance costs, and removing mature plant material can lead to expensive renovations and rejuvenation projects down the road.

 

Selecting what to plant

Carefully select plantings with colors and texture that harmonize with the color and texture of the building’s architecture.

It is also important that you pick plants according to where you are deciding to plant them. Choose locally grown, native plants when at all possible. You should know how much sun or shade the plants will need, the type of soil, and other factors a specific plant requires in order to thrive. Having a soil test performed before planting is also a good best practice to have your landscaper implement.

Also, keep in mind is the seasonal variations and plan the plantings in a way that ensures there is something blooming throughout the year You can make use of plants like evergreens and unique shrubs for color during the cold seasons.

 

Ensure your design is low maintenance and convenient

While it is difficult to create a landscape plan that requires zero maintenance, a plan that requires less maintenance is achievable.

A properly planned landscape will ensure that you spend less of your property’ budget on maintenance in the long run.

It’s also very important to consider your irrigation system in your landscape plan. Irrigation is meant to supplement rainfall, not replace it. It should never be your landscape’s only source of water. Options like smart controllers and drip irrigation lines can save your property thousands of dollars over the life of your system.

Finally, landscaping is a year-round activity. You and your landscaper will continue to work and care for new and mature new plantings in every month of the year. This is why it is so important that your commercial landscape partner is aware of the local fertilization and water requirements of every property to take great care of you and your landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue reading
323 Hits

Benefits of Trees in Your Landscape

Trees don’t require the same amount of care that many other parts of your property’s landscape do. To thrive, they need the things that are available naturally: sunlight, soil, and water. In return, they provide so many benefits. They clean the air, help reduce energy costs, provide shelter to animals, and, perhaps most importantly, they add immense value and aesthetic appeal to your commercial property’s landscape.  

Carefully thought-out landscapes that include preserved and new tree plantings not only make your property look great, but also provide employees and guests with the opportunity to take a break from technology and recharge by spending time enjoying your landscape’s natural beauty. Frequent short walks under and among the trees has been proved very beneficial to the productivity of the employees and greatly enhances mood.

Trees are not without some expense. They do require some additional maintenance costs in order to keep them healthy, but most successful commercial property management companies and building owners have come to see the trees in their landscape as a competitive benefit.

Here are some of the advantages of investing in your trees:

Environmental Benefits

  • Trees Improve The Environment:

There are several ways that trees protect and improve the environment. Aside from reducing air pollution and noise pollution, they filter water and absorb rainfall, lessening the impact of flood and stormwater.

Trees also attract a variety birds and natural wildlife providing food and shelter.

  • They Make Outdoor Spaces More Comfortable:

During hot weather months, trees prove to be beneficial as they help keep the environment cool. They take in carbon dioxide, which is a heat-trapping greenhouse gas and release oxygen, which has a cooling effect on the environment.

They can also provide shade to help employees and guests avoid the sun. Placing outdoor seating areas under trees makes them more functional and attractive spaces for gatherings.

Not only do trees provide a cooling effect in summer, they are also beneficial during the colder months. They reduce winds that blow across your outdoor spaces, so the employees can enjoy the outdoors during the winter as well.

  • They Improve The Quality of Air In Your Commercial Outdoor Space:

Trees can improve the quality of air by absorbing harmful gases and toxins and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. They are extremely effective when it comes to reducing gaseous pollution. They can remove the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen.

One tree can reduce carbon dioxide by an average of 300 pounds in a year. A low level of carbon dioxide in the air does not have any known negative effects. On the other hand, high levels of this gas can be extremely bad for the environment and can cause a lot of issues like respiratory problems.  

Economic Benefits

  • Trees Help You Save Money

You can reduce energy costs of your property by strategically planting trees. Even a single tree can provide some energy savings. Properly placed trees can conserve energy by providing shade during summer, acting as windbreaks, and providing warmth during winter.

During the summer, they can provide shade and keep your corporate office cool, which can lower the costs of air-conditioning.  

Trees like evergreens can deflect harsh winds, which can prove to be extremely beneficial during the colder months. Evergreens can act as windbreaks and block harsh winter winds, reducing heating costs.

  • They Improve The Value of Your Property:

Planting trees in your landscape is a low-cost way to boost the value of your property. A property that has trees is estimated to attract more customers than a property that lacks trees. Mature trees, in particular, are an absolutely irreplaceable asset.

Social Benefits

  • Trees Can Help Reduce Stress:

According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service, trees can help reduce stress levels.

While it is a widely known fact that spending time in nature can help people relax, a study by Texas A&M University proved that spending five minutes in a day looking at trees can result in lowered stress levels. This means that adding trees to your landscape will provide employees and guests a place to de-stress during their breaks, increasing the productivity of the workforce.

In conclusion, trees are beneficial in commercial landscapes not only because of the beauty they provide to the property, but also because they offer environmental, economic, and social benefits for a relatively minimal investment in your property’s landscape maintenance budget.

 

Continue reading
355 Hits

Tips for Making Spaces That Your Clients & Employees Appreciate

Optimized Yellowstone Overview.00 00 13 10.Still002

 

Being strapped to technology without a break can get really frustrating for employees. Giving them the opportunity to take a break and inhale some fresh air can really help when the workload is dragging them down. A breather outdoors can be rejuvenating, according to a lot of studies that prove the advantages of commercial landscaping.

Making an outdoor space for employees and clients to work and gather can greatly enhance the productivity and create a close-knit community. Commercial landscaping can reduce the work pressure, enhance teamwork among the employees, promote physical activity and liven up the overall environment at work.

Landscape maintenance is also crucial for outdoor spaces because while providing an outdoor space to the employees can be helpful, frequently changing the setting can boost creativity and enhance the mood of the employees.

Outdoor spaces prove to be a smart move, so what should you consider when making a space that both - your clients and employees appreciate?

Here are some tips that can ensure an effective outdoor space and entice employees to go outside:

A balcony garden or a rooftop space:

Consider places that are on the ground to ensure the employees can get diverse outdoor experiences. If there is a balcony or rooftop in the commercial structure, it can be transformed into a garden area. Make the space attractive to pollinators, butterflies, and birds by planting colorful flowers and grasses. Plant vegetables to ensure that the employees get to eat fresh.

Patio Area:

A hardscaped gathering space encompassing seating and privacy screens will encourage the staff to utilize the outdoors for lunch, which can prove to be beneficial, as it will boost their creativity and productivity once they go back to their workspaces.  It is important to carefully decide the position of the patio.

Consider whether you want to locate it nearby an indoor cafeteria as it would be convenient or would prefer more of a private space that is linked with the office through a path, as it would provide the employees with a getaway on premises.

Walking Trails:

Promoting physical activity can reduce illnesses drastically and ensure that the employees stay healthy. Walking trails, which run throughout the campus, offer the employees the privilege to exercise on site. A lot of studies have shown how physical activity can release feel-good hormones. Make seating arrangements like benches or natural stones along the track so the employees can take a break. Including activities, stations are also a good idea.

Outdoor Grilling Station:

Another great way you can enhance the outdoor space of your corporate office is by incorporating an outdoor grilling station. Here the employees can hold demonstrations. Corporate lunches can also take place in this outdoor kitchen and it offers a lot of opportunities for different kinds of events.

Beanbag Toss Boards and Bocce Ball Courts:

A place where an employee can enjoy their break by engaging in playing not only helps to improve their teamwork, interpersonal skills and relations with other colleagues but also improves their morale.

This is one of the reasons why more and more businesses are incorporating leisure spaces on their campuses. Commercial landscaping that is recreation based is a perfect balance of work and play due to their ability to improve fellowship among colleagues.  

Putting in recreational enhancements like bocce ball courts or beanbag toss boards can prove to be perfect for de-stressing during breaks.

Shade Structures:

Pair outdoor seating with canopies to ensure that they are comfortable and useful. If you want employees to be able to relax outside, install shade structures in areas that do not have any natural canopy so people can avoid the sun. There are a wide variety of options, from pergolas that can support the growth of creepers to climbers, and vines that give a modern touch. Oversized umbrellas can also be utilized to provide shade spaces with table and chairs.

Water features and Outdoor Fireplaces:

Landscape enhancements that provide a feeling of home are getting more and more popular in commercial properties.

Places of fire outdoors and fire pits can be pleasing spaces for the employees to have cookouts or brainstorming meetings. They can also be perfect to invite clients from out of town.  

Water features not only add to the aesthetic of the landscape but can also create an atmospheric environment.

Functional Considerations:

  • Adaptable seating arrangements: Arrange different kinds of seating options from benches to chairs with tables. It is extremely important to consider the flexibility so you can take advantage of the commercial outdoor space, when required, in a lot of ways. For example: if the furniture you have selected is versatile, it can be rearranged for things like group meetings.
  • Wi-Fi: Make sure that the employees can easily connect to the Internet outdoors from their mobile devices, tablets or laptops. This will enhance the utility of the outdoor space further.
  • Electrical receptacles: The outdoor spaces should be equipped to allow the employees to work in the landscape. It is important that the outdoor space of a corporate property has outlets for electricity so that the employees can make use of them when they decide to take their work outside.
  • Privacy: Create privacy in your commercial space by utilizing landscape features like plants, trellises that support the growth of climbers and creepers, evergreens, freestanding wood, metal or stonewalls, or hardscape retaining walls.

Creating good outdoor spaces can ensure that both your employees and clients are pleased.

It can be extremely difficult to find workers who are talented, therefore, retaining these skilled people and top performers is important for any business because the workforce is what contributes to the success of the company. It is, therefore, a good idea to provide the employees with an outdoor space where they can relax and take part in recreational activities, as it can essentially provide the company with a competitive advantage.

Continue reading
308 Hits

Yellowstone Landscape expands in Texas with opening of new Austin location

AUSTIN, TX (October 6, 2017) – Yellowstone Landscape is pleased to announce that it has expanded its operations in Texas with the opening of its new Austin location.

Yellowstone Landscape is one of the country’s largest commercial landscaping firms, with locations across six Southern states.  The newly opened Austin branch provides commercial landscape maintenance and enhancement services, including irrigation system management and exterior pest control, as well as commercial landscape installation and tree care services. 

Yellowstone Landscape CEO, Tim Portland, said of the expansion, “We’ve been targeting an expansion into Austin for a number of years now. We’re extremely proud of our longstanding client relationships in the greater Houston area.  Many of our clients also own or manage properties in Austin, and have been asking us to provide services for those properties as well.   We’re looking forward to doing so and to building new client and service relationships in Austin for many years to come.”

Yellowstone Landscape’s Austin location will be led by Jeremy Sutton. Mr. Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and comes to the company with significant experience in management of large scale commercial landscaping operations in the greater Austin area.  Yellowstone’s Austin operations are located at 1209 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Local candidates with landscape maintenance experience are encouraged to apply in person, or send their resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Continue reading
1692 Hits

Orlando’s 2017 Home of Distinction Benefits Ronald McDonald House

It was our honor to install the landscape at this beautiful property, and for the next two weekends, anyone in Central Florida can tour this amazing home and contribute to a terrific charity at the same time.

The home being showcased is the 2017 Home of Distinction, a newly constructed home built by our client, Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling, for Janet & Russ Haberle of Haberle Steel Inc.

A Mediterranean designed home with a Transitional flare, this 15,736-square foot home is located on the 6th fairway of the Nicklaus Golf Course in the Eagle Estates Section of Reunion Resort & Club. It features the latest in design trends for the luxury home market. The home was designed with a focus on entertaining, including outdoor living areas essential in the Florida sunshine. Featuring a large kitchen, gathering areas, theater and game rooms, the home has a uniquely designed pool with lazy river, pool, spa and waterfalls.

From September 22nd through October 1st Weekends Only (Friday & Saturdays 10AM – 5PM / Sundays Noon – 5PM), this home will be open for tours to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. The tour will showcase building and design trends while raising funds for a wonderful cause. Tour tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance by visiting www.rmhccf.org/events, selecting Home of Distinction Orlando and then clicking the 'Register Now' button. Otherwise, tickets will be $10 at the door. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida receives 100% of the proceeds from tour ticket sales.

Special thanks to Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling for allowing us to be a part of this unique project.

For more information on the Home of Distinction:
http://www.homeofdistinction.com/17Orlando/index.php

 

Continue reading
2140 Hits

4 Environmental Benefits of Your Commercial Landscape

It’s easy to look at a freshly mowed lawn, pruned shrubs, and vibrantly colored flowers and think that commercial landscaping is just about making properties look beautiful. But as Landscape Professionals, we know there’s so much more going on in your landscape than what you can see. Professionally designed, installed, and managed landscapes do so much more than just add beauty to the places where we live, work, and play. In this post, we’ll explore 4 important environmental benefits of commercial landscapes that you may not have considered before.

1. Improved Air Quality
Do you remember that one science fair as a kid, when you did a project on photosynthesis? In case you forgot, photosynthesis is “the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water…and generates oxygen as a byproduct.” Plants are absolutely essential to carbon sequestration. They capture significant amounts of carbon from the air and release oxygen. In urban areas and places near industrial and manufacturing facilities, trees and plants also capture particulates and other microscopic pollutants, helping to clean the air we breathe.

2. Reducing Soil Erosion
Did you know that the root systems of plants and trees allow for 20 times greater water absorption than tilled soil? That also means that areas with healthy turf, trees and plants are far less likely to experience flash flooding and areas of standing water after a hard rain. Soil erosion isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Area of exposed dirt on a hillside indicate that the soil is weak. If not corrected, this can lead to mudslides after heavy rains. Reducing soil erosion in these areas can involve decorative plantings of shrubs and other groundcovers, meeting the functional and aesthetic needs of the landscape.

3. Reducing Noise Pollution
When most people think about a bustling, urban city, the soundtrack typically includes honking car horns, exhausts of trucks and buses passing by, and maybe even a jackhammer. The constant assault on the ears is part of the reason some city dwellers eventually flee to find peace and quiet in the suburbs. Modern urban developments are increasingly looking to commercial landscape designers and commercial landscape management companies to bring nature back to the city. Turf, plants, and trees are much better at absorbing sound than pavement and concrete walls. Dampening even a small amount the city’s noise makes the environment just a little more pleasant for its residents.

4. Regulating Temperature
In the South, we’re always looking for ways to keep ourselves just a little cooler. Whether adding more trees to create a natural canopy of shade, or installing a hedgerow to block the setting sun from a westward facing window, landscapes can have a big impact on temperature regulation. With more shade from trees, your home or office’s air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to keep you cool, saving money on your electric bill. Studies have also shown that turf keeps the ground 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer and 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter than a paved surface. Another advantage that grass has over pavement – it doesn’t crack. Pavement expands and contracts as temperatures change, leading to cracks which become safety hazards. Replacing large paved areas with healthy turf reduces the amount of pavement that will need to be repaired or replaced, and better regulates temperature in the area.

These examples are just a few of the many ways that your landscape is working to help make your environment a little healthier and a little safer. The aesthetic appeal of a great commercial landscape project is hard to overlook, but just remember that there’s a functional purpose behind all that beauty, too.

 

Continue reading
1837 Hits

Orlando South Intern Embraces Diverse Experiences and Languages!

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

It has been an absolutely incredible summer interning with Yellowstone Landscape.  As a Plant Science major at the University of Florida, I look forward to entering the horticulture industry once I graduate.  After researching several landscape companies for my internship, Yellowstone was my top choice – and I made the perfect pick.  The people I have met not only take pride in caring for the landscapes of properties ranging from Disney resorts, vacation home communities, and HOA’s – but they also care immensely for each other.  It’s one thing to do what you love every day; it’s another to do it with people who love it too.  As a person whose horticulture background came strictly from books and not the “real-world,” this made all the difference in making my experience as an intern educational, practical, and enjoyable.

I have had many incredible experiences at Yellowstone that it is hard to pick a favorite!  One of my most memorable moments was the day I spent with Petra, an Irrigation Technician, at one of our largest properties in Orlando, Reunion.  It was my third time with irrigation and my two previous mentors were excellent at showing me the ropes.  I learned how to test a residential irrigation system, identify broken sprinklers and dig them out to repair, and how to work with irrigation boxes that house the valves for the property.  However, my day with Petra was different as she took identifying broken irrigation systems to a whole new level!  She did not need to test a system in order to discover broken heads, but rather, looked attentively for other signs of damage.  The biggest key indicator – erosion!  Often, a broken head would spew water uncontrollably, causing a buildup of sand and soil over the plant material and hardscape. Yet this wasn’t the only thing that made the day with Petra unique – our entire day was spent conversing in Spanish.  It was as if I was completing a “Study Abroad” experience in one day! I am fluent in Portuguese, and am conversationally-fluent in Spanish, so differences in language is not a barrier to me.  But Petra made it a unique experience, because she explained each irrigation part, tool, and scope of work, just as one would in English, but in Spanish.  She would point to a nozzle, an elbow, a shovel, and call them by name in Spanish.  She would speak slowly and clearly, often repeating the words with me until I was able to call out the pieces by myself.  This in turn, helped me tremendously to familiarize myself with the names of these important tools in Spanish, so that I can better assist a new team of irrigation techs that may not be strong in their understanding of English.  This just goes to show that it’s not just plants in the horticulture business!!

My internship with Yellowstone has helped me hone in on the skills I have learned in school such as; plant identification, professionalism, agribusiness management, landscape design, and plant chemistry.  It has also trained me in skills I would not have learned in a formal education such as; pest and weed management, irrigation, landscape installation and how to use a variety of equipment.  Above all, I have learned how to stay competitive – as both a company and as an individual – in this fast paced industry.  The crews I worked with are some of the hardest-working people I have ever met, and Yellowstone gives them a reason to keep returning.  Finding motivation like this is hard for any company, but it seems to come so naturally here – and after a whole summer with Yellowstone Landscape, it’s easy to see why.  I can’t wait until next summer to continue learning and make my mark!

 

Continue reading
1421 Hits

A Summer of Transition and New Experiences!

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

I left Southwest Virginia to live on my own for the first time in my life!  I didn’t realize that it would be this easy to connect with a new cast of characters in an unfamiliar setting.  I am lucky, because the Yellowstone family didn’t hesitate to welcome me to their team.

Growing up in Virginia, I worked during the summer for my dad’s small landscape company, gaining great field experience through the years.  However, I went to Virginia Tech University to study Mathematics and Data Analytics.  I have spent the better part of these past three months, working as an IT/Data Analyst Intern at the Yellowstone Landscape corporate office in Palm Coast, Florida.  At the beginning of the summer, I was given the opportunity to work under not one, not two, but three Mentors, each of whom have taught me different skill sets.

I am humbled every time I learn something new, excited every time I shake a friendly hand, and surprised every time I accomplish something I think is impossible.  My experience has definitely been atypical of most Yellowstone Interns because I am not working in the field.  Instead, I’ve been assisting with the daily IT communications and business analytics of the corporate office.  I have set up “skype” meetings for managers and our bi-weekly Intern “catch up sessions”, worked on several resource analysis projects and researched the best programs for a mapping system to track business.  Whether setting up a computer for a new employee, creating a spreadsheet for a Branch Manager, or traveling to another branch to fix a fax machine, I’ve been thinking on my feet every day and building my “problem solving” skills. 

I quickly learned that facilitating a business spanning five states and employing several thousand landscape professionals requires a well-oiled headquarters.  Between Finance, HR, Operations, IT, and Systems Management, there isn’t much downtime.  As an intern, I tried my best to keep up with the pace, learning along the way. 

Of my experiences, one of my favorites was the Intern Symposium, held in early July.  Starting with a sailboat ride on the waters of St. Augustine, then team building activities and meetings with corporate officers, the three days went by entirely too fast.  At the end of it, not only had the interns become great friends, but we also learned a lot about the inner workings of Yellowstone Landscape.  The attention and appreciation we received during the symposium spoke volumes to how much this company values its employees. 

As I wind down my summer, I am trying to take in as much as I can.  I am already envious of the next group of wide-eyed Interns spread out amongst the many branches of Yellowstone Landscape.  I hope they are ready for an action packed summer that will go by way too fast!

 

Continue reading
1588 Hits

Houston Design Intern Gains New Experiences the “Second Time” Around

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

As a Landscape Construction and Landscape Architecture dual major at Mississippi State University, I have looked forward to a “design” internship since I chose my career path.  Returning to Yellowstone Landscape for a second internship was a great choice because they have given me the opportunity to build my skillset through a variety of experiences.  Last year my internship focused on landscape maintenance and installation which gave me a great foundation.  This year I worked with the company designer, sales team and maintenance division, attended a MUD conference in San Antonio where I interacted face to face with potential clients and worked from start to finish on a large scale design project.  These opportunities have improved my presentation and communication skills with clients and employees of the company.

My intern project, an apartment complex called Buffalo Pointe, is the largest project I have worked on, estimated at 40K worth of improvements.  The client wanted a tropical atmosphere for the entire property and a completely new Zen Garden, replacing plants that were not doing well.  I was also given the opportunity to share my ideas and designs with the clients.

Attending the MUD conference gave me the chance to gain a better understanding of what the sales team does and work on my communication and networking skills.  Attending with the Business Development Managers from the Houston Central Branch gave me insight into how hard they work to build relationships and gain new business.  I was also given the opportunity to design the booth with ideas I had researched, as well as answer questions pertaining to Yellowstone Landscape and the services the four Houston branches offer.  Being at the conference gave me the confidence to approach customers knowing the sales people would be able to answer any questions I couldn’t.   

This internship has given me a chance to experience different aspects of the company and strengthen many skills I was unaware needed strengthening.  Taking the leap of faith with a last chance offer has been one of the best decisions for my education and career path so far!

 

Continue reading
1395 Hits

Atlanta Intern Develops a New View of the Landscape Industry

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

Coming into this internship without any previous experience in the landscape industry seemed quite daunting, but the East Atlanta branch made me feel like part of the team from day one.  As an Agricultural Operations student from the University of Florida, I was unsure of what to expect and was anxious to learn what the industry was all about.  A common misconception I had about the landscape industry is that it only cuts grass and trims hedges, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  This internship has opened my eyes to a much larger, more complex business than I ever thought landscaping is.  After riding around with my Mentor on the first day it was apparent I had much to learn and at the same time I would be able to apply my classroom knowledge to this industry. 

Throughout the summer I have experienced many different aspects of the industry such as; maintenance, construction, installation, irrigation, fert-chem, management, and sales.  This has taught me that learning all aspects of the operations side of the business is essential to becoming an effective Account Manager. 

My favorite experience was a start to finish construction and installation project.  After going through the projected price summary with the Atlanta General Manager and the project Account Manager, I was able to go into the field and see how the plan would be executed.  When we first arrived to this new apartment complex, I realized that we had our work cut out for us!  The first task was to remove a sizeable amount of large rocks from the clay where we would be grading and laying sod.  After that was done, I was able to put my skills of operating a bobcat into use by grading the clay behind the leasing office of this apartment complex.  We had to grade so that water would flow into the drains away from the building.  As I worked, the Crew Leader would give me tips on more effective ways of operating the bobcat, which helped speed up the process tremendously.

The Yellowstone Landscape internship program has taught me far more than what I expected.  Not only did it teach me the various operations within the landscape industry, it also has helped me develop professionally.  I am grateful for the many opportunities and lessons learned working with each member of the Atlanta Yellowstone team.  These are lifelong lessons and skills I will be able to use throughout my career.  

Continue reading
1422 Hits

FIELD SUPPORT OFFICE

3235 North State Street
PO Box 849

Bunnell, FL 32110
877.785.6685

 Customer Rating : 4.5 / 5Based on 57 ratings 

Excellence in Commercial Landscaping