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Why We Celebrate So Much

Almost every week I get an email with pictures of smiling Yellowstone Landscape Professionals attached to it...

A safety rodeo in Bradenton.

A team building event in Houston.

A golf outing in Atlanta.

But here in our corporate headquarters, the team that supports our branches rarely get a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. So, to correct that, we held our first annual Summer Kickoff party on Friday, May 19th. From our chili cookoff, to some spirited games of cornhole, through the big screen tv raffle, a great time was had by all. Photos in the gallery above are from last week’s Summer Kickoff (and please, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see our Contracts Specialist Conner’s hula hoop contest-winning performance.)

Someone recently shared an interesting observation with me about our company LinkedIn and Instagram pages. She told me that, to her, it looks like all we do is celebrate, and she wanted to know if that was okay. She was worried that people might think we’re not a hard-working company.

I suppose that’s a fair concern, but the truth is there’s a lot to celebrate in our company right now.

Yes, summer is almost here, and summer is the hardest time of year for commercial landscaping companies. Our service crews are gearing up for long, hot days. In some areas, we’re dealing with drought, while in others we’re scheduling around daily rain showers.

But when you’ve been in the commercial landscaping business for a long time, it’s what’s to be expected.

We expect to grind it out all summer. It will be hard, but it will be worth it when we see the difference we make with each service visit.

If all we ever focused on was how hard this work is, we’d never have any fun. And for those of us who’ve chosen to be Landscape Professionals, our job is supposed to be fun.

So, through the summer, we’ll continue to find reasons to celebrate.

When a branch improves their Safety Score, we’ll celebrate.

When a new client signs on with us, we’ll celebrate.

When a long-time client renews their contract, we’ll celebrate.

When one of the properties we serve is recognized with an award, we’ll celebrate.

And sometimes, just making it to a Friday afternoon will be a good enough reason for us to celebrate.

 

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3 Outdoor Hazards on Your Property (And How to Prevent Them with Landscape Maintenance)

Avoiding injuries - it’s a concern property managers and owners always have in the back of their minds. Owning a commercial property ultimately means that you are liable in the event anyone gets hurt. Routine maintenance is constantly performed inside the building to ensure it is aesthetically pleasing, functional and up to code. Likewise, you want to make sure your landscape is always safe. Several hazards can appear on almost any commercial lawn, but a quick response will easily eliminate them as threats.

1. Diseased or Damaged Trees
Trees bring a lot of beauty to a landscape. However, they can also bring quite a few dangers especially after a stormy or windy day. Pay attention to how well all your trees are holding up so that you know when it is an ideal time to remove a dying one. A tree that is leaning more than 15 degrees to the side needs to be handled right away because a high gust of wind could easily knock it over. In particular, you want to pay attention to trees that are near power lines or buildings because those can result in significant property damage as well.

In addition to removing the tree, you also want to make sure you deal with the stump that is left behind. The stump should be eliminated the same time the tree is being taken down. A stump can trip someone, and it makes the perfect habitat for termites, cockroaches and other troublesome pests.

2. Debris-Ridden Walkways
Everything from parks to apartment complexes should have a walkway so that people do not have to walk across the grass to get to the building. Leaves, branches and other pieces of debris will fall onto the walkway over time, resulting in a significant hazard. Slip and fall cases are one of the most common lawsuits in the country, and you do not want anyone slipping and hurting themselves while on your commercial property.

3. Flooding and Standing Water
You want to be certain there is an efficient system in place that prevents water from pooling on your landscape. Water can make its way onto walkways, and increase the risk of someone falling. Standing water is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can pester guests. Keeping water away will also protect your building from any water damage.

Find exceptional landscapers who can assist you with Yellowstone Landscape. Learn more by calling 877-785-6685.

Avoiding injuries- it’s a concern property managers and owners always have in the back of their minds. Owning a commercial property ultimately means that you are liable in the event anyone gets hurt. Routine maintenance is constantly performed inside the building to ensure it is aesthetically pleasing, functional and up to code. Likewise, you want to make sure your landscape is always safe. Several hazards can appear on almost any commercial lawn, but a quick response will easily eliminate them as threats.

 

1. Diseased or Damaged Trees

 

Trees bring a lot of beauty to a landscape. However, they can also bring quite a few dangers especially after a stormy or windy day. Pay attention to how well all your trees are holding up so that you know when it is an ideal time to remove a dying one. A tree that is leaning more than 15 degrees to the side needs to be handled right away because a high gust of wind could easily knock it over. In particular, you want to pay attention to trees that are near power lines or buildings because those can result in significant property damage as well.

 

In addition to removing the tree, you also want to make sure you deal with the stump that is left behind. The stump should be eliminated the same time the tree is being taken down. A stump can trip someone, and it makes the perfect habitat for termites, cockroaches and other troublesome pests.

 

2. Debris-Ridden Walkways

 

Everything from parks to apartment complexes should have a walkway so that people do not have to walk across the grass to get to the building. Leaves, branches and other pieces of debris will fall onto the walkway over time, resulting in a significant hazard. Slip and fall cases are one of the most common lawsuits in the country, and you do not want anyone slipping and hurting themselves while on your commercial property.

 

3. Flooding and Standing Water

 

You want to be certain there is an efficient system in place that prevents water from pooling on your landscape. Water can make its way onto walkways, and increase the risk of someone falling. Standing water is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can pester guests. Keeping water away will also protect your building from any water damage.

 

Find exceptional landscapers who can assist you with Yellowstone Landscape. Learn more by calling 877-

785-6685.
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3 Ways Our Clients Use Landscaping to Tackle Their Toughest Challenges

When most people think about their property’s landscape, they envision colorful flowers, pruned shrubs, healthy trees, and vibrant green grass. Professionally maintained landscapes are beautiful and create a great first impression, but what else can a landscape do?

Over the past few years, some of our clients have begun to find new, practical uses for their landscapes. They use our commercial landscaping services to help solve problems that go far beyond curb appeal.  Here are 3 examples of how our clients are thinking differently about the landscaping at their properties and in their communities.

Landscape to Improve Air Quality. This first example is a practical lesson we’ve learned from some of our manufacturing clients.  These are companies that build very large, very complicated, and very precise products. Think airplanes and heavy industrial equipment.  One of their biggest challenges is controlling the quality of the air inside their enormous manufacturing facilities. They can’t risk allowing dirt and dust to get inside and contaminate their work areas. So, in addition to large, expensive air purifying systems inside the buildings, they’ve found another key to controlling particulates in the air – covering the dirt outside the buildings with grass.  This common sense solution reduces the amount of dust in the air outside, so there’s less chance of it getting into the building. This allows them to change out expensive air filters less frequently, and their industrial air purifying systems don’t have to work so hard to keep their assembly areas clean.

Landscape to Control Erosion. For communities and commercial properties with hills and slopes, dealing with erosion usually means installing a retaining wall. But retaining walls aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing solution to the problem. For some of our clients, installing a landscape feature area is a better long-term solution to control their erosion problem.  By using a mix of ground covers, shrubs, and trees, then adding in other natural elements like boulders, we can turn an erosion control project into a property beautification project.  The key is to select a mix of plants with shallow and deep roots, to help firm up the soil.  We choose plants native to the area, and look for options that don’t require excessive amounts of water.

Landscape to Make Roads Safer. Cities and local governments are always looking for new ways to make roadways safer.  To help prevent head on crashes medians have long been used to divide opposing lanes of traffic. Today, more cities choosing to fill their medians with landscape materials, rather than metal guardrails or concrete barriers. Single rows of trees, planted uniform distances apart, offer the same protection for motorists as a guard rail or concrete wall, but add a touch of natural beauty to the asphalt roads and highways.  Similarly, adding shrubs and native grasses to medians keeps the headlights of oncoming traffic out of nighttime drivers’ eyes.

While the aesthetic value of your landscaping will probably always be your primarily concern, more of our clients are finding that their landscapes can serve some very important practical purposes, too.  Landscaping can improve air quality. It can help control erosion. And it can be used to save lives, when it makes our roadways safer.

Looking for some innovative ideas to tackle your property’s biggest challenge? You might discover the answer in your landscape. Meet your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional and let’s put your landscape to work for you.

 

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The Price of Admission in Commercial Landscaping

When I’m driving down the road, I notice every pickup truck with a trailer attached to it.  And when I see a mower or two on the trailer, my first instinct is to look for the company name on the door.

Why do I do that?

  1. Because landscape companies come up with some pretty funny names and some interesting logos. (Lawn and Order, Special Mowing Unit – that’s pretty clever, right?)
  2. Because I’m curious if the truck belongs to a new competitor that’s entered the market.

It seems like there are an endless number of landscaping companies out there. One study from 2015 estimated there were 466,768 landscape businesses. The same study found that these businesses employed 958,711 workers. That’s an average of 2.05 employees per company.

When you consider that the overwhelming majority of these businesses are serving residential clients, and the guy on the mower is also the guy who owns the company (sometimes affectionately referred to as “Chuck and a Truck”), it makes sense.

Another interesting fact - our industry’s trade association, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, estimates that 99% of landscape companies have annual revenues below $1 million.

Today there are more landscaping companies than ever before, and more of them are starting to market themselves to commercial clients.

This creates an interesting challenge, not just for the large, established commercial landscaping companies like Yellowstone, but for the property management professional looking for a new, reputable, experienced commercial landscaping partner.

How does a Property Manager weed out the best from the rest?

It starts with something we call “the price of admission”. And the price of admission in commercial landscaping is simple.

Make the landscape beautiful.

Somehow in the RFI/RFQ/RFP process this simple truth gets overlooked. We get asked about any and everything else imaginable.

  • How many locations do you have?
  • How many certified employees do you have on staff?
  • Provide your last 5 years of financial statements.

All important, but none of those questions answer your property’s most basic need. The reason you invest in commercial landscaping in the first place is because you want your grounds to be more beautiful.

If the landscape contractor you’re considering can’t prove that they can cover the “price of admission”, then they aren’t right for you. Move on to one of the other 466,767 companies out there.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a landscape contractor that’s paid the price of admission several times over, get in touch with your local Yellowstone Landscape office. We’d be glad to help you create the beautiful landscape that you and your property deserve.

Photo credit: The Daily Dot

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Who Really Notices Your Commercial Property’s Landscaping?

For a Commercial Property Manager, dealing with your commercial landscaping provider can be a hassle. From tenants complaining about dirt blow onto their cars, to noisy mowers and trimmers disrupting important morning meetings, commercial landscapers can have you wishing your building was somewhere in the middle of a downtown concrete jungle.

Sure, it looks nice when it’s done, but did you ever wonder who really notices your commercial property’s landscaping?

One property manager recently told us:

“I only pay attention to landscaping if it looks really good, or if it looks really bad. Everything else just kinda blends in.”

Yikes.

Is it worth all the trouble just to have someone say your landscaping “blends in”? Not to mention all the expense?

Of course not.

You deserve a landscape that gets noticed by the right people – for the right reasons.

And exactly who are the right people?

There are two kinds of people that will always notice your commercial property’s landscaping. They are the people you need to impress if you want to lease your space quickly, and keep it leased for years to come.

First, you should always make sure your prospective clients take note of your property’s landscaping.

You invest in quality commercial landscaping because you know that a great commercial property - one that’s fully leased for top dollar - starts from the second your prospective client lays eyes on your building. Your landscaping is the very first thing they will see.

If they’re looking at your listing online, the first photo is usually the exterior of the building, right? Wouldn’t it make sense to have some curb appeal to show off in the first photo of your slideshow?

If they’re driving up to your office building or retail center, it only makes sense to welcome them with a beautiful entry.

Your prospective clients are comparing yours to all the other available spaces they’re considering for their business. They’re imagining their business thriving and growing in your space. Does it fit the brand they’re trying to build?

Landscaping defines a commercial property just as dramatically as anything inside the building.

Is it upscale modern, with clean lines and intricate flower displays? Is it eco-friendly? Does it offer healthy amenities like outdoor seating for lunch breaks or walking trails around the grounds?

Prospective clients have a long list of things they need to check off before they decide to lease with you. Your landscaping can significantly impact their overall impression of your property and is often the deciding factor between yours and other similar spaces.

Once the client chooses your property, your landscaping’s work is just beginning.

The second group you need to impress, your client’s employees and customers, will also notice your commercial property’s landscaping.

Landscaping adds measurable value to retail centers. (Consumers reportedly pay up to 12% more for identical items in shopping centers with high quality landscaping.) It enhances the buyer’s perception of value and adds to the experience of buying your goods and services.

For a commercial office property, landscaping impacts the employees who work there in a number of very important ways. First, landscaping inspires creativity. Colorful flowers, manicured bright green grass, healthy trees, and manicured shrubs stimulate the mind and enhance worker performance.  Landscapes also impact the job satisfaction that employees feel. By providing employees a well maintained outdoor environment, the opinion of the employer and opinions about how the employer values their employees increases exponentially. When given a beautiful environment to work in, employees are more likely to show up and be productive every day. They take fewer sick days remain at their companies longer.

Happy, productive employees build successful companies. Those companies become highly desirable clients for commercial property managers.

So, does landscaping really matter that much to your clients and their employees?

Yes, we know it does.  We’ve had so many Property Managers tell us that by simply keeping their grounds beautiful and tidy, we’ve made their job so much easier.

They lease their spaces faster and keep their clients in those spaces once they’re leased.

No matter what type of commercial property you manage, your landscape does make an impression. Make sure it’s a good one.

 

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