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Congratulations Legacy of Leesburg!

We're extremely proud to feature Legacy of Leesburg. This client partnered with us to manage their landscape 3 years ago. In that time, we've worked with the Board and Property Management to revitalize this beautiful community. And we're proud to announce that all the hard work and planning has resulted in 2 landscape awards this year. Last month, the community was awarded a National Landscape Award of Excellence and we were recently able to accept another Landscape Award from the FNGLA during The Landscape Show in Orlando.

Legacy of Leesburg is an active retirement lifestyle community, located 45 minutes from Orlando, Florida. The community's intent is to provide all the modern amenities active adults expect in a home, placed in a setting that encourages them to explore the natural beauty of central Florida.

The result is that nearly all of Legacy’s 1000 homes have a view of either a natural conservation area or one of the nineteen ponds that dot the community’s landscape. With over seven miles of maintained walking paths along thirteen trails, residents are frequently seen strolling in the shade of the hundreds of ancient oaks that were preserved during construction.

We're honored to partner with the wonderful community and proud to share in their success.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the care of this award-winning community!

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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..

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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

 

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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.

 

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Your Landscape & Marketing Your Commercial Real Estate Property

 

Marketing a commercial real estate property can be a challenge. There is more competition for commercial space now than at any other time in history. And it’s easier than ever for buyers and lessees to search available inventory. That means getting your property noticed among all those other listings is more important (and more difficult) than ever before.

Whether selling or leasing, a few smart investments in your property’s landscape can help you stand out from the other listings your potential buyers and tenants are considering.

 

The Case for Making Your Landscape a Feature

Almost every commercial real estate listing starts by talking about the same things - proximity to interstates and public transit, hotels and restaurants nearby, parking areas, security and maintenance, energy efficiency. Sometimes a listing may mention a “park-like setting”, but a property’s landscape is rarely given top billing in its description.

We think the reason that landscapes aren’t given any special mention is that 99% of commercial properties have no distinguishing landscape features.  The result is that all properties end up looking basically the same from the outside.

If you want to make your property seem unique, but the exterior and grounds are no different than the competition, your only option is to make expensive updates inside the building. Landscape enhancements are significantly less expensive than interior improvements.  And once they’re installed, the new landscape improvements cost relatively little more to maintain than the boring old landscape that looks like everyone else’s.

 

Getting Your Property Ready for a Photo Shoot

There’s a lot more to closing a deal than having great photos of your property, but clients looking to buy or lease are starting their search online. Whether they’re viewing your property on your company’s website or another commercial real estate listing site, they’re looking through your pictures before they ever read a word about your property.

9 out of 10 listings will start with a photo of the building’s full exterior. I know you’ve seen the shot we’re talking about – lines of glass windows, gray concrete, a few small trees lining the front, and maybe a little strip of green grass.

Instead, why not highlight the interesting parts of your property’s grounds in the cover photo? A colorful installation of annual flowers at the main entry. A group of blooming perennials at an outdoor seating area. An aerial shot of a crushed granite walking path around the property’s lake.  Bright colors, or anything different than the typical cover photo, will help your listing stand out on the search results page.

Also, consider the time of year when you’re shooting the photos of your property. Even a great listing can be ruined by bare trees and dormant turf. Consider having photos done after your spring cleanup when trees are full of green leaves and the flowers are blooming. Even if you’re marketing your listing in the winter, show the landscape when it looks its best to maximize views.

As more commercial real estate professionals begin using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to market their listings, photos of your property and its landscape can become a huge asset, driving views to your website and property listings.  The right improvements to strategic areas of your property’s grounds could become a key component in your commercial real estate property’s marketing plan.

 

For more ideas on how to turn your landscape into a marketing feature, schedule a meeting with your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional. They have the tools and experience to help your commercial property’s listing stand out from the crowd.

 

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5 Traits We Value in our Landscape Professionals

I recently had the opportunity to prepare a presentation for our 2017 Summer Intern Class. One slide in particular (the one in the picture at the top of this post) stuck out to me, and I wanted to share it here.

It’s a list of the 5 attributes that we value most in our employees.

We thought about the most successful people in our company. Men and women who have risen through the ranks and been given positions of great responsibility - Branch Managers, Business Developers, and Senior Account Managers. 

What are the traits they have in common?

1. Professional: They chose this industry as a career. It’s not just a job.

There’s a popular perception that people who end up in the landscaping industry just fell into it. Like we’re that kid who started mowing lawns during the summer and it became a full-time job.  While there are certainly a number of landscaping companies that get their start like that, our story is different. We formed Yellowstone by merging existing, successful businesses together. We saw a need for a strong, regional company that specialized in creating and maintaining complex, commercial landscapes across the South. That’s what Yellowstone is today, and why the Landscape Professionals who work here are so dedicated to solving the challenges that our clients face in their landscapes.

2. Hard Working: There is no easy button for what we do. Landscaping requires sweat and grinding it out, day after day.

Summer in the South is unrelenting. Average temperatures above 90 degrees and with the humidity it usually feels like triple digits. This is the environment that our Landscape Professionals sign up to work in.  They report before 7am and sometimes don’t get back to our shops until well after 5.  Fall, Winter, and Spring bring their own challenges. Leaf cleanup, pruning, fertilization applications, irrigation system testing and repair - there’s always something to be done when you work in commercial landscaping, and it’s never easy.

3. Positive Attitude: There are no failures, only opportunities to learn.

Let’s be clear with this one. Working at Yellowstone isn’t like walking down Sesame Street. But we’ve realized that there’s nothing more draining to the morale of a team than constant negativity. If we chose to focus on the things that go wrong every day, we’d be miserable. Instead, we want Landscape Professionals who choose to be positive in the face of adversity. People who are so confident in their abilities, that they see problems as opportunities to demonstrate their competence.

Clients don’t hire us for when things go well.  They hire us for how we handle it when things go badly.  When an irrigation line bursts, how quickly do we respond?  When someone takes a drive through the grass and tears up your HOA’s entry, how soon can we get the turf replaced? When a storm comes through, when are our crews there to start the cleanup?

4. Part of the Team: “We’re all in this together.”

If you’re around any of our branches for any length of time, you’ll here this phrase. “We’re all in this together.” We’ve adopted this mantra because we understand that our success depends on each of us pulling our own weight. From our CEO to front line service crew members, no one is more important than another.  A successful client relationship depends on all of us, using our individual skills to create landscapes that will make our clients proud when they drive through their properties.

5. Knowledgeable: As Landscape Professionals, it’s our responsibility to share what we know.

When we look across our management team, about three-quarters of them hold some level of advanced degree or certification that relates to what they do. From Bachelor’s degrees to industry certifications, our Landscape Professionals have accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge about creating and caring for landscapes. Even after they’ve finished school, they participate in continuing education classes to stay up to date on new technologies and ideas. And they’re applying what they learn, to change how we serve our clients and their landscapes.

It’s a really simple slide. But when we pause for a few minutes to think about what each of these five traits means to us, it’s pretty easy to see why the Landscape Professionals that exhibit these traits are so successful within our company. It’s easy to see why we’ve entrusted them to manage our branch locations, represent us to new clients, and serve our existing clients.

If you’re a student, thinking about what to do after you finish school, we invite you to explore our Internship Program and read about the experiences of our past interns.

If you’re already in the industry and looking for a new opportunity, we invite you to check out our current Job Opportunities and join us.

If you’re a Property Manager in search of a new commercial landscape service partner, we invite you to meet one of our local Yellowstone Landscape Professionals and tell us about what your landscape means to you.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.  

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