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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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Economic Benefits of Green Spaces

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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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Why We Decided to Join Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Spaces We Create and Maintain

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

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

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

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

 

The People Who Make Those Spaces Happen

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

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

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

 

A Glimpse Inside Our Company

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Lucky Number 13

Please indulge us as we start this post with an expression of our gratitude.

THANK YOU, first and foremost, to our clients for allowing us to continue serving you and growing our company.

THANK YOU to the 1800 dedicated full time, part time, and seasonal employees of Yellowstone Landscape.  Every day you are working hard to give our clients the beautiful and functional landscapes they deserve.

THANK YOU to our vendors, suppliers and subcontractors for all your support and assistance.  

THANK YOU to the wonderful horticultural and agricultural education programs across the South, training our industry’s next generation of leaders.

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Hiring a Landscape Contractor

If you’re a commercial property manager searching for a new vendor, whether it be a landscape contractor or any other service provider, the goal is to find someone you can trust and then “hire” them. 

But is the process of choosing a contractor really the same as the process you’d use for “hiring” a new employee at your company?  

Here are a few good reasons to approach your next vendor search the same way you’d search for your next employee:

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