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North Houston Interns Finds Family Away From Home!

This guest post was written by Gladys, about her intern experience with us this summer.

As a Plant and Soil Sciences student at Sam Houston State University and with an avid interest in biology and chemistry, I was unsure what I would learn with this internship.  One thing I did not expect was the comforting feel of family that Yellowstone provides.  There is the father figure, Greg, who is all knowing and who the other managers look to for guidance.  Then, my Mentor Nick, who is like an older brother and who has gone above and beyond to teach me everything he knows as well as look out for my best interest.  Not knowing what to expect from such a prestigious company was frightening but that all disappeared when the entire branch rallied around me during my first intern video-conference meeting.  They knew I was nervous to be in front of a computer filled with strangers (the other Interns), yet they stayed with me through the entire meeting helping me to relax and smile.  

Working in the field with the crews has opened my eyes to things that are often over looked.  These guys work hard and give their all, no matter the time frame or the difficulty.  Many shared experiences that have shaped who they are today, and they are grateful for the opportunities they are given, singing the praises of Yellowstone.  The managers go above and beyond to teach their crews and improve their work experiences.  One day a Crew Leader asked me “what is the biggest room” and when I didn’t have the answer he smiled and said, “the room for improvement!”.  These men have taught me that you may not always be the best, but you can get there.  One thing I have carried with me during my internship is, to lead, you must first know how.  Working with these crews and earning their respect has meant a great deal.  It is gratifying to be asked to come back and work with them because they see me as an asset, not a burden.  As I approach the end of my internship I am saddened to leave these men knowing they have become more than co-workers, they have become a family that cares about me and for each other.  From my experiences, I can now step onto a job site with confidence to guide and teach the crews easier techniques to improve their work and share scientific knowledge I have learned in the classroom.  

Horticulturally, I have received great satisfaction seeing properties transform.  I am very passionate about small details that can change the entire aesthetics of a property, enhancements that can be made to a landscape to make it more vibrant.  I am grateful to Yellowstone Landscape for the opportunity to be a part of its family for the summer.  Everyone has surpassed their responsibility to guide me on this journey and the North Houston Branch has become a home for the summer.  I will always have amazing memories from my internship experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a hard-working group of people who have taught me through sharing their experiences.

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Keeping Your Commercial Property Safe

Keeping your commercial property safe for employees, tenants and visitors is always a concern for property managers. Many don’t realize how landscaping can play an important role in risk management. If areas of your landscape are inadequately or improperly maintained, it can create safety hazards on your commercial property’s roads, walking paths and entry points.

Failure to resolve these issues can result in more serious liability problems for your property.

Here are three tips to consider to keep your commercial property safe:

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Want a Successful Summer Landscape? Here’s How.

You want to maintain a healthy and inviting commercial property, even through the heat of the summer. And you want to present a professional image to tenants, visitors and employees, even when the thermometer is pushing triple digits.

Whether you manage a corporate campus, a commercial office property, or even a hotel or resort, it’s important to keep your trees, plants and turf looking their best.

Here are a few things you can do to insure a successful commercial landscape this summer:

 

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Top Cleanup Services to Include in Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

 

It's important to make sure that your property is in tip-top shape at all times, and that starts with your landscaping. Landscaping is the face of your commercial property, and it should be a top priority when it comes to your property’s upkeep and maintenance.

Maintaining your commercial landscape is important not only for its visual appeal, but for the health of your landscape.

Here are a few of the services that you should be including in your commercial landscape maintenance contract:

 

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The Accordion Effect

It's one of the most common questions we’re asked when we start working with new clients.

How many people will you send out to our property at each landscape service visit?

If the previous landscaper had a 4-person crew servicing the site, and your landscape didn’t look the way you wanted it to, it’s logical to assume that throwing more people at the problem is the answer, right?

Not always. Here’s why:

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Ideas for a Sustainable Landscape for Your Commercial Property

The idea of a “sustainable landscape” can mean many different things to many different people, but at its most basic level, the term refers to the practice of minimizing the utilization of non-renewable and non-native plant materials. Following are a few ideas to consider if you’re seeking to make your commercial landscaping more sustainable.

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Use These Irrigation Trends for Landscape Maintenance

Conserving water is a top priority for commercial landscape service providers. We are always looking for technologies that save water, while providing sufficient water to the landscape. Unpredictable weather conditions increase the need to conserve water, especially during periods of summer heat and drought.

 

Technologies for Water Preservation

The commercial irrigation industry is constantly working on new technologies that help preserve water without impacting the service provider’s ability to keep our clients’ landscapes looking their best. Some of the most popular trends in smart irrigation are listed here.

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Ways Landscaping Helps Your Bottom Line

Landscaping adds value to your commercial property and helps create a remarkable first impression for your clients, tenants, and customers. In this article, we’ll list some of the ways your landscape benefits your property.

Professionally designed plantings of trees, shrubs, flowers, and new grass can transform your site into a Class A looking property faster than any other capital investment. How does the process work? Ideas for improving the appearance of the property should be presented to you, long before a shovel touches the ground. The landscape professionals bring their own ideas to the table, and together with your vision and requirements, they help you create a plan to achieve your goals.

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Tips When Starting Up Your Irrigation System

When it comes to the management of your commercial property’s landscape, securing and maintaining an adequate water source is essential. For most commercial property’s landscapes, an automatic irrigation system is an effective method to provide the required amount of water over the property’s landscaped areas. To keep your landscape looking its best, your commercial landscaping service partner must continuously monitor and adjust your property's irrigation system.  Professional monitoring of the system not only helps to maintain plant health, but also helps you conserve water and saves on extra, unneccesary water expenses.

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The Best Spring Flowering Shrubs to Use for Commercial Properties

Flowers depict the arrival of spring. They’re bright, colorful and provide a delicately cheerful scent that fills the air. All quite welcoming after the grey gloom of winter. Spring flowers and shrubs are perfect for adding some color your commercial property. Hire a knowledgeable commercial landscaping service to help you select different shrubs and flowers appropriate for your property. The colorful flowers with their refreshing scent will help your visitors, tenants, employees and shoppers feel relaxed and welcome at your property.

The vibrant and lively colors of exotic flowers and shrubs add another dimension to your commercial property and add to the overall value of the spaces you own and manage.

Investing in high-quality landscaping to improve the look and feel of your property with flowers sets up your business for success. It’s like a gift that gives back! The inviting hues of spring flowers will attract the attention of customers and tenants to your property by investing in landscape maintenance.

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