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Central Houston Design Intern Builds Confidence Through Experience!

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

I am a Junior at Texas Tech University, majoring in Landscape Architecture and this is my first internship! The program at Yellowstone Landscape has helped me develop field knowledge giving me a solid foundation for school and my professional career in the future.

Working under Bryn Coubrough, Landscape Designer at the Central Houston Branch, has been a fun and educational experience.  From learning quick and efficient ways to use programs like photoshop, to plant identification of new materials at the plant nursery and tree farm, and shadowing meetings held with board members of HOAs, it was easy to apply my new knowledge to my intern project, Landpark!

Landpark is a commercial office building property located near the southside of Houston, TX.  The client wanted a complete redesign of the outdoor areas and I did everything from measuring the property during the site visit, creating a series of 3D photoshop renderings, and developing the AutoCAD plans.  Being responsible for designing a property for a “real” client is an exciting experience.  This project allowed me to make educated decisions with confidence, knowing that I am proposing a functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable design for the property.

I feel fortunate to have spent this summer working with Yellowstone Landscape.  This company, and the people in this work community have taught me a lot of things that will help me as I pursue my career, but they have also provided experiences that will help me throughout my life.

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Software Intern Learns the Importance of Good Communication!

This guest post was written by Steven, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

As a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Information Systems, I went into this internship with no knowledge of what a landscape company does or a desire to work in the industry. Accepting this internship is one of the best decisions I have made to build my skillset for a professional career. I was unsure of which industry to enter postgraduate but interning with Yellowstone Landscape has taught me that I can go into any type of industry and succeed, no matter how uncertain I may be.

Throughout my internship I worked on a special project relating to the rollout of a new company-wide software program and the challenges that come with it. I was involved in researching challenges that came with the rollout of this software and finding solutions for improvements. While working on this project I met with all users including; Branch, Business Development, Account, and Office Managers, and various supervisors. This was a great opportunity to learn the ups and downs of implementing a new information system, while hearing the perspectives of upper management all the way to the field workers. This gave me a better understanding of how my actions and the implementation of an information system is perceived and affects the users. I also learned the challenges of implementing a new system and how to manage them to positively impact the employees and the company. My greatest take-away is the importance of communication. When implementing a new system, you must be willing to receive feedback, both positive and negative, to develop improvements and make the system user friendly.

As an Information Systems major, I imagined my entire time would be spent in an office behind a computer, but I was wrong! On several occasions I was given the opportunity to do field work, which got me out of the office, and gave me a better perspective of the work behind the numbers and data loaded into the system. This experience added to the versatility of my internship. It has also taught me when considering a career after graduation, to look for a position that includes diverse responsibilities and opportunities in different areas of a company.

This internship taught me how to utilize the tools and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom in an efficient and professional manner. I also developed a lot of my soft skills, especially communication, and I could not be more grateful for the experience and opportunities I have been provided by Yellowstone Landscape!

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Winter Plants for Your Commercial Property

Plants are an essential part of our lives. We might not realize it, but plants bring comfort, color, and vibrancy to otherwise dull places. During the winter, when trees are barren, your property’s landscape can look pretty gloomy and unappealing. Here are some beautiful winter plants suggested by commercial property landscape experts that are low maintenance and will definitely add life to the melancholy of the winter season.

 

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Winter Safety Issues in Your Landscape

For property managers, winter brings new safety concerns to your commercial landscape. It’s the responsibility of the property manager to ensure tenant and visitor safety and security throughout the year, including during the wintertime. And winter is when many of the most costly hazards happen; primarily due to slip and fall claims.

This is why property maintenance, upkeep, and landscaping are year-round jobs, and the duties and responsibilities of property managers aren’t just limited to warmer seasons.

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Protect Your Commercial Property’s Landscape This Winter

Some people think that once winter hits, landscaping companies shut down and wait for spring. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Protecting your commercial property’s landscape during the winter season is a big responsibility for your landscape contractor. While you may not see mow crews and pruning going on each week, there is still plenty to do.

If you have a landscape provider that doesn’t help you protect your landscape in the winter, then consider hiring a professional landscape company before the upcoming winter season arrives. Failing to care for your landscape through the winter will dramatically reduce the appearance and value of your property.

 

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Snow & Ice Services You Should Include In Your Commercial Landscaping Contract This Winter

Falling snow is one of nature’s most beautiful displays. Unfortunately, snow turns into a problem when it starts to pile up on your commercial property. When it covers driveways, parking lots, and walkways, it can bring your business activity to a standstill.

The timely management of ice and snow issues on your property is critical to the safety of your clients and help keeps the business operating properly.

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Environmental Benefits of EFI Technology for Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Yellowstone Landscape is committed to providing high quality landscapes for our clients. We also understand that we must provide our services with as little environmental impact as possible. One of the ways we reduce our environmental impact is through our continued investment in equipment powered by modern, commercial EFI engines.

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What is IPM and How Does it Benefit Your Commercial Landscape?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process to manage pest problems, while reducing risks to people and the environment. IPM is used to eliminate all types of pests, in agriculture, urban, natural, and wildland areas. IPM is based on a strategy that aims for the long-term elimination of pests and their potential for landscape damage, through a variety of techniques such as habitat manipulation, biological control, planting of pest-resistant varieties, and use of a modification of cultural practices to secure your commercial landscape.

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Tips on Tree Root Care

A tree’s roots aren’t always underground. They can grow above ground, in open air, and even underwater. All they need to grow is an environment that supplies oxygen, water, warmth, and nutrients to it. They grow without predefined patterns, adapting to their surroundings as opportunities present.

Caring for tree roots is all about understanding the growth of the root and providing the necessary means for proper growth. If you see big roots sticking out of the ground, snaking or curling on the soil’s surface around a tree, sometimes it indicates other underlying issues. The roots of the tree normally grow just below ground, in the top 11 to 17 inches of soil. Their overall spread is much wider than most people realize, but they don’t show on the surface unless they’re forced to. The roots of the tree are primarily exposed in one of two cases:

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5 Landscape Maintenance Tasks for the Fall

Fall is almost here. Temperatures will be dropping, leaves will start changing color, pumpkin-spice everything will make its yearly comeback, and stores will soon be putting out their Christmas displays.

As in any business, timing is everything in the commercial landscaping. There are certain landscape maintenance tasks that should be completed at specific times of the year. Doing the right things, at the right time will result in your property reaping the benefits of a carefully coordinated and scheduled landscape maintenance plan. The best way to secure a great looking landscape is to partner with an experienced commercial landscaping company to keep your commercial property in great shape for the fall season. Here are a few landscape maintenance tasks to get ready your landscape ready for fall:

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