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Charleston Intern Experiences the Value of Building Solid Relationships

This is a guest post, written by Alic, about his intern experience with us this summer.

I met Yellowstone Landscape in 2016 during the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Mississippi State. This past spring, at the same competition I was approached by their recruiter, Lisa Hall, who remembered me from the previous year. This simple act stood out to me and after several conversations, I accepted an internship with Yellowstone Landscape for the summer of 2017. Approaching the internship, I had high anticipation for what Charleston, South Carolina had in store and it has not disappointed!

Throughout my career as a Kansas State student, I have taken many classes that pertain to the landscape industry. I have gained experience through those classes and other internships that have enhanced the value of my time here at Yellowstone Landscape. With previous experience in estimating, my Mentor and I structured my internship to focus mostly around that area of the landscape construction process.

My days are often spent in the office where I devote time looking through plans and discovering how they are built. Once the plan is reviewed it’s then time to do a take-off. Using a specialized program, I count the areas and estimate quantities of products like mulch, concrete, sod, pavers, etc. to ultimately determine the project cost. It is a lot like completing a puzzle where each piece has a price, including mark-ups and labor. If pieces are missed, the cost of the bid will not be precise, so accuracy is key.

When learning how these projects are put together, it’s easy to see how much information and detail are needed. Every day I learn something new. I have spent time in the field where knowing Spanish is an asset and contacted suppliers and clients where it is imperative to be patient and polite. I have also learned the value of time management and organization to meet key deadlines. These are just a few of the countless skills I have improved during my time at Yellowstone Landscape.

My time spent in Charleston is not limited to what I’ve experienced inside the office. I have also had the opportunity to network socially with the company at baseball games and dinners and observe how relationships are built within other areas of our industry.

Overall Charleston is a beautiful place and Yellowstone Landscape is an awesome company! I recommend this Internship experience to anyone considering the landscape industry as a career.

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Port St. Lucie Intern Falls in Love!

 

This is a guest post, written by Emily, about her intern experience with us this summer.

 

This summer I’ve had the pleasure of being an Intern at the Yellowstone Landscape, Port Saint Lucie Branch where I have been exposed to an entirely new world - the world of professional landscaping! Between mowing lawns, detailing palm trees, installing irrigation systems, and applying fertilizers and pesticides, I have gained an enormous amount of experience. These skills will be essential to my success in the future, as I’m certain this is the industry for me.

Before this summer, I had only been exposed to farming and small-scale horticultural practices, such as planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables, at my university’s gardens. As I went through each of the rotations of the internship, I experienced a different aspect of landscape maintenance, and I’ve fallen in love!

Every department has its own unique and essential role, and every crew member’s attention to detail and commitment to creating and maintaining premier properties impressed me to no end. In fact, I was incredibly impressed by every department I worked with, and I’m proud to say I believe that the relationships I have made this summer will last a lifetime.

This summer I learned a very valuable life lesson, “go with the flow” and it will work out. There were times throughout the summer that people wouldn’t show up or the weather would interfere with our plan for the day and the common approach was to stay calm and let things work out. This was a new concept to me, being a college student, when disaster strikes you, act! But in “the real world”, acting isn’t always the best option. Sometimes, the best course of action is to wait and let the situation work itself out. This lesson has proven to be invaluable to me not only in a professional setting, but in my every-day life. This summer has taught me more than how to operate a lawnmower and how to troubleshoot an irrigation clock; it has taught me how to be a more functional, professional, and go-with-the-flow adult with a tremendously useful skillset. I am grateful for my experiences with the crews and my Mentor and wouldn’t trade them for anything!

 

 

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Houston Construction Intern Applies Classroom Knowledge with Field Experience

This is a guest post, written by Blake, about his intern experience with us this summer.

 

Interning with the Houston Central Branch has been an experience unlike anything I expected.  As a Construction Intern, I was exposed to many new things and many different management styles.  Although I was assigned one Mentor, all four Project Managers stepped in to mentor me and make sure I got the most out of my internship.  Whether it be through shadowing, supervising crews, or helping manage projects.  I was exposed to everything that goes into project management and was able to apply what I am learning in school with those experiences, which is extremely valuable.

During my internship I experienced site analysis, plan take off’s, estimates, procurement and ordering, working on crews and managing crews.  I also participated in punch walks and pre-construction meetings, gaining an understanding of business language, client engagement and meeting topics which I found very valuable.

My favorite internship experience was a sustainability project at a landfill where we planted 60,000 grasses.  The process, known as Phytoremediation, uses various grasses and trees to clean pollutants and leachate water from the landfill so it can be recycled.  As part of this project, I attended client meetings and experienced behind the scenes discussions.  I also participated in the project start up, helped unload the 60,000 grasses, and saw the project through to the end.  Applying my knowledge of sustainability and water recycling from classroom studies in school was extremely valuable throughout this process.

Interning with Yellowstone Landscape has been a blessing and everything I could ask for in furthering my education in the landscape industry.  These lessons learned, as well as the importance of safety for all employees, and to be proactive rather than reactive, I will carry with me throughout my career.  I am forever grateful for my experience at Yellowstone Landscape and for the many opportunities provided by the managers and mentors I am working with.

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Infographic: Economic Benefits of Green Spaces

It's something we've written about many times before, but the economic impact of green spaces really is remarkable. Check out this infographic we created to share some facts about just how important professionally managed landscapes are.

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Spruce Up Your Commercial Landscape by Planting Some New Trees

Maintaining your commercial landscape is a task that is important to you. Not only does your landscaping say a great deal about how well your property is maintained, it brings countless benefits to you and your community. While it’s obvious that trees offer energy-saving and health benefits, there are at least two reasons to plant some new trees on your commercial property today: appearance and property value.


Appearance
A quick and fairly inexpensive way to make your landscaping appear more sophisticated is to plant new trees. Research has shown that commercial areas with trees are more attractive to shoppers and tenants. By simply planting some trees and properly maintaining them, you’re able to stimulate economic development. In addition to providing a beautiful environment, trees offer shade and reduced energy costs which are valuable to you and your customers. A laboratory experiment also claims that visual exposure to settings with trees reduces recovery time from a stressful situation. Adding some trees to your commercial landscape will not only add beauty but peace.


Property Value
With an abundance of tree types available, the possibilities for improving your commercial landscape are endless. If you’re looking for a great way to increase your property value, trees are an excellent solution. If you’re looking to benefit from increased property value sooner than later, look for trees that are known for their quick growth habit. Some examples of fast growing trees include Red Maple and Eastern White Pine. Because these types of trees grow quickly, it’s important to plant them in a suitable area and have them properly maintained. If you don’t need fast growing trees, there are plenty of trees to select based on other requirements.


A great way to improve the overall appearance of your commercial landscape is to plant new trees. In order to ensure that the right trees are selected for your specific landscape, consult the professionals at Yellowstone Landscape today.

 

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Commercial Landscaping and Ideas for Curb Appeal

Property Management professionals know that the landscaping around their property needs to stand out. When a beautiful landscape catches the eye it’s because the landscape designer’s ideas for curb appeal were successfully executed by a talented group of Landscape Professionals. A noteworthy landscape ensures your property is known for miles around and, thanks to social media, it might even become known to people around the world. But how do you know which ideas to improve your curb appeal will look the best?

Begin with Your Entrance

The entrance to your property should draw visitors in. It creates a focal point and serves as the first impression for your property. It should clearly guide visitors to the main access point of your community or your commercial office property’s main lobby area. One of the main ideas for curb appeal is to ensure that all the pathways and surrounding shrubs, flowers and trees make all your visitors feel welcome, whether they’re a first time visitor or a long term resident or tenant. The use of high-quality plant materials and other landscape elements will guarantee that your property’s focal point is beautiful and effective at guiding people where to go.

Changing with The Seasons

To make certain that the property is noticeable, whatever the season you are in, great ideas for curb appeal include planning for the changes that will occur to the plants, shrubs, and trees throughout the year. With proper advanced planning, our landscape service teams will be able to provide scenery changes aligned to each of the four seasons. Your curb appeal will last all year round because your property will remain colorful and engaging with each change of the season. This thoughtful planning reflects well on your property and demonstrates the care that you and your provider put into making your landscaping looks its best.

For more ideas for curb appeal, contact your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional today!

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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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6 Landscaping Amenities to Consider for Your Commercial Property

With regular lawn maintenance, your commercial property is going to look stunning. However, a few extra amenities can take it to the next level by creating an area tenants, employees and guests can enjoy. Whether you’re working within a city setting with limited space, or a large corporate office campus, the right landscape partner will have solutions that make your outdoor space inviting.

 

Consider adding some of the following useful and appealing touches to your commercial green space:

 

The First Amenity to Always Consider - Furniture

Encourage people to enjoy their lunches or breaks outside with sufficient furniture. You can acquire some amazing patio sets so that groups of individuals can get together. You can also add benches where people can relax for a few moments.

Nothing beats having a barbecue in the middle of summer. Your tenants will love having an area to grill burgers and hot dogs, especially if it is an apartment complex where they would be unable to have a grill otherwise. Professional offices might find a grilling space useful for team outings in the summer.

Make Your Landscape Shine with Thoughtful Lighting

While the sun lights the way during the day, you want something that will allow people to enjoy the scenery on cloudy days and evenings as well. Consider an energy efficient lighting option so that you do not increase your monthly electric bills too much.

Pathway lighting adds that extra touch that takes your landscape from pretty to sophisticated.

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Combat High Water Usage with a Cistern

You need an irrigation system in place that allows you to keep trees and flowers growing healthily. However, constantly having the sprinklers running can quickly add up and is not great for the environment. By installing a cistern on your commercial property, you can easily collect rainwater, and use that to water your foliage.

Consider a Decorative Fire Pit for Function and Style

Many different variations exist for fire pits. Consider a gas pit with decorative stone and cozy seating. Numerous styles exist for these pits, so you can find one that perfectly complements the rest of your property’s aesthetic. Allow users to control gas fire pits with a timer. This also ensures that it will not stay on all night when people head home.

Could Fencing be That Finishing Touch?

A fence around your commercial property does more than just add an attractive flourish to the edges of your beautiful green space. It also adds some security. Wood or metal? Security, aesthetics, or both? Your landscape designer will help you choose a fence that flows well with your overall look.

A Water Fixture Takes Your Space to the Next Level

Ponds and fountains are calming and eye-catching features. People can gather around and enjoy the soothing sound of running water. Worried about keeping up with this substantial addition? Leave it to your landscaper who will include fountain maintenance in the regular maintenance plan.

Partner with the Right Landscape Provider

From start to finish, design to regular maintenance, Yellowstone Landscape offers first-class commercial landscaping services. Get in touch with our team today by calling 407.512.5714. We look forward to working together to achieve the ultimate look for your property.

 

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Landscaping and Brand Image - What Is Your Curb Appeal Saying to Potential Customers?

Curb appeal is important for any business. Whether you have an apartment complex, office building or a public institution, you want to convey the right image to everyone driving by.

You don’t want people to steer clear of your organization because your landscape has fallen into a state of disarray. Consider what an outsider would think of your building just from looking at the surrounding property. Is it eye-catching? Is it representative of your business standards?

Following are some questions to consider when it comes to your office’s curb appeal.

What is Our “Personality”?

Many business owners have difficulty figuring out what kind of aesthetic they should go with for their property’s landscape. An easy place to start is with your company culture. A whimsical company may consider something outside the box and colorful. A more traditional firm might go for something clean cut and neutral. Whatever your culture, understand that a messy, unstructured landscape might inadvertently convey a lack of quality control to others.

Have You Considered Outdoor Meeting Areas?

Some businesses need to be straightforward and conduct all business inside. However, you should think about whether your company could benefit from some outdoor seating areas. Office buildings can promote a renewing lunch break for their employees by including some tables amongst shaded foliage. Corporate properties can welcome clients and guests with meeting spots on patios and in courtyards. Some other amenities to consider include umbrellas for shade and decorative fountains.

Does Your Landscape Work With or Against Signage?

While a properly maintained landscape is important, it is also vital that potential customers are able to see your business’s sign. It is possible to find plants that work well to complement any signage. Placing a sign in a flower bed delivers a bright and vibrant first impression for your company. Remember, you want the landscaping around your sign to be well maintained and not overgrown.

What’s Good for the Entire Year?

You don’t want the front of your property to only be attractive for half the year. You want something that is going to be manageable all year round. This means employing the proper maintenance practices for the season you’re in. For example, in cold weather, ensuring all your walkways are kept free of ice. A reliable landscape provider will offer a maintenance schedule that meets your needs in every season.
Every square foot of your property is a chance to create a positive impression for your business.

Yellowstone Landscape can help you achieve the perfect aesthetic to fit your business needs. Contact our team by calling 407.512.5714 today.

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5 Commercial Landscape Trends for 2017

2017 presents an opportunity to reflect on your business and see where you can improve. One area you don't want to overlook is your landscape. Think about the last time you had some maintenance done on the property.

Here are a few trends poised to be very popular in the coming year. See if any of these trends spark your interest:

1. Bold
With so many landscaping options available these days, there is no reason to settle for the ordinary. Your commercial lawn can make a statement. Fully express what your company is all about while conveying overall brand image. Feel free to push the boundaries and go for something that is incredibly distinctive. When patrons look back on their time at your property, they are going to remember it.

2. Bright
In the past few years, bright colors have dominated landscaping conversations. One trend that is certain to make a splash in 2017 is the frequent decision to pair opposite colors. In the past, commercial managers would stick with colors that were fairly close together, such as red and pink. Now, commercial landscape owners are discovering the advantages of pairing colors that are complimentary, such as yellow and purple.

3. Contemporary
With many companies pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation, the same philosophy is being applied to landscapes. Contemporary designs include stacked layers and clean lines. Steel and glass are more frequently used in construction. This makes properties look right at home in the 21st century.

4. Versatile
Versatility is one of the most important aspects a landscape can have. It is great if you can effortlessly transform your commercial lawn into a quiet retreat during the fall, and a cheerful hosting space during the spring and summer. Perhaps your green space furnishings include shade and umbrellas during hotter months, and attractive patio heaters during cold months.

Likewise, your landscaping doesn't have to look barren in winter. A landscape maintenance provider understands which plants will stay attractive year-round. And potted plants can easily be moved or changed out temporarily to meet current needs.

5. Eco-Friendly
Commercial property owners look for ways to reduce impact on the environment. Consider opting for LED outdoor lighting or installing a newer, more efficient irrigation system. Going green also means creating a landscape that is well-suited for wildlife so that birds and other innocuous critters maintain a natural habitat, without feeling like pests.


These trends can be a fantastic jumping off point if you are ready for professional landscape design. Yellowstone Landscape can help manage and maintain your commercial landscape space. Give our expert team a call at 407.512.5714 to get started.

 

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