Landscape Workshop https://landscapeworkshop.com Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:33:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Adding Value to Your Outdoor Space with Landscape Lighting https://landscapeworkshop.com/adding-value-to-your-outdoor-space-with-landscape-lighting/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/adding-value-to-your-outdoor-space-with-landscape-lighting/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:00:30 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7578 With fall approaching, the days of lingering sunshine and later sunsets will soon give way to shorter days and early, dark nights. The good news is, you and your patrons can enjoy a safe and functional property well beyond the hours of daylight with the help of landscape lighting. Whether your property is home to […]

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With fall approaching, the days of lingering sunshine and later sunsets will soon give way to shorter days and early, dark nights. The good news is, you and your patrons can enjoy a safe and functional property well beyond the hours of daylight with the help of landscape lighting. Whether your property is home to residents coming and going at all hours or a business serving customers well into the evening, landscape lighting ensures that you get the most out of your property 24/7. To help you get started, we sat down with General Manager Austin McClure to outline each step.

Inspiration and Design
Start off by designing a layout. The best way to do this is to walk the property at night, keeping your eyes peeled for any areas you want to illuminate. Create a  rough sketch as you go, taking note of trip hazards, walkways, steps, entrances, exits, and seating areas. Lighting comes in a variety of styles and techniques, so it’s crucial to consider what best suits your property. Both residential and commercial properties benefit from lighting for relatively the same reasons, namely added safety, security, and functionality.

Light Selection
Now that you have a layout in mind, it’s time to select the right lights for the job. There are many different types of outdoor lighting, and they all have different uses. For instance, spotlights and floodlights can be used for highlighting, up-lighting and down-lighting, all of which enhance security. Pathway lights, deck lights and well lights are best for Illuminating pathways, patios, decks, columns and buildings. Consider what you need each light to do, and select the fixtures that provide the proper techniques.

Installation
Finally, it’s time to bring your design to life. If you haven’t done so already, we recommend hiring a professional at this point to install the lights. This ensures the job is done properly and provides the desired results. Now, you can truly get the most out of your landscape, day or night!

Interested in landscape lighting for your property? Give Landscape Workshop a call to find out how our experienced team can help you!

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LW Receives NALP Award of Excellence https://landscapeworkshop.com/lw-receives-nalp-award-of-excellence/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/lw-receives-nalp-award-of-excellence/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:15:29 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7552 Landscape Workshop is honored to receive a 2019 Silver Award of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) for its work at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The memorial opened in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama and serves to commemorate the victims of racial injustice in American history.   Landscape Workshop began […]

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Landscape Workshop is honored to receive a 2019 Silver Award of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) for its work at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The memorial opened in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama and serves to commemorate the victims of racial injustice in American history.

 

Landscape Workshop began working with The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in May 2018 and initially focused on addressing draining issues and erosion on the property. By improving catch basins and installing both a remote access irrigation system and additional French drains, the team was able to monitor water flow and reduce water spots. The walking path that runs throughout the garden, originally made of pea gravel, was redesigned with concrete. This eliminated the erosion issues and provided a smoother path for visitors. Currently, Landscape Workshop provides grounds maintenance, irrigation support and monitoring, mulching, 7 lawn treatments, 5 seasonal color change outs, turf overseeding, and any needed enhancements.

 

The NALP Awards of Excellence are bestowed annually and recognize exceptional work in commercial and residential landscape and lawn care installation, maintenance, and design across the U.S. Projects are evaluated based on on overall appearance, project difficulty, and appearance of several specific property elements. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the NALP Awards of Excellence.

Matthew Capps, General Manager of the Montgomery/Auburn branch, noted the significance of this award for everyone involved: “The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a major tourist attraction for the City of Montgomery and the State of Alabama, and this showcases the work of Landscape Workshop. This is such an honor for Landscape Workshop, but I’m excited for all the folks that are involved with The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, as this was their goal for the landscaping. I am really proud of our team because this is a testament to all of their hard work and effort.”

For more information about the NALP Awards of Excellence, click here.

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Employee Spotlight – Rebecca Cormier https://landscapeworkshop.com/employee-spotlight-rebecca-cormier/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/employee-spotlight-rebecca-cormier/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2019 16:14:46 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7530   While the majority of our team members are in the field, it takes several key employees behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. HR Generalist Rebecca Cormier is one of those key players! In her role, she handles new hire processing and terminations, coordinates benefits, ensures LW follows necessary policies and procedures, and […]

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While the majority of our team members are in the field, it takes several key employees behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. HR Generalist Rebecca Cormier is one of those key players! In her role, she handles new hire processing and terminations, coordinates benefits, ensures LW follows necessary policies and procedures, and also supports LW employees with any HR-related needs or questions. Becca attended Mississippi University for Women, where she graduated with honors in English and received a minor in Art History. She joined the LW team in April after serving as Store Manager for Pier 1 Imports. Since coming to Landscape Workshop, she has especially enjoyed the team environment and the work ethic and passion demonstrated by fellow colleagues. Outside the office, you can find her doing any number of creative hobbies, including baking, cooking, and party planning. She is also a total foodie and loves trying the newest restaurants around town. We are thankful to have Becca on the LW team!

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First and Second Quarter Lead Dog Awards https://landscapeworkshop.com/first-and-second-quarter-lead-dog-awards/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/first-and-second-quarter-lead-dog-awards/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:22:52 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7507 Please join us in congratulating Landscape Workshop’s most recent Lead Dog award recipients. These awards were distributed last week at Landscape Workshop’s quarterly meeting, where managers gather to review company performance, receive training, and set goals. It is tradition to close by recognizing the recent top performers across the company. Below are the well-deserving employees […]

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Please join us in congratulating Landscape Workshop’s most recent Lead Dog award recipients. These awards were distributed last week at Landscape Workshop’s quarterly meeting, where managers gather to review company performance, receive training, and set goals. It is tradition to close by recognizing the recent top performers across the company. Below are the well-deserving employees and branches who were named Lead Dog for the first and second quarters. Congratulations on a job well done!

Best Manager

Josh Lansdale – Account Manager

Josh joined LW in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing maintenance crews and a portfolio of commercial accounts in the Central Alabama branch. A recipient of the Lead Dog award for the first quarter, Josh demonstrates great leadership and directs the team in branch safety and daily exercises to prepare well for the day ahead.

Justin Webb – Business Development Manager 

Justin serves as Business Development Manager in the Memphis branch and is responsible for growing our portfolio of commercial accounts and managing client relationships throughout the metro-area. Justin stands out as a team player who is always eager to offer support to team members, while also increasing LW’s book of business in the Memphis area. His drive and can-do attitude are just a few of the reasons he was named Lead Dog in the first quarter.

Best Branch

Construction

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Alexander, the Construction division accomplished outstanding financial results and was named Best Branch for the first quarter.

Knoxville 

With terrific financial performance and a consistently impressive safety record, the Knoxville branch secured Best Branch honors for the second quarter.

Central Alabama – Irondale

The Irondale division of the Central Alabama branch was also named Best Branch for the second quarter. The team oversees all residential accounts in the area and successfully delivers both excellent work and top-notch customer service. The team also accomplished notable results in enhancements sales.

Congratulations to these hard-working team members!

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Landscape Workshop Among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies https://landscapeworkshop.com/landscape-workshop-among-americas-fastest-growing-private-companies/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/landscape-workshop-among-americas-fastest-growing-private-companies/#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:21:34 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7493 Landscape Workshop is thrilled to be named No. 4636 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list by Inc. magazine. The annual list is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and provides unique insight into the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and […]

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Landscape Workshop is thrilled to be named No. 4636 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list by Inc. magazine. The annual list is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and provides unique insight into the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Landscape Workshop is one of 63 Alabama-based companies to make the 2019 list.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. Landscape Workshop alone experienced a three-year average growth of 62 percent.http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

Thank you to Inc. magazine for this recognition, and congratulations to all 2019 Inc. 5000 companies! Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found here.

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The Intern Files | Parrish Pettway https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-parrish-pettway-2/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-parrish-pettway-2/#respond Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:24:09 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7468 In this final installment of the 2019 Intern Files, we’d like you to meet intern Parrish Pettway. Parrish will soon enter his final year at Mississippi State University, where he is studying Landscape Architecture & Contracting. This marks his second summer working in Landscape Workshop’s Construction division in the Central Alabama branch. Project Manager Will […]

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In this final installment of the 2019 Intern Files, we’d like you to meet intern Parrish Pettway. Parrish will soon enter his final year at Mississippi State University, where he is studying Landscape Architecture & Contracting. This marks his second summer working in Landscape Workshop’s Construction division in the Central Alabama branch. Project Manager Will Howell has mentored Parrish throughout his internships and has noticed his progression throughout this time. He explains, “Parrish is a second year intern, which has allowed him to dive right back into working with our team. He has taken on more responsibility on the job due to the trust he’s earned and the respect he continues to gain.”

How did you first become interested in the green industry?

I’ve always enjoyed working outside and creating something with my own hands. A friend and I started a small lawn care company in high school that took off quickly, and I soon realized that I could work outside and interact with all kinds of different people. I think that is what really drew me into the industry.

Why did you decide to intern with LW?

This is my second internship with Landscape Workshop. It was a very easy decision to come back. I really enjoy working with everyone, as they are all positive and happy and just enjoyable to be around. It makes the day go by faster and the work a little easier. Landscape Workshop is also a very bottom-up style company, which allows everyone to have a voice no matter what your roll is in the company. This often produces faster and easier ways of work, as well as a much better product.

What is a “typical” day like?

On a typical day, I arrive at the shop around 6:30 a.m. Then I am briefed on which crew I will be joining for the week, or simply the day, and the task at hand. Every day is different. Some days we can knock out over half a job, but other days we barely make a dent in the scope of work. Some jobs take a few days, while others take several months to complete. Sometimes we spend the day grading beds and areas for sod. Other days we may spend all day planting trees and making sure they are perfectly straight and in the correct spot. I guess the best part is that a “typical day” is never typical, and each day presents its own challenges to overcome.

What have you enjoyed most in your internship?

I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone. Everyone is easy to get along with and work alongside. They are also very open and willing to teach me new things or new ways of completing tasks that I have never seen before.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned this summer?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is just to keep your head down and work. There is no sense in complaining – just get your work done and move on to the next challenge.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I am currently on the fire department at school and recently completed an EMT course. I have been involved with the fire service for over 5 years now.

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New Team Member | Drew Stone https://landscapeworkshop.com/new-team-member-drew-stone/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/new-team-member-drew-stone/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 16:07:41 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7464 Please join us in welcoming new team member Drew Stone to the Landscape Workshop team! With 8 years of experience in recruiting and sales, Drew joins LW as our new Business Development Manager in the Huntsville, AL market. Drew most recently served as an IT recruiter for Internal Data Resources and has spent the last […]

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Please join us in welcoming new team member Drew Stone to the Landscape Workshop team! With 8 years of experience in recruiting and sales, Drew joins LW as our new Business Development Manager in the Huntsville, AL market. Drew most recently served as an IT recruiter for Internal Data Resources and has spent the last 11 years in Nashville, TN. He looks forward to helping Landscape Workshop expand its work in the Huntsville community. Outside of the office, Drew enjoys being outdoors and watching or playing sports. Welcome to the team, Drew!

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The Intern Files | Forrest Beasley https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-forrest-beasley/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-forrest-beasley/#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:54:14 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7444 In today’s installment of The Intern Files, we introduce you to Gulf Coast intern Forrest Beasley. Forrest studies Landscape Architecture & Contracting and will soon be entering his final year of school at Mississippi State University. His drive, work ethic, and willingness to get his hands dirty have made Forrest a tremendous asset to the team […]

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In today’s installment of The Intern Files, we introduce you to Gulf Coast intern Forrest Beasley. Forrest studies Landscape Architecture & Contracting and will soon be entering his final year of school at Mississippi State University. His drive, work ethic, and willingness to get his hands dirty have made Forrest a tremendous asset to the team this summer.

How did you first become interested in the green industry?
I have been involved in landscape maintenance since I was young. Through Mississippi State University I obtained company contacts and knowledge in the green industry.

Why did you decide to intern with LW?
The location of the Gulf Coast branch in Foley, Alabama was perfect for me. After graduation, I plan to be near the Alabama Gulf Coast.

What is a “typical” day like?

A typical day would be to arrive at the shop by 6:30 to load the truck up with water, tools, and machines. Most of these tools would depend on the required tasks that day. Throughout the day, we visit many properties, completing each thoroughly. While doing maintenance, each crew has a set number of specific properties each day, so the week becomes a routine. Each laborer knows their job when arriving to a property. Once the jobs are complete, we arrive back at the shop to clean out the truck and refuel. Each day is a new experience.

What have you enjoyed most in your internship?
I enjoyed the irrigation and lighting jobs that I have been a part of. I would like to specialize in each after graduation. I see the industry’s need for irrigation and lighting knowledge.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned this summer?
Maintaining something that has been installed poorly is always difficult.

Share a fun fact about yourself.
If I’m not working then I’m probably fishing.

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New Team Member | O’Neal Crawford https://landscapeworkshop.com/new-team-member-oneal-crawford/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/new-team-member-oneal-crawford/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 08:00:24 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7439 Meet the newest addition to the Landscape Workshop team, O’Neal Crawford. A graduate of Auburn University, she holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She comes to LW after spending seven years as the Director of Alumni and Community Affairs at Marion Military Institute. We are thrilled […]

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Meet the newest addition to the Landscape Workshop team, O’Neal Crawford. A graduate of Auburn University, she holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She comes to LW after spending seven years as the Director of Alumni and Community Affairs at Marion Military Institute. We are thrilled to have her onboard as an Account Manager in our floriculture department. In this new position, O’Neal is most looking forward to getting back into the green industry and learning from some of the industry’s best. Outside of work, she enjoys tending her vegetable garden, running, and chasing her two dogs. Welcome, O’Neal!

 

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The Intern Files | Alexis Middlebrooks https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-alexis-middlebrooks/ https://landscapeworkshop.com/the-intern-files-alexis-middlebrooks/#respond Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:26:49 +0000 https://landscapeworkshop.com/?p=7378 Today we’d like to introduce you to LW intern Alexis Middlebrooks. A Horticulture major at the University of Georgia, Alexis has proven herself diligent and determined throughout her time with the Central Alabama team. Account Manager Josh Lansdale describes Alexis as “hard-working, highly intelligent, and intuitive.” He adds, “Alexis was able to successfully dig in […]

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Today we’d like to introduce you to LW intern Alexis Middlebrooks. A Horticulture major at the University of Georgia, Alexis has proven herself diligent and determined throughout her time with the Central Alabama team. Account Manager Josh Lansdale describes Alexis as “hard-working, highly intelligent, and intuitive.” He adds, “Alexis was able to successfully dig in on every job she was assigned. These were not glamorous jobs. This was hard work that sometimes lasted several days. What she showed me is that she has grit and most definitely what it takes to have a successful career in the green industry.”

How did you first become interested in the green industry?

I have always been interested in agriculture. Poultry science was my introduction to factory farming, but I quickly shifted my focus to agronomy and then ornamental plants.

Why did you decide to intern with LW?

I believe in Landscape Workshop’s values and approach to business.

What is a “typical” day like?

Sweaty. Every day is different; there is no normal, but that’s what I like about landscaping. The common link between each day is a feeling of accomplishment and pride in the work I’ve done.

What have you enjoyed most in your internship?

I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone who works here. There hasn’t been a single person I’ve worked with that I wouldn’t want to work with every day.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far this summer?

Everything in landscaping is connected. We divide jobs into maintenance, enhancements, irrigation, and so on, but there is an overlap between each department. Every job depends on every department working together efficiently.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I am historian of UGA’s poultry science club, an ambassador of our College of Agriculture’s student philanthropy council, and banner chair of UGA’s Sigma Alpha agricultural sorority.

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