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U is for upper management The plummeting economy hit the construction division of Andre Landscape Service, Azusa, Calif., hard. So owner Jeremy Andre decided it was time to get leaner – much leaner. “I’ve made management and salesperson cuts throughout the landscape maintenance, landscape construction and tree divisions,” Andre says. “And I cut upper management and pretty much all my sales staff in my construction division.” Although the company’s revenue increased in 2009, Andre saw signs of the economic slowdown even then. “Then it went really bad this year,” Andre says. As a result, the company’s construction division now has one superintendent managing and running the field and one employee handling sales. Andre says cutting upper management allowed him to hold onto those employees in the field he needs most. And there are still plenty of salespeople on board in the maintenance and tree divisions. “They’re actively pursuing a lot of sales right now,” Andre adds. Yet odds are, the company won’t be adding upper management positions back in the construction division anytime soon. “I see things staying lean for a while,” Andre says. – JC
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K is for keeping focused The Greenery decided to distinguish itself from its competition this year by focusing on ways to exceed customers’ expectations. Lee Edwards, CEO of the company in Hilton Head Island, S.C., says that punctuality is key. The Greenery has in-house training programs to instruct employees on calling back customers within four hours and having friendly interactions with both residential and corporate customers. The employees also do role playing so they can project a good image and high level of professionalism. “People see somebody who is walking around their yard grumbling and gruff looking – it just doesn’t give as good a feeling as if somebody says ‘good morning’ or ‘how are you?’” he says. Edwards says the company has always had a focus on customer service, but the new training program helps employees learn how to handle certain situations. “It’s like that old saying: ‘Customer service isn’t a department, it’s an attitude,’” Edwards says. “If somebody needs something, you’re the person who needs to take care of it.” – BG L is for LEED It’s all about LEED for Thornton, Colo.-based Urban Farmer. The landscape construction, maintenance and reclamation company has made a name for itself vying on projects that pursue LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – and it’s paying off. Last year, the company increased its revenue by 1.3 percent, and it’s poised for another 1.5 percent jump in 2010, thanks in no small part to the fact that “80 to 90 percent of the jobs we’re doing are LEED at some level,” says Sean Lynam, head of business development. That’s why a number of Urban Farmer employees – including Lynam, a vice president, an estimator and a project manager – are working on obtaining LEED certification. “We’ve done enough jobs that are LEED that we’re in the loop on what’s going on with it, but getting our LEED certifications will bring us up to speed so we can speak intelligently and know how our piece is affecting the overall project,” Lynam says. Even when the company isn’t working on LEED projects, it still emphasizes sustainability. “For us, when it’s LEED-certified, there’s not a whole lot we do differently than any other project,” Lynam says. “It’s just going in and making sure we’re hitting those milestones and requirements, whether it’s installing an all-drip irrigation system or catchbasins for rainwater.” – JC
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B is for best practices The last couple of years have not been the ideal time to scour the markets to find new business partners and advisers. Too bad the executive team at Teufel Landscape has had no other option. Just last year, during the height of the recession, Teufel executives received a call from their banker – a partner, an adviser and a reliable source for credit for more years and decades than many employees have worked for the company. The bank was closing its lending business. Teufel needed to find a new credit source as quickly as possible. “It could not have been a worse time to look for a banker,” says Rick Christensen, landscape division manager and a veteran of almost three decades with the company. But that one drastic moment spurred Portland-based Teufel to examine and change major chunks of its business. Executives drafted a revised and realistic budget, recommitted to employee education and training, increased communication with both employees and customers with a monthly newsletter, and even found a way for the company to fund itself. Those best practices might not seem big, but they have paid big dividends. “We’re now at a point where we’re comfortable with our size,” Christensen says. – Matt LaWell
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O is for organic Canada has some of the most restrictive measures on the use of pesticides. Because of this, Weed Man, headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, had to change the entire way it does business. Just ask Chris Lemcke, director of technical services. The company learned early on that fighting the pesticide ban was futile because the tide was too strong. Instead of spending all its resources trying to reverse the tide, Weed Man hopped the crest of the wave and rode it instead. Now, at the forefront of research and development of organic pesticides, Weed Man is not just surviving, it’s thriving while many of its Canadian competitors have been sucked under. Weed Man recognizes that south of the border, organic lawn care is a growing business segment. “More of our U.S. landscape industry professionals are looking to organic solutions to expand their market and grow their businesses as they realize that more restrictive pesticide legislation in the U.S. is inevitable,” says Lemcke. Organic pesticides can’t deliver the exact same results as traditional controls, so, it also requires some re-education. Weed Man’s technicians must work with customers to inform them that they should not expect a weed-free lawn in the future. – TC CLICK TO ENLARGEQ is for quality management Dale Micetic, president of the landscape division of Phoenix-based ISS Grounds Control, understands that service providers need to “close the back door” to keep clients happy. “You can bring all the contracts in the front door, but if you can’t close the back door you’re just churning out relationships,” Micetic says. “You’re churning through money and you’re losing the opportunity to gain long-term relationships.” Micetic instituted the Quality Counts program to monitor employee performance and customer satisfaction. ISS Grounds Control looks for process improvements by going out and rating levels of care in all aspects of landscaping. If they see something that can be improved, they instruct the workers and return later for a follow-up inspection. The company also hired a firm to create e-mail surveys for clients. Micetic likes e-mail because he thinks clients are more open with their feedback than they are in face-to-face critiques. “The goal is to build longevity in your relationships,” he says. “You do that through understanding the customers.” He says companies should ask their clients two questions: “What are we doing well?” and “What makes it difficult to work with our company?” – BG
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J is for job measuring Fertilizer is included in the residential and commercial maintenance programs offered by Villa Park Landscape in Orange, Calif. “Our customers love it, because our jobs always look good and we do not have to hassle property managers with proposals that have to be approved every three months in order to spend money on fertilizer,” owner Javier Reyes says. But when fertilizer costs soared, Reyes started scrutinizing his company’s fertilizer use. He discovered the company was over-fertilizing, its spreaders were not calibrated, and its laborers did not know how to use the spreaders effectively. To remedy these inefficiencies, he got rid of battered spreaders and focused on maintaining properly calibrated ones. And the company started using Google Earth to measure accurate square footage for every jobsite. By separating turf from planter beds and slopes, employees can accurately measure square footage and calculate the exact amount of fertilizer needed per job site. “Our foremen and supervisors used to eyeball turf areas and request eight 50-pound bags,” Reyes says. “We realized in some cases we were applying as much as three times the amount of necessary fertilizer. Now we can continue to provide this service and it’s not killing us financially.” – Julie Collins
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D is for diversifying To diversify their company, David Snodgrass, president of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers in Portland, Ore., and his partners, brothers Dean and Drew, went back to the foundation their grandparents built more than 80 years ago and bought back a group of garden centers. The purchase helped stabilize the 200-plus employee company’s balance sheet: 24 percent of its $18.5 million in revenue last year came from residential design/build; 28 percent from commercial bid/build; 18 from landscape maintenance and 29 percent from retail.  “It bucks the economy trend,” Snodgrass says of his retail division’s performance this year – up when other areas are stable or down. “That goes back to the diversification – the green industry is never hitting on all cylinders in all areas. Sometimes there are pockets of strength and pockets of weakness. Being diversified allows us to leverage the pockets of strength into the pockets of weakness.” – Chuck Bowen

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