Because we evolved from an engineering background as well as a landscaping services background, we have design/build capabilities that no other landscape company have. It is also because we evolved from professional engineering and into the landscape and construction industry that we have developed our trade practices based upon engineering theory, scientific data, and nationally recognized construction methods by accredited organizations. Most business owners in the industry follow certain trade practices because it is the way they were trained by a former employer. Over the decades certain practices have been developed which no one can justify by scientific data or even common sense reasons. A good example of this is the use of wheat straw for establishing turf grass. Wheat straw in most cases actually hinders the establishment of good turf grasses. If you think about it; have you ever seen a professional sod farmer that used wheat straw to establish the turf grass for sod in their fields?
All of our employees are full time. We do not hire individuals on a 1099 basis and broker work out to them like many companies. We self perform over 95% of the services that we offer. The work that we subcontract is only to reputable, experienced, and licensed professionals that we use on a routine basis. We typically use only one subcontractor per trade. We prefer to develop relationships with the subcontractors so that we receive great service and fair pricing. We do not bid out every bit of subcontractor work and give it to the cheapest quote like many other companies that are more concerned about their profit margins than the service they are providing to their customer. We have high expectations of our employees. We expect our technical laborers and foreman to have and always aspire to develop more high quality trade skills and talents. If they cannot develop expert trade skills at an adequate pace and act in a professional manner for a high quality service provider, then we dismiss them. In fact most all of our rejects are hired to become supervisors or foreman by our competitors.