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Now is the Time to Plan for Spring Flowers

U.S. Lawns has decades of experience with spring flowers as part of our commercial landscaping maintenance offerings. If you’re a commercial property owner or manager, you understand the value that spring flowers can provide your landscape. Eye-catching seasonal color is a great way to catch the attention of visitors and passers-by while also conveying your business’ attention to detail. However, there are a few obstacles that could stand in your way of enjoying their full beauty this spring. Read on to see how U.S. Lawns starts preparing early to ensure your property looks sharp during every season. 

Make Sure Your Soil is in Good Shape

U.S. Lawns helps our customers keep their grounds in good shape through the winter chill. For instance, fall fertilization helps minimize winter damage and strengthens turf for a strong comeback in the Spring. We also ensure that your beds are free of debris before the snow falls. Great commercial landscaping maintenance like this helps prevent damage to your property. Once the snow melts, we’re able to get right back on task and provide services like aeration and fertilization when necessary to keep your plants and turf looking healthy and beautiful.

A Fully-Functioning Irrigation System

Your irrigation system will need to be in tip-top shape to keep your spring flowers looking pretty for as long as possible. Our commercial landscaping maintenance doesn’t just apply to your greenery – we’re also able to provide your irrigation system with comprehensive care. U.S. Lawns works to winterize our customers’ irrigation systems to help ensure they’ll be in good working order come springtime. Not only will we make sure your system is working well, we may offer solutions to save you money on your water bill. For instance, we might be able to upgrade your system with soil and atmospheric sensors to prevent overwatering. For many of our customers, this is a win for their budgets as well as their spring flowers. 

Get the Flowers You Want

You’re not the only property manager who’s interested in spring flowers – they’re a hot commodity in just about every community we serve. Because of their popularity, we’ve observed that nurseries may sell out of certain varieties quickly. If you have your heart set on a particular flower or color scheme (perhaps in your company’s colors), the sooner you reserve the color and variety you prefer, the sooner U.S. Lawns can help make sure you’re able to get the varieties you want. Of course, once they’re planted, we can help you keep them healthy and thriving for as long as possible, too.

Want to learn more about the many ways U.S. Lawns’ commercial landscaping maintenance programs integrate seasonal color into our customers’ properties? Contact us today!

  • November 21, 2019
  • Blog
landscape maintenance professionals

Quality Matters at U.S. Lawns

One of the many reasons that U.S. Lawns has been around for more than 30 years is that our team of landscape maintenance professionals value customer satisfaction above all else. We understand that your commercial landscape is the face of your business and we work hard to keep it looking great. Here’s a quick look at a few of the ways we prioritize quality at U.S. Lawns. 

We Focus on the Details

Unlike other commercial landscapers, U.S. Lawns seeks to work with our customers for years, so we get to know every inch of their properties. We provide services on an ongoing contractual basis rather than just stopping by when there’s a problem, allowing us to develop a deep understanding of your property’s needs and your landscaping goals. This knowledge lets us focus on the details in a way many of our competitors simply can’t. We get to know your soil, all your plants, and the layout of your hardscapes and other features. This helps us to identify problems early on while helping you keep things looking beautifully taken care of, day-to-day

We Plan Ahead

Our policy of looking toward the future allows us to anticipate problems before they arise. We can identify issues like underperforming irrigation systems and poor soil quality early, so that they can be fixed quickly, before they turn into larger and more expensive problems. Furthermore, our customers can rest assured that they’re in line to receive the plants they want (e.g. annuals) and services they need (e.g. storm cleanup). 

The U.S. Lawns difference is that we never want our clients to have to worry about a thing when it comes to their landscape – our thorough planning allows us to handle virtually everything related to the care and maintenance of your property. If you’re looking for a dedicated partner to simplify your property management, U.S. Lawns is the commercial landscaper for you.

Our Satisfaction Guarantee

Our dedication to quality is most evident in our goal of achieving 100% customer satisfaction. After all, we can only help our customers realize their long-term landscaping goals if we’re committed to sticking together for the long haul. 

U.S. Lawns is a national brand, but each of our locations are run by local owner/operators. That means you won’t be dealing with a faceless entity who will never see or interact with your business. On the contrary, you’ll work with a team led by a dedicated franchisee who cares about your satisfaction and improving their own community. Our franchisees are especially invested in keeping their local properties looking great and property managers satisfied because they themselves are members of the communities they serve. Having beautifully-maintained commercial properties increases the value of an entire neighborhood, and that’s to everyone’s advantage. With over 30 years of commercial landscaping experience, U.S. Lawns can help your commercial property look better today.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of partnering with our landscape maintenance professionals? Contact U.S. Lawns today!

  • November 14, 2019
  • Blog

Boise, Provo, and Salt Lake City Spotlight

If you’re a commercial property owner in the Boise or Salt Lake City areas, there’s a good chance that Jeremy Vincent’s commercial landscaping services can help you greatly improve your landscape. He has been part of the U.S. Lawns Network since 2014, beautifying communities and providing quality services to each of his commercial customers. One of the best parts of enlisting the services of U.S. Lawns is that we work with local owner/operators like Jeremy across the U.S. who really care about enriching their communities through beautiful commercial landscapes. In his own words: “We are very committed to our community and are always looking for ways we can help improve it.”

How U.S. Lawns Helps

Jeremy has been providing commercial landscaping services for years, so he decided to invest in multiple U.S. Lawns locations across Idaho and Utah. He reflects: “I have done landscaping my entire life and having [fellow U.S. Lawns franchisees across the country] to network with was a major draw to U.S. Lawns.” Indeed, U.S. Lawns customers love that they enjoy the personal touch of working with a local owner/operator with all the perks that go along with a national brand.

His U.S. Lawns franchises provide businesses in these areas with commercial landscaping services like lawn care, irrigation system management, snow and ice management, and much more. His favorite service? “I love the seasonal color displays we do for our clients.” U.S. Lawns utilizes a number of resources that allow our franchisees to create gorgeous seasonal displays that suit each customer’s unique taste.

In the regions Jeremy serves, snow and ice management make up a substantial part of his business this time of year. Commercial properties rely on his crews throughout the winter season to keep their areas clear of snow and ice and safer for visitors. With his help, many businesses in his areas of Utah and Idaho are be able to conduct business as usual.

Our Commitment to Customers

As a part of the U.S. Lawns brand, customer satisfaction is extremely important to Jeremy. This is good news for our customers in Utah, Idaho, and across the U.S. We strive for 100% satisfaction in everything we do and work hard to ensure our customers’ needs are met while working toward long-term goals and improvements. We plan well into the future so that our customers can save money whenever possible while also receiving as-needed commercial landscaping services (such as irrigation system repairs) in a timely manner. This is great news for businesses in Utah and Idaho that want their properties to look sharp in the spring and summer, but are often battered by snow, ice, and storms throughout the winter. 

A Great Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

As you can see, U.S. Lawns is a valuable part of communities like Boise, Provo, and Salt Lake City. For commercial property managers, partnering with us is a great opportunity to improve your landscape and reduce your workload. Of course, investing in your own U.S. Lawns franchise is also a great opportunity for those who are looking to build a career in the landscaping industry. 

If you’ve been thinking about changing careers, we have plenty of room for entrepreneurs like you to join our team. Whether you’re totally inexperienced in landscaping or run a related business (like HVAC repair or other property maintenance), we can provide you with valuable resources and expertise to help you break into the commercial landscaping services industry. Jeremy reflects: “U.S. Lawns has a great support system for owners…I chose this franchise because of the level of engagement the corporate office has with franchisees.” Whether it’s our strong network of franchisees and suppliers, our powerful brand recognition, or our effective marketing and sales teams, U.S. Lawns is a standout franchise investment for many reasons. Visit us online to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Want to see for yourself how the U.S. Lawns owner/operator in your area can transform your commercial landscaping? Contact us today to learn more!

  • November 7, 2019
  • Blog

3 Popular Landscape Elements We Provide

If your landscape hasn’t been updated in a while, it might not be very effective at catching the attention of prospective clients. Having a beautiful landscape is a great way to draw more visitors (and potential customers) to your property. Whether you’re looking to improve the landscape you have now or upgrade it with new features, U.S. Lawns’ commercial landscapers can help.

Multi-Level Beauty

U.S. Lawns’ commercial landscapers can beautify your landscape at multiple levels. Having an attractive lawn, neatly manicured shrubbery, and colorful ornamental trees adds depth and dimension to any landscape. Whether you have all of these in place now or need to start from scratch, U.S. Lawns can beautify your commercial property from the ground up. In some cases, we can help you to get competitive prices on the plants you want, and in other cases we can secure your place on the waiting list to ensure you have access to popular items. 

For many commercial properties, ornamental trees are the crowning glory of the multi-level landscape. Vibrant fall foliage and colorful flowers in spring make wonderful additions to any commercial property. Our experienced commercial landscapers are especially qualified to help you care for these beautiful plants, helping to keep them healthy and ensuring that they’ll enhance your property for as long as possible.

Eco-Friendly Materials

U.S. Lawns uses eco-friendly and eye-catching materials like rock gardens, bark, and paver pathways to add to a landscapes’ natural beauty. These elements not only serve valuable purposes like managing pests, they’re lovely complements to just about every landscape. We’ve even installed water features for some of our customers, transforming their dull landscapes into charming and tranquil gardens. Whatever your aspirations for your landscape, our wide-ranging expertise and network of commercial landscapers can likely help you achieve them.

Seasonal Color and Flower Beds

There’s no question that bright annuals are among the most vibrant elements of any landscape. Some property managers struggle to find just the right annuals for their property – different care requirements and limited supplies of some popular flowers make them difficult to effectively integrate into every commercial landscape. U.S. Lawns’ vast supplier network, combined with our knowledge of your local climate and atmosphere, allows us to help you identify just the right flowers for your property. Best of all, we’ll help you plant them at just the right time and provide them with the proper maintenance to ensure your visitors can enjoy them for as long as possible. We might even be able to help you develop a color scheme that incorporates your business’ colors! We think you’ll find that, just like honeybees, prospective customers will be drawn to your commercial property by a beautiful display of flowers.

These are just a few of the ways our commercial landscapers can incorporate popular and beautiful elements into your property. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business.

 

  • October 29, 2019
  • Blog
commercial lawn services

Our Core Values: The U.S. Lawns Difference

Our team of lawn care professionals seeks to establish strong partnerships with the clients we serve. Our core values set us apart from many of our competitors because they illustrate how seriously we take customer satisfaction. Read on to learn more about of values and the ethos of our brand. 

Striving for 100% Customer Satisfaction

While achieving 100% customer satisfaction might seem unrealistic, it’s always been our goal. If our customers aren’t getting the results they expected from our service, we work hard to make things right. Along these lines, we stand out from other lawn care professionals because we develop a unique service plan for each of our customers. While our competitors are often content to provide one-off services at a flat rate, we take the entire scope of your landscape into account, saving you money where possible and identifying areas you might not have realized needed some extra attention. Be sure to ask us about how we calculate estimates when you contact us!

Our local owner/operators run highly-responsive teams who are there to take your comments and questions seriously, and respond to you in a timely manner. As fellow members of your community, they value their relationships with local businesses like yours. Furthermore, they love that their role gives them the opportunity to beautify the area you share. Because we strive for long-term partnerships rather than one-off visits to your property, building strong relationships based on trust is our priority.

Building a Stronger Commercial Lawn Services Network

One reason that U.S. Lawns is able to offer such great service is that we’re part of a nationwide network. We’re not only connected by over 250 franchises nationwide, we’re also well-connected with vendors and suppliers who offer us great prices on the equipment and materials we need to keep your commercial landscape looking great. Whenever possible, we pass those savings on to our customers, keeping our rates competitive. We’re always working hard to expand our network to provide even more benefits to our customers.

Integrity in All Our Relationships

A business without integrity is destined to underperform. Because we value long-term partnerships with our customers, we treat them with honesty and respect in all of our interactions. Beyond that, we also treat our team of lawn care professionals and partners with respect. We provide our local owner/operators with current industry research and up-to-the-minute best practices in commercial landscaping.

We realize that our customers entrust us with the outward face of their business, and we take that responsibility seriously. U.S. Lawns customers can rest assured that we’re passionate about providing a high level of service at a fair price, and that we’re committed to making it right when we don’t meet their expectations.

Want to learn more about how our core values strengthen our commercial lawn services? Contact us today for more information.

  • October 22, 2019
  • Blog
lawn maintenance services

3 Ways to Improve Your Landscape’s Health

Is your commercial landscape looking lackluster? Brighten it up by improving its health! U.S. Lawns has been providing lawn maintenance services to commercial properties for years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Here are a few of the ways we immediately get to work on improving the health of our clients’ landscapes. 

#1 Maximize Your Irrigation System

Improper watering is the culprit behind many common problems like dry and patchy grass, wilting flowers, and so forth. We can evaluate your existing irrigation system to ensure that it’s operating at peak efficiency. Oftentimes, we find that our customers’ irrigation systems have broken sprinkler heads or cracked pipes that they’re totally unaware of. We can spot problems like these and can often provide simple repairs as part of our lawn maintenance services.

If your system is in good working order but still isn’t meeting your needs, we can help you install a new irrigation system that could even save you money over time. We’re big fans of “smart” irrigation systems that shut themselves on and off based on atmospheric conditions and readings from soil sensors — greatly reducing wasted water — unlike traditional timer-based systems that turn on and off regardless of how moist the soil already is. Our teams are fully capable of installing these systems and maintaining them throughout every season.

#2 Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is a smart way to get the most out of your landscaping budget. A little bit of forethought can allow you access to valuable goods and services like the plants you want, quick winter storm cleanup, and more. Planning ahead will also prepare you for contingencies like draught or extra rainfall, helping to ensure that your property will be ready to handle the changes. One of the best parts of working with U.S. Lawns is that we plan months – sometimes years – in advance. This allows us to provide our customers with many valuable lawn maintenance services, from getting the most out of seasonal plants to making larger improvements over time. 

#3 Evaluate the Health of Your Soil

Many landscapes look dull because the soil isn’t providing the necessary nutrients to plants. This could be because fertilizer is needed or because the soil isn’t properly aerated. Clay soils, for instance, do not allow air to pass, and need to be broken up a bit to introduce oxygen to the material. An aeration machine pokes holes in the lawn, reducing compaction, and allowing natural processes to take place. U.S. Lawns does a thorough job of assessing the state of our clients’ soil, and we’ll work with you to develop a plan to maximize the nutrition your plants are getting. 

These are just a few of the ways you can improve your landscape’s health with our lawn maintenance services. Contact U.S. Lawns today to learn how to get started.

  • October 15, 2019
  • Blog
commercial landscaping

3 Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for Winter

When you partner with U.S. Lawns, you can rest assured that your commercial property is well-prepared to weather the seasons ahead. Based on our decades of experience in the business, we’ve compiled this checklist of things you should attend to now in order to ensure your property is ready for the winter months ahead. 

#1. Keep Your Lawn Trimmed and Free of Debris

This is especially important if your region experiences snow and ice. When snow and ice blanket your lawn, things can get messy in the spring when the thaw reveals leaves and overgrown grass that have been left undisturbed for months. Our teams ensure that your landscape is kept neatly-trimmed and raked through regularly scheduled visits. That way when the snow falls, you’ll be prepared. U.S. Lawns keeps our clients’ lawns looking great year-round, even when there’s not a snowstorm on the horizon. Having a clean and neat commercial landscape is a great way to communicate to customers that you value the details and your professional image.

#2. Properly Shut Down Your Irrigation System

Winter cold and storms can do serious damage to irrigation systems, so it’s crucial that you know your system well enough to prepare it for winter. Your irrigation system is literally the lifeblood of your commercial landscape: without it, your greenery won’t get the consistent hydration it needs to flourish. Blowing out your pipes, shutting down sprinkler timers, and putting sprinkler heads away for winter are all important ways to increase the longevity of your irrigation system. U.S. Lawns has decades of experience working with all sorts of irrigation systems, so we’re well-prepared to help you get yours ready for winter. Of course, if you’re already working with an outdated system that’s sustained damage from prior winters, we’re always happy to help you upgrade as well. 

#3. Make Sure Your Ornamental Trees Are in Great Shape

A key commercial landscaping service that shouldn’t be overlooked in your winter preparation is ornamental tree care. Not only can regular pruning increase the beauty of your ornamental trees, it can reduce the amount of cleanup you have to deal with in the winter. Strategic pruning can reduce the amount of leaf fall you’ll need to address, simplifying the process of keeping your lawn clear of debris. Similarly, professional pruning can also reduce the number of limbs and branches that are torn off in windstorms. Having sturdier limbs will also benefit your trees when heavy snowfall arrives. An added benefit of regular pruning is that it can enhance the beauty of your trees. Removing some limbs ensures that your tree can direct more energy into others, leading to a neater appearance year-round. 

Is your commercial property ready for winter? If not, enlist the help of the experts at U.S. Lawns! Contact us today to see how we can help. 

  • October 8, 2019
  • Blog

Jeremy Vincent on Snow and Ice

If You’re Going To Need Snow And Ice Services This Winter, Start Planning Now

If you live in a region that experiences snow and ice, now is the time to start preparing with your landscape management partner. Just ask a winter weather expert like Jeremy Vincent, owner of U.S. Lawns territories serving Boise, Idaho along with Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vincent, a seasoned professional with 25 years in the commercial landscape management industry sat down with us recently and shared some valuable insights that commercial property owners and managers in winter weather regions will find useful.

Understand What It Really Takes To Effectively Manage Snow And Ice

Effectively managing wintry precipitation is an important responsibility which requires specialized materials, tools and equipment, not to mention a strong measure of physical effort combined with the right sense of urgency. For someone like Jeremy, it’s become second nature, so it doesn’t seem like there’s much that goes into it, but upon further examination, even he admits, “We do have a big shift in service lines coming the end of November, going into December, in switching equipment and everything over, but as far as planning and all of that, we’ve done it for so long, it’s more of a transition in services than anything.”

It’s also a 24/7 proposition all season long. Vincent’s teams move a lot of snow and treat a lot of surfaces for a variety of customers, so he’s got to make sure he’s got the supplies, vehicles and attachments to fulfill his promises. In Idaho, there are also frequent ice events to deal with, which takes an altogether different approach that includes the application of liquid deicer – a task which demands even more specialized knowledge and equipment.

So, even though it appears to be a seamless transition going from the “green” landscape management services of spring and summer and fall directly into the winter season, Jeremy still recognizes the additional expertise necessary. This is why he keeps his key employees working year-round, explaining, “Usually around Thanksgiving time I convert a couple of trucks in case I get an early snowfall. There is also additional training that goes on. In the beginning of December every year, we take a day or two and do snow training for all my employees that are going to stick with us for the wintertime and work in the snow services.”

Know Your Market

In addition to having the materials, equipment and properly trained crew available to tackle whatever the winter brings, it’s wise to have a good idea of what’s likely to be coming down the pike. As Vincent so eloquently states, “You’ve got to know your local area really well, and make sure your bases are covered. You’ve got some places along the great lakes that are completely different from areas a hundred miles to the south. Even though the weather patterns may be the same, they’re still going to get a ton more snow because of the lake effect snow.” With variables like this, it’s critical to know your market so you can budget for winter services accordingly.

Choose A True “All-Season” Landscape Management Partner

A final recommendation from Jeremy is to find an established commercial landscape management partner like U.S. Lawns who can deliver all the landscape maintenance services you need for every season. And remember to contract your winter weather services early on, so business can continue without interruption when the snow starts accumulating.

Contact your local U.S. Lawns today and learn more about our all-season landscaping services. Because your turf is our lawn, even in the wintertime.

  • September 27, 2019
  • Blog

3 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Curb Appeal

Your lawn and landscape maintenance say a lot about your business. A well-maintained property with attention to detail indicates that you value details in all of your interactions with customers. On the other hand, a property with an overgrown or patchy lawn may lead customers to think you don’t value your business. Communicate your value to existing and prospective customers by partnering with U.S. Lawns.

Invest in Seasonal Color

Brightly-colored annuals are eye-catching, and people love to stop and admire their beauty. Many companies recognize the value of these beautiful flowers, which is why they are often in high demand. U.S. Lawns can help you secure the flowers you want because we get our clients onto waiting lists with local nurseries well in advance. We can even help you secure flowers in your company colors! We’ll also plan your lawn and landscape maintenance with their life cycle taken into account so that you’ll get the most value for your budget. 

Choose a Landscaper That Knows Your Property

U.S. Lawns doesn’t take our partnerships with customers lightly, we’re in it for the long haul. We spend years working with our clients, tending to all of their lawn and landscape maintenance needs. The longer we spend working with you, the better we get to know your property and its unique needs: we know it front to back and take care of every inch year-round. This in-depth knowledge helps us identify problems as soon as they arise so we can nip them in the bud. For instance, we can identify the signs of a pest infestation or improper hydration in their earliest stages, and we have the expertise to devise a wide range of solutions that work for your budget. Of course, there are other benefits to developing a long-term partnership with U.S. Lawns. In addition to helping you secure the flowers and plants you want, we can provide you with valuable snow and ice maintenance services to improve your property’s safety in the winter. 

Take Care of Your Ornamental Trees

Not only are we experts in taking care of your lawn, snow and ice maintenance, and seasonal color, we can help keep your ornamental trees healthy by providing them with strategic pruning and other care. Regular maintenance can enhance the beauty of the ornamental trees on your property. For instance, removing stray branches means your tree can spend more energy growing flowers and leaves. Furthermore, strategic pruning also helps ornamental trees to better weather winter storms and can even reduce the number of leaves shed in the fall. We know how to care for a wide variety of ornamental trees, and if your property doesn’t have any at the moment, we can help you to find trees that are a great fit for your property.

These are just three ways our lawn and landscape maintenance services increase the curb appeal of the customers we serve. Contact us today to learn how we can do the same for your business.

  • September 26, 2019
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