Environmental Insights

Crazy Weather? We’ve Got Tips. How to Get Your Georgia Landscape Through the Crisis

Posted by Tim Lake on Oct 29, 2019 4:50:20 PM

Unusual weather conditions always pose challenges to maintaining a healthy landscape. But when Mother Nature decides to play hardball by pitching from one extreme to the next, it calls for extra special TLC for Georgia landscapes.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Environmental Services

Employment At T.Lake: A Place To Come Home To

Posted by Tim Lake on Oct 15, 2019 6:52:55 PM

There are many reasons a landscape employee might change companies. They may be seeking better working conditions, benefits, or wages in their new landscaping job. Perhaps they’re looking for a company culture that’s more aligned with their personality or values. Often, it has nothing to do with the company they leave and everything to do with location, scheduling, desire for career change, or availability of transportation.

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Topics: Culture

Employee Spotlight: Francisco Ortiz

Posted by Tim Lake on Sep 12, 2019 3:17:57 PM

When it comes to landscaping jobs in Georgia, sometimes good guys just end up moving on for one reason or another. A lot of times it’s out of their control. But for those with the work ethic to succeed the first time around, there’s always a place for them to come back to here at T. Lake. It actually happens a fair amount around here. I guess once you’ve worked for us once, if you’re a good fit it kind of gets in your blood. 

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Topics: Culture

Employee Spotlight: Jose Perez A.K.A. "Opie"

Posted by Tim Lake on Aug 30, 2019 6:33:08 PM

At T. Lake, we always appreciate a hardworking guy, and Jose Perez—better known around here as Opie—is one of our best. 

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Topics: Culture

Safety First: Have You Vetted Your Landscape Contractor?

Posted by Tim Lake on Aug 13, 2019 6:51:33 PM

Ask any landscape contractor, big or small, if they have a safety plan and they’ll inevitably say, “Oh yes, of course we do!” But what does that really mean?

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Construction, Environmental Services, Culture

Employee Spotlight: Kaylie Loftin

Posted by Tim Lake on Jul 23, 2019 4:34:50 PM

It takes a lot more than landscape expertise to run a successful landscape company. Just ask Kaylie Loftin. Kaylie recently celebrated her 10th anniversary of working here at T.Lake. For over seven of those years, she has held the indispensable position of Office Manager. In other words, she keeps everyone’s toes to the line to make sure everything happens when and how it’s supposed to.

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Topics: Culture

How T. Lake Commercial Mowing Crews Service Large Properties Faster

Posted by Tim Lake on Jul 9, 2019 9:52:13 PM

With unemployment at a nearly fifty year low, this is the most difficult labor market I can ever recall in my entire 29 years in business.  Finding competent, hardworking people who want landscaping jobs in the numbers we need is just plain tough right now.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Picturing It Perfect: A Case Study In 3D Drone Visualization in Residential Landscape Design

Posted by Tim Lake on Jun 25, 2019 9:03:00 AM

Recently, we were contacted by a nice couple who owns a property in Glenwood, a tiny rural town in south-central Georgia. It had a lovely view of a beautiful pond. They’d owned the home for a while, but now that they were both retired, they were ready to turn it into the home of their dreams.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design

Employee Spotlight: Luis Arreguin

Posted by Tim Lake on May 14, 2019 5:19:08 PM

Luis Arreguin  hasn’t been with T. Lake for long – just since last August. But in that short amount of time, we’ve come to appreciate him as a valuable team member and a great guy to have around.

Luis started his career in landscaping back in high school, working at a plant nursery. He earned a degree in horticulture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, but left the industry for eight years selling used car parts. After a while, though, he realized his heart was in landscaping. He says “I would always be working at home on my yard, or just working on somebody else’s yard on the side.” Eventually, his passion for plants led him back to the landscape industry, where he found his place at T. Lake.

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Topics: Culture

7 Most Popular Landscape Makeover Trends for the South in 2019

Posted by Tim Lake on Apr 30, 2019 8:42:20 PM

Landscapes have a life span. Not only do trees and beds get bedraggled and overgrown, infrastructure wears out and trends change, but your needs change, too, over time. What once was the ideal recreational space for a growing family may not feel so attractive any more when your focus has shifted to entertaining or to new pastimes such as yoga or meditation. Or, maybe you finally have the budget to build that show-stopping outdoor paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

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