Environmental Insights

Summer Irrigation Tips for Georgia and the Southeast

Posted by Tim Lake on Aug 4, 2020 4:05:23 PM

 

Georgians know how to handle the heat. Summers in Georgia regularly move the mercury well past 100 degrees. Drought conditions, sometimes lasting weeks, are not uncommon.

While most of us are able to watch the dog days of summer from our air-conditioned living rooms, our plants, lawns, and gardens have nowhere to go.

‘But plants love the sun,’ you might say. Sure, you’re not wrong. But it is important to remember that plants only love the sun if they’re getting enough water.

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Topics: Water Management

Stay Safe Without the Bleach- Professional Exterior Cleaning for your Georgia Landscape

Posted by Tim Lake on Jul 29, 2020 1:00:00 PM

First impressions count. If the exterior of your home or business is looking dirty, dingy, and dull, it’s time to think about what you can do to restore and highlight the beauty of your property.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Residential Hardscape Case Study: A Georgia Backyard Makeover

Posted by Tim Lake on May 6, 2020 2:48:18 PM

In any landscape, sooner or later there comes a time when, well...it’s just time. Time to rip it all out and start over. Whether it’s your grandmother’s half-dead crepe myrtle, the driveway with the lush crop of crabgrass pushing up through the cracks, or that redwood deck that looked so hip in 1988, you kind of just know by looking at it that “the time” has come.

This was the state of things for Mr. and Mrs. Collins’ backyard last year about this time. The following case study chronicles the transformation of said backyard from shabby to spectacular through a full-scale residential hardscape project.
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Topics: Portfolio, Landscape Construction, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design

Employee Spotlight: Meet Wayne Chamness

Posted by Tim Lake on Apr 27, 2020 1:00:43 PM

A new systematic approach is being implemented in our Landscape Maintenance Division, and Wayne Chamness is leading the charge.  He joined the team as our Maintenance Operations Manager last June. Since then, Wayne has been busy fostering a group that fits the company culture while developing systems for more efficient maintenance of our client’s properties.

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Topics: Culture

Meet Our New Client Manager: Christina Harden

Posted by Tim Lake on Mar 25, 2020 9:02:39 PM

In our Landscape Maintenance division, you might be seeing a new face around the shop.  We’d like to give a warm welcome to Christina Harden, who has joined T. Lake as a Client Manager for our landscape maintenance division. This is a new position here at T. Lake, and we are very excited about the improved level of service we expect her to bring to our landscape maintenance clients.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Culture

Employee Spotlight: Beth Bozeman

Posted by Tim Lake on Mar 12, 2020 3:46:22 PM

Not all landscaping careers in Georgia involve mowing turf or designing beautiful outdoor environments. Every landscape company needs to stay on top of its finances—and when it comes to crunching numbers and keeping the books straight, Beth Bozeman is the best around. Beth has been with T. Lake since September 2019 as the company Controller. She’s the one managing the finances of T. Lake. Her duties range from financial analysis to accounts payable, to analysis of budgeted expenses vs. actual expenses.

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Topics: Culture

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