Environmental Insights

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

Employee Spotlight: Meet Robert Arrington

Posted by Tim Lake on Apr 16, 2019 11:38:51 AM

Most landscape designers have to work in the industry for a while before they start earning accolades. Not Robert Arrington. Robert got his first taste of the landscape industry in FFA while in high school, where he was part of both the nursery landscape and floriculture teams. He had the chance to compete in the national competition for nursery landscape where the team placed 3rd overall. Robert says his experience drawing up a landscape plan to meet guidelines for the competition was pivotal to his decision to pursue a career in the landscape industry.

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Topics: Culture

Job Seeking Tips, and Why T. Lake is a Great Place to Work (but not for everyone)

Posted by Tim Lake on Mar 12, 2019 2:07:43 PM

Looking for a job is a full time job in itself. And because it’s a job with zero upfront benefits and no pay (yet), it’s tempting to simply grab job opportunities as they arise and hope they will work out OK. But taking a bit of time to sort out in advance whether a company is a good match for you helps both you and your prospective employer.

When you walk into an interview knowing a company is a good fit, it gives you a boost of confidence that will help you stand out from the crowd. And, finding a work environment that suits your personality and working style will make a big difference in how fulfilled you feel once you actually start working there—as well as advancement and career opportunities down the road.

At T. Lake, we’re busy. Really busy. Which is why we’re always interested in speaking with potential new hires—but to be quite open and frank, only if there’s a good chance we’ll be a happy match. So before you reach out to us, here are a few job seeking tips to help you decide if T. Lake is the right company for you.

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Topics: Culture

Year End Reflections: The Big “Why”

Posted by Tim Lake on Dec 31, 2018 1:36:13 PM

So here we are again: poised at the end of another year, and staring down the barrel of the next. 

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Topics: Culture

Landscape Industry Compliance: Why It Matters, And What T. Lake Is Doing To Stay Safe And Legal

Posted by Tim Lake on Dec 13, 2018 10:38:10 AM

A couple weeks back we posted an introduction to our newest team member- our Phantom 4 drone. And I have to admit, since the Phantom arrived it’s been serious drone fever around here. Drones are not only fun and cool, but that little gizmo is also proving to be one of the most useful gadgets ever invented, from a landscape company’s perspective.

But, there’s another side to drone ownership.

As a landscape company, we have to satisfy lots of different regulatory agencies. There is a long list of things a landscape services company must do to stay legal and compliant. Many people aren’t aware of what goes into landscape industry compliance. This is unfortunate, because not every landscape company does all these things consistently—and when they don’t, it can put their clients at risk.

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Topics: Culture

Drones Away! Introducing T. Lake’s Drone-Assisted Landscape Services

Posted by Tim Lake on Nov 29, 2018 5:44:47 PM

We’re always excited to welcome new team members, especially when they bring diversity and new skills to our team. This fall, we are extra pumped to introduce the newest and most uniquely talented member of the T.Lake team: our brand new DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 quadcopter drone!

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Services, Landscape Design, Culture

Got Holiday Stress? Get Your Landscape To Help (It’s Cheaper Than A Therapist.)

Posted by Tim Lake on Nov 23, 2018 5:51:01 PM

The holidays. Gotta love ‘em, but boy, can they take a toll on you if you don’t look out.

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Topics: Culture

Employee Spotlight: Greg Davis

Posted by Tim Lake on Oct 25, 2018 11:46:27 AM

Trust. It’s a rare commodity any more. If you can believe the research, trust in business hovers just over the 50% mark these days.

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Topics: Culture

Employee Spotlight: Bob Johnson

Posted by Tim Lake on Sep 13, 2018 5:15:09 PM

 

They say variety is the spice of life. If that is true, then for someone who has held the same job for 20 years, it would be safe to say that Bob Johnson is a well-seasoned guy.

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Topics: Culture

How We Deal With Dog Days Here At T. Lake

Posted by Tim Lake on Aug 16, 2018 12:12:18 PM

Dog days are upon us. From the time I was old enough to understand conversation I understood at the core of my being what the term “dog days” meant: it was those days in late summer when the temp hit 95˚ or better, the humidity went over 95% and the gnats came out in droves. The dogs would just lie  under the porch in the shade and pant, not even moving their tails until long after dark.

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Topics: Culture