A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a book called "2 Second Lean" by Paul Akers. This book, which is a very easy and fun read, has changed the way we operate here at Turfscape. Paul Akers takes the extremely complicated concept of "lean manufacturing" and breaks it down into a simplified version that can easily be implemented into any business. The idea of lean was originated in the auto industry with “TPS”, or Toyota Production System and has gained lots of traction in the manufacturing arena. However lean can also be applied to a service business such as a commercial grounds maintenance company like Turfscape.
The grass isn’t going to stop growing due to the current pandemic. Therefore landscape professionals have been declared essential and are able to continue working. With safety being the primary focus of all our operational procedures and after much careful and thorough research, Turfscape has determined that taking the following precautions will help keep help our employees and customers safe during these unprecedented times.
Spring is in the air in Northeast Ohio (well, some days at least), and with the sun shining and warmer temperatures, students, faculty and visitors are going to be roaming your campus more often, and your landscape is one of the first things they’ll notice. Seeing muddy grounds, salt residue and other remnants of the winter season can seem overwhelming when deciding where to start your spring cleanup. When you partner with a commercial grounds maintenance company in Northeast Ohio, they can take care of the landscape maintenance services for you. At Turfscape, we focus on the following landscape maintenance services for schools.
Winter is coming! Road salt, however, is not. At least not in numbers we’re accustomed to seeing.
A labor strike at the Compass Minerals mine in Goderich, Ontario, the world’s largest salt supplier, as well as contractual obligations to municipalities, has led to a shortage of salt for snow and ice removal this season. As a result, salt distributors are scrambling to find supply from all over the world.
Though hard to believe in the Northeast Ohio area, summer is in fact just around the corner, which means it’s time for commercial landscaping companies to plant summer annuals.
After two winters of low snowfall, the snow machine has returned to the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area. Turfscape has been working hard at snow and ice management for over a month. Now I remember what snow is about. Here are some observations to share:
The cooler Northeast Ohio winter months should not mean a break for your commercial property maintenance. Although the temperatures are lower, and your plant growth slows down, there are many opportunities for maintenance that can allow your plants to thrive in the spring and summer.
Managing the landscape at a commercial property, a homeowner's association or a college campus requires a lot of planning to get the look just right.
Northeast Ohioans are lucky that we get to experience all four seasons.
As a commercial Facility Manager, you’re likely finalizing your budget for 2018 and looking ahead to next year.
Making the decision to outsource your current in-house grounds maintenance crew can be difficult, especially if they have worked on your property for several years.
Since 1988, the culture at Turfscape has been cultivated and nurtured.