Native Land Design Blog

Fall Landscaping "To-Do" List for Property Managers

Ben Collinsworth

 

Texas commercial properties have faced a good freeze already this fall, and the grass is finally dormant.

 

The landscape appears to finally be going to bed for the winter.  

 

But this doesn’t mean you should neglect your commercial landscape. There are some important tasks that are essential for you to keep at the top of your priority list to help prepare your Texas property for the coming year and active growing season.


Employee Close-up: Patricia Buckley

Ben Collinsworth

Patricia “Patti” Buckley’s favorite landscape projects are the “ones that go just as planned.”

 

The organized Buckley joined Native Land Design as an account manager just more than one year ago because it was “exactly the job I was looking for,” she says.

 


Sure-Fire Signs Your Landscape Maintenance Provider is Underperforming on Your Bid

Ben Collinsworth

Feeling a little pressure as a Texas commercial property manager?

We understand. It’s a tough job. You have tenants to answer to. You have a budget to adhere to. You have requests and complaints and suggestions coming at you from every direction. The last thing you want to do is waste time, energy or money by investing in a professional who isn’t delivering the results you agreed to. 

But, unfortunately, not every hire is going to meet or exceed your expectations.


Native Employee Extravaganza

Ben Collinsworth

At Native you don’t have to look too hard to find us squeezing some fun into our busy schedule. Weather it’s the company cookoff, a trip to Washington, an annual kick off meeting, or even a trip to a vineyard, we are always up to something.  We certainly recognize the importance of hard work and customer service, but making Native a great place to work and feel at home is also a priority.


New Hire: Emily Pridgeon

Ben Collinsworth

 

Native is proud to announce the newest addition to our team Emily Pridgeon. Emily comes to


us with 12 years landscape experience and a B.S in Horticulture from Teas A&M University.

 


Employee Close-up: Jessica Cruz

Ben Collinsworth

 

Jessica Cruz never thought she would end up as a landscape professional.    

 

The Native Land Design account manager started as an urban planning major at Texas A&M University, which included a lot of similar classes that are part of the landscape architect degree. Things changed when she took a horticulture class as an elective with some friends who were landscape architecture majors. “The rest,” she says, “was history. I was hooked on plants.”

 


How Native uses technology to provide professional customer service.

Ben Collinsworth

A whopping 89 percent of consumers have stopped doing business with a company after experiencing poor customer service.

 

This according to the RightNow Customer Experience Impact Report.

 

At Native Land Design, we know how important customer service is. It plays a critical role in how we think, plan and strategize our business.

 

We never want our customers to feel like it’s challenging to do business with us.

 

As such, over the last four years we’ve invested in some key technology to make doing business with us much simpler.


Hate Landscape Budget Planning? Your Account Manager Can Help!

Ben Collinsworth

It’s that time of year again … and it’s not one that many folks look forward to.


Dental cleaning and cavity filling? Root canal time? Your least favorite distant relative is coming to visit? And they want to stay with you for a week? Nope. None of the above! It’s landscape budget planning season. And some property managers say it’s even more dreadful than any painful dental visit or uncomfortable family get-together.


Why is this the worst time of year? Because it’s getting to be the busiest time of year as school starts soon and the holidays near, so momentum is building toward year’s end. At the same time, meeting or beating annual numbers is on everyone’s mind. Planning the next year’s budget amidst all of this activity is typically one of the least enjoyable aspects of your job. 

Sometimes, though, we make the task worse on ourselves because we don’t take advantage of tools and tricks that can make it easier. You can avoid the many pain points of landscape budget planning by taking advantage of the wisdom of your landscape account manager.

Here’s how.


Close Up:  Intern Elizabeth Lane

Ben Collinsworth

 Native is proud to introduce our Austin intern Elizabeth Lane.  Elizabeth is originally form Marble Falls, TX and is a student at Texas Tech University.  She is majoring in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in plant and soil science. While serving as the secretary for the Student American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA), she is also a member of the Texas Tech recruiting team AgriTechsans. 



Landscaping Around Pools at HOA and Multifamily Properties: 3 Best Practices

Ben Collinsworth

Pools are a popular addition to multifamily and homeowner’s association (HOA) properties in Texas. They make these places appealing to current and potential residents, particularly during the hotter summer months.

And to ensure tenants enjoy these areas all season long, landscaping can create a more relaxing environment. But how do you add the right kind of landscape additions around your multifamily or HOA pool without creating additional and unnecessary maintenance?

Follow these best practices when enhancing the landscapes around your swimming areas.

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Close Up:  Intern Carly Wright

Ben Collinsworth

Native is proud to introduce our summer intern that is working in our Houston Office, Carly Wright. Carly is currently a Horticulture major at Stephen F Austin.  Carly recently competed in the Flower and Foliage Identification competition at the NCLC this past March.