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Why Safety Should be a Top Concern When Hiring a Landscape Contractor

Safety has become a bit of a buzzword in the contracting industry. Everyone is using the word safety when talking about their operations, and you just need your landscape to look right. Why does landscape contractor safety matter to you?

According to OSHA in the US, the prime contractor, building owner, or property manager can all be held liable for compliance. On commercial job sites, safety infractions could lead to a complete site shut down. For example, if a sub-contractor employee is hurt on the job while not wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment, it can result in costly fines for the general contractor. It can also halt project progress. Learn more about who is responsible for contractor injuries on-site.

It turns out safety matters a lot more than you would think when it comes to getting the landscape you desire. It ties into everything from how well machine operators know how to use the machinery correctly, to the overall professionalism and productivity of the team working on your landscape.

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What's Wrong with My Lawn

What’s Wrong with my Lawn?

A beautiful lawn saves you time and money. We all want to have the healthiest lawn on the block.

Keeping your lawn in prime condition can not only increase your curb appeal but ensure that your grass and plants remain in good health throughout the year. Additionally, feeling confident and taking pride in the way that your lawn looks is important when you are already investing in your property.

However, it may be difficult to determine how to cure unhealthy grass or how to determine if your lawn is healthy in the first place. Our Timberline Turf Experts have listed some common lawn issues below. We cover how to spot them so that you can remedy your grass quickly and no longer need to ask “What’s wrong with my lawn?”

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How often should I Mow My Lawn Lawnmower

How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

Mowing your lawn is an essential part of keeping it looking happy and healthy. When it comes to how often you should mow, there are several factors that will play into your mowing schedule. Consistency will be key.

The most important thing to remember with mowing is that “how often” isn’t as important as “how much” grass you cut. Improper mowing can lead to brown spots, weak roots, and burnt grass. Below are important points to consider when asking “How often should I mow my lawn.”

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5 Benefits of Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular in the home. Smart technology is more efficient and makes life easier. There’s no reason why smart technology shouldn’t move outdoors to help us with our landscapes too. Our favorite outdoor technology is the smart irrigation controller. A smart irrigation controller waters your landscape for you, but with the added features of adjusting based on weather, plant type, and other things depending on the controller.  The benefits of smart irrigation controllers definitely outweigh the costs of basic stand-alone controllers.

Low-tech stand-alone controllers are typically just a timer. They do not provide any weather input or alerts and typically result in excessive water waste and even landscape loss from overwatering. Here are 5 benefits you’ll experience when you upgrade to a smart irrigation controller:

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Kill Weeds for Good plus Natural Vs. Chemical Weed Killer

When you’re planning your dream landscape, the last thing that you want to worry about is weeds threatening the health of your plants. While weeds can be prevented before they even begin to grow if you take the proper precautions, sometimes they are already invading your property. Therefore, finding the proper form of removal can seem like a daunting task. Here’s your guide to Kill Weeds for Good plus Natural Vs. Chemical Weed Killer.

At Timberline Landscaping, we are experts in keeping your landscape protected from weeds. We’ve compiled some tips to help you understand how to prevent weeds from growing and kill weeds that already exist. Also, read on for information about natural and chemical weed killers. 

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Complete Guide to Aerating Your Lawn

Maintaining a healthy lawn that looks great year-round takes hard work. If your lawn care routine only involves mowing and watering, your lawn could be missing out on an essential step in care. Aerating your lawn can help keep your lawn in top shape by promoting lush, green growth. Here’s everything you need to know about aerating your lawn from how often to signs that your lawn needs it. Make sure you don’t skip the Need to Know Aeration Tips Section.  Here’s what you’ll learn in the Complete Guide to Aerating Your Lawn:

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Plant Health Care Specialist

 

Timberline Landscaping, Inc. is an award-winning company serving Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, “Creating a little bit of Heaven” for 35 years! We offer a full range of services from commercial and residential landscape design/build to complete grounds maintenance. We love what we do and have fun doing it!
Primary Operational Objectives: If you have a passion for pruning, a knack for keeping things neat and you enjoy working with your hands in the dirt, then consider a position as a Plant Care Specialist. As a Plant Care Technician, you will provide plant care services on client premises.
Specific Job Details: During the winter season, employees will be available to work Christmas Décor arranging winter decorations, including holiday lights, wreaths and garland.
Duties and responsibilities:
• Maintain plants and flowers including: watering, trimming, cleaning, fertilizing, dusting
• Monitor, diagnose and treat insect, disease and cultural conditions of plants/flowers
• Monitor plant health and appearance assist with replacing plants when necessary

Requirements:
• Must have a reliable and insured vehicle, with a valid Colorado driver’s license and a clean driving record.
• Must pass background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, criminal record and drug screening.
• Demonstrate dependability and efficient work practices. Excellent customer service and communication skills.
• Possess time management skills, attention to detail and ability to keep a schedule.
• Ability to speak, read and write English. Bilingual in Spanish, highly desirable.
• Knowledge of plant identification highly desirable.
• Perform all duties in a safe and productive manner.
• Ensure adherence to operational policies, procedures to achieve safety objectives.
• Must be willing to do things outside of your job description. All team members help and support other departments when necessary.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
• Ability to lift to 40 lbs.
• Frequent bending, twisting, reaching, crawling, stretching and standing, may at times be highly physical work.
• Must have knowledge in use of, and physical dexterity to use a variety of plant care and gardening tools (shears, pruners, hoses, watering cans, sprayers, etc.).
• PPE is provided and must wear company approved uniform.

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Commercial Estimator

Duties & Responsibilities

Directly responsible for the sales functions of Timberline Landscaping, Inc. including customer interaction, contract bidding, and production activities
Duties include meeting with customers to assess needs & wants, preparing plans for approval, and submitting bid documents
Coordinates scheduling of jobs and ordering/procuring materials so that jobs can proceed in a timely fashion
Maintain corporate documentation including but not limited to job file notebooks, vehicle forms, safety forms
Must be knowledgeable of safety rules & standards
Responsible for monitoring safety compliance of crews in production and reporting concerns to the foremen and the corporate safety chairperson
Implements corporate goals & objectives as assigned by the President
Performs other functions as assigned by the President

Requirements:

Certificates, License, Registrations: Valid Colorado Driver’s License with a safe driving record, Certified Landscape Technician
Leadership and personnel management ability
Ability to plan and organize the work of self and others
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating & maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees of the company
Ability to add, subtract, multiply & divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
Ability to compute ratio & percent. Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables
Must have a working knowledge of computers
Desired qualities to include:
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Working knowledge of Aspire, Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate and Sage Estimating a plus
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Willingness to learn new skills
Previous Landscape, irrigation or earthwork experience

Physical Demand & Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, listen, talk and drive. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls such as calculators, file cabinets, telephone, or keyboard
The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can extend to extreme if monitoring work in the field

Job Summary

Location: Colorado Springs
Reports To: Operations Manager
Supervises: Project Assistant
Experience: 2 years on-the-job experience
Career Level: Non-manager (exempt)
Education: A bachelor’s degree in a landscape related field
Salary: $45,000-$60,000 per year
Benefits: Health insurance as per ACA guidelines, Life/Accidental death insurance, Dental/Vision insurance, Paid time off, Profit sharing, 401K Investment plan
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $45,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year

Can I Landscape in Winter in Colorado?

Can I Landscape in Winter in Colorado?

It’s the number one question landscapers receive in the cold winter months, “Can I landscape in winter?”  Perhaps you have recently moved into a new home, or the summer simply got away from you. Whatever the reason, the answer is YES! Read on to learn more about what you can accomplish in your yard this winter.

Winter is Prime Time to Plan Your Landscape

In order to get an early jump on your dream landscape in spring, consider consulting with a landscape designer during winter. Waiting until spring to begin the process often leads to increased wait times between the design and final installation of your project. Need a dose of inspiration to aid in planning your landscape? Check out our Pinterest pages! Continue reading Can I Landscape in Winter in Colorado?

Colorado Springs Christmas Lights Guide 2018

Christmas Decor by Timberline

The holiday season is here again, and there is no better way to celebrate than to take a Christmas lights tour around Colorado Springs! We’ve updated our guide of must-see areas, businesses and homes that have fantastic Christmas lights. We’ve also highlighted some hot cocoa & coffee stops along the way so you can stay cozy while you browse, and have included a playlist of all the best Christmas music to enjoy while you drive.

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