Davey Tree expands with third corporate campus wing

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Nestled on a property that spans over 170 acres, Davey Tree recently introduced media – including Lawn & Landscape – to its newly built third wing on its corporate campus in Kent, Ohio.

The company, which ranked No. 3 on our 2022 Top 100 list, completed this newest building to the tune of 38,400 square feet and two stories. Though employees are now starting to migrate into the new facility, the process began back in 2018, when a company-wide needs assessment found Davey Tree employees valued collaborative work stations and access to more natural lighting.

“The completion of this third wing is not only exciting for Davey’s employee owners, but also for the opportunities it will bring to Kent and Portage County communities,” said Pat Covey, chairman, CEO and president. “We are passionate about supporting economic development in Northeast Ohio and excited about continuing Davey’s contributions to the region.”

Despite starting construction in April 2020 – at the height of COVID-19 – Director of Property Molly Senter said it was never a huge concern whether or not the building would be completed. And yes, some employees will continue to work more hybrid schedules, which they largely adopted during the pandemic.

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The new exercise area in the third wing.

But the third wing was designed with employee feedback in mind. That’s why the cubicles are built closer to a wall of windows. It’s why the kitchen/cafe is wide open and includes a wall lined with live ferns and other plants. And it’s why the third wing comes with an on-campus fitness center that employees will be able to access at non-work hours. The center features free weights, treadmills and Pelotons, among other equipment, plus a locker room area.

The needs assessment took several months and consisted of surveys and in-person interviews with anyone from department managers to the CEO. The survey included roughly 50 employees and also tasked some managers with getting input from their teams, too.

“This third wing is meant to be a representation of our employees’ preferred work environment… Some of the key takeaways from the survey were improved access to natural lighting, more collaboration space and employee health opportunities, such as a fitness center and desk height adjustments for all desks,” Senter said. “This third wing exemplifies those key takeaways so the building can best serve our current and future employees.”

The facility pays homage to the property prior to construction in several ways, too. In the Great Room – the second-floor conference room that’s still yet to be named – rests a heavy table made from an oak tree removed on Davey’s campus when they started construction. Another conference room had a similar table, this one made of cherry trees on property. And even employees who might miss the woodsy view before Davey expanded can take in a two-wall mural of the forest down near the café.

That nod to the plants that make Davey’s work necessary can be found right when employees walk in. At the entrance hangs a canvas donning Davey’s logo and live moss designed to look like treetops.

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Davey estimates the new wing will bring 70 jobs to the city of Kent. Employees at the other two wings on campus will soon see some of these same benefits as Davey intends to renovate those buildings, too.

“This new wing almost doubles the current size of our corporate headquarters, so there are now more desks for permanent employees, as well as collaboration space and hotel desk spots for remote employees visiting the office to work,” said Chris Bast, the vice president and treasurer. “We’re excited to continue growing in Kent and bringing jobs and traveling employees to the area.”

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Armament technology

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Has anyone used fertilizer with Armament from Advanced turf solutions? I used 2 pallets this season. 18-2-4 25% SCU with 23% AMS bio solid. Had good color but I’m not sure it’s the armament or the AMS. Let me know what you all think. I’m in southwest Ohio.

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Troubleshooting Damaged Turf

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This is a sod lawn that went down in July on eastern Long Island. The sod is a mix of KBG, TTTF, and PR on top of 8" of top soil, all professionally installed.

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72" Scag TT II versus 72" Hustler HyperDrive

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smooth hydraulic system and its integrated brake system, no comparison between the two machines.

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Action Lawn and Tree Service merges with Weller Brothers Landscaping

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Action Lawn and Tree Service has merged with Weller Brothers Landscaping, effective Oct. 13, 2022.

“Our Action Lawn and Tree Service customers will continue to receive the same quality services from the same team,” says Ryan Myott, owner of Action Lawn and Tree Service. “Now, with Weller Brothers, we will be the one-stop-shop for the best outdoor living experience in Sioux Falls.”

“We are very excited about this merger,” says Cole Weller, president and CEO of Weller Brothers Landscaping. “With the addition of Ryan and his team, we are able to expand our services to include enhanced pest control, and a full scope of tree healthcare, pruning, and removal services. This aligns perfectly with our commitment to offering our customers a full scope of the highest quality lawn and landscape maintenance services in the Midwest.”

Weller Brothers Landscaping is in its 21st year of business in the Sioux Falls area, and currently provides residential and commercial landscape design and maintenance services. Earlier this fall, the company celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new facility in Rochester, MN. The Sioux Falls location employs approximately 100 people.

Action Lawn and Tree Service has specialized in lawn, tree and pond care and pest control services since 2016. The company has 14 employees.

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Supply chain struggles this winter

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It’s all hands on deck getting ready for snow season at Trump Lawn and Land Company in York, Pa.

The company’s President, Mike Trump, says they’ll be ready in time for the first major snowfall.

“We’re doing the last of our snow prep stuff right now,” he says. “We do a little bit of the work over the summer to try and keep everything maintained. We use the offseason of snow and ice to work on that equipment and the offseason for landscaping to work on our landscape equipment.”

Trump adds they are preparing for anything, as snow season in his market is notoriously unpredictable.

“The last few seasons we’ve had light snow, but ice control has been pretty busy for us,” he says. “We maybe plowed one time last year…I hear every year it’ll be a bad year, but with the way the weather has been so far this fall, I don’t think it’s going to be that bad of a winter. We’ll see what happens.”

Despite not knowing what Mother Natures going to do this winter, Trump says one of his biggest challenges will be having enough labor to respond timely during snow events.

“I think everyone has the challenge of finding employees and not having enough help,” he notes.

Trump says he tries his best to keep summertime employees busy during the downtime before snow season really picks up, but that can be difficult.

And with less help available, Trump is turning to adding more equipment to get the work done faster.

“We’ve added more equipment mechanize as much as possible and take some of the labor out of it — especially for sidewalks,” he says. “We’re utilizing more compact tractors…I’ve invested in four of those machines in the past year.”

While making the investment in more equipment is nice, Trump says supply chain issues have caused some hiccups along the way.

“We’ve ordered a bunch of new equipment and it hasn’t come in yet,” he says. “That’s a bit of an issue. Hopefully that doesn’t become a really big issue. For some reason, landscape equipment hasn’t been held up too much, but snow and ice equipment has been more of a challenge.”

Trump adds that getting trucks has also been a challenge. He says he ordered two new trucks over six months ago and still hasn’t received them.

In order to combat some of these supply chain issues, Trump’s turned to renting equipment. But he says getting those rentals lined up early is key.

“We rent a lot of loaders during the winter season, and I made sure we secured those in July,” Trump says. “The dealers we’ve rented from have told us that they hold them for us specifically because we contact them so early.”

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Time to ‘Power up’

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Real Green is hosting a free webinar on how to take your maintenance business to the next level on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon EST.

During this educational event, Real Green Product Manager Mike Carden will discuss how the software can help you: set up and manage crews and equipment, create the ideal scheduling frequency, configure accurate labor hours and pricing, and build property inventories with measurement Assistant.

Can’t make it Wednesday at noon? No worries! A recording will be sent out to all who register in advance.

For more information, and a link to register, click here.

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Pricing a large leaf removal job.

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Hello everyone, I had a customer reach out that is in need of leaf removal. This job is much larger than I am used to, and I have no idea what to price it at. Here in Canada, there is large demand for this type of work, so I am hoping to capitalize on that.

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Pricing a large leaf removal job.

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Leaf Removal Pricing – Sanity Check Please…

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I need a sanity check on leaf removal pricing please.

My normal mowing target is $75+ an hour.

For leaf removal, I've been "planning" on $65 an hour for me personally. $60 an hour for my wife/helper. My young kids help on occasion too. I'm "billing" them at $15 per hour… (Yes I pay them, I'm not a slave driver… LOL)

No fancy bagger mower, nor leaf vac. We blow into piles, and then rake into some very large Tyvek bags. (Freebies, used to line shipping crates for international…

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Design Literacy and Why It Matters for Your Brand

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Insights from Rachel Flores, Senior Graphic Designer: Design literacy is the ability to understand and discuss how something was created — and whether it’s a successful solution to the problem. I like to think of it as applying the scientific method to design. It begins with asking questions about something you observe, followed by research,…
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