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Schedules


Just like every other contractor, we used to put all of our projects on a 30 day or five week cycle. We found that by the time we got back to the area we started in, lots of things occurred. Weeds had sprouted, ivy needed trimming, bushes needed pruning - basically we had to start over. When we got behind, our response was “we are on a 30 day schedule”. Sound familiar? The problem was, the schedule was too rigid. Our solution was as follows:

All tasks can be, and should be, and will be scheduled. But we discovered that each task had a different life cycle. While some things had to be done weekly, other tasks had to be done every other week, or every three months. The best analogy is how your car is cared for. You change your oil every 5,000 miles, various services at 10,000, & 60,000 miles, but you must add fuel every 300 miles. As you see every task has a different life cycle. If you followed the same schedule for all tasks, you would either run out of gas or spend too much money on oil changes.  You are reducing the usefulness of the automobile.

Landscaping is the same, while there are tasks that can be scheduled together (mowing & edging) there are others that should not be on the same schedule (weeding, pruning of shrubs, litter pick up, leaf raking, ground cover detail, pesticide applications). These tasks should be done as the life of the task dictates.

Based on the project profile (plant types, task, project size, etc) we create schedules specific to your project that will have cycle times that we follow. This allows us to customize our program to the needs of you and the plants in your project while maintaining the quality. On larger projects we can have as many as 7 separate schedules for work that is needed. We break each schedule down to its daily increments and supply them to you and our crews.

The biggest advantage with this management style is that our crews are not constantly hurrying to catch up the work. They know each day what is required of them. We can always tell where we are relative to the work requirement. They do not leave weeds or debris or pruning for later. You will not hear the excuse “because we are behind schedule”. It is easy for our supervision to adjust for increased work load. The only limitation that is placed on our employees is that they must do what is needed 100% of the time.

When our crews work through an area, they are trained to perform 100% Total Service. Everything that needs to be done is done. Our agreement with you is one of performance. Those tasks that are on our Continual Daily Schedules occur constantly. When those tasks are performed continually and with the proper cycle time you don’t have weed or pest infestations, the shrubs don’t become over grown and you don’t get the excuse that “we are on a 30 day schedule”. All of this is possible with the Continual Daily Schedules. Since we cycle through a project based on the needs of the plants, time is not wasted and plants are not abused. This process guarantees that your needs and the needs of the landscape are always met.

As far as inspection is concerned, our supervision goes to where the crews are working today and they start the inspection by reviewing the work that was performed in the last few days and see that everything is 100%. They then review the work that is being performed to insure that the crews are doing what is needed. And lastly, they inspect the area they are heading into to see that it is acceptable to you, knowing that this is the worst it should ever look. Any deficiencies observed are then brought to the attention of the crew at the time of discovery. The crew is now aware of its requirements to meet expectations. Now that is efficiency.