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Growing Our Management Team

Published on August 14, 2017

Gelderman Landscape Services has gone through a significant growth period in the last few years, and as we expand into new branches, Gelderman University is a central building block to the development of our staff. We developed a plan last year to meet monthly as managers to dig into the business and learn together.

Once a month our Branch and Department Managers meet to help each other grow. These meetings are set up in a conversational structure which supports open discussion. The exchange of ideas helps push each manager to think outside the box on how they do things by sharing how they own different situations or difficulties in their branch. While each branch has its challenges and privileges, discussing these together, we can find a way to develop business practices that we can maintain across all of our locations. This monthly meeting mirrors itself with our Production Managers. Once a month our production managers have a similar conversation about the operations in each area. The production manager discussions vary slightly with more practical operational suggestions, employee care, and new ideas for efficiency in the field.

Over the last half a year both groups of managers have completed a book study. Managers read chapters prior to meeting together and then discuss the content to encourage leadership and culture development. The conversation then leads into operational updates where items such as personnel, customer service, budgets, and planning are all discussed. Gelderman University also works as a motivational tool for our staff- holding each other accountable helps move ideas into actions. Every meeting ends with a conversation about what each manager has tried that is new – whether it has failed or succeeded! Each individual also shares other places and people from whom they are learning.

At Gelderman, we think it’s important to support our employees. Our production teams are the face of our company, and it is up to our managers to create a culture of invested and motivated teams. Why would they do this without support and motivation for themselves? By continuing to meet, we plan to set ourselves up for future growth with a solid team of leaders at the helm.

Are you ready to take the next step? Learn more about Gelderman U here.

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Astounding Rainfall Statistics for 2017

Published on July 24, 2017

This spring and summer our crews have spent many days working through the rain and waiting out thunderstorms as they passed over the region.

We thought we’d take a look and find out– how wet has this season really been?

Click through to see the rainfall accumulation this season compared to last year.

We collected data from Environment Canada to create these charts. As you can see, we had 3 times the amount of rain this past May than we did last year! In fact, our entire spring accumulated precipitation was far higher.

Summer of 2016 was hot and dry, but this year brings its own challenges. While the moisture helps lawns to establish in the spring, the continued high amounts of precipitation into the summer create poor conditions for lawn maintenance. Working through some rain is no problem for our maintenance crews, but the grass tends to get torn up much quicker! Usually at this time of year, we will start to see plants go dormant in the heat, however, that is not the case this season. The weeds also love the moisture and we are seeing more resilient weeds this season than last.

Looking forward to seeing what weather August brings!

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Our Care Shows!

Published on July 14, 2017

Last week we received a note of thanks and encouragement from Jack Gale, Property Manager at PSCC 888 in Mississauga.

He provided these words to Gelderman’s employees working to maintain this site:

“I’m very impressed… excellent job maintaining the property via weeding, pruning, trimming. The grass looks very green, lush and full. I’m getting excellent comments and thought I would pass that along to your team… You have a great team and I enjoy working with them. Keep up the excellent service”.

Congratulations to the maintenance, horticultural, turf and irrigation crews who have worked hard to make a difference for their customers in Mississauga - your care shows!

Click through to see pictures of PSCC 888.

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Pool Trends Gaining Traction

Published on July 12, 2017

This season's top pool trends:

AUTOMATIC POOL COVERS

Owning a pool is becoming easier, and having an automatic pool cover is one of the reasons why. With the ability to operate the cover from your smartphone, you never have to worry about leaving it open again. Coverstar Canada has great options for all pools, with a variety of colours to choose from. Any shape of pool can be equipped with an automatic cover, however, all covers are a rectangular shape so building a track large enough to suit a free form pool may be pricey. Also, the pool wall must be sunken below grade in order to accommodate the track to sit on top.

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CLIMBING WALLS

Are you looking to add an interactive feature to your existing pool? Climbing walls are starting to take off in both the residential and commercial markets. A simple concept – a rock wall next to a pool – has become a popular feature for kids and adults alike. There are some height restrictions based on the depth of the existing pool due to safety reasons but there are options for almost every pool.

Complete kits are available to install quickly and are available in a range of shapes, sizes, and colours to suit the needs of any project.

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TANNING LEDGES

A simple way to expand the use of your pool is to incorporate a tanning ledge into the design. Usually allowing for 12 inches of water, this platform can be used for lounging and for young children and pets to cool off. Often these tanning ledges incorporate some sort of water feature like a fountain or waterfall to add more interest to the pool. This particular feature is easily added to concrete pools. Many manufacturers of fiberglass pools are starting to add tanning ledges to the list of options available.

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FIREBOWLS

Are you looking to add some flare to your pool area? The addition of a fire bowl or two is the way to WOW your guests. Not only does fire add a new type of lighting to your yard, but also an element of luxury. Often these fire bowls are incorporated into a water feature in order to really tie the design to the pool.

MOVEABLE FLOORS

It’s exactly what you think, a pool floor that is automatically adjustable based on your needs. This type of engineering has been tossed around in the commercial market for quite some time in order to accommodate all types of abilities. It has proven to be a great solution when hosting all different types of swimming classes and water sports, as the depth of the pool can be changed in just minutes by the push of a button.

In terms of residential design, this feature allows for your pool to become extended patio space when not in use. No need to worry about safety when throwing a party or even when away, simply raise the pool floor to the height of the patio.

More info and photos here.

BEACH ENTRY POOLS

Similar to the idea of a tanning ledge, a beach entry pool features a sloped entryway to allow for accessibility to all. This is a great solution for children and for individuals of all abilities. It can be used as a tanning ledge where pool loungers can be placed. This is a custom option that can be added to concrete and fiberglass pool designs.

SPLASH PADS

Eliminate safety risks for your children by adding a splash pad to your backyard. You can now have a custom splash pad of your own in the comfort of your own backyard. This is a great solution for young families and for yards that are too small for a pool. These splash pads are fully custom can feature a variety of water toys in all shapes, sizes, colours and even themes.

Learn all you need to know about splash pads.

Post contributed by Chelsea Mills, Landscape Designer

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