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Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:56
Survey Says: American Love their Yards and they are Important to a Home's Resale Value
April is National Lawn Care Month so it is a great time to think about what your lawn and landscape do for you. Even in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with the American yard is not over.
According to an online survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professional and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Americans think having a yard is important. Here are a few insights about the value of our lawns and backyards.
Your Neighborhood's landscaping is important. Americans (91%) want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping. So if you want the best chance of increasing the home prices in your neighborhood, make sure the landscaping looks good.
Nice landscaping helps to sell your house. Eighty-four percent say that the quality of a home's landscaping would affect their decision about whether or not to buy. Great neighborhood landscaping helps, but it isn't enough; yours needs to look good too.
Your neighbors care what your yard looks like. Seventy-one percent think it is important that their neighbors have well-maintained yards. Perhaps "good landscaping makes good neighbors" should be the new adage.
We want to enjoy our yards. Seventy-five percent of people feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards.
Despite common misperceptions, even Millennials want to spend time in their yards. Seventy-five person of Millennials (18-34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.
People want help with their landscape. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a nicer yard.
So, this April, don't take your yard for granted: make the most of it and it will return many financial and emotional benefits.
Friday, 18 December 2015 11:21
James Martin Associates Is Lean and Green
Lean management is the process of driving out waste in operations in order to become more efficient and effective. The environment naturally reaps rewards when a company – particularly a company in the business of green – is lean. “As you drive out waste, you become more energy efficient,” says Martin, who is a past president of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET, currently known as NALP). At a time when corporate consciousness and public awareness about environmental sustainability is high, that’s a business advantage.
James Martin Associates and the firm’s customers have realized measurable, significant gains in the eleven years since the company began adopting the lean management processes that Martin describes in his book. The company estimates that it has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by over 2 million pounds over the last eleven years. That huge reduction came from initiatives such as: cutting the company’s service area, using high-efficiency mowers and biodiesel fuel, reducing equipment use, creating local, organic mulch and using brine for ice management:
“It’s good for everybody,” says Martin, “For our clients, for our company, and for the environment.”