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The Big One: Bragging rights

September 21, 2020 -  By

Company: Yellowstone Landscape
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

This property is part of a homeowners association that Yellowstone Landscape services.

Dollar spot and heavy insect pressure from nematodes infected the bahiagrass yard. Sueanna Nelson, Yellowstone’s manager for the Port St. Lucie, Fla., branch, says the team aerated, verticut and changed the mowing height to improve the turf. “It’s been a really fun project and a long time in the making,” Nelson says. “It took a good year to get it to that point, to go through the ups and downs to get it to that level of excellence.”

Nelson and her team, which includes Account Manager Sandy Larson and Designer Jack Simmons, also pull soil samples to provide a custom turf treatment as needed. Crews hand prune many parts of
the landscape.

“In South Florida, it’s a challenge to get good color in because we never get a dormant season,” she says. “We really push colors by annuals and flowers.”

Nelson’s team has worked with the client to understand her needs and expectations. The client, in turn, enjoys showing off their hard work.

“She loves it when people ask her, ‘Who does your lawn?’” Nelson says. “She also takes a lot of pride, which, in turn, becomes more pride for us.”

This project earned Yellowstone Landscape a 2019 Gold Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Award of Excellence program.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

This home part of an upscale luxury golf community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The homeowner’s expectations are high. She desires a property is worth bragging about.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Two Odorata bromeliads highlight the entrance of the house.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

The homeowner wanted four Queen palm trees at the front entrance of the house.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Soft pastels and vibrant shades of pink can always be found in the home’s landscape. The homeowner does not want any plantings with hues of red or orange.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Yellowstone Landscape crews prune ornamental shrubs to mimic the home’s clean, straight lines.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Crews often replenish the dark chocolate-colored mulch to maintain the landscape’s fresh appearance.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

The side yard includes travertine stepping stones and a small water feature.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

A path of smooth river rocks accents the side garden of the home.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Crews hand prune the Bougainvilleas along with this wall’s latticework.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

The deep green hues of the tropical landscape contrast with the bright white travertine of the pool deck.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

This lattice accent wall and pruned shrubs highlight the landscaping that surrounds the pool deck.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Royal palms provide privacy for the outdoor kitchen and entertaining space.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

This side yard shows off the owner’s desire for a well-manicured landscape.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Crotons add color to the utility area of the side yard.

Landscape maintenance project (Photo: Yellowstone Landscape)

Photo: Yellowstone Landscape

Pastel flowers and a manicured landscape and yard welcome visitors to this home.

Christina Herrick

About the Author:

Christina Herrick is the editor of Landscape Management magazine. Known for her immersive approach to travel from coast to coast in her previous stint as senior editor of American Fruit Grower Magazine, she uses social media (Twitter/Instagram @EditorHerrick) to share her experiences on the road with her audience. Herrick has a degree in journalism from Ohio Northern University and has been in B2B publishing for seven years. She can be reached at cherrick@northcoastmedia.net.

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