Pro-Tips: Spring Landscaping Essentials to Enhance Your Community and Your Brand

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$ 99.00

11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Chris Lee, President, Earth Works
Steve Sullivan, Product Specialist, LandCare

It’s no secret that a well-designed, well maintained landscape strengthens the image of your business and brand; and conversely, poorly maintained landscapes actually hurt your business and your reputation. Professional landscapes go far beyond beauty. They are good for the environment, they can actually strengthen the health and well-being of those who work there, and they are proven to increase financial revenue for business. As spring approaches, it’s important to focus attention on some of the season’s most important landscape enhancements including effective irrigation, weed management, seasonal flowers, maintenance tasks including dormant pruning and the edging/mulching process. This session, led by recognized landscape contractors who are members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, will offer insight into these important spring landscape management essentials and address how to maximize the relationship with your landscape professional.

Participants will learn:

  • The components of an irrigation system including how they function, why they fail, common trouble shooting tips, and emergency protocols
  • The importance of critical spring maintenance tasks and why they are essential to enhancing the health and longevity of investments in landscapes
  • Ways to maximize relationships for effective partnerships between property managers and landscape contractors.

Chris Lee, President of EarthWorks, Inc.
Chris Lee “Exponential growth” is the phrase most associated with Chris Lee’s tenure as president of EarthWorks Commercial Landscaping Services. Over the last 20 years, he has overseen the company’s organic growth from less than $1 million in revenue to $25 million in 2019. This includes growing the company’s 30 employees to nearly 400 across Texas. EarthWorks has also been named as Landscape Management Top 150 seven years in a row, named to the Lawn and Landscape Top 100 for 2018 and to the SMU Cox School of Business, Dallas 100 in 2019.

As a licensed TCEQ Licensed Irrigator (LI18300) and TDA Licensed Pesticide Applicator (TDA0758546) specialist, Chris also has first-hand experience in the field. He studied business at the University of Arkansas, and horticulture and landscape design at Tarrant County College. Chris continues to focus on strengthening his knowledge though continuing education, receiving a certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University in 2000 and becoming a Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) in 2013 via the National Apartment Association.

Chris is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Academy and the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program. He is a strong advocate of water conservation and a regular contributor to multiple green industry publications.
Chris has served on the Board of Directors for the Apartment Association of Tarrant County since 2011 and the Texas Apartment Association since 2016. He is a voting delegate for the National Apartment Association and serves on the H2-B Advisory Board and Industrial Growth Initiative Task Force for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Steve Sullivan, Production Specialist, LandCare
Steve Sullivan Steve is the Production Specialist for the Northeast region for LandCare, having worked in the horticultural field for over 38 years. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science and is a Certified Arborist with the National Arborist Association. His responsibilities include Horticultural and Pest Management training, Weed Management, Seasonal Color Program, Pruning training, Plan Diagnoses, and other field related training. Steve has taught classes in Woody and Herbaceous plant identification and landscape maintenance at local community colleges and has spoken at Landscape conferences in the Mid-Atlantic area.