In the landscaping industry, winters are pretty quiet. There just isn’t a lot that we can do. Every now and then, a winter comes along that is a little warmer that allows us to produce actual jobs, but those are few and far between. When we get snow like we do this year, it is both a blessing and curse. We are able to give our guys work to do for the short term, but usually the snow stays on the ground for days after the fact. Up to this point, we have been unable to successfully sell snow removal services that include turf and bed areas.
So, what do we do in the winter? Winter for us is generally spent on capital improvements and organization. We spend our time repairing truck and equipment damage from the previous year, evaluating truck and equipment needs for the coming year, and generally organizing our shop and lot areas after a long year of moving stuff in and out and all around. This winter, however, we have shifted our focus into our office.
I don’t know if you have spent much time with people who work in the landscape industry, but they aren’t the cleanest people in the world. Most our “office” staff spend the vast majority of their time in the field. From the field, they bring all manner of dirt and debris back into the office with them. Over time, that dirt finds its way into the carpet, the nooks and crannies of the office, and onto the walls.
This winter, we have had our guys spend several days with us in the office doing some much needed painting work. In addition to making the walls look cleaner, we have added some much needed color and pop to our office. The change from plain white walls to more colorful walls is drastic. Everything just seems brighter and cleaner. Our work environment has improved drastically after a spending a week and couple cans of paint on improvements.
So, what do we do in the winter? Generally speaking, whatever we can. We want to keep our guys working, doing whatever we can to give them the hours they deserve for a year of hard work. This year, we painted our office. Maybe next year, we will repair the roof or pull up the carpet to add all wood floors. Who knows? But, we will always find something.