Both of the new team members came from a large landscaping company and both welcome the change. As Isaac told us, “What I hated was constantly being pulled off a job before I could get it finished. Now we have the time to do it right.”
And both commented on the friendliness of the park residents. “Everyone waves and says hello,” Alfredo says, “and the residents aren’t shy – they introduce themselves.”
The work starts early, at 5 AM, beginning with the pools and doing rounds, making sure the parks are looking good. Mondays and Wednesday they do trimming; Tuesdays and Thursdays are grass days, and Friday is left open for catching up, special projects and equipment maintenance. Because they start so early, their work day usually ends in the early afternoon.
That gives them freedom to do side jobs. Isaac dreams of owning his own landscape company and Alfredo has a 5-year old son to support, so they welcome the work. This includes trimming and other landscaping jobs, but also pavers, irrigation, cleanup and even non-landscaping projects like furniture moving. They’re happy to provide free cost estimates.
(Rhonda also tells us that she welcomes inquiries from residents about projects at their units – she can make suggestions as to who has the best skills and experience for the work.)