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Douglass Delano

Douglass Delano

Doug Delano (and Bill Hardy) opened Level Green Landscaping LLC in 2002 to offer Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia reliable commercial landscape maintenance services.

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Everybody loves insider info. It’s like you suddenly know a secret few people know.

So, if you’re a tulip fan (who isn’t?) it’s kind of exciting to get a peek at the tulip order that branch manager James Kole placed last year for his Level Green Landscaping customers.

What tulips does a pro order?

Let’s take a look. Then we’ll share some tantalizing tulip tips.

JT Hipp is a certified pesticide applicator, which means he’s trained to safely kill insects.

But he loves bees. 

“Bees are one of the best things for landscaping,” says Hipp, an operations manager at Level Green Landscaping. 

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the plight of the little guys. 

Climate change, pesticides, and destruction of habitat by development are a few of the factors threatening the bee population. 

They can use our help. It’s only fair, after all they do for our landscaping.

How are native bees beneficial?

Here’s the buzz.

You might be letting your commercial landscape enhancements off too easy. Make them multi-task.

How about great landscaping services that benefit the environment and your budget?

Commercial property owners and managers are eager for landscaping solutions that do both, says Level Green division manager Paul Wisniewski.

Businesses are especially cost conscious these days, he says.

“We can suggest ways to help them save money in the long run,” Wisniewski says. 

You might be surprised by how many commercial landscape enhancements also help the earth.

The crews at Level Green Landscaping’s North Branch don’t wear your average, boring cloth safety masks.

They sport Snoopy. Planets. Cat masks that proclaim, “You had me at meow.”

They’re hand-crafted by Kathy Schneider, the effervescent mom of branch manager Joey Schneider. Nothing about her is boring.

Kathy sews 10 to 15 masks for the branch each weekend. Joey brings them to work on Mondays, and operations manager Jose Ruiz hands them out to grateful crews and managers.

You might think a virtual meeting with 27 faces sharing a screen would be chaotic, at best. 

Keep thinking. It went great. 

Level Green Landscaping recently hosted a virtual “lunch and learn“ event with property management company Legum & Norman. 

It was a great way to introduce ourselves to the company and offer a fascinating educational topic: how climate change is affecting the landscape and turf industry.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, celebrating our hard work is as much a part of life as the work. 

You’ll often find us together, talking and laughing around tables laden with a homemade Hispanic feast, marinated beef sizzling on the grill. 

Or lined up to share office manager Lynn Garris’ savory pulled pork.

Or gathered around a beachside lunch of grilled burgers, kielbasa, and baked beans after rousing games of wiffle ball and tug-of-war.

Or enjoying a made-to-order omelette breakfast.

You get the idea.

While PPE is a new acronym for a lot of people navigating COVID-19 safety, it’s been in our vocabulary since day one.

In the landscaping industry, personal protection equipment has always meant safety glasses, ear plugs, and dust masks.

But now we join the rest of the world in adding cloth face masks, as well as a slew of new safety and disinfecting measures to protect against the coronavirus.

Brad Butler, manager of corporate safety at Level Green Landscaping, talks about the additional PPE that’s now part of our safety routine.