Start Irrigation Out Right

Start Irrigation Out Right

Start Irrigation Out Right

If April showers bring May flowers, what follows May flowers? If you’re in elementary school, the answer is Pilgrims. For the rest of us, the answer is a little less witty. As the cooler, rainy days of early Spring fade away, we are faced with the longer, hotter and more drought prone days of summer. While this may mean a day at the pool for some of us, it’s the most stressful time of the year for your sites’ landscaping. To overcome these hot dry days and to help lawns and plants stay healthy, and to maintain your brand image, underground irrigation systems offer a strong solution.

If Spring has sprung where you are, it’s time to get ahead of the what’s next and get those irrigation systems started! Here are some things to consider when activating irrigation after a long winter:

1. Timing:

While below freezing temperatures will wreak havoc on irrigation systems that are active, the reality is that they can be activated far in advance of when they are needed. Starting your system early in the Spring allows you to choose when to run the system and ensures that the system is ready when you’ll need it.

2. Be Prepared:

What could possibly go wrong with an irrigation system that has been winterized and hasn’t operated since fall? Unfortunately, a lot! To have the most efficient process in place when starting irrigation systems, it’s best to have an established NTE value set with your contractor. This allows for smaller, less costly repairs to be made on the spot; saving time and money in the long run.

3. What Should Be Done:

Here’s what you should expect as part of the activation process: the entire system should be run, adjustments to the heads completed and times on the controller set based on the current needs. When larger issues are found, cost estimates on repairs should be provided immediately. When your contractor leaves the site, the irrigation system should either be completely operational or you should have a full report outlining any issues; with cost estimates included, so you can make the necessary repairs.

4. Next Steps:

Once your systems are started, it’s not over. To ensure proper operation and efficient use of water as a resource, an ongoing monitoring program should be in place. Monthly wet tests to check for needed repairs and adjustments to system run times will help to maximize the systems’ effectiveness and deliver a responsible use of water.

As the seasons unfold the need for irrigation will follow. The first step is to activate the irrigation system, and the points outlined above will help to get things off to a good start.

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Presented By: Kevin Smith, COO 

Description/Learning Objectives:

In the retail environment, any upcoming project or program that involves funding will need to go through the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) before the project gets off the ground. Although facility management professionals, FMs, and their staff members understand the potential savings that these cost savings programs can generate, the challenge is to obtain approval and investment from these key decision-makers.

The challenge in securing approval for these programs is to write a proposal, from the decision-makers’ perspective, that addresses financial, operational and procedural issues that directly benefit the end goal. Using language that demonstrates an understanding of corporate goals, overall operations and the effect of the program goal on the bottom-line means that the project is more likely to be reviewed and approved. Providing pertinent information related to financial investment, return on investment and long-term savings in a clear, succinct format will improve the probability of approval – a tactic that works well for all proposals.

By attending this session, you will:
• Learn how to “make it easy for the decision maker to buy the idea”
• Understand how to “speak the right language when speaking to the decision maker”
• Discover the best way to present the proposal

Session Title: Approved! How to Speak and Gain Project Funding from Your CFO
Where: PRSM National Conference 2019
Date: Wednesday May 1, 2019
Time: 2:45pm – 4:15pm
Room: Spruce 2
Business Management Level: Intermediate

Ferrandino & Son Names Brandon Ramsey As President To Contribute To The Company’s Growth Strategy

Ferrandino & Son Names Brandon Ramsey As President To Contribute To The Company’s Growth Strategy

Ferrandino & Son Names Brandon Ramsey As President To Contribute To The Company’s Growth Strategy

FARMINGDALE, NY — Ferrandino & Son, a leading national facility maintenance company, has named Brandon Ramsey as the company’s President. Ramsey will officially join the company on April 26th.

“Brandon has more than 20 years of experience leading significant growth initiatives in both large and small service organizations,” said Peter Ferrandino, Ferrandino & Son CEO. “A strategic priority across our company is to deliver greater value to our clients in the form of new service offerings and by adding Brandon this will help us achieve these goals.”

In his new role, Ramsey will work closely with leadership providing direction on the day-to-day operations of Ferrandino & Son while assisting in identifying opportunities to improve processes, introduce new programs and develop short- and long-term growth strategies.

Ramsey has been the Director of Field Service for Johnson Controls, Inc. since 2017, managing its $1 billion fire service business with 5,000 employees in over 120 locations. During that time, he drove recurring year-over-year revenue growth and increased total service bookings to move the company forward.

“I am excited to be asked to join the Ferrandino & Son team,” said Brandon Ramsey. “My career in the service industry, ability to thrive in a changing environment and passion for leading teams, has positioned me well for this opportunity.”

Before being recruited to Johnson Controls, Inc., Ramsey was the Regional Director for Tyco Integrated Security, with oversight of 38 profit centers in the Eastern Region and direct management responsibility for over 1,100 employees.


Putting the Snow Season to Bed

Putting the Snow Season to Bed

Putting the Snow Season to Bed

How to Say "Good-bye Snow!"

The calendar told us that winter was over back on March 21st but Mother Nature hadn’t given in until April was well underway. At this point, only the northern most areas should have any concerns with accumulating snow and the better part of the nation is well into landscape clean ups and mulching.

All that’s left to calling it a wrap are the end of season close outs. While much of the effort towards snow and ice management is focused on the startup and execution of the services, closing out the year is just as essential to continued success and developing improved processes for the next winter.

Critical and useful topics to review at the end of the snow season:

Site Reviews

It’s just a reality of delivering snow removal that parking bumpers get dislodged, curbs get broken, and plants compromised. Yep, things tend to get damaged on site. Conducting a site walk to review site conditions, identify any damages and to build a repair strategy is always a good idea.


 As much as you wanted to see snow stakes installed and equipment dropped on site back in November, you want them gone now. Typically, having these items offsite by the end of April should be a reasonable expectation.

Site Clean Up

Funny thing about plowing snow, you not only pile the snow, but you capture all the trash and debris that was on the ground before the snow fell. So, when snow piles melt all the debris that was collected is left behind. For sites with environmental concerns where sand is often an alternative to salt or other deicers, a brush sweep of parking lots is often needed to remove excess sand.

Lessons Learned

Every season brings its own challenges and learning experiences. To better be prepared for the next winter, schedule a post season meeting to review scopes of work, level set expectations and discuss the wins and opportunities in service delivery so that you can build on the lessons learned to have an even better season next year.

While we are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather, don’t lose sight of ending the winter strong and using it to start preparing for next year.

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For more information about commercial snow and ice management programs that cater to the national retail market, or to consult with our Subject Matter Experts:

call (866) 571-4609

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5 Tips for Mulching

5 Tips for Mulching

5 Tips for Mulching

 In our last post, To Mulch or Not to Mulch, we focused on the attributes of mulching, and the pros and cons to consider when evaluating budgets and determining how mulch may fit into your programs. While many organizations have faced this challenge, most have recognized the curb appeal and horticultural benefits it brings and managed to keep it as an element of their landscape programs.

In this week’s edition we appeal to those who have chosen to mulch and have assembled our top 5 tips for mulching; from what to do – or in some cases – not do. So, for those about to mulch, we salute (and support) you!

1. Start The Right Way:

Like many things we do, the end results will only be as good as the foundation it is built on. When it comes to mulching nothing could be more accurate. Before mulching, ensure that the bed areas have been properly cleaned from winter. Make sure edges are crisply redefined, any present weeds are eradicated, and plants are trimmed to remove dead or dying branches.

2. Choose Your Product

Mulch often provides many options: double shredded, triple shredded, nuggets, dyed, recycled and so on. While all these products will work, and much of the choice is based on personal preference, for commercial applications we believe that a double shredded dyed product will deliver the longest lasting results at a reasonable price point.

3. More Isn’t Better

So, if a light layer of mulch is good, then a heavier one must be better, right? Wrong! While we can’t dispute that a deeper application would last longer, it creates another series of issues. Mulch covering over the lower stems of plants is detrimental to plant health and heavier applications of mulch tend to more easily spill over onto walks and lawn areas during rainy or windy times. Best practices show an application depth of 2 to 3 inches provides the best results.

4. Keep Your Distance

When spreading mulch, it’s important to keep the top level of mulch below weep holes on masonry structures and at least 6 inches below any wooden foundation. Mulch can easily clog weep holes and acts as a conduit for both water and insects to wood. Perhaps the largest concern in this area lies with creating a pathway for termites to travel from souterrain tunnels to wooden food sources.

5. Timing Helps

While mulch can be put down anytime its best to consider how you will gain the most impact from its application. For areas that experience a change of seasons the best time is in the early Spring. Early season applications provide for the longest aesthetic impact as the product should stay intact through the Summer and into the Fall. It also delivers maximum weed control and moisture retention when completed at this time. In more tropical climates mulch applications are often completed in the Fall, ahead of the drier winter months, capturing the benefit of moisture retention and looking best when local populations increase with winter weary northerners.

Spring has sprung, and no doubt we’ll soon see the mountains of mulch and army of landscapers spreading it. As your sites start to transform from the dreary Winter into the bright and hopeful Spring we hope you’ll drive the best results and consider our tips when completing this transformation.

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call (866) 571-4609

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