Case Study: Landscaping Quality Control Through a Managed Program

Case Study: Landscaping Quality Control Through a Managed Program

QUALITY CONTROL CASE STUDY

OVERVIEW

Landscaping Quality Control Through a Managed Program

When you are responsible for overseeing a landscape portfolio across a large geography or even across the entire country, you want to prioritize several things. First, you want to maximize your resources by finding ways to consolidate your services. Second, you want to confirm the project’s level of quality and accountability with your service partner.

A straightforward solution for the above is finding a national landscape partner who can execute the work and deliver quality control to ensure consistent delivery across your portfolio.

In this case study, we examine a client’s request in identifying why some of their recently bedded perennials were short-lived across their multiple properties and how we implemented a long-term solution to sustain their landscape.

APPROACH

Assess

A client recently hired local crews to add perennials to accent their portfolio across multiple states. However, after a few short weeks, their newly installed plants were dying at a high rate.

Concerned about the product’s loss and the dollars spent on their properties, the client reached out to our representatives.

We immediately set up multiple walkthroughs across 145 properties with our Territory Managers over one-week to figure out the situation and quickly identified and marked the problem’s cause in detail.

The client had settled on plants that could not handle the dry soil conditions at their properties and pointed out that some of their irrigation components were outdated and did not respond, causing insufficient watering that the previous company overlooked.

We presented a pricing strategy that met within the client’s budget. However, they were most disappointed in the local crews’ lack of accountability, who could have identified these risks before securing the client’s approval to plant them.

When you lack a third-party quality control process, you lack the accountability to raise red flags regarding the project’s approach

Execution

We executed a large-scale project to replace the original plants with a more drought-tolerant option that matched their soil conditions and repaired the faulty irrigation systems to maintain proper watering and drainage.

We installed a long-term solution, which involved several steps to ensure quality control audits for any future landscaping and out-of-scope services (according to the specifications listed in the client’s contract):

  • Perform inspections of the properties

  • Provide current photos

  • Provide detailed reports of any issues

  • Provide resolution to the deficiencies

  • Final validation of service completion

Outcome

By quickly taking action, we were able to save the client on their overall landscaping project compared to another competitor by an additional 22% on their out-of-scope services.

RESULTS

Project Competitor Savings

Saved an additional 22% versus the competitor

Streamlined Quality Control

Quality Control Standards at 100%

Project Completion Timeline

Scaled 145 properties within one week

Quality control audits are crucial to ensure that the work performed or proposed meets your Brand’s standards.

These quality control audits need to include physical walks of the locations, photographic archives of any deficiencies, detailed report outlying conditions, and possible next steps.

By connecting with a national partner, your portfolio goes through a vigorous process that guarantees the proper communication, callouts, concerns, reviews, and issues that matter to your Brand’s aesthetics.

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Landscape Irrigation Case Study – an Exemplary Approach on Being a Winner of Your Irrigation Management

Landscape Irrigation Case Study – an Exemplary Approach on Being a Winner of Your Irrigation Management

LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION CASE STUDY

Winning at Irrigation Management Just Became Easier

OVERVIEW

The average irrigation system will disperse about a half-inch of precipitation or 14,000 gallons of water per watering, so it is important to have an irrigation management plan in place to prevent overuse while still providing adequate watering to your landscaping assets.

We recommended having a rain sensor installed to signal the irrigation system to pause watering during or after a rain event. Pausing your system can save you thousands of gallons of unwarranted water usage throughout a landscaping season.

In addition, rain sensors that utilize evapotranspiration can reduce water usage levels by adjusting watering times based on temperature, humidity, and ground moisture levels.

APPROACH

Situation

A client was having an issue with improper landscape water coverage. While inspecting their irrigation system, we found that the operating pressure was 63%, while their PSI was above 60.

The high PSI level was causing the irrigation heads to mist, creating insufficient water coverage.  The client was also running their system longer to provide adequate watering to their landscaping due to the mist evaporating before reaching the landscaping.

The client also experienced trouble with faulty irrigation systems throughout their 200 sites, with each system having its own set of unique issues. Some of the problems included outdated or broken irrigation controllers, backflow components, irrigation heads, valves, and piping.

The client’s case presented a significant number of costly projects that needed to be handled by a national irrigation management company rather than managing each project on a site-by-site basis through local contractors with varying levels of experience, resources, and qualifications.

Execution

To solve the client’s problem, we installed pressure regulators to verify each irrigation system per zone was operating at its optimal pressure. Then, by rigorously testing each unit, we confirmed functionality until all zones were working correctly.

We then replaced any broken or inefficient heads and parts as part of our diagnostic check. Lastly, our specialists replaced any broken PVC piping with black polyethylene piping, a more durable and flexible material that can withstand chemical and environmental stress while being resistant to cracks. 

In addition to the repairs made on this system, we also leveraged our irrigation technicians and resources throughout the country to quickly set up a project plan to update all 200-sites with new controllers.

Outcome

Since the repairs (and based on their historical spending analysis versus current trends), the client realized immediate and long-term savings.

By utilizing a national partner’s services, the client reduced their water usage by 20% for their irrigation and landscaping needs.

They also saved over $400,000  through upgrading their faulty controllers and outdated parts, which created better water efficiency and reduced reactive costs over the course of 20-years.

RESULTS

WATER USAGE

Saved over 20% of water usage

COST SAVINGS

The client saved over $400,000 via new upgrades

TIMELINE

Reduced costs over 20 years

By connecting with a partner with specialized resources throughout your company’s footprint, you can extend your irrigation systems’ life span for years to come.  

Landscaping plays a critical role in your business brand, and irrigation issues could cost you hundreds – or even thousands – in unexpected costs per property if not identified and repaired quickly.

Trust your system maintenance to a leading national irrigation management company to start providing value and savings for your facilities today!

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866-571-4609

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