Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow removal?

After traveling to Virgina and North Carolina during the Christmas holidays where we experienced large amounts of snow and ice, we were reminded of the possibility of Columbia receiving winter weather.
Should this happen, Heritage can remove snow and ice from your properties. We will be sending out letters to confirm if you are interested in this service.

This picture is from our trip to Roseland, Virgina, where we visited Debbie's family. 15+ inches of snow fell while we were there.
This picture is from Ashe County, NC. Anna grew up in this part of North Carolina. 12+ inches of snow had fallen on Western NC a week prior to our visit.
And who says a Southern guy doesn't know how to build a snowman? Ashley demonstrated his own snow removal skills by building this snowman at Anna's parents.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Efforts to be "green" at Heritage

As a company that relies on the land for our existence, we understand the importance of doing our part to reduce our waste and impact. Recently Robert documented some of these efforts, which we would like to share with you.

Scrap iron (such as old mower blades) are collected and taken to a recycling center.
Used oil (from our lawn mowers, trucks, and other equipment) is stored in this container. This will be picked up by the Santee Cooper GOFER Program to generate energy.
Pallets from the various shipments we receive (fertilizer, mulch, etc.) are stacked and returned to a company that reuses them.
Plant containers are collected and returned to nurseries, where they are cleaned and reused.

Old mulch and flowers from the properties we maintain is returned to our lot, where we compost it instead of taking it to the landfill. We use this rich soil material to rebuild our plant beds.
These are only a few of our ways of reducing our impact on the environment. We will continue to look for additional methods of being really green as landscape professionals.

Office Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 15, the Heritage office team and their invited guests gathered for our annual Christmas dinner. This year we met at the Mediterranean Cafe in Lexington. We enjoyed a delicious meal and fellowshiping with each other.

The youngest employees also attended--Mallory (daughter of Kleck and Carey Harman) and Levi (son of Ashley and Anna McLeod). Both are 18 months old and full of life.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Irrigation clocks off!

With all the rain the Columbia area has received in the past few weeks, folks may be wondering about the irrigation systems on their properties.

We have turned off the majority of the irrigation clocks for the winter unless new plants or flowers have been recently installed. The systems will be checked early in 2010 for needed repairs but otherwise will remain off to prevent freezing of pipes and other damage.