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Working in times of COVID-19

Working in times of COVID-19

Being a landscaping company in Kitsap County – where COVID cases are relatively low – it’s fairly easy to work safely.

Of course, there are guidelines put forth by the Governor’s office specifically defining what it means to work safely. Colby and I are rule followers when it comes to business. And we believe in doing what’s best for the greater good of our community.

Since our clients include senior living centers and medical offices, it’s incredibly important that we do all the things we can to keep our employees safe and our clients safe.

Our employees wear gloves when operating shared equipment.

This means that tracking down Clorox wipes, nitrile gloves and other PPE has become my part-time job. If you’re tasked with this responsibility in your household or business, then you know these highly coveted items are not widely available like they once were. On more than one occasion, I’ve had to go to three different places in order to procure necessary supplies.

But we manage to stay stocked, sanitized and gloved. We now have weekly health policy meetings so that all employees know what practices they must follow.

Employees are required to:

  1. Show up for work wearing a mask or face covering
  2. Wear a mask or face covering all day
  3. Use hand sanitizer before touching company property
  4. Keep hand sanitizer on them throughout the day and use hand wipes and hand sanitizer every time they return to their vehicle
  5. Wear gloves when operating shared equipment
  6. Wear a mask and gloves when getting gas or taking lunch at gas stations or going inside of stores
  7. Stay 6-ft away from one another, and all people throughout the day, including and especially clients
  8. Wipe down or spray inside of truck and all shared equipment at the end of the day
  9. Contact me immediately if they or any household member is sick

We provide hand wipes, masks and cloth facial coverings, gloves, and hand sanitizer to all employees. “Staying safe” has always been an important part of our company culture, but now these words have new meaning in light of COVID-19.

Our employees wear face coverings on every job site.

Despite the strangeness of interacting while wearing a mask, we’ll continue these practices as long as we need to during this unprecedented time.

And we very much look forward to once again living in a world where we can knock on clients’ doors and see when a smile breaks out on someone’s face.

Take good care,

Meeshka

A message from Colby regarding COVID-19

A message from Colby regarding COVID-19

I hope all of you are doing well right now despite these very strange times.  It’s easy to get lost in the panic and fear – both warranted emotions.  Some of you are concerned about pre-existing conditions that may not interact well with this virus, in the still – at this moment – unlikely event that you are exposed to it.  Some of you are concerned about your business and livelihood, and I sympathize with your worries. I share them with you.

Meeshka and I have reflected a lot on this moment.  We have employees with conditions that do not do well with this virus, like asthma, and as employers we have a responsibility to keep our employees safe, which in turn keeps all of you in our community safer as well.  We also have a job to do and we take that seriously too.

Your landscapes may be a place of refuge for you in the coming months, even more so than they have been in the past.  We are thankful that we may be able to provide you with some joy despite these strange times.

We all have skills and talents to contribute during hard times, and we believe the best thing we can do for you is to continue to provide you with a beautiful landscape to spend time in and engage with.  Our landscapes can be very healing and the perfect place to escape from the world around us.  We just finished installing a beautiful landscape in Bremerton, and as I walked it with our clients, both of them had ear-to-ear smiles.  As we admired our surroundings I mentioned how easy it was to forget about all the chaos and uncertainty of the moment, simply by being outside. For us, this is what it’s all about, and we intend on preserving that respite for you.

As a company, we have instituted very strict measures, to do our part in quelling this pandemic: 

  • Employees no longer enter our building to clock in. Clock in and out is done in an open air space that is sprayed down multiple times a day.
  • Employees are required to use hand sanitizer before touching company property.
  • Employees work with the same person each day, in an effort to minimize employee interaction.
  • Equipment and trucks are wiped or sprayed down with Clorox at the end of each shift.
  • Employees are instructed to wear disposable nitrile gloves when getting gas or taking lunch at gas stations.
  • Employees are given hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, Clorox wipes and hand wipes in every truck.
  • Employees are to call Meeshka if they or a household member feel ill.

Both of us talk with our employees regularly about how to stay safe, and have gone over very detailed practices to protect them and their families, including: handwashing demonstrations, not touching surfaces or their faces, staying informed about the state of the pandemic so that they can change behavior accordingly, social distancing, coughing dos and don’ts, and more.

Rest assured that we take this event very seriously and are making responsible choices to keep us safe, our employees safe, our clients safe and our communities safe. We can’t control what’s happening “out there,” but we can control our practices and how we conduct our business.

If we can be of service to you, please give us a call at 360-697-3215. After all, we work outdoors and can absolutely work safely.

We wish you and your family good health.

Many thanks,

Colby

2009 – 2019 Celebrating 10 Years in Business!

2009 – 2019 Celebrating 10 Years in Business!

The end of this decade marks the end of our first decade in business. That’s right. 10 WHOLE YEARS in business. As the saying goes, time flies.

Our 1st water, feature constructed in 2010

I can still remember the rush I’d get from early successes, like landing our first apartment complex to maintain (the manager generously gave our low baller proposal back to us along with two other proposals she received and said, “Raise your price”), working from a small desk at the corner of a spare room next to our washer and dryer.

I remember the anxiety I felt on occasion during those early days, when Colby would leave our job site to go to Bangor for swing shift, to do the job that was actually giving him a paycheck.

The energy of a new, young company is fresh, nimble and fluid. Also, eager, naïve and willing to say yes to just about anything.

landscapers moving large rock

How we moved large rocks before we had an excavator.

Now, we’re tired. Kidding, not kidding! Jokes aside, we’re more structured, more seasoned, more confident in who we are, and, frankly, pickier about what jobs we take on.

It’s taken 10 years to develop our portfolio and our processes, some of which we’re still refining. As we enter into our second decade of business, we want different things than what we wanted in 2009. We have new ideas of what we want to be, how we want our business to feel, and what traits define our company culture.

In decade number two, the definitive word that will guide and shape us is this:

Solid.

What a difference 6 years makes! This water feature was constructed in 2016.

We’ve built equity, sharpened our systems, and developed strategies for keeping good people when the economy is strong. And, perhaps most importantly, we’ve done good work in our community for a decade now.

Having had some of the same maintenance clients for 8 to 9 years, we’ve shown our reliability. When our landscapes and concrete projects still perform after many rainy seasons, aging with integrity, we’ve demonstrated our craftsmanship.

Now, it’s time to bring it all together, and simply be and feel like a solid company – built to last.

Being partners in marriage and business is a challenge! But we love what we do.

To all of you who have helped us build this foundation – through business, referrals, words of encouragement and words of criticism when necessary – we can’t thank you enough. Your support is invaluable.

Onwards and upwards.

Meeshka

Thanks for reading our blog. Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

GIE + Expo 2018 – Our Industry’s Biggest Trade Show

GIE + Expo 2018 – Our Industry’s Biggest Trade Show

After nearly a decade of running this business, it was only a matter of time before we headed to Louisville for our nation’s largest industry tradeshow, the GIE+Expo.

Colby’s main goal was to test battery powered equipment to see and feel the quality of this technology first-hand.

Many companies are moving in the direction of operating battery powered equipment and we very likely will too.

Thanks for reading our blog.  Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC is a Kitsap County landscaping company that offers landscaping, decorative concrete and lawn maintenance services to homes and businesses across Kitsap and Pierce counties. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

 

Our story in the Kitsap Sun

Our story in the Kitsap Sun

Every person, every place, every business has a story. We haven’t yet shared our story in writing, in part because it’s still unfolding. As we approach the ten-year mark of our doors being open for business, it’s time for us to look back, look inward, and do the work of crafting our story.

Colby & Meeshka Brand in the Kitsap Sun

We started this company in October of 2009, when the recession was in full swing. We didn’t know it at the time, but hindsight has shown us that it was a brilliant time to start a business. Colby recently had the opportunity to talk with the Kitsap Sun about the challenges and lessons learned from this endeavor.

His video interview is featured in the online version of this article.

We’re incredibly honored that Colby had the opportunity to contribute to this timely conversation. This experience is the motivation we needed to think about our story and just how important it is to where we’re headed. All good stuff.

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2016: Our Year in Photos

2016: Our Year in Photos

2016 was a very good year for us thanks to our clients, our skilled and growing team, and an improved economy.

As the year comes to an end, we’re feeling a little nostalgic about all the great moments that marked 2016, and want to share some of them them here with you. After all, it’s moments like these that define who we are and what we do.

Here are some the year’s most unforgettable moments in photos.

Cheers!

Two landscapers volunteering at Chico Salmon Park

In January, we volunteered our time and labor at Chico Salmon Park. For this community service day, we cut up fallen debris, helped to create better drainage, pulled ivy, and trimmed down blackberries. It was a productive day for a good cause. If you haven’t yet been in the fall, it’s a great place to watch the salmon run.

Planting annuals in Kingston

Sisters Meeshka (co-owner) and Shauna (Office Manager) spent a day in the field planting annuals at the entrance of White Horse HOA in Kingston. Our planting practices always include amending the existing soil with organic compost.

Outdoor space in Kitsap County

This concrete project in Poulsbo was our first to include a custom outdoor fireplace thanks to Dan’s Custom Masonry. Here, you see Roman Slate stamped concrete colored to complement the materials used for the fireplace. Thanks also to clients Tim & Cathy for being such a pleasure to work with.

Stamping concrete in Poulsbo

This was a hot summer day spent stamping concrete, working for amazing clients Tammy and David. Finishing and stamping concrete is hard work and requires excellent team work and the ability to perform under pressure. We’ve got a great crew!

NWCL water feature

In the photo above, Elias (Landscape Construction Foreman) and Colby (co-owner) are focused on completing the construction of this custom water feature for wonderful clients Billy and Kurt in Manette. We used our favorite rock here, High Cascade Granite.

Chickens in Bremerton

There’s a first time for everything! We chicken-sat these three beauties for Billy and Kurt while their back yard was under construction. Here they are amidst black mondo grass and swordferns, enjoying their new landscape.

Silverdale landscaping

This summer we installed a new landscape to complement a new sign at the Windermere office in Silverdale. It was such a fun project!

Brothers in front of NWCL trailer

Brothers Elvis (Maintenance Technician) and Byron (Maintenance Lead) are all smiles, even after a long day working in the rain.

Thank you card for Recap 2016

One of the cutest thank you cards we’ve received. This is why we do what we do!

Progress of landscaping and concrete in Silverdale

Work in progress! Our favorite projects allow us to showcase our concrete and landscaping skills. For this stunning Erlands Point property, we installed new garden beds, dramatic boulders and new plantings, along with a 5-column water feature and decorative concrete borders. Many thanks to Jerry & Julie for trusting us with your landscape and for being such great clients.

Toro Lounge party picture

There’s no better way to close out a successful year than with a holiday party. A big thanks to Toro Lounge in downtown Bremerton for their excellent food and service.

We hope 2016 was a great for you as well. Happy Holidays and we wish you all the best in 2017.

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