Why one landscape company turned a one-time thing into a monthly event.
What started as a one-time celebration to reward the team for a job well done has turned into a monthly event for A+ Lawn & Landscape, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
A few years ago after a good month, management rewarded the team with a barbecue. It was a hit—more well-received than anyone anticipated.
According to Shawn Edwards, managing partner, the feedback was, “I wish we did this every month,” which prompted the company to make team dinners a recurring event.
That was five years ago. Edwards says the monthly tradition continues, but now it’s more about showing thanks than giving a reward.
“After the success of the first dinner, we started doing it as a monthly event but for no reason—just to show our appreciation,” Edwards says. “When you start tying it to numbers or having to hit a certain mark, we decided it loses something. It’s not the same as just showing appreciation. We wanted show them how much we care.”
Each month A+ has a theme dinner—it could be hot dog night, soup night or something else—cooked and served by management for the rest of the team. When the company tried Mexican night, Edwards says they decided to have it catered since it would be complicated. Surprisingly, despite the delicious food, bringing in a caterer all but ruined the event, Edwards says.
“That was something we...
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Are you thinking of selling your home this spring? Spring is the best time to sell your home. With warmer weather, longer days, and the need to get settled in before school starts again in the fall, home buying surges in the spring - usually peaking around June - and everyone sees your home from the outside first.
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Who doesn’t love spending some quality time with some fluffy animals? Some of our Garden Center ladies spent their lunch volunteering at the ARL (Animal Rescue League of Iowa) interacting with some of their new arrivals. Looks like everyone had a good time!
We know it's still cold out, but the mowing season is just around the corner. Is your mower ready? One of the keys to a thick and healthy lawn is to have your blades sharpened. This will also keep the chances of lawn getting a disease or fungus at a minimum.
It is recommended to have your blades sharpened and balanced every 15-20 hours of mowing. Sharp and balanced blades provide a more even cut ensuring a healthier turf grass plant. Our Sharp-N-Lube Mobile Mower Service can come to your home and provide this service to you along with our "12 Point standard service" which includes the following: cleaning the engine, changing the oil, checking the tires, greasing the wheels, cleaning upper and lower decks, checking the spark plugs, and cleaning the air filter just to name a few. We provide this service for walk-behind mowers as well as riding mowers.
Call our office today @ (515) 289-2020 to get you mower scheduled as the dates are filling up fast.
Since 2013, A+ Lawn & Landscape, Ankeny Parks & Recreation, and the Ankeny Kiwanis Club have partnered with the Miracle League to offer “Super Kids,” a designed space and park setting to enjoy. We've joined together to donate the labor and materials to be a part of creating and constructing the Miracle Field & All-Inclusive Playground facility specifically designed for children with disabilities here in Ankeny.
The Miracle League Field & All-Inclusive Playground is located in Hawkeye Park in Ankeny and will provide children with special needs and their families:
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