Know a deserving charity in the Triangle that needs a hand? #Operation400Hands will take place on 12/11/2015 and 175 members of our 200 person year around core will be deployed to do pro-bono work in the community for the day, leading up to our End of Year Feast which takes place at HQ between 13:00 and 15:00. As for the other 25 associates? They will be on the Culinary Arts Team fixing a feast for the rest of us!
Follow the action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #Operation400Hands
It’s going to be a day to remember for everyone involved!
Bland Holidays 2015
Our featured project for this season is Alliance One, a class A office building in the renowned NC State Centennial Campus. The property was developed and is managed by Craig Davis Properties. JD Beam was the General Contractor, ColeJenest & Stone were the Landscape Architects, Jenkins Peer was the Architect, and Bland Landscaping Company was the landscape contractor.
The landscape scope consisted of plant installation, irrigation, low voltage lighting, and a street tree planting that included the use of structural soil mixture under the paving to provide the required root zone for the long term success of the street trees. This beautiful property allowed Bland Landscaping the opportunity to showcase our talents for the second time in the last year on the picturesque Centennial Campus of NC State.
Like all successful projects, Alliance One required collaboration between developer, general contractor, landscape architect, and architect. On the front end, we had to collaborate with the owner and the landscape architect to source plant material, that fit within the budget of the owner, while dealing with a challenging plant shortage across the country. Additional collaboration with architect was required while sourcing the tree grates, lighting fixtures, and flower pots for the site. During construction, daily collaboration with the wonderful folks at JD Beam was required, especially while implementing the game plan for the street tree pits and soil placement across the site. This truly was a team effort with all involved.
We would like to thank Craig Davis Properties for allowing Bland Landscaping the opportunity to be a part of another successful project. We are excited about maintaining this site and having a front row seat to watching this property mature and develop over the years to come.
We were honored to be able to assist the Lucy Daniels Center finish their therapeutic garden this spring. The school located off Weston Parkway in Cary teaches children with emotional and social challenges. The garden is fenced in to keep the deer at bay and has a green- house inside it as well. Our employees volunteered their time filling in the raised planters with soil, created two planting rows, and created walking paths through the garden. Fruit trees will be planted later this season. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Lucy Daniels and assisting them with hands on teaching regarding planting vegetables. All of us are connected to nature and this is one small way to maintain this connection and positively improve one’s sense of well-being. If you would like more information regarding therapeutic gardening please let us know.
Too much or too little of anything can be bad. The same is true of snow in the landscape. Snow can actually be beneficial to landscape plants. Its acts as an insulator and can protect some plants from the effects of freezing and thawing and provides moisture as is melts. On the down side, too much snow can put added weight and cause damage to plant structures and in water logged areas it can make things even more soggy and damage root systems. In the South East much of the damage we see when it snows is actually from ice that is a result of our repeated freezing and thawing. This repeated freezing and thawing can cause plants to heave out of the soil as well as damage susceptible flower buds.
Many of these effects can be counteracted by applying a thicker layer of winter mulch around shallow rooted plants, covering smaller plants and shrubs with burlap or some other breathable covering, and making sure you have the right plant in the right location.
– Corley Hughes
Bland Landscaping Co. Inc.
While on the surface this seems like a common irrigation repair, in reality it is not. This was our second irrigation repair completed this year which required our new North Carolina Restricted Limited Plumbing License to perform.
The task at hand was to remove an abandoned a backflow prevention device that once served as the water supply to a fountain that has since been demolished. Since the job involved the installation, repair, or replacement of a backflow prevention device, it required a plumbing license, permit, and inspection to legally perform.
As of October 3, 2014, Bland Landscaping is a Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor allowing us to contract install, repair or replace exterior backflow prevention devices connected to water service piping two inches in diameter or less, exterior building sewer piping, exterior water service piping two inch diameter or less, and water filtration systems. We are proud to add this license and certification to our list of many as a company, allowing us to come one step closer to an all-inclusive service provider to our customers.
Patrick Freeman CLT, CLIA, CLP
Bland Landscaping Co. Inc.
NC Irrigation Contractor License # 1077
NC Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor #32647