Our jobs as landscape professionals are messy: we spend days outside in the elements, digging through dirt and mulch. It's part of why we like this work so much. There's something so satisfying in seeing the end result of what we can make and build. It also means it would be easy for everything we touch to be a little dirty too.
I often get asked by others in the industry how we keep our trucks so clean. It's been a close-guarded secret up until now, but I'm finally ready to share how we do it with all of you:
We wash them! 😁
It's as simple as that. We pay a service to come in after hours and wash the trucks, and keeping the insides of our trucks neat is part of our company culture. We expect our crews to take ownership of their trucks and trailers, clean trash out of them at the end of the day, sweep out the beds, straighten up, and clean up any messes.
It seems simple, and maybe even a bit silly, to be this focused on cleanliness. The reason we do it isn't just because I like clean trucks. It's because of what clean trucks, equipment, and job sites say about us as a company. We're known in our area for doing great work, having integrity, and being professionals. We keep job sites tidy, we don't leave tools lying around, our team wears neat-looking uniforms, and we keep our trucks and shop clean.
If you're struggling with getting your team onboard with staying neat and organized, here is what I'd do to lay the groundwork:
You can tour our shop, look inside our trailers, and see everything we do to drive organization and cleanliness during one of our Grunder Landscaping Field Trips later this year. Join us September 14-15 or October 12-13, we have space available, but spots will sell quickly.
I hope to see you there!
President & CEO
The Grow Group & Grunder Landscaping Co.