Helping You Manage Your Landscape Asset

We consider ourselves our customer’s Landscape Asset Manager. As a part of helping your business, association, or organization be successful, accurate budget planning is key. We understand this very well as we have always provided budgetary information to customers in the fall to assist them with their budgeting process. Whether it is standard enhancements such as barkdust/mulch, moss control or flowers, or one-time irrigation or re-landscaping projects, we will provide you ideas and recommendations to maximize the value of your landscape.   

 

Part of managing a landscape asset is to evaluate landscape and irrigation systems and determine if there are any structural or age-related issues that are impacting the landscape or potentially impacting the value or maintenance cost of a property. Our budget proposals will include thoughtful recommendations on how to modify or upgrade the landscape to ensure it is providing the property with the intended asset value. Some project considerations will include:

·      Smart (weather-based) irrigation to save 20-30% water

·      Water Conservation Plans to evaluate properties for water saving projects

·      Water Conservation projects to reduce water costs and operational expense

·      Lawn conversion where lawn is difficult to irrigate and maintain

·      Safety, security, and hazard elimination projects to reduce liability

·      Replacement of old tired, inappropriate placed plants with new, easier to maintain plants

·      Pest Management for significant pests like Emerald Ash Borer and Crabgrass

·      Safety risk and hazard reduction to reduce liability

 

We are beginning to prepare our budget proposals now and would like to meet with as many customers as possible during the next few months to ensure we understand your specific situation. Please contact us and let us know when you are available as we want to work around your schedule and provide you with the best budget information possible. We are a part of your team and will help you in any way we can.

MANAGING RISING COSTS

It has been a challenging few years for most, as costs are rising and inflation has become the new reality. We peaked at 9% inflation last April and it has lowered since, but still is above traditional 2-3% levels.


Labor is our greatest cost, and the tight labor market and increasing labor-related benefits over the last 5-6 years have driven our overall costs to rise faster than the base inflation rate as we work to attract and retain our great team. Many of our next highest costs - fuel, fertilizer, and equipment - have risen significantly faster than the base inflation rate over the past 2 years. Continued record low unemployment has labor costs rising still. 

 

Labor costs continue to rise

Prior to the pandemic and supply chain shortages that created inflationary pressure on the general economy, labor and labor-related expenses including insurance and new mandated benefits (especially in construction and service professions) have risen at 5-8% annually. We work diligently to improve efficiencies to offset as much of that as possible, but to attract and retain the great staff that provide the great service to our customers, our cost of doing business has been pushed higher than general inflation. Our production wages have risen 75% in the last 10 years and 30% over the past 5 years.

Wage rates, mandatory increases in health care, sick leave and other personnel costs have also driven up labor costs for most service businesses. We have to keep up with these costs to attract and retain the workforce to provide the service our clients expect.   


Fuel costs are up, but we haven’t considered fuel surcharges

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With fuel up over 135% compared over the last 2 years, we’ve heard that several of our competitors have tried to pass on a fuel surcharge. Although this is a significant cost for us, we honor our contract rates and have not considered a surcharge. We have also heard of some of the surcharge rates being around 5%, which we believe is significantly greater than the cost increase, turning the surcharge into a profit center. It is frustrating when businesses take advantage of rising prices to increase profits.  


Fertilizer costs have over doubled

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Mostly due to the fact that Russia produces much of the raw materials used in fertilizer, the war in Ukraine has disrupted the supply chain, driving up costs to over double since last summer. They have lowered a bit this past year, but is still up 160% over 2 years.


Equipment costs have risen by over 20%

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Two examples of increased equipment costs: our production trucks and our 21" hand mower. The cost for the trucks has risen from $62,000 to $76,000 since 2019, which is 22%. The mower cost rose from $1,128 to $1,499, which is 33%. 


We are proud to have one of the most updated truck and equipment fleet to ensure our team has the proper tools to perform the great service. This keeps us efficient and assists in our goal to reduce our carbon footprint as newer equipment have lower emissions. It is difficult for us to consider to allow our equipment to age because it would reduce our efficiency and slow our goal of lower emissions.  


Working to improve efficiencies to offset cost increases

We have always worked hard to offset increased costs and are proud that during our long history, we have offset most cost increases. For example, as stated above, with labor costs having risen 75% in the past 10 years, our costs to most clients have risen only one-third of that through our work to improve efficiencies.


With a strong commitment to training when we formed 21 years ago, we are proud to have the best trained and efficient team. We have also worked through LEAN process planning to have mapped and developed critical paths to improve efficiencies on all properties. We also have utilized plant growth regulators to reduce pruning frequencies. We are always working hard to offset labor cost increases.


To read more about our landscape renovation and enhancement offerings, check out our website:

http://www.pacscape.com/services/landscape-renovation.php

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