Brookline’s Blower Ban: A Contractor Weighs In

On Tues Oct 27, 2015, the Brookline Board of Selectmen took a vote of no action on Warranty Article 10, which would place a year-round ban all gas-powered blowers. The article was amended to exempt Town crews, the country club and golf course, but still was not recommended by the board. (Update: on 11/18/15, the Town Meeting voted to refer the question to a moderator’s committee. More details and background here.) As a company concerned…

3 ways we celebrate women every day

Happy International Women’s Day!  To celebrate, wanted to share a few ways that we as a woman-owned company promote the well-being  of women every day: our community-members, our employees, and our clients. Leading by Example A Yard & A Half is a leader in revenue and job-creation among women-owned businesses. We are among only 3% of majority woman-owned businesses with revenues topping $1 million, compared to 6% of majority man-owned firms nationally. Likewise, only 36%…

Now Hiring!

We’re expanding our team!  Selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Winning Workplaces” for our open-book management and innovative employee development, A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a landscape design-build company committed to sustainable and organic practices. We are seeking qualified applicants for an additional Project Manager and several positions on our maintenance crews. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to share new ideas, enjoy a challenge, and…

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2010 Winner

We’re pleased to announce that A Yard & A Half Landscaping has again won the Angie’s List “Super Service Award”.  This award recognizes companies who maintain a consistently superior service rating on Angie’s List, a member-based, consumer rating website.  According to Angie’s List, winners of this award represent the top 5% of companies in the Boston market. We value this award because we value our customers.  Angie’s List ratings come directly from customer experience —…

Flexible management for growth

Eileen Michaels, A Yard & A Half’s founder and General Manager, spoke with Lawn & Landscape Magazine for their September issue on business management.  Read about A Yard & A Half’s employee-centered, open book management style in “Release the Reins.”

Top Small Company Workplace!

Today, Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces announced A Yard & A Half Landscaping as one of their “Top Small Company Workplaces” — the best small- and medium-sized places to work in the nation.  “This year’s winners show that the quality of the workplace can be a competitive advantage. I’m amazed at how well they have come through the recession. Clearly, their commitment to their values and people practices are an important part of this success,”…

Winning Workplaces Finalists

A Yard & A Half Landscaping has been named as a finalist for the Top Small Company Workplaces Award by WinningWorkplaces, a national non-profit that supports small & midsized businesses in creating engaging, productive workplaces.  The award, presented in cooperation with Inc. Magazine, recognizes “small organizations that engage their employees, create great work environments and, in turn, deliver improved results.” A Yard & A Half was selected as one of 39 finalists from a pool…