Landscape Maintenance 150

PERFICUT LISTED ON “LM150” LIST OF TOP LANDSCAPING COMPANIES

LM150 list, published by national trade publication Landscape Management, represents the top 1 percent of landscape industry companies.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – June 25, 2015 – Perficut Companies has been named to the prestigious “LM150” list by the national trade publication Landscape Management. Perficut was the only company in Iowa to be recognized in the 2015 list which represents the top 1% of the landscape industry. Continue reading "Landscape Maintenance 150"

The Great American Tracker

When Josh Hyde looks to the future, he's facing west.

STORY BY NICK TAYLOR | IMAGES BY PHILLIP HARDER

There is an age-old axiom that truly great hunters are born, not raised.  Perhaps it’s based on evolution.  Perhaps it’s something deeper.  If you arrive at a public game preserve on opening day and ask the individuals assembled what it is that sets the truly great hunters apart, they’ll quickly raise the issue of instinct.

“Instincts aren’t taught,” Josh Hyde recently told me.  “They are woven into your DNA - becoming part of you even before your heart and lungs are formed.”

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The Hall of Laureates

STORY BY EMMA LOCKWOOD | IMAGES BY NOLAN KRESNAK

By the mid-20th century, mass famine was imminent in certain regions of the world. In an effort to curb this pandemic, Iowan, Norman Borlaug, pioneered the introduction of a new variety of high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat. The increase in food production that resulted has been labeled the “Green Revolution” and Borlaug is often credited with saving a billion people from starvation.

Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply. He was subsequently also awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, becoming one of only three Americans to ever have received these three highest honors.

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The Healing Garden

Fighting Cancer in a New Way

The Mercy Cancer Center is getting their hands dirty in the fight against cancer by taking the battle outside to their groundbreaking new garden. The “Healing Garden,” located outside the Mercy Cancer Center West Lakes facility, provides patients, caregivers and employees with a key to cancer prevention, nutrition and improved health and wellness.

STORY EMMA LOCKWOOD | IMAGES BY NOLAN KRESNAK

“One way to reduce our risk of cancer is to eat a plant based diet rich in fruits and vegetables,” says Mercy dietitian, Barb Wisnieski, one of the project leads. “We began the project with the idea that the garden would provide an opportunity for patients, cancer survivors and our staff to learn more about how food is grown and why a plant based diet is so beneficial. We knew the garden could become a great place for us to practice what we preach.” Continue reading "The Healing Garden"

Cowles Commons

STORY BY EMMA LOCKWOOD  |  IMAGES BY PHILLIP HERDER AND DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

IF YOU MAKE A FRIEND WHO LIVES IN A CITY anywhere in the world, you can always immediately ask them the name of their river.  After all, a house can be supported by a well.  A town can be supported by a creek or a stream.  But only a river can support a city.

Just as a great river supports the life of a city, a great park is necessary to support the hopes and dreams of it’s citizens.  A park is where people go to be together.  It’s a place for children to play.  It’s a place for marriage proposals to be made and books to be read.  It’s a place for young people to dream of their future and a place for those who have lived a long life, to sit and reflect on the past. Continue reading "Cowles Commons"

Perficut Awarded “Top 100”

PERFICUT NAMED A “TOP 100” LANDSCAPING COMPANY

The Prestigious List Showcases the Largest Firms in North America.

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio – Perficut Companies has been named a “Top 100” Landscaping Company in North America by Lawn & Landscape magazine. Perficut was the only company in Iowa to be recognized in the 2015 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 list, which was published in May and sponsored by Toro.

“Our Top 100 list includes some of the best and brightest leaders in the landscape industry,” says Lawn & Landscape Editor and Associate Publisher Chuck Bowen. “These companies have achieved a level of growth that very few others can claim.”

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Emerald Ash Borer is in Iowa

For the last several weeks local media has been reporting that the Emerald Ash Borer has been spotted in central Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that there are more than 3 million ash trees in metropolitan areas in Iowa and another 52 million trees in rural woodland areas. The expected loss of these trees could cost more than $2.5 billion over the next two decades.

This Service Alert will provide you with more information about the Emerald Ash Borer and treatment options that will save ash trees from destruction.

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Our Worst Customer

THE STORY ON HOW PERFICUT’S DRIVE TO BE THE BEST RESULTED IN THE COMPANY DECIDING TO BECOME IT’S OWN WORST CUSTOMER – SO THAT AN ACTUAL CLIENT NEVER WOULD.
It’s 4:15 in the morning and Kory Ballard is behind the wheel of his truck tracking his route across central Iowa. With his usual modesty, Ballard describes the conditions as “full” – which is a nice way of saying terrible. The temperature has dropped below zero and snow is falling at a rate of more than an inch per hour. The city streets haven’t been plowed but he doesn’t seem to notice. He has a hunter’s focus and hunters don’t waste time taking note of the shortcomings of others.

A smart phone has been set in the console next to him. It’s a simple device, but the key to what’s unfolding. The phone has been loaded with site maps and snow plans, and is linked together with 250 other Perficut employees and service providers who are entering data, recording photographs, and reporting on their progress in real-time as the storm is unfolding.

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