— core values

With a crew of over 40 people, it is crucial to maintain a positive working environment. We found a simple solution to achieve this: employ people who exude the following Core Values.

Dedicated
We are dedicated to Houston Landscapes and to constantly be pushing to make the company a better place to work, a better and more skilled landscaping company, a more structured and professional organization, and to ensuring the company becomes the most recognized and sought after landscape construction firm in the Greater Vancouver.
Approachable
We believe in open communication and want and expect to hear honest feedback about ourselves, our work, and our structure. We listen, learn, and grow when both constructive criticism and praise are provided, and expect in return to be able to hold and share candid and sincere conversations with everyone we encounter (clients, vendors, trades, employees, peers, etc.)
Realistic
Problems occur on construction sites. We understand that. When issues arise, and they do, we look first for solutions, and then seek to understand root cause; never looking to point blame, rather to learn and better ourselves for the future.
Hard working and efficient
We work hard not to simply satisfy our clients or company ownership, but because we truly enjoy what we are doing and achieve a greater sense of satisfaction by knowing we've approached every task with the goal of completing it as efficiently and with as much effort as we could muster.
Confident
We believe in our solutions, and trust in our instincts. We have the confidence to move forward with what we know is right, knowing we are doing so with our clients' best interests in mind.
United
We work together as a united team, helping each other achieve the common goal of ensuring all Houston Landscapes projects are completed with high efficiency, and high quality standards. We help train each other and pass on knowledge to help increase the overall teams' and individuals effectiveness and abilities. We share tools and resources as required and look out for and support each other in all circumstances.

— sustainability

We believe in being the change we want to see in the world, so we're constantly striving towards a higher level of sustainability. Lessening our company's, and our employee's, impact on the environment is as simple as adopting new, better habits, and that's something we do each and every month. We even give out an award to the employee who comes up with our newest monthly sustainability initiative.

Here are just a few we've already adopted:

Water conservation
Through purchasing spray nozzles and filters and regularly inspecting our equipment, we've been able to greatly increase our water efficiency at job sites, while also reducing the run-off of solid particulates into sewers and drains.
Plastic pots program
Every plastic planter we use on a job site is collected and returned to the nursery for re-use.
Metal recycling
We place a container at every job site to collect scrap metal, then bring the metal to a recycler, or return it to manufacturers for re-use.
Soft plastic recycling
All soft plastics (including pallet wrap, etc.) are collected on-site and then dropped off once a month at a soft plastics recycling depot. We also ask our employees to bring in their own soft plastics from home. If you want to join us in our initiative, here are some local depots that accept soft plastics:
  • Presentation House Theatre at 333 Chesterfield Ave. (North Vancouver). 9am – 12noon
  • Britannia Community Centre at 1661 Napier St. (Vancouver). Enter off Venables St. onto Cotton Drive to parking lot. 9am – 12noon.
Battery recycling
We collect all household style batteries, and most of those used in our rechargeable tools, both on-site and at our shop, to be recycled. We also encourage our staff to bring in old batteries from home.
Idle reduction program
To avoid creating unnecessary pollution and greenhouse gas creation, we enforce an idle-reduction program for all our machines, including skid steers, excavators and hand-operated equipment.
Measurement confirmation
Our teams plan for the week ahead before picking up materials. Less driving means a reduction in carbon emissions and fuel usage. As well, we double-check all orders to avoid the need to return unused materials or make a second trip to buy more.
Material re-use
Following the three tenets of going green – reduce, reuse, recycle – we encourage our teams to get creative when thinking of ways to re-use any raw materials that are going to waste.
Unplug
This may be the easiest sustainability practice, but also the easiest to forget. We strive to turn out lights when possible and unplug cell-phone chargers, computers and tools when not in use. We also encourage our employees to bring these practices home with them.

— community service

We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. The following are some of our past projects:

If you have a community project you feel our staff of 40 people may be able to make a difference at or have a charity event that would benefit from a gift certification donation, please don't hesitate to contact Jeremy (jeremy[at]houstonlandscapes.ca).

Capilano University Community Garden
Working with Projects in Place, over 30 Houston Landscapes team members volunteered their time over a weekend to help build over 65 raised garden beds on a vacant lot at Capilano University, creating the Capilano University Community Gardens to be used amongst students, employees and various departments for instructional purposes.
Eastview Park Bog Makeover
Over 30 of Houston Landscapes employees volunteered their time to eradicate invasive plant material that had taken over an acre of Eastview Park (see article here). We also, as a not for profit project, built a 60 meter long wheel chair access through the park and a viewing platform which allows the students of Eastview Elementary School the opportunity to study the creatures and critters of the bog.
English Bay Beach Clean Up
Employees of Houston Landscapes volunteered their time for a day of beach clean up at English Bay during the Celebration of Lights firework show. Over 100 bags of garbage were collected and removed from the beach prior to the sun rising, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the beach for all.
Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association "Ramps" program
Houston Landscapes employees volunteered their time to help the GVHBA build wheelchair accessible ramps to allow the elderly easier access in and out of their houses.
Soul Food
Houston Landscapes provided a weekend of expertise and material to help Soul Food build an urban garden growing vegetables on Hasting Street.
Donations
Houston Landscapes has donated over $20,000 to various charities in the form of gift certificates to be auctioned off at silent auctions.

— contact

Phone
604.734.0907

Fax
604.871.0914

260 Riverside Drive
North Vancouver, BC
V7H 2M2