Meet Tyler Washburn: Getting The Job Done, With Fun

Tyler Washburn and familyYears in the landscaping industry: 9

How did you find your job at Outback? The job found him. His wife is friends with the wife of Outback owner Chase Coates. When the residential construction industry took a hit during the recession and Tyler had little work, Chase offered him a job installing irrigation systems. He worked his way up to operations manager.


Family: Wife, Katie. Kids Brayden, 12; Haylee, 7 and “mini monster” Landon, 3.

Pets: Dog Moe, a shih tzu

Hobbies: snowboarding, hiking, camping. He climbed Mt. Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak. Last summer he hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim in 12 hours — a 24-mile trek at 8,000 feet elevation.

“I like to push myself,” he says.

Tyler Washburn hiking

A Typical Day for Tyler

It actually starts the day before, with painstaking preparation. 

Tyler organizes equipment, checklists and project notes for the next day, to make sure crews roll out with everything they need for the day’s work.

“I want to make sure there are no surprises for anybody,” he says.

He visits job sites, walks the property with crews, makes sure everything’s going smoothly and that the work is top quality.

“It challenges me,” Tyler says. “Some days I’m in the field, some days I’m in the office, some days I’m working with the guys. Every day is different.”

Tyler Washburn working with Level Green Landscaping crew

Customers don’t always see him.

“I stay in the shadows,” he says with a laugh.

But if there’s an issue on your property or a problem with your project, you’ll see him plenty.

Tyler is on the job late on Friday nights or he’ll show up Saturdays to make sure everything is exactly right.

He loves the challenge of installing a big sprawling irrigation system at a 16-building apartment complex, making sure every drop of water is put to good use.

He thrives on high-end projects with lots of moving parts — a luxury patio complete with outdoor kitchen, pergola and lighting.

Bring on your dream project.

“It’s so satisfying to finish a project like that, and to hear the homeowners ooh and aah over it,” he says. One such project recently made the cover of Landscape Construction, a landscaping trade magazine.

“That was pretty cool,” he says.

Tyler’s a checklist kind of guy. He studied to be an engineer. He likes numbers and precision.

But he loves people too, so working with crew members makes him happy. 

Tyler Washburn working with Level Green Landscaping team“I’m not the type to say, ‘Go do this’ and ‘Go do that,’” he says. “I step in and work with them. I say, ‘Hey, let’s get this done.’

“I try to keep a friendship with the guys, but I’m authoritative when I need to be,” he says.  “I’m here to get things done, but let’s have some fun while we do it.”

Fun is contagious, he says.

“I want our customers to be happy to see us on their property, because our guys are happy,” Tyler says. “I want them to feel like it’s a privilege to have Outback working on their place.” 

Get Things Done with Outback 

Are you ambitious, detail-driven and organized? Like Tyler, do you want to have fun while you work hard? 

You might be a great fit for our Outback team.

Need skilled, creative landscaping experts to tackle your property’s needs? We’re on it.

Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we serve residential and commercial properties in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as Bonneville, Madison and Bannock counties.

Contact Outback Landscape at 208-656-3220, or fill out the contact form to schedule an onsite consultation.

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