Bridgewater CT Landscaper

each one of us is
a brain

and an athlete
and a basket case
a princess

Our team-
We are the coolest bunch of professionals you’ll likely meet. We are diverse. We are dynamic. We get things done and we have fun along the way.

"365" Apes

“365” Apes are our leaders, administration, support staff, and crew members that live in the local area and stay on year-round. Despite their present position or title, most of the men and women you are about to meet have considerable experience in all aspects of our services, as well as the “behind-the-scenes” elements that keep us beautifying your property. The three Flags below this text represent the countries that our “365 Apes” hail from.

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Shayne Newman

Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardApes, Inc. in 1990 and holds the title of president. He hails from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 29 years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from UCONN, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape Industry read more

Giles Vaughan

Born in 1971, Vice-President Giles Vaughan and Shayne go back, way back to school when they shared a home, chores were distributed via notes on the refrigerator door, and degrees weren’t yet in existence (yet).
In 2015 Giles decided to join forces with YardApes bringing 20 years of landscape installation read more

Elaine Lord
account mgr
Elaine hangs her hat in Roxbury. She is responsible for attracting new clients, assessing market opportunities and also manages client service for YardApes.
After her cat Alice, her first love is riding around Litchfield County in her red Miata with the top down. Close second would be gardening read more
Becky Mulhare
financial wizard

Our Wizard hails from Roxbury, but has served our Country as a Military Spouse, and thus lived in various locations (to include Fort Bragg, NC and Burlington VT). A ten-year veteran of the bookkeeping and Human Resources world, Becky came on with us full-time in February 2017. read more


Greg Kaiser
maestro de céspedes

Greg has been with Yardapes since 2008. He oversees daily operations and the scheduling of our enhancement and construction crews, as well as account management. Greg has been in the green industry in various roles since 2003, including stops in golf course maintenance. Greg’s passion for landscaping started at a very young age, and began more


George Gudauskis
mechanic/mad scientist

“It started with an Erector Set…” George is our Mechanic/Fleet and Facilities Manager, and one of the most detail-oriented and meticulous folks that our shop has ever seen. A New Milford native, this renaissance man can not only repair and restore just about anything, but is an awesome chef (specializing in gourmet beans) and enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking.


Jason von Reyn
mow crew ldr.

Our Mow Crew Leader comes from Bridgewater, CT. He recently became Landscape Industry Certified in Turf Maintenance. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jason has attended multiple National Association of Landscape Professionals conferences around the United States.

Jennifer Burks
Jennifer graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Professional Writing. During her time at WCSU, Jennifer contributed to The News-Times, The News-Times online publication 360, and to The Communique. At graduation, she received the Distinguished Portfolio Award for Journalism. Jennifer assesses

Roberto Angulo
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Roberto was raised in Narajito, Ecuador but now calls New Milford home, along with his wife, Kerly and three children, Derrick, 15, David, 12 and daughter, Dahlia, 6. As an Estate Management Crew Leader, Roberto works on our large landscaping jobs. He is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, has read more


Darrick Terrillion
fert crew ldr.

Darrick started at YardApes in 2002, and left in 2006 when he Enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in Charleston, SC in the field of Naval Nuclear Power as a Machinist Mate as well as a Fireman. After returning to New Milford, Darrick came back on with us, and we are so happy to have him back! read more

Ramiro Parra Head Mason of YardApes Inc.

Ramiro Parra
head mason

Ramiro, our head mason, is originally from Ecuador. He now lives in New Milford with his wife and two daughters. Ramiro is admired by co-workers and clients alike for his beautiful work. He brings to YardApes a skill set that translates to incredible hardscapes and waterscapes for our clients to enjoy.

Manuel Labanda
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Manny calls Danbury, CT home but is originally from Ecuador. He has three brothers and five nephews who live in Ecuador and Spain. After coming to the states, Manny worked in construction where he learned to hang siding. He came highly recommended from a friend of YardApes and we’re happy to have him. He works hard read more.


Francisco Morataya-Martinez
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Stay tuned for Francisco’s updated bio!

Our Team: Tom G.

Tom Gambone
fert crew ldr.

Tom’s one of our locals, New Milford born and raised. He graduated from NMHS in 2008. In his free time, Tom plays basketball and softball. He loves being outdoors (always good considering his line of work). When he’s not watching sports, he likes going to concerts. Tom gives back by regularly participating in our Day of Service. We like that.

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Zachary Furtado
mow crew technician

Stay tuned for Zack’s updated bio!

"H2B and Seasonal" Apes

The following men hail from places south of the US border (mainly Mexico and Ecuador) and represent the majority of our Spring, Summer, and Fall work force. Our H2B Temporary Work Visa employees are some of the finest landscape artisans in the industry, and we are lucky to have most of these gentleman return every April. Some (like Isauro “Mr. Miyagi” Perez) have been with us for greater than ten years, providing not only continuity and a strong work ethic, but wisdom, laughs, and stories we otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to. We miss them every Winter and greatly look forward to their return in Spring. The two Flags below this text represent their home countries.

The Team: Isauro

Isauro Perez
mow crew ldr.

Isauro is one of our crew leaders, and has been with YardApes for 10 years. He calls Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico his home and is married with four children. Isauro is part of the H-2B nonimmigrant work visa program which allows nonagricultural seasonal employment read more


Jesus Alberto Millanez
estate mgmt crew leader

2016 Ape of the Year!

Jesus is one of our Estate Management and Construction Crew Leaders and has been with us since Spring 2014. In short time he has made an incredible impact, not only in the quality of the work he performs and manages at client properties, but with his coworkers and management. read more

Florentino Hernandez
mow crew technician

Florentino calls Actopan Hidalgo, Mexico home when not stateside as part of the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife, two sons and two daughters back home. Whether here, or in Mexico, Florentino loves to watch soccer.

Ricardo Hernandez
estate mgmt technician

Ricardo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.


Alfredo Aviles Hernandez
estate mgmt crew ldr

Alfredo also hails from Actopan Hildalgo, Mexico and works for YardApes through the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife and two daughters back home and…wait for it—he likes to watch soccer. Alfredo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

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Mauricio Hernandez
estate mgmt technician

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Ruben Meza-Villeda
mow crew technician

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