Landscape Budget Advice from the Pros

Landscape Budget Advice from the Pros

There is a seemingly endless list of things commercial property owners or managers need to anticipate and budget for each year.  The landscape maintenance and upkeep may seem like one of the easier costs to check off the list, but are you really thinking about everything that could effect that line item?  Unplanned incidents like storms or municipal inspections can result in significant costs.  And how can you afford the needed or wanted property improvements and upgrades if they don't make it into the budget? Budgeting Missteps to Avoid Ignoring Inflation Prices for everything increase every…continue reading →
Attracting Dog Loving Tenants with Dog Parks

Attracting Dog Loving Tenants with Dog Parks

Dog parks are not a new thing. They’ve been present in some of the largest US Cities for decades, but in recent years, they are popping up in private neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and condominium communities at a staggering rate. Why the change? Over thirty six percent of US households have dogs. Thirty. Six. Percent. And that statistic grows each year. In American households, dogs are almost as likely to be family members as children are, so in addition to those stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and resort inspired bathrooms that people have come to…continue reading →
Perennials – Practically Perfect Plants to Liven Up Your Landscape

Perennials – Practically Perfect Plants to Liven Up Your Landscape

If you are looking for a way to dress up your landscape that doesn't cost a fortune, doesn't require a whole new design, and isn't super high maintenance - perennials are just the thing.  Perennials are durable and diverse plants that can provide four seasons of color to any landscape - new or mature. What Makes Perennials a Powerful Addition to the Landscape? Perennials work in so many different situations and they just go and go and go.  They are like the Energizer Bunny of the landscape.  Shade or blistering sun...drought tolerant or soggy soil…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #12: Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Green Peace of Mind Tip #12: Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property Annuals are hardy and easy to care for if maintained properly.  They will provide you a lush colorful display all season long.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure your annual display lives up to its potential. Watering is key – thirsty flowers can’t sustain their luster for long.  Most annuals require watering daily, especially if they are planted in full sun.  Annuals are most susceptible to drying out in the first few weeks after planting. Deep infrequent watering is preferred over frequent light watering so make…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: Fertilizing Annual Plantings

Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: Fertilizing Annual Plantings

Feed Those Hungry Annuals Planting annual flowers at your commercial property is a quick and easy way to add color and interest to your landscape.  Unlike perennials, annuals don’t get a second chance to strut their stuff so proper fertilization is important and has a huge impact on the quality and quantity of flowers.  Annuals grow rapidly and require plenty of fuel to thrive so once your annuals start blooming - feed 'em. What's for Lunch? Fertilizer has 3 basic components - each bringing their own benefit to the party. N = Nitrogen…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #65: Why Irrigation is Important for Your Commercial Property

Green Peace of Mind Tip #65: Why Irrigation is Important for Your Commercial Property

Your lawn is a reflection of your property. It should be inviting - like a green carpet you want to take your shoes off and run through on a hot summer’s day.  Irrigation of your commercial property keeps your landscape vibrant year round. Installing a watering system ensures that your lawn is green, healthy and beautiful. Irrigation systems are the most efficient way to acquire the hydration needs without over watering...or watering sidewalks. Deep Watering & Water Conservation Did you know that your property’s turf and landscapes will survive with less frequent, deep watering? The sprinkler…continue reading →
Complete Landscaping Service Named 2017 Top 100 Landscape Company

Complete Landscaping Service Named 2017 Top 100 Landscape Company

Complete Landscaping Service has been named a 2017 Top 100 landscape company in North America by Lawn & Landscape Magazine. Complete Landscaping Service ranked #63 on the 2017 Top 100 List, moving up 27 spots from 2016. "We are honored to once again be included as one of America's Top 100 landscape companies," stated Don Stelfox, General Partner with the firm since 1985. "The credit all goes to our dedicated team, many of whom have spent their entire careers with us. We are focused daily on upholding the 'Green Peace of Mind' pledge…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #17: Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Green Peace of Mind Tip #17: Annuals for Your Commercial Property

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The landscape that surrounds your property will likely be the first thing people see and form opinion on. Whether it’s an apartment community, HOA, office complex, retail or industrial establishment; it’s important to realize the landscape's role in defining the property’s image. Annual flower plantings give perhaps the biggest instantaneous pop to the landscape and if done well, help create a positive tone and first impression. Annuals vs Perennials So what are annuals anyway and how are they different from perennials? Basically,…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #48: Protect Your Property from Mosquitoes and Zika

Green Peace of Mind Tip #48: Protect Your Property from Mosquitoes and Zika

With mosquito season approaching, your thoughts are leaning towards how you can protect your property from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases by creating a safe and comfortable environment for you, your customers or residents. Zika in the Maryland Area The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage protecting against mosquitoes especially for women who are or may become pregnant. Mosquito-borne diseases include Chikungunya, Dengue, West Nile and the Zika virus. Recent studies have shown that repellents, such as citronella candles and battery powered diffusers, are ineffective at keeping mosquitoes away. Did you know that…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #10: 5 Steps to Restoring Your Commercial Property’s Lawn

Green Peace of Mind Tip #10: 5 Steps to Restoring Your Commercial Property’s Lawn

Nothing makes a first impression like a beautifully landscaped lawn, whether it's for your home or your commercial property. Curb appeal is imperative and a well-kept lawn is the foundation of it. A lush lawn is more likely to attract customers to your business and keep them coming back. Is your property in need of a lawn restoration plan? Here are our tried and true steps to achieving the lawn you desire. Sweet Talk the Lawn Back into Good HealthThe short story is turf grasses do not like acidic or “hot” soils. High Acid soils…continue reading →