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 →
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 #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 →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #39: Let’s Talk Turf

Green Peace of Mind Tip #39: Let’s Talk Turf

The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are getting cooler - fall has officially arrived!  You know what that means...yep, it’s TURF TIME!  Fall is known as the season to plant, but it is also the ideal time to make sure your turf gets some much needed TLC before it gets ready to take that long winter's nap.  Being a budget conscious person, you may be thinking winter is right around the corner and everything will be dormant so why spend money on my turf now?  Well, glad you asked!  If you…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: 5 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Landscaping Company

Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: 5 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Landscaping Company

With all the commercial landscaping companies out there, how do you choose the right one in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area? Don’t despair, we’ll help you weed through the good, the bad and the ugly so you can find the perfect landscape contractor for your property. Here are 5 tips for choosing a commercial landscaping company that is right for your property. 1. Be sure the contractor offers the services you require A common misconception is that all commercial landscapers offer basically the same services but this is not the…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #3: Curb Appeal: Why it Matters for Property Managers and Business Owners

Green Peace of Mind Tip #3: Curb Appeal: Why it Matters for Property Managers and Business Owners

When trying to attract new residents, businesses or customers to your residential apartment complex or shopping center, curb appeal is something that should be top of mind. Many people think of it in regards to residential homes, as in, "oh that house is nice" from the street view. But property managers of commercial properties or apartment complexes should care as well. What is curb appeal? Curb appeal is what potential customers and clients see when they approach your business or complex, or your first impression. The better your curb appeal, the better initial…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #5: Establishing a New Lawn or Renovating and Existing One: The big question is Sod vs. Seed?

Green Peace of Mind Tip #5: Establishing a New Lawn or Renovating and Existing One: The big question is Sod vs. Seed?

When planning out your landscape design and more specifically how to best create a lawn that will be lush, healthy and vibrant in all seasons and conditions, there are a few basic things to consider.   When Sod is Best If you're looking for instant gratification, sod is the only way to go. Sod is fully grown grass that comes in a roll or matt with about 1/2" of soil held in place with a mature turf root system. There are usually several varieties of sod available at your local sod farm. You should…continue reading →