HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

5 Fall Maintenance Tasks To Get Your Commercial Property Ready For Spring

Posted on Mon, October 13, 2014

Fall is a wonderful and hectic time of year.

Summer has wound down, children are into their busy school schedules and the leaves on the trees are changing color as the temperatures cool. Beautiful fall colors in the form of pansies and violas mixed with colorful kale are bursting from Atlanta commercial landscape beds. These changes have been happening all around us so quickly, but they’ve now settled in. Fall is feeling like it’s finally—officially—here.

But don’t let all this magnificent color distract you from the tasks at hand. While fall may seem like the time to take a break after the busy growing season, it’s not. Once fall is here, winter isn’t usually that far behind.

That’s why autumn is an ideal time to complete the tasks necessary to prepare your commercial property for winter and, more importantly, a fresh and vibrant start come spring. Here are 5 fall essential fall maintenance tasks to prepare your commercial property for the coming seasons.

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Top 4 Fall Maintenance Tasks For Your Atlanta Commercial Property

Posted on Thu, October 02, 2014

Keeping your Atlanta commercial property in tip-top shape is a year-round task.

In spring, we get things going, refreshing the landscape and kicking off the growing season with pops of spring color.

In summer, we amp up the color with all the season’s blooming best, in addition to keeping everything else that is green trimmed, tidy and growing strong.

Then comes autumn. Despite the changes in the landscape and the addition of fall colors, this is definitely not the time to stop caring for your Atlanta commercial landscape. There’s still much work to be done to correctly care for your landscape in this season and properly prepare it for the seasons ahead: winter and, more importantly, next spring.

Here are our recommendations for some of the most important maintenance tasks for Atlanta commercial property managers to include on their fall to-do lists.

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5 Reasons Your Property Needs A Fall Mulch Application

Posted on Fri, September 26, 2014

Fall is the time of year when every Atlanta commercial property could use a little rejuvenation.

As color begins to fade, property managers can enhance their landscapes will fall flowering plants in beds and containers for extended color impact through the autumn season.

Landscape water needs change as well in the fall, so property managers adjust their irrigation schedules.

And pine straw mulch begins to break down and fade in color, too, which means it’s the perfect time for a nice, new layer of mulch.

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Take A Peek Behind The Scenes At HighGrove’s Annual Staff Retreat

Posted on Fri, September 19, 2014

“Good is the enemy of great.”

This quote from French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire helps sum up the point of Jim Collins’ 2001 book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap … And Others Don’t.”

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5 Benefits To Adding Landscape Lighting To Your Commercial Property — Besides Security

Posted on Fri, September 12, 2014

Your commercial property is extremely visible during the daylight hours. Signage is clean and easy to read. Turf glimmers with fresh morning dew. Plants are healthy and green with touches of colorful blooms. Walkways and hardscape surfaces are clear and simple to follow. In the sunlight, your property shines.

As evening approaches, however, light shifts, and visibility doesn’t become as clear. This is where landscape lighting can make a world of difference, giving your property extended periods of visibility.

What can these additional hours of light do for an Atlanta commercial property? Safety is one of the No. 1 factors. It makes your employees and visitors feel more secure and minimizes tripping or other related accidents. It also limits vandalism or theft, further reassuring tenants and visitors that building owners and managers are thinking about their well-being.

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Tags: landscape enhancements, landscape lighting

Landscape Enhancements That Invite Retail Shoppers To Stay Longer – And Spend More

Posted on Fri, September 05, 2014

The busy holiday season is fast approaching. And with big box retailers and e-commerce giants as fierce competition, brick-and-mortar retail stores in Atlanta need every edge they can get to compete for consumers making their lists and checking them twice.

One way to stand out and draw retail shoppers into your store is with the right landscape enhancements. People don’t just choose stores because of their prices — they also choose because of a strong sense of place and unique characteristics—a personal touch that is intriguing and makes them want to visit and tell others to visit.

And this distinctiveness starts with the outside. Whether you’re a standalone flagship store or managing an entire retail development, here are some landscape enhancements to distinguish yourself from the competition and entice customers to stay longer — and spend more.

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Want Seasonal Color That Pops? Download Our New Infographic!

Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014

The best thing about moving from one season into the next is the change of colors.

In spring, we start off with various shades of green—from bright, crisp, celery to medium, sunny, grass to deep, rich, lush evergreen. As the season progresses into summer, it begins with wonderful whites and blushing pinks to the most vibrant shades of eye-popping purple, outrageous orange and radiant red. Then autumn blends these shades into warm, earthy tones. The greens from spring and summer become as bright as the flowers were—not to mention there are fall bloomers that bring just as much rich, royal color to the picture. And then there’s a hush over the whole landscape as winter settles in with the more muted, sleepy tones of the season.

On an Atlanta commercial property, there’s nothing better than taking advantage of each and every season with color.

HighGrove Partners has planted 212,611 square feet of seasonal color in 2014 — we know how to create seasonal color that pops. And, for a handy, quick reference, check out our new infographic on the subject!

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How Long Does Aeration & Overseeding Take?

Posted on Mon, August 18, 2014

Notice any rough or dead patches or maybe areas that have worn away from high traffic in your lawn? Do you have areas of poor drainage? Or maybe there are spots in your commercial turf that brown easily on hot days or don’t seem to respond as well to regular fertilization treatments and watering.

Sometimes the turf on your Atlanta commercial property just needs a little space to breath and grow, as well as some filling in to ensure bare areas disappear.

We’re talking about aeration and overseeding, two core turf services that can keep an Atlanta commercial lawn thriving and looking more like those highly coveted golf course lawns every commercial property manager desires.

These practices can be quite effective at clearing up lawn problems — here’s a look at how long the techniques will actually take to work.

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What’s A Bioswale, And How Should You Landscape It?

Posted on Thu, August 14, 2014

Stormwater. Managing the flow of stormwater, no matter how slow or swift, is never easy. Low spots in the landscape can collect water from parking lot runoff, causing puddles that don’t dissipate easily. Ditches can not only be difficult to maintain, but they can also collect standing water that flows off nearby hardscape surfaces.

But there are some tools commercial property managers have at their disposal to help alleviate stormwater flow challenges.

One of these is called a bioswale. A bioswale is a conventional ditch or swale, modified and planted with appropriate native plants. These plants help increase water percolation and pollutant removal as stormwater flows through them. Bioswales can be aesthetically pleasing additions to an Atlanta commercial property—much nicer to look at than that an old ditch or large puddle—and they’re also sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The biggest trick to having a properly working and aesthetically pleasing bioswale is to fill it with the right selection of plants that can adequately do their jobs filtering stormwater.

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Tags: Stormwater maintenance, Bioswale

Renewal & Remembrance: HighGrove Honors Veterans During Green Industry’s Largest Day of Service

Posted on Thu, August 07, 2014

There’s perhaps nowhere that captures exactly what service is all about other than Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Each year, more than 3 million people visit Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for only those who have served our country. The cemetery performs nearly 7,000 funeral services each year. The impressive landscape, with its rolling green hills dotted with trees that are hundreds of years old, serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the more than 400,000 laid to rest within its hallowed grounds.

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