HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

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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Tags: landscape enhancements

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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Tags: seasonal color

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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Tags: overseeding, aeration

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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Tags: leadership, Community, culture

3 Maintenance Tasks With Big Bang For Your Buck

Posted on Thu, July 31, 2014

Having a well-maintained property is worth its weight in gold during the summer months, when everything is green and bursting with color.

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Tags: property management, landscape maintenance, atlanta commercial property

Need More Seasonal Summer Color? Here Are Our Favorite Full-Sun Stunners

Posted on Tue, July 29, 2014

Spring and summer color for Atlanta commercial properties is meant to do one thing: POP! Spring and summer annuals are designed to punch up an entry or other focal points of a property and wow anyone who views it, from tenants to passersby.

Spring and summer color selections are much more vast than fall and winter. Plants grow taller, fuller, and their maximum height is different for each plant.

These characteristics mean that in order to make an impact, you must create “blocks" of color, rather than do a fluid layout with more movement. The advantage to this blocked full look is that you can tier the color by planting material that gets tallest in the back and do shorter and shorter material as you get closer to the front.

Our favorite summer annuals for full sun include Dragon Wing Begonias, Zinnias, Duranta, Blue Salvia, and Lantana.

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Tags: seasonal color, atlanta commercial property

Avoid Fines & Keep Your Retention & Detention Ponds Clean

Posted on Thu, July 24, 2014

How’s your retention or detention pond looking these days? How’s it working? Is there a lot of debris or trash in your pond? Does the vegetation around your pond seem overgrown?

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Tags: property management, landscape maintenance, atlanta commercial property

Landscape Enhancements to Improve Your Office Park’s Curb Appeal

Posted on Wed, July 16, 2014

When an office’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, the results speak for themselves.

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Tags: landscape enhancements, atlanta commercial property, site improvements