HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

When To Plant Trees And Shrubs In Atlanta — Is Winter Best?

Posted on Fri, January 23, 2015

“What is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?” That’s a question we receive from property managers across Fulton County who are showing signs of cabin fever — ready to get a jump on their commercial landscapes before spring flush takes over.

Any green-thumbed Atlantan will probably tell you: Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. And they wouldn’t be wrong. That’s because soil temperatures in our region are warm enough in the fall to encourage and sustain root growth while the tree or shrub goes dormant.

Now that we’re in the middle of winter, however, that bit of information doesn’t necessarily do you any good (presently speaking). But that doesn’t mean the planting window has closed shut on you and your commercial landscape.

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Commercial Landscape Irrigation — Drip Vs. Sprinkler Irrigation

Posted on Fri, January 16, 2015

It’s no secret that as the largest city in our country not near a major body of water, Atlanta continues to be at risk
for water shortage. Which is why many of our clients come to us seeking efficient and ever-improving water management programs for their commercial properties. Did you know "reduced water consumption" is one of the key trends found in HighGrove's 2015 Commercial Property Trends Report?

These property managers of HOAs, medical campuses, industrial parks and retail settings are interested in making the most of the water they use for commercial landscape irrigation, especially when threats of drought and watering restrictions are always looming.

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Tags: Water Management

How To Tell If A Tree Is Dying On Your Property – 5 DEAD Giveaways

Posted on Wed, January 07, 2015

Trees die. That might sound a bit harsh, but dead trees on commercial properties are more common than you might expect. Our commercial landscape maintenance crews address problem trees for our clients every year. It happens – for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a dying or dead tree is obvious – other times, not so much. The real question is: How can you tell if a tree is dying on your commercial property?

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Tree & Shrub Care

Pedestrian Safety Tips: 5 Issues You Can Address Through Commercial Landscape Services

Posted on Mon, December 29, 2014

Managing a large commercial property is not for the faint of heart. When projects and tenant demands pull you in a million different directions, that overgrown shrub at the end of a parking lot aisle or the sunken slab of concrete on the walkway leading up to your lobby entrance might not get your immediate attention. But they should.

Every property has proven to have pedestrian safety issues related to new or old construction deficiencies. From poor material selection and improper soil compaction to invasive plant species and pedestrian shortcuts, HighGrove’s commercial landscaping services team has seen safety issues run the gamut on most commercial properties.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements, Landscape Maintenance

6 Property Updates For Your Commercial Stormwater Management Plan

Posted on Wed, December 17, 2014

How safe are your tenants? And how safe are you from a potential insurance claim? When it comes to water safety on your property, it’s in your best interest to have a commercial stormwater management plan in place. Is your plan up to date?

From uneven pavement to faulty landscape irrigation, properties tend to change on a regular basis without you even knowing it. Over time there are many factors that affect not only your property value but also the source of concerns that you may not even be aware of.

HighGrove has more than 25 years experience managing commercial landscaping on all types of properties throughout Metro Atlanta – from Class A and industrial to retail and multifamily. Where safety is concerned, we’ve seen it all and we’ve helped fix it all.

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Tags: Water Management

The 10 Best Winter Flowers For A Colorful Commercial Landscape

Posted on Tue, December 16, 2014

From snow to sleet to ice, we all know Atlanta winters can be a bit unpredictable. Between the last day of fall and the first day of spring, an underperforming landscape at your commercial property is probably one of the last things you want to worry about.

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Top 4 Water Management Problems And Solutions For Atlanta Commercial Landscapes

Posted on Thu, December 04, 2014

There are so many different types of commercial properties in Atlanta. From small to large to simply landscaped and elaborate, no two landscapes are alike.

We here at HighGrove Partners hear a lot of questions from our clients about water management problems on their commercial properties — and considering the statewide water issues we face, you’re certainly not alone to be concerned about water management.

With those issues in mind, let’s take a look at some common water management problems we see on commercial landscapes and some examples of ways we can solve them.

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Tags: Water Management

2015 Commercial Landscaping Trends: What HighGrove Saw At The Green Industry & Equipment Expo

Posted on Tue, November 25, 2014

HighGrove Partners just returned from the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) in October at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Tags: HighGrove Company Culture

3 Hardscape Maintenance Tips For Better Commercial Landscape Longevity

Posted on Tue, November 18, 2014

Your outdoor space is the very first thing your customers, tenants, employees and visitors see when they arrive at your facility. The right combination of landscaping and hardscaping communicate your brand’s sense of quality, style and attention to detail.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Hardscaping

Budgeting For 2015? Make Room For These 3 Design Enhancements

Posted on Thu, November 13, 2014

This is an important time of year: Many Atlanta commercial property managers find themselves budgeting for their 2015 expenses.

Correctly establishing a commercial landscape budget can help you control expenses while fitting in landscape necessities throughout the year. During this process, you’ll want to make sure you include everything you need in your commercial property’s budgets, such as the basic maintenance and other crucial elements. But it’s also important for you to fit in some of the things you want, too; these items usually include building or landscape improvements that can make the overall commercial property better.

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Tags: Landscape Design