HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

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: landscape maintenance, atlanta commercial property, water management, stormwater 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: atlanta commercial property, planning and development

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: Green Industry Conference

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 enhancements, budgeting

Read The Transcript From HighGrove CEO Jim McCutcheon’s Founders Club Radio Interview

Posted on Wed, November 12, 2014

HighGrove CEO Jim McCutcheon was recently on the air with Business RadioX's John Coffin, sharing the mic with Lee Pritchard, CEO of ProMove.

Founders Club Radio offers listeners behind-the-scenes insights from the founders and leaders of businesses like HighGrove. Jim opened up about everything from his beginnings in the industry to where HighGrove is headed in the future.

Listen to the audio file here, or read the transcript below.

And remember, for more news and updates directly from Jim, check out his PLANET Year in the Life blog.

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What Does This Year’s Salt Shortage Mean For Your Atlanta Commercial Property?

Posted on Thu, November 06, 2014

It feels like just yesterday when just over 2 inches of snowfall shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and more than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents and spent the night at buses, police stations or classrooms.

It wasn’t yesterday — but it was just in January 2014.

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Tags: salt shortage, prepare your commercial property

What’s The Difference Between French Drains And Trench Drains? Which Is Right For Your Property?

Posted on Thu, October 23, 2014

Take a moment to think about water flow on your commercial property.

Do you have slopes where excess water creates soggy lawn areas? Do rainstorms create standing puddles of water on your hardscape areas? Is runoff from repeat heavy rains creating channels in the lawn or causing damage in hardscapes, such as cracks or sinking sections? Worse, yet, is water flowing close to your commercial facility and causing damage to its foundation?

When it’s not flowing properly on a commercial landscape, water—even when it’s coming down relatively calmly and not in sheets during heavy storms—can cause significant damage over time. Poor water flow can even erode soil and threaten plant materials that don’t like wet feet.

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Tags: trench drains, french drains

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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Tags: Fall Maintenance Tasks