HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

Stormwater Management Plan — 10 Signs You Have Poor Drainage

Posted on Wed, September 30, 2015

Too much of a good thing: That’s exactly what stormwater can become on your commercial property, especially if it’s not properly managed.

Luckily, this potentially costly water problem has telltale signs, so you can spot and address the issue(s) immediately.

Here are 10 red flags your commercial property has poor drainage as well as a closer look into how these drainage issues spurred on by poor stormwater management can damage your Atlanta property.

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Tags: Water Management

Can Commercial Landscape Lighting Improve Security On My Property?

Posted on Wed, September 23, 2015

You’ve probably seen how lighting can enhance properties in and around Atlanta, highlighting the architecture and landscape. Commercial landscape lighting systems can really bring your Atlanta property to life at night.

But beyond making your building and landscape visually appealing, you also want your lighting to serve a purpose. It can make the property safer at night for visitors or tenants to walk around the grounds.

But will landscape lighting also improve security?

Here’s a look at how commercial landscape lighting will improve the security on your Atlanta property as well as where to install it to have the most impact.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements

Lunch Outside? 7 Patio Design Ideas for Office Buildings

Posted on Wed, September 16, 2015

No one likes to sit inside an office the whole day when there’s beautiful weather outdoors. And with fall starting to make its way to the Atlanta area, tenants and employees are going to want to get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

You can give them the perfect space to relax outdoors by installing a patio at your office building. Not only will it help boost morale and keep people on site, but the patio can also become a meeting spot and create curb appeal for your property.

This outdoor space can be a real selling point for people who like a change of scenery during the day or just want to enjoy lunch outside, instead of at their desk or in a break room.

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4 Problems With Using Subcontractors For Atlanta Commercial Landscaping

Posted on Wed, September 09, 2015

Many Atlanta commercial landscaping companies employ experts and tradespeople to conduct the work that needs to be done on your commercial properties. They’ll supplement the rest of the work with subcontractors.

Subcontracting is a common practice among small and large professional service businesses. It can look like this:

  1. Typically, the owner of a business will meet with you to develop solutions to your problems and recommend a plan of action and job cost estimates.
  2. From there, many times a subcontractor will handle the day-to-day work that’s required.
  3. The business owner will oversee the subcontractor’s work while it’s in process, hopefully checking for quality and accuracy when it’s completed.
  4. Then the owner will bill the client directly for all of the work, dispersing payment to subcontractors as needed.

While subcontracting enables a landscape contractor to become a one-stop shop for your commercial property, there are some problems that can arise with using subcontractors.

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Tags: Hiring A Landscaper

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Trench Drain?

Posted on Tue, August 25, 2015

Think about the last rainstorm that came through the area.

Did you pay attention to how the stormwater flowed on your Atlanta commercial property? Were there puddles that collected in some low spots on hardscapes or between hardscapes and lawns?

Maybe water always collects there. Maybe puddles even pooled in areas you didn’t expect. Is rain flowing in repeated patterns down slopes causing strange curvy or roughly shaped lines in your lawn?

And, worst of all, are you seeing all this excess water in some areas causing lawns to yellow or brown and some plant material to perform poorly with wilting leaves and stunted growth?

Commercial property managers often underestimate the critical importance of drainage in their landscapes. Poor water flow can erode soil, threaten plant material and cause damage to building foundations. Where land is flat, soils are dense with clay or water tables are high, a well-designed drainage system is top priority.

And most hardscapes on commercial properties often experience more runoff than landscapes due to the lack of water absorption.

Trench drains can be a great solution for this runoff. With trench drains, you can accelerate the movement of water or intercept and redirect subsurface water. Water always takes the path of least resistance, so it would much rather travel through drain pipes than force its way through soil or collect on hardscapes.

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Tags: Water Management

The 5 Best Shrubs In Atlanta For Retail Properties

Posted on Tue, August 18, 2015

On your commercial retail property, plant materials serve many functions.

First, and most obviously, they serve an aesthetic purpose—plants create a visually appealing environment that draws visitors in, boosts curb appeal and increases property values.

They also serve structural purposes, creating organization and defining spaces in the landscape.

And when you really get down to it,  plants are utilitarian. They can be used to block views, provide areas with cooling shade, clean the air, filter and slow the flow of stormwater and prevent erosion.

The plants we choose for commercial landscapes meet all of these purposes. For structure and utility, you could argue that trees and large- to medium-sized shrubs are the most important plants in the landscape.

Here are our picks for the five best shrubs in Atlanta for commercial properties, particularly in the retail sector.

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Tags: Plants

The 2 Most Colorful Fall Flowers For Atlanta Commercial Landscapes

Posted on Mon, August 10, 2015

It’s almost that time of year again—autumn!  

You can see the change in the schedules of your employees and tenants at the Atlanta commercial properties you manage.

Summer vacations have ceased. Children are returning to school. Everyone is juggling drop-off and pickup routines, as well as managing homework and earlier bedtimes.

You can also feel it in the air. Atlanta’s hot, hot, hot temperatures are softening a bit during the mornings and evenings. And just after your landscape seemed like it was near melting in all of that summer heat, things slowly begin to change.

Your full-sun performers are giving everything they can while the bright green leaves of summer are transformed into a tapestry of ruby reds, outstanding oranges, glittering golds and beautiful bronzes.

Just in time to accompany this new palette is another transition—one of more color. With the change of seasons comes a fresh batch of hues to dress up your Atlanta commercial landscape so it matches the season. And when it comes to fall color that packs a real punch there are only two flowers you need: pansies and violas.

But don’t think these two flowers can’t creatively carry even the largest commercial properties into fall. Pansies and violas come in such a wide variety of shades that almost anything you can imagine is possible.

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Tags: Plants

Commercial Lawn Care: When Should You Aerate Your Lawn In Atlanta?

Posted on Tue, July 28, 2015

To achieve and maintain one of those amazing expanses of lawn your commercial property neighbors are jealous of, you need to take care of it.

This means proper and regular mowing, consistent fertilization, persistent weed control, correct and adequate watering and scouting for any problems, such as insects and drought or traffic stress.

But you also have to make sure the nutrients you’re giving the turf are actually making it to where they need to go, which is the soil beneath your grass.

Enter aeration. Aeration can be an important element for a healthy lawn because the process actually allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.

But when is the best time to perform aeration based on your lawn type? This can get a bit tricky. Let’s review the process of aeration, its benefits, why it helps enhance commercial turfgrass and also provide an answer to when should you aerate your lawn.

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Tags: Lawn Care

The 6 Best Plants For Landscaping On A Slope In Atlanta

Posted on Thu, July 16, 2015

No Atlanta commercial landscape is completely flat—throughout the entire property. It’s natural that a landscape will bend and curve and rise and dip.

And no one likes to drive down the road and see an out-of-control slope full of mud and slush. The same can be said for one that’s a barren, mulch-speckled incline pitted with chunks of bald spots or turf washouts.

Sure, landscaping a slope isn’t easy. From establishing plants to controlling heavy rains, stormwater runoff can carry away any topsoil not held down by roots. And then during drought, slopes have a tendency to go dry, not giving desirable plants a chance to root, while seeming to give weeds free reign to roam.

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Tags: Plants

4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To LED Landscape Lighting

Posted on Tue, July 07, 2015

Landscape lighting can certainly transform your Atlanta commercial property once the sun goes down.

It highlights your strengths, like your signage and your entryway, to ensure your customers, tenants and visitors find their way in. It enhances your features and hot spots for more hours than daylight alone provides. And it keeps people on your property safe and secure during their stay.

But with all of the buzz lately about LED landscape lighting, it might make you wonder if you should upgrade and reap the numerous benefits this new technology provides.

After installing countless landscape lighting for commercial properties across Atlanta, we can tell you there are some solid reasons you should consider the switch to LED landscape lighting.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements