HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

Weekly Vs. Bi-Weekly Commercial Landscape Maintenance Program — What’s Best?

Posted on Tue, March 17, 2015

“What commercial landscape maintenance program is best for my property? Do I need weekly or bi-weekly visits?” We get this question enough — especially from northern transplants — we thought it was time to address it in a blog and reassure property managers that they’re doing the right thing.

Whether it’s extreme cold in the winter or desert-like summer conditions, a bi-weekly commercial landscape maintenance program is something that’s a bit more common in parts of the country that experience more severe seasonal highs and lows.

Here, in and around Atlanta, a weekly landscape maintenance program is the most popular choice by far for commercial property managers. But why? Can once a week versus every other week make that much of a difference when it comes to the health and beauty of your landscape? Let’s take a closer look at the importance of frequent and consistent landscape maintenance.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance

Upgrade These 4 Overlooked Commercial Site Furnishings This Spring

Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015

“Out with the old, in with the new.” If that doesn’t sum up spring, I don’t know what does. Each spring offers your commercial landscape a fresh start. From new growth on trees and shrubs to a fresh layer of mulch and colorful bedding plants, spring gives property managers another chance at bragging rights.

Many of our clients also look at spring as a way for us to help them keep up with the times by upgrading or replacing many of their site furnishings with something newer and more durable. First impressions carry so much weight nowadays and you never know who’s looking — like your next tenant.

When it comes to commercial landscape design, it’s easy and all too common to overlook site furnishings and get wrapped up in plans for lush turf, sweet smelling blossoms and a landscape of colorful annuals.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements, Landscape Design

The Pros And Cons Of Artificial Grass For Commercial Properties

Posted on Fri, February 20, 2015

The look, feel and smell of fresh cut grass — one of your landscape’s irreplaceable features. When maintained properly, natural grass can be a beautiful thing. But sometimes heavy foot traffic or goals to reduce irrigation output on your commercial property can turn that beauty into more of a hassle.

That said, have you given any thought to going artificial? Artificial turf that is.

Long gone are the days when installing artificial turf meant you were giving up the right for a natural looking landscape. Today’s synthetic turf options resemble seamless, lush sod and come in a variety of lengths and shades to blend in “naturally” with the surroundings.

Due to its no water, minimal care requirements, HighGrove has commercial clients currently benefitting from the strategic use of artificial turf on their sites, but it is for everyone? Here’s a detailed look at the pros and cons of artificial grass for commercial properties.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements, Lawn Care

Therapeutic Garden Design — 6 Workplace Benefits Of A Corporate Garden

Posted on Thu, February 12, 2015

Computer screens, cubicle walls, bad posture, noisy coworkers — those are just some of the less than glamorous things you might associate with working in an office setting. What if, instead, your office building tenants thought about sunshine, outdoor lunch meetings and sweet smelling flowers.

Commercial property managers of office buildings/parks are in a unique position to improve their tenants’ productivity and well-being through corporate gardens — thoughtfully designed and maintained interactive landscapes.

Whether your corporate garden blends outdoor seating and walking paths into the landscape or actually encourages office workers to get their hands a little dirty, well-documented research has proven — especially for medical facilities — that there are multiple therapeutic benefits of landscapes and gardens on people.

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Tags: Landscape Design

Will A Rainwater Harvesting System Reduce Our Water Bill?

Posted on Fri, February 06, 2015

Fun fact: Seattle, a city synonymous with rain, averages 37 inches of precipitation a year. According to the National Weather Service, Atlanta received a little more than 47 inches of rainfall in 2014 and its 30-year rainfall average is just shy of 50 inches. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

Despite the interesting city comparison, when you get down to it, our city has had it’s fair share of struggles with drought and water use restrictions over the years.

Rainwater harvesting is one time-tested way to help reduce irrigation demands from your commercial landscape. And while it’s certainly a sustainable stormwater management solution, we still hear the question: “Will a rainwater harvesting system reduce our water bill?”

Let’s take a closer look at rainwater harvesting to understand how it makes eco sense and if it makes fiscal sense as well.

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Tags: Water Management

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