HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

7 Hot Patio Design Ideas For Your Atlanta Restaurant

Posted on Thu, August 11, 2016

The main menu at the hottest Atlanta restaurants is not necessarily what you eat. It’s where you hang out, and there’s nothing like a seriously cool patio space for luring in guests. Does your establishment have an “it” spot outdoors to dine, drink and socialize?

Like any design, patio style changes with the times. There are more amazing features today than ever before to enhance your restaurant’s outdoors. Yes, we know it’s hot out there. (We are in Hotlanta, after all.) But we recommend you turn up the heat with some of these patio design “dos” that will make your business a real player in Atlanta’s restaurant scene.

And the thing about eating out in Atlanta is, there are rows of options. You could dine in a different restaurant every night of the week with no repeats. So consider updating your patio to include some of these must-haves and stand out in the restaurant crowd. Your outdoor dining space can be a strong competitive advantage.

That said, here are seven features that make a great restaurant patio.

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Tags: Landscape Design & Construction

4 of the Best Trees for Containers on Your Atlanta Landscape

Posted on Fri, August 05, 2016

Versatile containers are a convenient, creative way to include more color, provide additional shade and add a touch of artistic class to your Atlanta landscape. Large containers offer a big, open canvas for planting possibilities—and we’re talking trees. Think tall, vibrant, blooming, textural, ever-changing. Need suggestions?

Here are four of the best trees for containers on your Atlanta property. All of these selections thrive in our Zone 7 region.

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Tags: Tree & Shrub Care, Hiring A Landscaper

HOA Landscape Maintenance Bids: 7 Red Flags To Look For

Posted on Tue, July 19, 2016

With several bids on the table to maintain your homeowners association (HOA) landscape, now you must drill down and make a decision. Because no two contracts are worded exactly the same, comparing apples-to-apples can be challenging.

Ultimately, you want to hire a company that holds the same high standards for its employees and performance that you do for your own personnel. The landscape firm you hire will be a partner — an extension of your team that cares for your property.

So, if you feel some pressure with this bid decision, we understand.

In our experience working in the green industry for more than 25 years, we know there are certain red flags to watch for in an HOA landscape maintenance bid. Here are our Top 7.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Hiring A Landscaper

Is Your Retail Property Safe at Night? We Identify 4 Landscape Liabilities

Posted on Fri, July 15, 2016

Lawsuit is the last word a retail property owner wants to hear. But the variables on your site — especially after dark — can increase liability when the landscape is not properly maintained. Low brush can block views, and damaged hardscape and curbs are trip hazards. Come winter, snow and ice introduce a litany of potential slip-and-fall scenarios.

Even in plain view during the day, common landscape trouble areas can cause problems. The good news is, there are some basic enhancements that can increase nighttime safety and improve how your retail property functions. Here are common nighttime landscape liabilities followed by effective strategies that will reduce your risk.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Snow & Ice Removal, Tree & Shrub Care

Avoid These 5 Landscaping Mistakes On Your Industrial Property

Posted on Tue, July 12, 2016

Planning an industrial landscape requires a multi-faceted approach, and many sites lack features that are critical for safety, employee satisfaction, environmental compliance and the overall sustainability of the property.

The problem is, these landscape offenses can actually degrade your property value, turn off customers and cost you money in maintenance and repair.

If your industrial property includes these common offenses, you’re not alone. We see these mistakes all of the time — and they’re problems a professional landscape firm can address.

Here are five common industrial landscaping offenses you can file under what not to do.

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Tags: Landscape Design & Construction, Landscape Maintenance

How To Attract (And Keep) Effective HOA Board Members?

Posted on Thu, July 07, 2016

Drive through several Atlanta neighborhoods, and the ones run by effective HOA boards will clearly stand out.

These communities will be the ones with visible signage, maintained landscapes, well-lit common areas and seasonal color.

But getting to that level takes time and the right people, making your search for HOA board members even more important.

Finding a willing, dedicated person who will benefit your homeowners association board is a tall order. And once you find them, you don’t want them to leave and have to go through the entire process all over again.

Keep your HOA board from becoming a revolving door with these five tips.

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5 Easy Landscape Enhancements To Improve Every HOA In Atlanta

Posted on Thu, June 09, 2016

Given a choice, most people are going to choose the easier option. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to push Staples’ “Easy” button? It sure would come in handy as you try to keep current homeowners in your HOA happy and attract new ones.

You’re always looking for ways to add value and a wow factor to your HOA, and luckily, there are some easy ways to do that. Here are five landscape enhancements that can improve every HOA in Atlanta.

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Tags: Landscape Design & Construction

3 Simple Steps To Adding Bold Summer Color To Your Retail Property

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2016

Seasonal plant color can have a huge (and immediate) impact on your property’s aesthetic value and make it pop. It really is amazing what some well-picked and placed plants can have on your site.

And now is the perfect time for people to enjoy the outdoors and all of its lively colors.

So if you want to attract shoppers to your retail property — and increase the likelihood of their return — brighten up your landscape with bold summer colors. Here are three simple ways to maximize the looks of your retail site this summer by adding these colorful plants.

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Tags: Plants

3 Questions To Ask Before Joining An HOA Board

Posted on Thu, April 28, 2016

You love your neighborhood, so it’s no surprise you want to make it better.

One way you can do that is by joining your HOA board to start making a difference. But before you jump in, there are some things you’ll want to figure out.

Here are three questions to ask before becoming an HOA board member.

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5 Time Management Tools For The Busy Multi-Property Manager

Posted on Tue, April 26, 2016

There are never enough hours in the day to do everything on your to-do list. Not only are you in charge of your normal property management duties, but you also have to deal with everything that pops up throughout the day.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance