HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

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

Commercial Hardscaping With Concrete — The Top 5 Concrete Finishes

Posted on Thu, June 25, 2015

When you think of concrete, do you think of a white slab without any variety, texture or pizzazz?

Well, think again. Concrete has become one of the most versatile hardscape construction materials for Atlanta commercial properties.

Concrete can be stained, stamped, colored, broomed, washed and even seeded with decorative stones. And the best part is concrete costs less than flagstone, pavers or other popular hardscapes.

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Tags: Hardscaping

Are Rain Sensors For Irrigation Systems Necessary In Atlanta?

Posted on Fri, June 19, 2015

Does your plant material seem to be feeling a bit soggy or stifled lately in this Atlanta heat?

One of the top reasons plant material can suffer on your commercial property is from under or over watering. That’s why we install an irrigation system on your property.

Commercial landscaping brings together a diverse range of plants to create a rich mixture of textures and hues. Each of them has different watering requirements.

An irrigation system can be customized to fit each area of a property so the plants are getting the right amount of water where it’s needed. However, an irrigation system can still have room for error. 

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Tags: Water Management

10 Low-Impact Development Techniques To Improve Stormwater Management

Posted on Fri, June 12, 2015

Stormwater runoff can be a problem, especially in commercial areas or downtown areas where the removal of tree and ornamental plants, the addition of impervious surfaces and soil compaction impact the movement of water in an environment.

This is why stormwater is listed as one of the leading sources for water pollution. And stormwater issues usually increase with more urbanization and development. For the past two decades, the Environmental Protection Agency says the rate of land development has been twice the rate of population growth.

For that reason, cities continue to implement water quality protection strategies. Different stormwater solutions are used at different scales to provide local waterbodies the greatest degree of protection.

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Tags: Water Management

4 Colorful, Drought Tolerant Flowers For Commercial Landscapes

Posted on Wed, June 03, 2015

Sure, Atlanta summers can be brutally hot! We’re talking average temperatures in the high 90s and 100s, heat radiating off of concrete and hardscape surfaces. Air conditioning on high. Sweat dripping off of brows the second you walk outside. You get the picture.

But fearing Atlanta’s worst in the summer is no reason to let your commercial landscape become bland and unattractive. You can still have a huge array of summer hues to dress up your property despite the heat.

And we’re not even talking about your most visible areas, like entryways. We’re talking about the hardest to grow areas, like beside hardscapes and in parking lot islands, during the toughest growing conditions of the year.

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Tags: Plants