HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

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: Hiring A Landscaper, Property Management

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, Property Management

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 Enhancements, Landscape Maintenance, Property Management

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 Enhancements

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: Property Management

4 Landscape Features Every Office Park Needs to Attract Tenants

Posted on Wed, April 06, 2016

Setting yourself apart from other Atlanta office parks can be a real challenge.

Often, you’re up against properties pretty similar to yours, so you need to find tangible ways to attract tenants.

One of the first things prospects are going to notice is your landscape, so it better make a good impression. Beyond keeping it maintained and healthy, there are other ways to turn your landscape into a marketing tool.

Here are four landscape features every office park should have if they want to attract tenants.

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Tags: Property Management

The Best Way To Manage Multiple Properties (Successfully)

Posted on Wed, March 30, 2016

It takes a special person with great time-management skills to fill the role of a property manager. Throw in multiple properties, and that ups the ante even more.

Most property managers are understaffed, as well, making work efficiency even more important.

Here are three tips on the best way to manage multiple properties at the same time.

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Tags: Property Management