HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

What’s The Difference Between French Drains And Trench Drains? Which Is Right For Your Property?

Posted on Thu, October 23, 2014

Take a moment to think about water flow on your commercial property.

Do you have slopes where excess water creates soggy lawn areas? Do rainstorms create standing puddles of water on your hardscape areas? Is runoff from repeat heavy rains creating channels in the lawn or causing damage in hardscapes, such as cracks or sinking sections? Worse, yet, is water flowing close to your commercial facility and causing damage to its foundation?

When it’s not flowing properly on a commercial landscape, water—even when it’s coming down relatively calmly and not in sheets during heavy storms—can cause significant damage over time. Poor water flow can even erode soil and threaten plant materials that don’t like wet feet.

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Tags: trench drains, french drains

5 Fall Maintenance Tasks To Get Your Commercial Property Ready For Spring

Posted on Mon, October 13, 2014

Fall is a wonderful and hectic time of year.

Summer has wound down, children are into their busy school schedules and the leaves on the trees are changing color as the temperatures cool. Beautiful fall colors in the form of pansies and violas mixed with colorful kale are bursting from Atlanta commercial landscape beds. These changes have been happening all around us so quickly, but they’ve now settled in. Fall is feeling like it’s finally—officially—here.

But don’t let all this magnificent color distract you from the tasks at hand. While fall may seem like the time to take a break after the busy growing season, it’s not. Once fall is here, winter isn’t usually that far behind.

That’s why autumn is an ideal time to complete the tasks necessary to prepare your commercial property for winter and, more importantly, a fresh and vibrant start come spring. Here are 5 fall essential fall maintenance tasks to prepare your commercial property for the coming seasons.

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Landscape Enhancements To Add The Element Of Surprise On Your Atlanta Commercial Property

Posted on Wed, October 08, 2014

What sets a commercial property apart from all the rest?

A neat, tidy appearance—inside and out.

Easy-to-read, attractive signage.

A great location and a landscape design that complements the building aesthetics.

Sure, all of these things are essential in giving a commercial property great curb appeal for its tenants, visitors and employees.

But what really gets people talking is when all of the above are complete, but there’s also something different that attracts their attention — that “je ne sais quoi.” You might call it a wow factor, or an element of surprise that amazes people.

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Tags: landscape enhancements, atlanta commercial property

Top 4 Fall Maintenance Tasks For Your Atlanta Commercial Property

Posted on Thu, October 02, 2014

Keeping your Atlanta commercial property in tip-top shape is a year-round task.

In spring, we get things going, refreshing the landscape and kicking off the growing season with pops of spring color.

In summer, we amp up the color with all the season’s blooming best, in addition to keeping everything else that is green trimmed, tidy and growing strong.

Then comes autumn. Despite the changes in the landscape and the addition of fall colors, this is definitely not the time to stop caring for your Atlanta commercial landscape. There’s still much work to be done to correctly care for your landscape in this season and properly prepare it for the seasons ahead: winter and, more importantly, next spring.

Here are our recommendations for some of the most important maintenance tasks for Atlanta commercial property managers to include on their fall to-do lists.

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Tags: atlanta commercial property, Fall Maintenance Tasks

5 Reasons Your Property Needs A Fall Mulch Application

Posted on Fri, September 26, 2014

Fall is the time of year when every Atlanta commercial property could use a little rejuvenation.

As color begins to fade, property managers can enhance their landscapes will fall flowering plants in beds and containers for extended color impact through the autumn season.

Landscape water needs change as well in the fall, so property managers adjust their irrigation schedules.

And pine straw mulch begins to break down and fade in color, too, which means it’s the perfect time for a nice, new layer of mulch.

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Tags: fall mulch application

Take A Peek Behind The Scenes At HighGrove’s Annual Staff Retreat

Posted on Fri, September 19, 2014

“Good is the enemy of great.”

This quote from French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire helps sum up the point of Jim Collins’ 2001 book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap … And Others Don’t.”

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Tags: leadership, Community, culture

5 Benefits To Adding Landscape Lighting To Your Commercial Property — Besides Security

Posted on Fri, September 12, 2014

Your commercial property is extremely visible during the daylight hours. Signage is clean and easy to read. Turf glimmers with fresh morning dew. Plants are healthy and green with touches of colorful blooms. Walkways and hardscape surfaces are clear and simple to follow. In the sunlight, your property shines.

As evening approaches, however, light shifts, and visibility doesn’t become as clear. This is where landscape lighting can make a world of difference, giving your property extended periods of visibility.

What can these additional hours of light do for an Atlanta commercial property? Safety is one of the No. 1 factors. It makes your employees and visitors feel more secure and minimizes tripping or other related accidents. It also limits vandalism or theft, further reassuring tenants and visitors that building owners and managers are thinking about their well-being.

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Tags: landscape enhancements, landscape lighting

Landscape Enhancements That Invite Retail Shoppers To Stay Longer – And Spend More

Posted on Fri, September 05, 2014

The busy holiday season is fast approaching. And with big box retailers and e-commerce giants as fierce competition, brick-and-mortar retail stores in Atlanta need every edge they can get to compete for consumers making their lists and checking them twice.

One way to stand out and draw retail shoppers into your store is with the right landscape enhancements. People don’t just choose stores because of their prices — they also choose because of a strong sense of place and unique characteristics—a personal touch that is intriguing and makes them want to visit and tell others to visit.

And this distinctiveness starts with the outside. Whether you’re a standalone flagship store or managing an entire retail development, here are some landscape enhancements to distinguish yourself from the competition and entice customers to stay longer — and spend more.

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Tags: landscape enhancements

Want Seasonal Color That Pops? Download Our New Infographic!

Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014

The best thing about moving from one season into the next is the change of colors.

In spring, we start off with various shades of green—from bright, crisp, celery to medium, sunny, grass to deep, rich, lush evergreen. As the season progresses into summer, it begins with wonderful whites and blushing pinks to the most vibrant shades of eye-popping purple, outrageous orange and radiant red. Then autumn blends these shades into warm, earthy tones. The greens from spring and summer become as bright as the flowers were—not to mention there are fall bloomers that bring just as much rich, royal color to the picture. And then there’s a hush over the whole landscape as winter settles in with the more muted, sleepy tones of the season.

On an Atlanta commercial property, there’s nothing better than taking advantage of each and every season with color.

HighGrove Partners has planted 212,611 square feet of seasonal color in 2014 — we know how to create seasonal color that pops. And, for a handy, quick reference, check out our new infographic on the subject!

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How Long Does Aeration & Overseeding Take?

Posted on Mon, August 18, 2014

Notice any rough or dead patches or maybe areas that have worn away from high traffic in your lawn? Do you have areas of poor drainage? Or maybe there are spots in your commercial turf that brown easily on hot days or don’t seem to respond as well to regular fertilization treatments and watering.

Sometimes the turf on your Atlanta commercial property just needs a little space to breath and grow, as well as some filling in to ensure bare areas disappear.

We’re talking about aeration and overseeding, two core turf services that can keep an Atlanta commercial lawn thriving and looking more like those highly coveted golf course lawns every commercial property manager desires.

These practices can be quite effective at clearing up lawn problems — here’s a look at how long the techniques will actually take to work.

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Tags: overseeding, aeration