HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

The Importance Of Irrigation Mapping For Your Atlanta Property

Posted on Thu, September 29, 2016

The green grass, healthy plants and thriving trees on your Atlanta commercial property just scratch the surface of the big landscape picture. There’s a whole underground world, and it involves wiring for your irrigation system: critical infrastructure for keeping landscapes properly watered in our climate.

You can easily produce a plan that shows where every shrub and flower is placed on site. (It’s not hard to draw what you can see.) But what about what lies beneath? Do you know the location of your water main line, irrigation system clocks, valves and sprinkler heads?

Understanding the layout of your irrigation system is important so you can accurately locate components for seamless repair. Also, if you plan on adding to or upgrading the system, you’ll want an irrigation map to guide construction. Finally, before you dig into any landscape design projects on your grounds, it’s highly beneficial to understand how your irrigation system is mapped in case you need to make alteration.

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Tags: Irrigation & Water Management

3 Ways to Add More Color and Curb Appeal to your Church Property

Posted on Tue, September 20, 2016

Is your church’s idea of landscaping services simply having a deacon mow and weedeat around your sign? If that’s the case, you’re missing out on several benefits that some color and curb appeal can bring to your church.

The first impression many people will get of your church is from the appearance of the outdoor area. So, make sure it’s a welcoming, inviting space that they feel comfortable visiting — or they might not come in.

Because that’s the goal, right? You want your church to be an approachable place people can turn to for worship and fellowship.

Here are three ways you can do that by adding color and curb appeal to your church property.

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Your Ultimate Guide To Church Grounds Maintenance And Landscaping

Posted on Tue, September 13, 2016

 When it comes to grounds maintenance, the services required to keep a church property looking its best are no different than what any other commercial property needs. Church grounds call for mowing and edging, pruning, cleanup of leaves and debris, and sometimes planting seasonal color.

Landscapers do not mow grass at a church any differently than an office park. Facility managers on all types of commercial sites demand high quality, attention to detail and responsiveness from their landscape contractors.

But while the landscape maintenance duties are pretty much the same, what’s very different about maintaining church grounds is scheduling and logistics. Planning when and how to perform landscape maintenance and landscaping activities at a church requires a great deal of planning, communication and understanding.

So, let’s talk about what church grounds should look for in a commercial landscaper, along with grounds maintenance expectations and what landscape enhancement projects churches value.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance

5 Rules To Include In Your Georgia Homeowners Association Landscape Guidelines

Posted on Thu, September 08, 2016

Does your homeowners association (HOA) have defined landscape guidelines to set expectations for the contractors you hire to care for your grounds? When is the last time you reviewed those rules—if you have any in place at all?

In many cases, HOAs tend to go all or nothing with landscaping guidelines. Their rules are either detailed with an extensive scope of work, or there are no written maintenance recommendations at all.

There is a middle ground. We suggest a concise yet specific set of landscaping guidelines that addresses all critical maintenance points and aligns with your HOA’s goals for the property.

Believe it or not, there is such thing as too much detail. For example, guidelines that specify mowing twice weekly and 15 rounds of fertilization annually—well, that’s too much cutting and way too much chemical application. On the other hand, some guidelines can miss the boat by neglecting to specify maintenance needs like pruning or managing debris. (See what we mean? It’s all or nothing with the rules.)

So, how do you strike a balance of providing direct, detailed instructions to a landscape contractor without complicating the bidding process and driving up cost? (Trust us, you don’t want to pay for twice weekly mowing and umpteen fertilizer applications.)

Here is your roadmap for creating HOA landscape guidelines that will cover all the key maintenance bases, while staying focused on budget, quality and results. Be sure to cover these 5 landscaping tasks in your landscaping rules to set a high standard for property maintenance on your HOA grounds.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance

5 Practical Ways Facility Managers Can Save Water (And Money!) On Corporate Campuses

Posted on Tue, August 30, 2016

Water is an essential element for maintaining a healthy landscape, and in the Southeast our commercial properties can’t live without a smart irrigation system. But are you using too much? When is the last time a water use audit was conducted on your Atlanta corporate campus?

Over time, irrigation systems lose efficiency for a number of reasons. Our commercial properties’ needs change, and so should the way we water the grounds. With an irrigation audit and water-saving measures, corporate campuses could reduce water use by 30 to 50 percent. Now, figure your water expense for the landscape in a month and cut that in half.

Not to mention, managing water use is a matter of being a good steward to the environment. With drought, watering restrictions and the general need for us all to be more mindful of water use, your corporate campus can do its part—and with little effort.

Here are 5 practical ways to save water—and money—on your Georgia corporate campus.

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Tags: Irrigation & Water Management

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