HighGrove's Atlanta Commercial Landscaping Blog

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

5 Ways To Get Tenants To Renew Their Lease With Commercial Landscaping

Posted on Mon, May 25, 2015

Whether you manage a commercial office park, retail center or apartment building, making tenants happy is always job No. 1.

Not only do you want to attract tenants to fill your spaces, but you want to retain those tenants for the long-term.

There are many ways quality landscaping can help you do this. In fact, there is a direct correlation between nice landscaping and high building occupancy rates.

People love to brag about where they work, especially if it is associated with a beautiful landscape. As a result, it is more economically feasible to invest money in landscaping because the return in the number of tenants and amount of rent money far exceeds the cost of installing ornamental plants.

Here are the top five ways to get tenants to renew their lease with commercial landscaping.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Hiring A Landscaper, Landscape Design

What Are The Best Evergreen Trees For An Outdoor Privacy Screen?

Posted on Mon, May 18, 2015

We’ve talked about the benefits of trees and how they add so much value and so many benefits to a commercial property. Trees are a definite boon to any Atlanta commercial landscape.

But trees can also be excellent screens when it comes to beautifying the less-than-beautiful areas of a typical commercial property. We’re talking about dumpster locations, utility or loading areas, roadways or highways, and neighboring properties that aren’t too attractive.

In addition to bringing aesthetics to a less-than-pleasing view, a privacy screen can help block wind and save on energy costs, as well as block unwanted noise. Evergreens make some of the best privacy screen trees because they are green all year long.

Here are our selections for the best evergreen trees for an outdoor privacy screen on your commercial property.

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Tags: Tree & Shrub Care

The 3 Best Flowering Trees For Parking Lot Islands

Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015

Parking lots are necessary additions to most commercial properties. They give their employees, tenants and visitors safe places to park while they conduct their business at the site.

But these essential urban features can be unsightly in their most basic forms. And municipal ordinances sometimes mandate specific parking amounts for different types of commercial properties, not to mention the landscaping that should accompany them.

Nice landscaping in and around parking lots provide many benefits to an Atlanta commercial property. It improves appearance, prevents soil erosion, reduces the property’s carbon footprint, reduces storm water drainage problems, limits wind and noise, and provides heat-reducing shade.

Trees, in fact, can bring a wealth of cooling and aesthetics to these spaces.

However, because parking lots can provide some of the most extreme conditions, the tree(s) you select should have these following features:

  • withstand heat and intense sun exposure
  • thrive in compact and infertile soils
  • don’t have a low-branching habit
  • does not produce a lot of seed pods

With that said, here are our top three picks for the best flowering trees to plant on your parking lot islands.

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Tags: Plants, Tree & Shrub Care

Hardwood Vs. Pine Straw—What’s The Best Mulch For Commercial Landscaping?

Posted on Fri, May 08, 2015

Mulch provides the best finishing touch on a commercial landscape in spring.

A fresh layer of mulch adds drama and texture to flower beds. It presents a neat, clean and complete landscape picture.

In addition to these aesthetic perks, mulch also provides a host of utilitarian benefits to the landscape. Mulch limits unsightly weeds, helps the soil and plant roots retain moisture (which is especially important during Atlanta’s hot and dry summer months) and aids in erosion control by keeping the soil in place during storms.

Every Atlanta commercial property manager knows they need a fresh mulch application to bring all of these benefits to their properties, but when it comes time for choosing the best type of mulch to use, this can be a daunting decision to make.

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Tags: Landscape Enhancements

How Much Does It Cost To Replace Grass With Groundcover?

Posted on Thu, April 30, 2015

They say after its bottled that wine improves and changes with time. Its flavor deepens and enhances, and that vintage becomes more valuable.

The same could be said for a landscape. Soon after the instant it’s designed and installed and the image of perfection, it begins to grow and change. Sunlight, rain and soil provide the nourishment plants need to grow more lush and vibrant and to enhance each season with color and life.

But as things change, maintenance is required to ensure plants continue to receive those same nutrients for growth. And as plants grow, areas that were once in full sun may now be in full shade. This is especially true for turf areas since they are the lowest growing areas of the landscape. In these instances, updates are necessary to keep the landscape thriving.

One way to update turf that is thrust into a less than suitable growing condition is to replace it with something more suitable to those new conditions. But how much does it cost to replace grass with groundcover? Let's dig deeper.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Plants

Pedestrian Safety: What Should I Do With Overgrown Trees And Shrubs?

Posted on Mon, April 27, 2015

Safety is a top concern for many Atlanta commercial property managers. They want employees, tenants and visitors to their facilities—from hospitals to office parks to apartment complexes—to be secure as they go about their days.

Unfortunately, if trees and shrubs are left unmaintained and become overgrown, they can create hazards on a commercial property, particularly when they are near roadways, pathways and entryways.

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, Tree & Shrub Care