The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

Step back and take a hard look at your commercial property.

Would you want to shop, live, work or visit there?

In this booming commercial real estate market, there are plenty of sparkling new properties with lots of curb appeal.

It might be time to spruce your place up with some landscape enhancements.

But are they tax deductible?

Is landscaping considered a capital improvement?

David Keffer, branch manager at Level Green Landscaping, walks us through it.

When the snow starts to pile up on your commercial property, you need it out of the way.

When an ice storm looms, you need your parking lot, driveways and walkways free of treacherous ice.

Sounds pretty basic.

But when it comes to your property’s snow and ice management services, you want to make sure your contract covers all your winter needs.

The goal: to protect everyone who spends time on your commercial property, and minimize your organization’s chance of being exposed to snow and ice-related hazards such as slips, falls, traffic accidents, and property damage.

So, what are the must-have services to include in your contract?

As more and more shoppers hit the couch, not the road, to shop, retailers have to be more dazzling than ever.

Why should shoppers put on real pants and venture out to your store?

Landscaping can help. The right landscape enhancements make your retail site more beautiful, welcoming and comfortable.

More shoppable.

"With shopping centers, landscaping is not the first thing you think of, but it is the first thing you see," says Brad Sarno, operations manager at Level Green Landscape. "It can set your mood and affect your feelings when you visit.”

Sarno shares some shopping center landscape enhancements sure to lure shoppers away from their laptops and to your store.

Winter can keep a property manager up at night.

And we’re not just talking about howling winds and ice pelting the windows.

When you’re in charge of a commercial property, the safety of everyone who visits is in your hands. And winter weather dishes up a host of potential hazards.

What are the top winter safety concerns for a property manager? And how do you prevent them?

Paul Wisniewski, Level Green Landscaping division manager, walks us through the slippery scenarios.

If you use a global positioning system (GPS) in the vehicle you drive, you know how handy it is.

Maybe you’d even be lost without it.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, we feel the same way. But our GPS does a lot more than route our crews around town.

Our high-tech system has all sorts of handy features, from encouraging safe driving to providing court-admissible proof that snow removal services happened at a particular site.

Our GPS even benefits you, the customer — maybe more than you might think.

Brad Butler, Level Green corporate manager, sheds some light on several ways we use this indispensable tool to benefit our clients.

Dear deer: the free lunch is over.

You can’t blame them, really. You plant rows of leafy greens, delectable petals and tender shoots. You fertilize them, keep them watered, line them up in a free buffet, right out in full view with easy access.  

But your beautiful flowers and plants are there to delight your customers, visitors, tenants and employees — not a bunch of rude, uninvited deer.

 

 

How to protect your plants from deer? It starts right here, right now, with a look at the best deer damage prevention and control methods.

It's time to close down the salad bar.

When a snowstorm blasts into the area or an ice storm hits, sidewalks and parking lots quickly glaze up in a treacherous slick.

If you have a commercial property, that's not an option. Slick surfaces mean slips, falls, traffic accidents and property damage.

Salt to the rescue, right? Salt is a snow and ice standby, lowering the freezing point of water.

But what’s the best way to apply it? Apply rock salt before or after the storm? Treat your surface areas with salt brine?

What's the difference?

Let's take a look at rock salt vs brine — before the snow hits.

If you care about the impact your commercial property makes on the environment and the health of the people who work in and visit your property, LEED certification is worth considering.

While much of LEED certification involves the construction of a building, “Don’t forget about the outside, too,” says Shelley Russell (pictured), landscape designer at Level Green Landscaping. Russell is trained in LEED certification, earning a LEED Green Associate designation.

“We can help you get more points so you can achieve a higher level, maybe move from Platinum to Gold,” she says.

What is she talking about?

Here’s a closer look at why LEED certification matters for your commercial property — and how landscaping can help you get there.

Once the air is cool, football games beckon and pumpkins pop up on porches, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, trees and shrubs.

Summer’s over, so they’re all set, right?

All the green growing things on your property still need some attention before winter sets in, if you want them to emerge happy and healthy in the spring.

Fall is for football, sweaters, pumpkins, cider — and planting.

If you think spring is the best time of year to put plants in the ground, well, fall is offended.

Don't be fooled by the chill in the air. The ground is plenty warm enough for plants.

“Fall is optimal to plant just about anything,” says Scott Rupert, account manager at Level Green Landscaping.

Here’s a look at the benefits of fall planting: