The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

If you look up the job description of a commercial property manager, you probably won’t see “babysitting” listed.

But that’s exactly what happens if your landscaping company isn’t doing their job.

You have better things to do than keep track of the last time they mowed, wonder if they’ll pull those weeds or call to ask why your seasonal color flowers haven’t been installed.

If you’re a Level Green Landscaping customer, you won’t worry about any of that.

When people see a big expanse of healthy green lawn, they see a great-looking, well-maintained property.

Plant all the colorful flowers you want, but if your lawn is scraggly, weedy or overgrown, everything looks bad.

Maybe you’re thinking now about the need for plenty of water, just the right amount of fertilizer and great tricks like aeration.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, we love all those things.

But the height your lawn is mowed is key to your turf health.

The latest buzz about bees isn’t good.

Over the past few years, beekeepers have reported unusually high losses of bees in their hives.

Bee experts say the losses are due to invasive mites, new diseases, pesticide poisoning and changes to the habitats where bees forage.  

Hives can’t sustain themselves without worker bees, so this loss, called Colony Collapse Disorder, is alarming.

What can we do? Add plants and flowers to our landscapes that bees and other busy pollinators love.

No time to research all that?

Relax — we did it for you. Our crews will even install the best pollinator plants to make your property buzz-worthy.

An apartment complex property manager called Paul Weaver recently. Fur was flying.

Their dog park was such a muddy mess, nobody would use it.

Things were ruff. None of the tenant’s pooches were dog tired.

Weaver, Level Green Landscaping’s construction manager, came to the rescue, fetching rolls of synthetic turf, wood chips and tidy retaining walls.

Weaver shares his off-the-leash tips for creating a howl-worthy dog haven.

Creating a garden on your roof that saves energy, minimizes stormwater runoff, helps cool the city and offers a bit of green calm must be complicated.

Paul Weaver has good news for you.

“It’s a very simple process,” says Weaver, construction branch manager at Level Green Landscaping. “We can install a green roof for just about anybody.”

Level Green was recently certified as an installer by LiveRoof, a leading manufacturer of green roof systems.

That means Level Green crews were trained by a specialist at LiveRoof, learning how to install the product according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Hopefully, we’ve already convinced you of the beauty and benefits of mulch. If not, don’t worry. We’ll give it another go in a bit.

Meanwhile, what’s the next best thing to a fresh carpet of rich brown mulch?

A monster of a machine that will spread it with powerful ease, in half the time of a crew working by hand.

Meet our mulch blowers. (You might want to stand back a little further.)

How does a mulch blower work? Why should you care? Level Green Landscaping operations manager Bradley Sarno fills us in.

If you work on a landscaping crew with Juan Olivar, certain things always happen.

You wear your safety glasses and earplugs.

You have a flat shovel handy to keep your line trimmer from flinging dangerous rocks.

And, as he likes to say, "You leave work in the afternoon the same way you came here in the morning.”

In one piece.

Olivar, operations manager at Level Green Landscaping, won the company's 2017 safety award for keeping both people and property safe on his watch.

He talks about the comprehensive training Level Green crews receive to ensure safety on the job —and why it's important to property managers, too.

What do a university, a hospital, a homeowners association and a retail center have in common?

They all need great landscaping.

And they all come to Level Green Landscaping to get it.

Everybody gets the same skilled attention to detail, from mowing to spring cleanup to installing impressive enhancements.

“But each type of property is unique, in its own way, and has its own needs,” says Paul Wisniewski, Division Manager at Level Green Landscaping.

Here’s a look at the diverse markets Level Green serves, with insight from Wisniewski about the challenges of meeting each one's unique needs.

Watch our video case studies for a more detailed look at how we keep all these clients happy, and their properties inspiring envy.

David Keffer has already spied his first spring robin and the first cheerful crocus bloom poking up from the soil.

That means things are about to get real busy.

It’s spring cleanup time.

Does your commercial landscape maintenance contract include the spring cleanup services your property needs?

Hint: It needs a lot.

Spring cleanup and mulch often make up 30 percent of the cost of a commercial landscape maintenance contract, says Keffer, a branch manager at Level Green Landscaping.

“It’s a big part of the services we provide,” he says.

If you’re like most commercial property managers, you can’t wait.

“Our customers realize the importance of curb appeal,” Keffer says. “They’re trying to lease properties. They’re always anxious to get spring cleanup done.”

What should your contract include?

Pruning isn’t just for plants. It’s for property managers, too.

No, our crews won’t stop over to give your hair a trim. But the pruning they do this time of year — called dormant pruning — has benefits for your business, as well as for the trees.

Pruning keeps your trees and shrubs healthy. And a healthy landscape saves you money, time and hassle.

Let’s sharpen the shears and take a closer look at several dormant pruning benefits.