The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

College is stressful. Exams. Projects. Financial aid worries. 

Students need beautiful, green, relaxing spaces to unwind.

But university landscaping also has to impress.

When prospective college students show up on campus for a tour, discriminating parents in tow, “You need top of the line landscaping to compete,” says Shelley Russell, landscape designer at Level Green Landscaping. 

“These days, colleges are marketing as much to parents as they are to students,” adds Corey Rill, the Level Green account manager responsible for client the University of the District of Columbia.

How to make your university landscaping impress, and be a great place for students to grow and learn?

You wouldn’t think a snowfall less than two inches would be a very big deal. 

So why does it keep Level Green Landscaping managers up all night, our crews on alert and everybody’s eagle eyes on multiple weather forecasts?


It’s no mystery to our snow manager, Greg Stacho.

He walks us through an hour by hour look at what happens behind the scenes to prepare for a snowfall of less than two inches — when most people are still deep in slumber.

Preparing your commercial property for winter?

If you want to prevent property damage from this winter’s plowing and ice removal, don't forget to invite your snow removal company. 

There are some things we need to know before the snow starts piling up.

How to protect your property against winter damage?

Here’s how we do it.

When you use landscaping equipment every day like we do here at Level Green Landscaping, you get to know it pretty well. 

While gas-powered tools have been our mainstay for decades— just like everybody else in the industry — lately we’ve started the move from gas-fueled to battery-powered mowers, blowers, weed-eaters and shears.

We want to be as green as possible (it’s in our company name, after all) and we know our customers do, too.

Pass by any Level Green Landscaping job site and you’ll see a scene dotted with the vivid orange of STIHL power tools, from backpack blowers to weed eaters to disc edgers.

We use the time-honored German company’s equipment for a reason: it hardly ever breaks down. 

While the 90-year-old company invented the chainsaw and is steeped in tradition, it’s also on the forefront of the latest landscaping equipment technology.

When a building has been around for decades, witnessing history and even hosting The Pope, the landscaping has to measure up to the majesty.

But what does that mean?

It depends on the property.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, we maintain several of the area’s most stately and historic sites, from the Franciscan Monastery to Washington DC’s court buildings to the United States Congress of Catholic Bishops.

Shelley Russell, landscape designer at Level Green, shares the things she keeps in mind for historic landscaping in Washington DC.

Chances are when you see Michael Mayberry, he’s wearing a Level Green Landscaping shirt.

“Most of my clothes have the company logo on them,” says Mayberry, chief technical officer at Level Green.

That’s fine with him. 

Related: Take an inside look at our employee uniform policy

“I feel proud about wearing my uniform,” he says. “I make sure I’m standing up straight. I carry myself with pride when I’m wearing our shirts. Everybody here does.”

Our crisp, clean uniforms make Level Green look good. But they affect our customers, too.

If we do our job right, the plants we add to your property look like they’ve always been there, like they perfectly belong.

But of course, first they came from somewhere else. 

We need thousands and thousands of plants, from flats of annuals to potted tropicals to bare root saplings to big established trees.

Where do landscapers get their plants?