The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Portering is a nice way of saying picking up trash. But it goes beyond that. Many commercial properties have unique situations, with a unique array of pesky debris.

Debris makes your usually neat, healthy landscape look messy and neglected.

What is portering? It’s a lifesaver for your property’s curb appeal.

Let's take a look at how it works.

Tropical plants in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia?

You bet. These exotic beauties won't survive outside in the winter, but, treated as annuals, they add eye-catching drama to your commercial property in a host of ways.

They’re dramatically different than the typical annuals people are used to seeing in beds and pots, so tropicals automatically attract attention.

What are the best tropical plants for Washington DC? We can’t wait to show you — along with some ideas on how and where to use them to add instant impact to your commercial property.

Think you have too much stuff in your garage?

Check out our vehicle and equipment roster at Level Green Landscaping.

We have 92 vehicles; 43 trailers; more than 300 pieces of hand-held equipment; 133 mowers; 5 wide-area mowers;   2 front-end loaders; a mini excavator; a mulch blower; 2 utility tractors; 2 ATVs and a host of snow plows, spreaders, aerators, seeders and tillers.

How do we keep it all running smoothly and looking neat and professional?

We’d love to fill you in — because ultimately, you benefit.

Nothing says spring like flowers. They’re a bright, cheerful breath of fresh air after the often gray gloom of winter.

Colorful spring blooms are one of the best gifts a commercial property can give tenants, employees, visitors and shoppers.

And it’s a gift that gives back. These bright, inviting hues of spring will lure clients and tenants to your property, eager for the cheer.

They’re instant curb appeal that make you stand out from your competitors and attract new tenants.

Here’s a look at the best spring flowers for commercial landscaping — and where to plant them.

Winter can be rough on your property’s irrigation system.

Water may have seeped in over the past few months, freezing and thawing, causing damage.

Sprinkler heads can be clogged with debris. Your pump might need some attention after all these months.

What’s your plan? Turn on the water and hope for the best?

We have a better idea. Use our spring irrigation system start-up checklist to make sure your system is ready for another successful watering season.

Take these steps to save water, money and prevent a mid-summer irrigation meltdown.

A lush green lawn impresses visitors, attracts potential tenants and shows the community you care about your business.

But healthy turf does a lot more than make your property look pretty.

It reduces run-off, minimizes erosion, cleans the air, neutralizes pollutants and absorbs rainwater.

And you thought it just felt good on bare feet.

Want a healthy lawn? Fertilizing is key.

Here’s what you need to know about your turf fertilization program:

High-efficiency mulch blowers. An on-line property measuring service. Irrigation that knows when to water — and when not to. Instant quality control reports. Innovative design software.

The latest technology used in landscaping is revolutionizing how landscapers work.

These technological innovations help us do our work more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

That benefits our customers, too, in ways you might not even realize.

Take a look.

Winter can be cruel to your landscape.

Bitter winds. Hungry rabbits. Ice storms.

You might think it’s just severe cold that zaps your trees, shrubs and grasses. But fluctuations in temperature — cold to warm and back again — is actually more damaging.

Toss in some hungry critters, late summer pruning and lack of fall watering, and you get a landscape that needs some help come spring.

Now that spring is here, let’s take a look at how to assess the toll winter may have taken on your trees, shrubs and grasses — and what to do about it.

Beware the red flags. They’re the pesky items in your commercial landscape contract that should make you pause and think, “Wait a minute. What?”

Contracts are designed to protect both you and your landscaping company. You need a solid one from the get-go to prevent potential problems down the road.

Read through your commercial landscape contract thoroughly before you sign it. If something isn't clear, ask questions. A good company will be up front about all contract items and be happy to explain them.

Here are six red flags to look for in your commercial landscape contract.