The Level Green Landscaping Blog

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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:

Lawn mowers are the backbone of great turf care. Landscape crews use them day in, day out. They take a beating.

At Level Green Landscaping, those hardworking mowers are Toro.

“Toro is one of the top brands,” says Craig Fugate, shop manager at Level Green. “Their reliability is good. They stand behind their product.”

A quality, reliable mower means more time on the job and less in the shop, Fugate says. It means crews spend less time on a site to do a top-notch job. Fuel-injected engines instead of carburetors means more power with less fuel.

“The more money we can save, the more money we can save our customers,” Fugate says.

Here’s a look at why Toro is the top choice for Level Green.

If you hire one company to handle your commercial property’s landscaping needs during the spring, summer and fall, and a separate company to do your winter snow removal, we have one question for you:

Why?

Wouldn’t it be easier to trust one company to handle all your landscape’s needs, year round?

The answer is yes.

Paul Wisniewski, division manager at Level Green Landscaping, will tell you why.

Don't underestimate the power of mulch. It does great things for your landscape.

Sure, flowers are brighter, shrubs are bigger and nothing says lush like a rolling carpet of green lawn.

But without mulch, your landscape is lacking.

How much do you need? What kind should you use? When’s the best time to mulch?

Stick with us. We know much about mulch.

Look behind the scenes at Level Green Landscaping and you see examples of safety everywhere.

Some are obvious, like bright yellow road cones and safety vests.

Others are less visible, from the extra safety training that crews get on the job to the meticulous records that detail every safety-related incident.

Putting a high priority on landscape safety standards involves extra time and money.

Brad Butler, Level Green manager of corporate safety, wouldn't have it any other way.

He offers an inside look at the company’s unwavering commitment to safety.

We’ll warn you right now: this is not a pretty subject. We’re talking bugs that can devour an entire evergreen tree. Pale, squishy grubs with soft bodies and legs near their heads. A virus spread by mites that will decimate your precious roses.

Yuck.

But, knowledge is power. So set your squeamishness aside and learn what to do about the most common pests and landscape plant diseases on your property.

There’s nothing like a brand new hardscape project. Pretty pavers arranged perfectly. Smooth concrete stretching out, flat and flawless as glass.

Then, something happens. Cracks appear. Pavers start to sink. Stains set in.

Suddenly, somebody trips.

Paul Weaver, construction manager at Level Green Landscaping, sheds some light on five of the most common hardscape problems, and how the expert crews at Level Green handle hardscape repair.