You have high standards for yourself, employees and properties — and that’s part of the reason the owners and tenants are so pleased with the sites you manage.
But, you can’t directly handle every aspect of the commercial property, that is, unless you enjoy sleep deprivation and exhaustion. So, it’s important to find others who have that same high standard and thrive to be the best, especially when it comes to choosing your landscape maintenance company.
Your property’s curb appeal — or lack thereof — is one of the first things people will see when they visit or drive by your property. It needs to not only remain well maintained, but it should also have some visually interesting features like colorful foliage around signage or potted plants near the entrance.
So whether your maintenance contract is about to be up or you’re just ready for something better, look for a company that has everything you need.
These are six characteristics of a good landscape maintenance company you should look for:
- Offers maintenance, design and construction services in-house
- Has successfully managed sites similar to yours
- Has a dedicated project manager for your property
- Is easy to communicate with
- Has the required licenses and insurance coverage
- Uses commercial-grade equipment and tools
- Has a good reputation in the community
To help you on your search, here’s a look at the seven best commercial landscapers in Washington DC.
The largest merger ever in the landscape industry brought together powerhouses Brickman Group, which was founded in Rockville, Md., and ValleyCrest, based in California.
The company is now known as BrightView and has thousands of employees across the world. (They perform work in other countries even where they don’t have offices.)
They manage properties like corporate offices, institutions, hotels, housing communities, parks and retail centers. Their list of services includes landscape maintenance, enhancements, design, construction, tree care, water management and sports turf.
BrightView is a massive company, so be prepared for a corporate atmosphere that’s different from what you may get with local landscapers.
With more than a dozen locations — including ones in Maryland, Virginia, DC, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia — Ruppert Landscape offers a variety of services.
Their maintenance services include grounds management, turf care, irrigation, pond/lake management, arbor car, holiday decorations and snow management. They also provide design and construction for clients.
In addition to landscape maintenance and construction services, they also have a wholesale nursery made up of four farms. They grow shade, ornamental and evergreen trees.
Ruppert Landscape has worked on several sustainable and LEED-certified properties, including one in Laytonsville, Md.
Chapel Valley Landscape
Covering both the commercial and residential sectors, Chapel Valley Landscape is located in Woodbine, Md. They offer landscape management, irrigation, snow and ice management, construction and sustainable services.
Their specialty services include colorscaping, green roofs, landscape lighting and seasonal decorations. Each of their commercial sites is assigned an account manager.
Chapel Valley Landscaping is a part of organizations like the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Landscape Contractors Association (LCA).
Complete Landscaping Service
A family-owned company, Complete Landscaping Service provides design, installation and maintenance services.
Their maintenance services include mulching, seasonal flower rotations, weed control, irrigation maintenance and repair, tree care and turf refurbishment.
Headquartered in Maryland, the company also has a nursery division, Patuxent Nursery. It carries gardening gifts, outdoor living accessories, trees, shrubs and flowers.
McFall & Berry Landscape Management
With 35 years in the industry, McFall & Berry Landscape Management service more than 400 properties.
They provide landscape management, technical services, turf renovation, landscape enhancement, snow removal and arborcultural services throughout the Washington DC, Virginia and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The team also tries to incorporate sustainable elements to make their clients’ properties more efficient.
Clients can view seasonal color options, like ‘Encore’ azaleas daylilies, on their website for reference.
Serving the Baltimore and DC metro areas, Greenlink Incorporated is a single-source provider. They have been in the industry for more than 25 years.
Greenlink Incorporated provides commercial landscape maintenance, design, installation and tree care services. Their maintenance team will mow, edge, trim, control weeds, mulch, remove leaves, prune, aerate, fertilize and manage pests.
They are members of the NALP, LCA and Community Associations Institute.
Level Green Landscaping
As one of the top landscapers in Washington DC, our team here at Level Green Landscaping will work with you to create a unique, sustainable landscape for your property.
We offer a full list of commercial landscaping services in-house. That includes landscape maintenance, enhancements, construction, design, irrigation and snow/ice management. You can rest easy knowing there won’t be any random subcontractors on your site.
So, not only can we keep your property maintained year round, we can also take it up a level or two with things like seasonal color, patios, landscape lighting and improved signage visibility.
We want your site to be a place tenants, visitors, owners and you like being. You’ll work directly with a project manager that’s assigned to your property, so you won’t get the run around when you have a question or issue: There will be just one number you’ll need to text or call.
With offices in Upper Marlboro and Ashton, Md., we service Maryland, Washington DC, and parts of Virginia. Our clients include office buildings, institutions, mixed-use sites, retail centers, HOAs and condominiums, municipalities and distribution centers.
We aren’t ones to brag, but we do think it’s important for you to know we are constantly looking to improve our trade. Here are just some of the certifications our team holds:
- Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH)
- Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association
- Landscape Industry Certified Technician
- Certified Pesticide Applicator MD, DC, VA
- Home Improvement License MD, DC
- ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer
- Level I Segmental Retaining Wall Installer
- Green Roof Professional (GRP)
- Landscape Industry Certified Manager
Our company is also involved with associations like the NALP, LCA, Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA). We want to surround ourselves with other qualified professionals to better our team.
Although we have decades of landscape industry experience, we definitely aren’t resting on our laurels. And that’s something our clients definitely appreciate.
Find the Best Commercial Landscapers in Washington DC
Don’t settle when it comes time to hire a landscaper. You want the best person for the job handling your site, so put in the legwork.
Talk with landscapers that offer the services you’re looking for, ask for their referrals, view project photos of their work, submit RFPs and make sure they would be a good fit professionally and personally.
This is a team who will be on your site regularly, so you want to get along with them and feel comfortable talking to them — even when it’s about a problem. They should be just as passionate about their work as you are about yours.
Here at Level Green Landscaping, we welcome all of your questions, and our passion is quite apparent.