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The scenic Patuxent River is a huge natural attraction, but a portion of the popular Patuxent River Park was a mess.

Rainwater was flowing unchecked into the river, bringing pollutants right along with it.

Old concrete steps dating back to the 1920s leading to a popular boat dock were cracked and crumbling.

“It was unusable space,” says Paul Weaver, construction branch manager at Level Green Landscaping.

But not for long. After painstaking measuring and planning and a month of challenging hand labor by Level Green crews, it’s a whole new place.

The upgrade means Maryland Green Center Award certification for the park — proof that the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission saves energy, reduces pollution runoff and helps prevent erosion along the valuable waterway. 

Weaver shares how the transformation happened — and why it was so important.

There you are again, staring down a pile of landscape company contract proposals.

After a while, they all look alike, right?

Look closer. You’ll see some real differences.

Michael Mayberry, chief technical officer at Level Green Landscaping, has worked in the landscape industry for years, in a variety of roles.

He’s seen his share of contract proposals.

Here’s his look at the main players.

There’s a reason brick buildings are everywhere.

They work.

Brick walls help adjust a building's temperature, storing heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.

They don’t require the maintenance of a wood-clad building, and brick buildings have great re-sale value.

But what are the best landscape design ideas for brick? Level Green Landscape designer Shelley Russell has a few tips.

There’s an excitement around construction sites.

Huge machines, mountains of dirt, big holes, piles of pavers — it means something bigger or better is on the way.

But those big machines, gaping holes and piles of supplies can be dangerous without lots of precautions.

Ryan Bramer, former Level Green Landscaping construction supervisor and now a management trainee, talks about creating a safe construction environment — both for employees and the tenants, visitors and pedestrians nearby.

What’s your favorite thing about a big parking lot?

The huge expanse of baking hot asphalt? The way the sun beats down relentlessly?

We didn’t think so.

It’s those sometimes shady, always green parking lot islands — pretty planted oasis of cool.

But don’t plant them with grass. In these challenging conditions, turf doesn’t cut it.

Paul Weaver, construction branch manager for Level Green Landscaping, shares his favorite turf alternatives for parking lot islands.

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.

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?

If it’s related to your green and growing property, Level Green Landscaping can take care of it.

But, let’s face it, we’re not Superman.

 

While we handle most landscaping services in-house with our own skilled crews, we’re not experts in everything. Sometimes, we need a bit of help.

That’s where subcontractors come in. When customers need a landscaping-related service we don’t offer in-house, we hire an expert company in that field to tackle the job.

Level Green Landscaping account manager Joey Schneider tells about the process — and why subcontractors are a good thing.

Small rocks can be annoying. They’re in the way when you plant tulips, they get caught in your lawnmower and your dog keeps burying and unearthing the same pesky stone in your lawn.

But big rocks — really big rocks —make a statement in the landscape unlike anything else.

How to use large rocks in landscaping? Paul Weaver, construction branch manager at Level Green Landscaping, has great ideas.

He even knows about the intriguing place where most of these massive beauties originate.

He’s spilling all his secrets.