The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

Maybe you’ve been staring at that empty bed of mulch on your property for so long, you don’t even notice it anymore.

But your customers, visitors and potential tenants do. 

That open space of nothing but mulch isn’t doing you or your commercial property any favors.

Maybe it used to be filled with attractive plants, but they all died.

Maybe it’s just always been there.

It’s boring. It’s full of weeds. It’s wasted space. 

You can do so much better. 

Just let us at it.

And by trends, we don’t mean luxuries.

These days, staying up to date is a necessity if you want to grab your share of customers, buyers and renters.

Level Green landscape designer Shelley Russell has her eye on some of the hottest landscaping trends for 2019.

If you’re a property manager, you should have your eye on them, too.

“There’s a lot of competition out there, especially in downtown DC,” Russell says. “How will you stand out to get those renters, those residents?”

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.

It’s time to sparkle.

Those pretty plants that brightened your property are going dormant now. It gets darker earlier. Is that a snowflake?

We’ve got your holiday spirit.

Joey Schneider, branch manager at Level Green Landscaping, gets us in a festive mood with a sleigh full of holiday decorating ideas for your commercial property.

Big church? Cozy HOA? Bustling shopping center?

He’s got you covered.

Your urban concrete and glass building sure could use a leafy garden oasis.

Trouble is, there’s nowhere to go — but up. Imagine a trendy, inviting, peaceful escape from the bustle of the big city.

Time to hit the roof.

Marion Delano, business development manager at Level Green Landscaping, says rooftop gardens are the big new escape.

What makes a great rooftop planter design? Why do you need one? What should you grow?

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.

Even the professionals need a jolt of design inspiration once in a while.

When Shelley Russell, landscape designer at Level Green Landscaping, needs design inspiration, she heads to one of her favorite area botanical gardens or arboretums.

“It’s always good to get out and see how plants are actually growing, get ideas for new plants and discover different plant combinations,” Russell says.

“If a client wants a magnolia, I can think back to which ones I loved at the national arboretum.”