The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

Here at Level Green, we’ve long been advocates for the environment, from our careful use of fertilizer to our recent move to electric-powered landscaping equipment.

We know our customers appreciate our earth-friendly stance as we balance it with their desire for excellent landscaping.

That balance has come to the forefront lately as Montgomery County, Md. recently enacted controversial new legislation covering pesticide use.

Your commercial property's signage is a public invitation — it invites customers, visitors, tenants and clients to stop in and stay awhile. It needs to make a great first impression.

The best way to boost your signage visibility is with great landscaping. Professionals know just how to use color, the perfect plants and a few other tricks to make your signage stand out.

Let's take a look at how landscaping around signage can boost the visibility of your property’s signs and make visitors want to see more.

When we talk about a commercial property’s common area, we mean a shared space, where people congregate to relax, munch a sandwich, read a book.

But they should be anything but common. They should be a bright spot in your property’s landscaping.

A common area might be part of an apartment complex, an office park, a university, a homeowner’s association.

Whatever the case, a common area should have certain features that make it attractive and appealing — a place where people want to spend time.

Let’s look at a few ways to enhance the common area landscaping on your property.

There’s one thing the Washington DC area definitely isn’t missing: diversity.

You have a wide range of choices between where to eat, shop, visit, relax and do business. With all of the options, it can be hard to know where to start, especially when it comes to choosing a commercial landscaping company for your property.

There are several local landscaping companies that may seem similar, so it’s important to know what you want and need to narrow down the search.

Here are six ways to choose between commercial landscapers in Washington DC.

Choosing a landscaping company for your HOA or condo association might not be your favorite thing.

We understand. It’s a big decision, and you have a lot of choices. 

How do you know if a company will meet your needs, communicate well, follow landscaping guidelines for HOAs, and look out for your best interests?

Ashley Owens, business development manager at Level Green Landscaping, knows landscaping responsibilities for HOAs can be daunting.

How to choose the best company? 

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.

Have you noticed the weather has been a lot crazier around here lately?

Apparently, it’s going to get worse.

That means keep an eye on your landscaping needs, say two University of Maryland professors and experts on landscaping and climate change.

Level Green Landscaping recently hosted a networking and educational event held by the Landscape Contractors Association of MD, VA, and DC.

Long, low buildings. Expansive parking lots. Busy loading docks. 

Large industrial sites and big warehouses have their own unique set of landscaping needs.

“They usually want their landscaping to be low maintenance, tough, drought tolerant and to look nice,” says Shelley Russell, landscape designer at Level Green Landscaping. “That’s pretty much everything.”

Luckily, she’s up for the challenge.

Landscaping for factories? Landscaping for warehouses?

Russell shares her best tips.

While some landscaping mistakes are no big deal — like planting too many tulips — others can impact the security of your property.

That lovely old tree is majestic, but are its roots causing cracks or heaving in your pavement?

That hedge of flowering shrubs looks great, but is it impeding the view of drivers?

Let’s take a look at six landscaping mistakes that can affect the security of your property.

One of the biggest events of the year unfolds in Washington DC in January — the Presidential Inauguration. That means hotels in the area will be packed with guests from across the nation and the world.

But DC hotels always have to be ready to shine. The nation’s capital draws a steady stream of tourists, business travelers and dignitaries all looking for impressive lodging.

Some high-end hotels host a wedding a week — or more. Cleanliness, elegance, sophistication is always key.

What does that mean for their hotel landscape maintenance crews? Here’s a look: