The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

The latest buzz about bees isn’t good.

Over the past few years, beekeepers have reported unusually high losses of bees in their hives.

Bee experts say the losses are due to invasive mites, new diseases, pesticide poisoning and changes to the habitats where bees forage.  

Hives can’t sustain themselves without worker bees, so this loss, called Colony Collapse Disorder, is alarming.

What can we do? Add plants and flowers to our landscapes that bees and other busy pollinators love.

No time to research all that?

Relax — we did it for you. Our crews will even install the best pollinator plants to make your property buzz-worthy.

Pruning isn’t just for plants. It’s for property managers, too.

No, our crews won’t stop over to give your hair a trim. But the pruning they do this time of year — called dormant pruning — has benefits for your business, as well as for the trees.

Pruning keeps your trees and shrubs healthy. And a healthy landscape saves you money, time and hassle.

Let’s sharpen the shears and take a closer look at several dormant pruning benefits.

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.

Planting a tree holds so much possibility.

Someday, you’ll pick apples. String it with holiday lights. Sprawl beneath its shade with a picnic and a good book.

But first, you have to plant it. And there's a bit more to the process than just digging a hole and sticking it in the ground.

We'll walk you through it — and tell you some common tree planting mistakes to avoid.

Everybody loves trees. They’re majestic, they give us shade, and some offer spectacular color in the fall and a profusion of beautiful blooms in the spring.

But sometimes, a tree’s health has suffered so much that it becomes a danger.

A tree on your property with significant decay or unstable branches is a hazard to your property and the people who visit it.

How to identify a dangerous tree? And, once you spot one, what should you do about it?

James Kole, branch manager at Level Green Landscaping, offers some tips.

Sometimes shrubs and bushes grow so fast, you’d swear you could watch them grow, if you had time to sit and stare at them long enough.

Wasn’t that barberry just pruned? Why is it already encroaching over the window? Why does the euonymus look so shaggy?

It might be time for a plant growth regulator to tame the beast. These products slow a plant’s growth to keep it tidier and under control, saving time and improving plant health.

How do they work? Are they safe? Do you need this service?

Let’s take a look.

Tropical plants in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia?

You bet. These exotic beauties won't survive outside in the winter, but, treated as annuals, they add eye-catching drama to your commercial property in a host of ways.

They’re dramatically different than the typical annuals people are used to seeing in beds and pots, so tropicals automatically attract attention.

What are the best tropical plants for Washington DC? We can’t wait to show you — along with some ideas on how and where to use them to add instant impact to your commercial property.

Winter can be cruel to your landscape.

Bitter winds. Hungry rabbits. Ice storms.

You might think it’s just severe cold that zaps your trees, shrubs and grasses. But fluctuations in temperature — cold to warm and back again — is actually more damaging.

Toss in some hungry critters, late summer pruning and lack of fall watering, and you get a landscape that needs some help come spring.

Now that spring is here, let’s take a look at how to assess the toll winter may have taken on your trees, shrubs and grasses — and what to do about it.