Does Your Landscaping Company Call YOU?

Let’s take a moment to imagine your worst nightmare. Lazy Landscaping Company has just completed a pruning job on the trees bordering your building’s parking lot. Business owners and employees trickle out during the day, only to find a limb across the windshield, a scratched hood, work vehicles blocking the exit. (And the operators of said vehicles are all out to lunch. Why not? This is a nightmare!) Who ya gonna call? Unfortunately, the company whose crews would create such a mess will be unlikely to take responsibility for their negligence. And of course, your ability… Read More

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Commercial Landscaping: 5 Paths to Better Moods

Somewhere amidst the ‘busyness’ of managing your properties, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the positive impact your commercial landscaping efforts have on the customers, business-owners, and tenants who occupy your buildings. Certainly, you are providing safe, clean, and functional places for them to live and work. But by paying close attention to the green spaces surrounding your buildings, you are also contributing to your clients’ overall mental health. A recent study conducted by Stanford University researchers tells us that spending time in a natural setting… Read More

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Commercial Landscape Management Value

  We're often asked to comment on the cost of our commercial landscape management services. That's a fair question that we are happy to answer. Better still would be an inquiry of the value of well-maintained landscapes for the occupants and visitors of commercial properties. As living beings our connection with the natural environment is undeniable. And that’s why people appreciate well-designed and properly maintained landscapes. National Landscape Management Week Our National Association of Landscape Professionals reminds us this is National Landscape Management… Read More

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Hidden Contract Costs that Wreck Budgets

It's that time of the year when we start gearing up for budget reviews and planning. More than half of the landscape season is now being behind us. So you've got a pretty good idea where you stand. You'll get to the numbers, but if I asked you right now, you could easily grade the performance of your landscape service provider. The reason for this is you have internalized the true costs. The contract price isn't the true cost. That's what you pay in dollars. There can also be hidden contract costs, such as time wondering and worrying, not to mention hoping you don't… Read More

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Grade Your Commercial Properties for Springtime Appearance, Health, and Safety

At this time of the year, your commercial properties should be looking their very best. Spring conditions are nearly always kind to landscapes, especially after a winter with lots of protective snow cover to minimize the damaging effects of freeze-thaw cycles. What's the point? If your commercial properties do not earn at least a B grade at this time of the year, it may be time to sit down with your current service provider to learn more. Ask specific questions and evaluate the responses against agreed expectations. Your concerns should be acknowledged and noted. You… Read More

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3 Post-Event Snow Safety Tips for Property Managers

When it comes to snow safety and risk management, there is always more to do until warmer weather brings the site back to bare, dry pavement. Here are 3 post-storm safety measures property managers can take today to ensure the safety of their properties.   1. Update Snow Response and Site Engineering Plans If you have snow response and snow site engineering plans every storm is a test of their accuracy. In all likelihood, you can make modifications to improve them. If you do not have these plans in place, now is a perfect time to get started. You’ve probably noticed… Read More

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5 Snow and Ice Tips for Property Managers

Contracts may be signed, but there is more that property managers can and should do to prepare for snow and ice events. Take the time to thoroughly review how the work will be accomplished. These 5 tips will help you work with your snow service provider to maximize the most favorable outcomes for any type of storm. #1 – Snow Response Plan You need a written plan for the numberless circumstances and conditions that affect the snow and ice management of your commercial properties. Start with the basics, such as agreement terms, insurance, your expectations, communication methods,… Read More

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Our Founders Landscaping Journey

It has been said that all experience has meaning if you simply inquire. In looking back on his journey to leading Environmental Enhancements, Inc here in Northern Virginia, our founder Fred Peratt realizes there are many people and places in the rearview mirror that continue to influence his work today. International and Local Inspiration While growing up, Fred lived around the world, with many of those years in Euorope where he had the opportunity to experience and appreciate iconic gardens in Holland, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. After returning to the states, his fascination with… Read More

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Resource Conservation: The Future of Landscape Management

If you have been reading the news lately, you are aware of the fact that the state of California isn’t the only state in a desperate situation with regards to water supply. Those of us in the green industry know that this is not an uncommon situation. Other states in the south and the west have experienced similar drought situations that have led to substantial economic and natural resource losses. In addition to water supply pest and diseases of all kinds have majorly impacted native and ornamental plantings across the United States. In the west, the bark beetle destroyed millions… Read More

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