What’s Green, Smart, and Growing in Popularity? [Hint: Not the Geico Gecko]
Even if you’ve never seen one, you may have been hearing about the concept lately. We’re finding that more of our clients are inquiring about—and installing—green roofs on their buildings.
Tooting Our Own Horn, A Heartwarming Story, and Year at a Glance
To all our clients, we are grateful for you. And for those of you we haven’t yet had the pleasure of serving, give us a chance! Every once in a while we like to toot our own horn, so here goes.
A Critical Winter Message [Especially for Older Properties]
We’ve noticed that rejuvenation pruning and deep root fertilization are often omitted from landscape maintenance RFPs. I mean, do you REALLY need to pay someone to do that? How important is it?
The short answer is ‘very.’
The Big Picture, Your Story, and A Movie
If you’re ready to ‘level-up’ your landscaping, it’s time to talk about a Master Plan. Or maybe you’ve inherited a new property, and you’re starting from scratch. Either way, a large-scale landscaping renovation can feel daunting (and expensive!), which is why we always start with a Master Plan.
Look Ma! No Gas!
One of our ongoing goals has been to stay on the front-end of ‘going green.’ Over the course of this year, we’ve purchased a fleet of battery-operated lawnmowers and a variety of battery-operated small-engine tools.
Beautiful Shots, Proposal Strategies, and Happy Plants
Just as a steady diet of fast foods jeopardizes an individual’s health, synthetic fertilizers can make your soil sick. Soils are made up mostly of minerals, with space for air and water. How you care for and feed your soil affects soil structure, plant performance, and resident microbes.
Environmental Enhancements Wins 2022 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award
Environmental Enhancements is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 Employer Recognition Award.
A Problem in Northern VA That’s Getting Much Worse
As we all know, Northern Virginia is developing at a brisk pace, to the point where there’s hardly room to squeeze anything else in. Because of tear-downs and new construction, people are experiencing increasing issues with too much water running through their properties.
Subtle Cues, Hidden Flaws, and Jane’s Story
Landscaping has a strong impact on tenants, customers, and guests. Without proper maintenance and updating, properties begin to look—and feel—tired.
Sustainable Landscaping: What It Is and What It Means to Your Community
Sustainable landscapes are designed to fit seamlessly into the environment, regenerate with minimal maintenance, and be part of the overall health of a community.
Commercial Irrigation: Make Things Less Stressful for Yourself
Watering a property can be tricky. When it rains a lot, it’s hard to know when to resume watering after the rain stops. And of course, we’ve had plenty of drought months, too.
Commercial Outdoor Lighting, a Low Cost, High Impact Investment
While a minimum amount of outdoor lighting is a necessity so nobody falls in a pool, wild animals stay away, and intruders are deterred, lights can be one of the most cost-effective ways to create an entirely new look for your building, common areas, or home.
EE Voted One of 2022’s Best Workplaces for Commuters
This award is one that we are particularly proud of!
Landscaping Trends in a Post-Pandemic World
Article by Fred Peratt in CAIDC’s Quorum Magazine—Landscaping Trends in a Post-Pandemic World.
Fred Peratt Talks Organics with Irrigation Association
Fred Peratt, head coach and owner of Environmental Enhancements, regularly attends his homeowner association clients’ landscape committee meetings.
Conscientious Landscaping Habits
Fred Peratt talks about conscientious landscaping practices in the November issue of Quorum Magazine.
Monitor Your Properties for Landcaping Distress
Enjoy Fred’s article in the April issue of Quorum! “Compliments are hard to come by, aren’t they? When a property is well-taken-care-of, people don’t often make an effort to tell you how impressed they are.
Fred Peratt Talks Landscaping Safety
Fred Peratt contributes to article in Total Landscape Care Online Publication “A safety culture is extremely important because our primary responsibility is for every employee to arrive home safely every day,” says Fred Peratt.
Time For Your Community To Go Organic?
Read Fred’s article in Quorum Magazine about community managers who are choosing organic landscaping—and how it works. We continually hear from our HOA clients that homeowners are becoming increasingly concerned about the sprays…
We Won an NALP Safety Award!
We’ve always put safety first. It’s nice to be recognized for it! Once again, the National Association of Landscaping Professionals has recognized Environmental Enhancements as a company with high-performing safety programs that create…
5 Strategic Landscape Design Areas to Watch Out For
You want a landscape design that’s easy to manage and budget-friendly. But homeowners don’t care about that. They want to live and play in homes with beautiful, inviting outdoor spaces. Fortunately, with careful planning, you can make…
When It’s Your Turn to Water
Do you remember the summer we got the exact amount of rain we needed? The year Mother nature kept an eye on things and we didn’t need to water our lawns even once? Neither do we. The reality is, if you live in the DC area and…
Find the Right Landscaping Company for You
Ever notice how fast the seasons fly by? No sooner have you finished your spring clean up, fertilizing and mulching, than it’s time to rake leaves and plant fall bulbs. Because of this, many homeowners are choosing to leave yard maintenance…
Switching to MyYard Organics
If you have kids or pets, you’ve probably felt concern about the sprays, granules, and powders you rely on to keep your yard looking as good as it does. Children often have fragile immune systems, and Fido eats everything. Maybe you’ve…
Beautiful Landscaping Affects Moods
IN ADDITION TO providing functional places for people to live and work, commercial property developers and managers have a unique opportunity to make a difference for tenants by paying close attention to the green spaces surrounding properties.…
7 Signs Your Property’s Landscape Needs Refreshing
Have you ever stayed in a hotel that hasn’t been updated in a while? The sheets are clean, the complimentary breakfast is well-stocked and the front desk employees are courteous. Yet, something feels off. You probably won’t book a room…
Somebody Likes Us
Environmental Enhancements, located in Sterling, VA, has been providing a full range of environmentally-friendly landscaping services to commercial property managers and homeowners in the DC metro area since 2001. Owner, Fred Peratt, believes…
Open Communications with Your Landscaping Company
Let’s take a moment to imagine your worst nightmare. Lazy Landscaping Company has just finished plowing your parking lot. Business owners, employees or residents trickle out during the day, only to find a mound of snow in front…
Property Manager’s Guide to Landscaping Strategies
Environment-Friendly Landscaping: Doing the Right Thing
Snow and Ice Management: Be Prepared
Commercial Landscape Management Value
Hidden Contract Costs that Wreck Budgets
Grade Your Commercial Properties for Springtime Appearance, Health, and Safety
3 Post-Event Snow Safety Tips for Property Managers
5 Snow and Ice Tips for Property Managers
A Winter Tale, December 2022 Love your trees! We've noticed that rejuvenation pruning and deep root fertilization are often omitted from landscape maintenance RFPs. I mean, do you REALLY need to pay someone to do that? How important is it? The short answer is 'very.'...
The Fall Beat, November 2022 We share your vision! If you're ready to ‘level-up’ your landscaping, it's time to talk about a Master Plan. Or maybe you’ve inherited a new property, and you’re starting from scratch. Either way, a large-scale landscaping renovation can...
The Fall Beat, October, 2022 Adopting battery-operated technology has not been without "surprises." Our company is growing, and we're rapidly achieving milestones ahead of projected dates. One of our ongoing goals has been to stay on the front-end of 'going green.'...
The Fall Beat, September 2022 Did you know we provide landscaping services and outdoor lighting to homeowners? While you know us for our commercial landscaping services, what you might not know is that we also provide landscaping and outdoor lighting services to...
When I started working with Environmental Enhancements five years ago, we began with a branding session to distill company values and to determine how these values impact day-to-day operations. The most strongly stated value at EE is that they care—about their...