When you run a commercial landscape business like Turfscape, you tend to acquire quite a large fleet of vehicles and equipment along the way.
But it’s not the size of the fleet that matters, but how you use it and take care of it.
When you run a commercial landscape business like Turfscape, you tend to acquire quite a large fleet of vehicles and equipment along the way.
If you could use your current landscape maintenance budget to do double duty, wouldn't you take that opportunity? After all, how smart would you look telling your boss that you were able to use your limited dollars to serve two purposes for your Northeast Ohio commercial property? Pretty smart, right?
That’s what sustainable landscaping practices can do for you.
Stop for a minute and take a long look at your commercial property.
Would you want to work there? Would you enjoy walking around the property or visiting? What about shopping there or going to school there?
If you answered, “No,” then maybe it’s time to plan for a renovation or larger scale project that could elevate your commercial site.
Industrial properties, fulfillment centers, and warehouses in Northeast Ohio are busy places.
Employees, customers, and equipment are constantly moving at these long, low buildings with expansive parking lots and hectic loading docks. But these repetitive comings and goings are what drives the success of these businesses.
On consistently bustling sites like these, how hard can installing and maintaining plants be? Stick them in the ground, water them, and watch them grow, right?
Well, there’s actually a bit more to it.
Learning is happening all around us.
Ohio has more than 4,500 schools, including public, non-public, charter, and STEM schools. More than 1.6 million students are enrolled in these schools. And 56% of graduating Ohio seniors enroll in two- or four-year colleges or universities after high school to continue their education. That’s a lot of knowledge being absorbed in just our state.
Spring and summer color in the Northeast Ohio commercial landscape is such a brilliant spectacle. So many hues bursting forth in every shade of the rainbow. And textures range from dainty petals to big, showy, balls. There’s nothing else like it.
But the end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of color in the commercial landscape. Fall annuals can rejuvenate the autumn garden and extend your property’s growing season all the way until those winter winds blow.
When you’re looking for a commercial landscape maintenance partner, you hope that you’ll find someone you can work with for the long-haul.
You want to find a company you can trust that won’t disappoint you. You want the best price. You want a top-quality service. You don’t want headaches. You want to know things are going to get done when they need to and that you won’t have to micromanage something you hired a professional to handle.
Water can be pretty powerful.
Even in small doses -- a rainstorm here or thunderstorm there -- water can take its sweet old time washing away soil in vulnerable areas on your Northeast Ohio commercial property.
This is erosion. And it can expose tree roots, damage building foundations, wash away plant beds, and alter grading on your property, which can negatively impact drainage in your landscape even further.
Colleges and universities across the country are known for having well-maintained and beautiful landscapes.
Those vast expanses of green, mixed with pleasing pops of color not only boost your educational institution’s brand and reputation, but they also draw more students to your organization and give them additional reasons to brag about their alma maters.
Traffic in and out of a Northeast Ohio hospital or healthcare facility on a daily basis is hectic and constant.
Think about it: Doctor’s appointments, tests, exams, emergency room visits -- and then all the employees and medical professionals who check patients in and out, as well as deliver those services.
In fact, according to the American Hospital Association, there were roughly more than 36 million admissions to more than 6,100 U.S hospitals in 2018. That’s a large number of people every day in just admissions.
And not many of those people who are going about their busy days realize all the attention to detail and organization it takes from a facilities management perspective to keep this experience smooth and stress-free.
Do you look around and see beds full of weeds and overgrown shrubs at your healthcare facility?
Has your commercial landscaping service underperformed? Do you feel ignored or that they don’t communicate well with you? Maybe you keep making lists of things you want done on your property but you have absolutely no time to address them. Not to mention, you thought these headaches were taken care of.
A well-maintained college campus with aesthetically pleasing pops of landscape color does more than you can imagine to boost a university’s student appeal.
On top of attracting more students to your educational institution, boosting enrollment numbers, professionally cared for landscapes can improve student grades, enhance campus safety, and be an important part of your branding and reputation.
Water has a way of taking over.
Whether it’s from heavy rain or an irrigation system that has a sprinkler head that is leaking or broken, water will flow and travel on the easiest nearby path. If it has nowhere to go, it’ll collect.
A college or university campus with its rolling hills, shade trees, vast turf expanses, and gathering nooks surrounded by educational buildings is a special environment. Students get to soak in the sights while they expand their educational horizon.
What draws students and their parents toward choosing the right college and university that meets all of their needs?
If this would have gotten posted in February it would have looked significantly different. The year 2020 has been a roller coaster to say the least and what would have been the commercial landscape trends have changed over the last couple of months. Our personal lives look a lot different and so do our professional lives.
At some point working in the landscaping industry developed the negative connotation of being a dead end job. This mindset couldn't be further from the truth, and working for a professional landscaping company can be a very rewarding career choice for anyone.
In fact, landscaping is a very large industry accounting for $98 billion in yearly revenue, according to .With over a million of individuals working in the green industry, it has to be more than just a dead end job. Here are a few reasons why working in the green can be a beneficial career.
It's a business
Just like any business, a landscaping company still needs all of the functions that any other business would.
- Sales & Marketing: There is a service that needs to be sold, therefore sales and marketing are an essential component.
- Estimating: All landscaping contracts and projects needs to be measured and bid in order to provide a competitive proposal.
- Human Resources: There needs to be hardworking and talented individuals to perform grounds maintenance, snow removal, and instal beautiful landscapes. Therefore a strong HR department is important to recruit these talented landscapers.
- Finance: Budgets need to be prepared, assets needs to be depreciated, bills need to be paid, and invoices need to be sent out.
- Operations Management: Services such as grounds maintenance, landscape installs, & fertilization needs to be planned and scheduled, so companies need a strong operations management team.
- Account Management: Customers need someone to nourish the relationship, and handle any concerns or complaints. Contracts need to be renewed.
- Landscape Design & Architecture: Landscape installs need to be planned out and designed.
No Experience Required
Most landscaping companies will hire someone with no experience in the industry. At Turfscape we focus on hiring for personality and training for skill set. A commercial landscaping company like Turfscape will invest a lot of time and effort into training and education so anyone with an interest in working outdoors can learn a productive skill set.
Whenever a mid to higher level management position opens up, Turfscape will always try to promote from within. Doing so allows the company to provide career advancement opportunities to their team and gives them something to work toward. It also creates a competitive environment that drives production and high performers can be rewarded by advancement. Promoting from within is also beneficial to the company because they can develop their employees so they are ready to take on the challenge of management.
Fun Work Environment
Working outdoors with a crew of landscapers that you enjoy working, and joking around with can be a lot of fun. At Turfscape, we believe in this concept so much that one of our core values is, "Have Fun At Work". The company cookout, Christmas party, or friendly competition goes a long way in developing a fun work environment.
When the people you work with are your most valuable asset as they are in a commercial grounds maintenance company like Turfscape, it only makes sense to invest in hiring and developing the best. That is why at Turfscape, our Human Resources team has the motto of, "WE ARE ALWAYS HIRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE". If you or someone you know might be interested in a landscaping career please
An effective Arbor Car Program for a Condo Association or HOA should provide a detailed plan to maximize the well-being of trees. Healthy trees obliviously benefit our communities by improving air quality, providing shade, and help provide beautiful landscapes.
If you live in North East Ohio it is easy to understand that the weather isn’t always a landscapers best friend. The weather is one variable landscape professionals cannot control and can make things difficult. We often get the call from some of our customers wondering why we are mowing grass in the rain. The answer is pretty simple: “BECAUSE WE HAVE TO”, not necessarily because we want to. Mowing grass in the rain takes substantially more time and creates a dangerous environment for our staff to work.
A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a book called "2 Second Lean" by Paul Akers. This book, which is a very easy and fun read, has changed the way we operate here at Turfscape. Paul Akers takes the extremely complicated concept of "lean manufacturing" and breaks it down into a simplified version that can easily be implemented into any business. The idea of lean was originated in the auto industry with “TPS”, or Toyota Production System and has gained lots of traction in the manufacturing arena. However lean can also be applied to a service business such as a commercial grounds maintenance company like Turfscape.
The commercial landscape design trends in 2018 included incorporating sustainable elements, reducing total water usage and stormwater runoff and showcasing native plants and flowers. As we wrap up the year and look forward to 2019, here are some of the main commercial landscape design themes you’ll see. All of these contribute to one common goal—giving your facility the landscape elements you need to give employees and visitors the best possible first impression.
The grass isn’t going to stop growing due to the current pandemic. Therefore landscape professionals have been declared essential and are able to continue working. With safety being the primary focus of all our operational procedures and after much careful and thorough research, Turfscape has determined that taking the following precautions will help keep help our employees and customers safe during these unprecedented times.
Bidding commercial landscape maintenance services can be a very difficult process, especially when dealing with a larger property. As a landscape contractor, we want to make sure our bid is competitive and that we quote the job properly in order to have the resources needed to provide the level of service expected.
Turfscape’s fertilizer and weed control program consists of four to six applications, depending on individual property requirements.
Our lawn care experts are professionally trained and licensed company employees.
Snow removal is one of the most popular winter services for landscapers. They anticipate snowfall and jump at the first flake to plow and shovel. When the snow is on hiatus, however, they have a lot of downtime. This is when you should talk to your landscaping company about planning the landscape designs for your property for spring.
Winters in Northeast Ohio can be harsh and unpredictable. To protect your company, it’s important to plan ahead and explore commercial snow removal rates before the end of the summer. If you plan early, seasonal snow removal pricing can be calculated into your annual budget.
Looking to reduce your property’s environmental footprint?
One way to do that is through sustainable landscaping. Sustainable landscaping is the practice of using strategic methods to offset negative environmental impacts such as stormwater runoff, soil erosion and sedimentation.
Spring has sprung!
Is your property ready?
Cleaning up your property for spring is no small undertaking. Muddy grounds, salt residue and other remnants of winter are an eyesore and can seem overwhelming when deciding where to begin your spring cleanup.
As we make it through the gloomy gray clouds of winter, most of us can’t help but wish for spring’s arrival. When the back-to-back days of bright blue skies arrive, along with the first signs of spring flowers, we get excited for great weather and all the things that relate to spring. As for landscapers and property managers, this is when our season really begins to ramp up. In this blog, I will explain the process and details of the first landscape cleanup services that landscapers call spring clean-up.
Spring is in the air in Northeast Ohio (well, some days at least), and with the sun shining and warmer temperatures, students, faculty and visitors are going to be roaming your campus more often, and your landscape is one of the first things they’ll notice. Seeing muddy grounds, salt residue and other remnants of the winter season can seem overwhelming when deciding where to start your spring cleanup. When you partner with a commercial grounds maintenance company in Northeast Ohio, they can take care of the landscape maintenance services for you. At Turfscape, we focus on the following landscape maintenance services for schools.
Winter is coming! Road salt, however, is not. At least not in numbers we’re accustomed to seeing.
A labor strike at the Compass Minerals mine in Goderich, Ontario, the world’s largest salt supplier, as well as contractual obligations to municipalities, has led to a shortage of salt for snow and ice removal this season. As a result, salt distributors are scrambling to find supply from all over the world.
Though hard to believe in the Northeast Ohio area, summer is in fact just around the corner, which means it’s time for commercial landscaping companies to plant summer annuals.
After two winters of low snowfall, the snow machine has returned to the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area. Turfscape has been working hard at snow and ice management for over a month. Now I remember what snow is about. Here are some observations to share:
The cooler Northeast Ohio winter months should not mean a break for your commercial property maintenance. Although the temperatures are lower, and your plant growth slows down, there are many opportunities for maintenance that can allow your plants to thrive in the spring and summer.
Managing the landscape at a commercial property, a homeowner's association or a college campus requires a lot of planning to get the look just right.
Northeast Ohioans are lucky that we get to experience all four seasons.
The criteria that commercial landscaping companies use to assess their work and employees comes as second nature to them.
As a commercial Facility Manager, you’re likely finalizing your budget for 2018 and looking ahead to next year.
Making the decision to outsource your current in-house grounds maintenance crew can be difficult, especially if they have worked on your property for several years.
Since 1988, the culture at Turfscape has been cultivated and nurtured.
The industrial and digital revolutions have been great for humankind. But they have come at a cost: our collective carbon footprint.
It has been said, "The definition of conflict, is two people in the same county."
You are a facility manager at a place of business (it could be a school, a manufacturer, or a hospital). It’s about to snow and you wonder again, “Why didn’t I outsource this to someone more qualified?”.
As a property manager of a commercial building, or multiple buildings, you have the heavy burden of selecting a snow removal contractor. Your responsibility is to stay within budget but ensure the property will be serviced to your, or your tenant’s, specifications.
Weeds are one of the most unsightly and toughest things to get rid of in a landscape. The key, like many things in lawn maintenance, is to prevent them before they happen.
As summer winds down, many people in Northeast Ohio look forward to the fall season. For commercial property managers, fall is the time to help the lawns you manage recover from summer stress.
As a Property Manager, you have a big responsibility when it comes to selecting and contracting with a snow removal company for your commercial property.
If you’re in charge of commercial landscaping for a business, you’ve probably asked for a quote from a service provider once or twice in the course of your job.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the rise in the tick population this year. There are a couple factors that have contributed to this upswing in the population. First, the recent mild winter’s void of snow and ice and prolonged deep freeze periods has extended the lifecycle of the ticks.
There are many reasons for applying a new base of mulch every year. It acts as a barrier helping control weeds, improves the soil’s ability to retain moisture by acting as an insulator and overall mulch aids in the health and vigor of your plant material.
While the rest of us are eating ice cream and cranking up the AC, snow contractors are focusing on a different kind of "cool": they're preparing for the upcoming snow season.
The growing season is in full swing here in Ohio (finally) so that means that crews will be out and about mowing, pruning, and performing bed maintenance near your building. Nobody is perfect and people make mistakes.
The two most common species of surface insects that can destroy your lawn are billbugs and chinch bugs. The damage occurs typically in the hot summer months when the turf is already stressed out, but can also occur in wet weather.
I have a puppy. Well, I have an 8-month-old, 65 pound yellow Labrador Retriever (her name is Abby). In fact, I’ve always had dogs. Man’s best friend indeed!
For some reason, it has become a standard landscape practice in the condominium market to have mulch installed prior to the Memorial Day holiday. The issue with this is, however, that the shrubs in the same planting beds do not need to be pruned until the following weeks.
Your business's curb appeal sets the tone for visitors to your property. Unsightly grounds negatively impact your business. Clean-cut turf and bright, colorful flowers on the outside mirror what your company has to offer on the inside.
Over the years I have been asked on numerous occasions “When is the best time to plant?” But in order to answer this correctly, I must know if you are installing annuals, perennials, shrubs or trees. Everyone has heard from their grandparents that the rule of thumb for summer annuals is not to plant them before Mother’s Day. In my experience, I feel that even that is too early and advise installing summer annuals closer to Memorial Day to avoid the risk of frost. Anytime the ground is workable, meaning not frozen and the temperature is above freezing, you can install most perennials, shrubs and trees. Since summer planting is not the greatest idea, the question now becomes “spring or fall?”
Your grounds in winter probably look nothing like your grounds in summer!
Schools are a haven for education. We trust that our children and the public will be safe on school grounds. But budgets are tight. Your in-house staff doesn't have time or knowledge of what to look for. There could be hidden dangers that only an experienced landscaper can uncover.
Those in charge of the grounds at educational institutions and schools should not underestimate the importance of school grounds in contributing to school pride, first impressions and a professional image. It matters little the state of your school buildings when your grounds are the first thing people see.
Great plant, tree, and shrub maintenance doesn’t cease when the ground freezes. It’s a common misnomer that all plants, grasses, shrubs and trees hibernate throughout the winter. While most plants enter a state of dormancy in the cold winter months, some don’t. Because these plants aren’t completely dormant, they often struggle to survive
The grounds around your school are more than just turf to mow and beds to weed.
Do you make goals… or do you make wishes?
If you do make goals, how do you measure your progress in attaining those goals?
Are you able to hold yourself accountable or are you good at justifying and coming up with reasons why the goals are not met? I'm guessing most people make more “wishes” than set good "SMART" goals.
There is acronym out there about goals – you may have heard it and currently use it.
One of the hardest decisions a property manager and board can make is electing a landscape management and snow removal company. This is one of the largest line items on a property’s yearly budget and can help determine the value of each property in the association.
Look out the window of your building and you probably see some kind of landscaping. It might be sloping green lawns, walkways bordered by shrubs, or small trees shedding their leaves.
Or you might see dollar signs…or hassles…or weeds among those shrubs.
If you’re like most Ohioans, you’ve likely come to appreciate the beauty of fall’s abundant color but dread the thought of raking and removing all of those beautiful leaves once they’ve died and fallen. While you’ve probably been raking leaves for years, have you ever thought about why we do it, or how to best manage fall leaves?
Summer is the season of the lush colorful blooms we all love, but the changing of the seasons doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing color and beauty in your landscapes.
Did you happen to hear a lot of noise this past May and June coming from the trees around your office building or home? That unique noise was the periodical, or 17-year, cicadas.I find it fascinating that periodical cicadas started as eggs back in 1999 and lived underground in the nymphal stage, feeding on sap from tree roots until recently emerging in 2016.
Maintaining beautiful grounds year after year isn’t easy—it takes dedication, some experience, and a little forethought. To not only preserve but enhance the look and curb appeal of your property
“Winterize” is a term that is mostly likely spoken by those of us blessed to live north of the Sun Belt. You might view the tasks associated as a curse, but when you realize that getting ready for the winter is actually quite simple, you can attack it with relentless fervor!
Hiring good contractors is often an uphill battle for any Facility Manager. Knowing what to look for in advance when hiring lawn and snow contractors can save time and money.
It's summertime. The grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, and people are eating lunch on the patio at your office. Soon the leaves will start changing color, the days will get shorter, and the nights get cooler. We all know what comes next - frost covered windshields, below freezing temps, snow and ice.
Lawns in Northeast Ohio can suffer from the brutality of the area's sporadic weather. A dry and hot summer causes grass roots to become stressed from trying to maintain moisture and nutrients.
A grub is the larval stage in the life cycle of various types of flying beetles. The three most common species of white grubs in North America are Japanese beetle grubs, June beetle grubs and European chafer beetle grubs. Grub worm damage is usually the worst in September and October when they migrate to the soil surface.
River rocks, as applied in landscaping projects, are stones that come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Their common trait is a softly rounded shape and smooth finish. Unlike rocks dug from the earth (which can be chunky and rough), river rocks have been worn down by water currents over time. This gives them a more pleasing appearance, almost as if they were shaped by hand.
Looking for a way to freshen up your planting beds, but not spend as much money out of your budget as a full mulch application? Mulch cultivation might just be your solution. Cultivating the planting beds on your property not only improves the overall appearance, but also aids in the long-term health of the investment you made in your plant material. This is how:
Early spring is the time to be aware of Viburnum Leaf Beetle and treat your plants to prevent them from breeding and damaging your shrubs. Viburnum leaf beetle attack Arrowwood and European cranberrybush which are Viburnums in the tri-lobe family.
There are many reasons for applying a new base of mulch every spring. Mulch primarily aids in the overall health and vigor of the plant material by acting as an insulator (improving the soil's ability to retain moisture) and as a barrier, assisting in the control of weeds.
Proper edging around trees and flower beds keeps grass from penetrating a garden and gives properties a clean, beautiful look. Neatly-edged tree beds and garden beds cleanly separate mulch and grass, making sure that they both stay where they belong. The effect that bed edging has on the overall look of a landscape can be amazing!
Nothing makes a property more beautiful and fitting with the season quite like the installation of color annuals. An “annual” is a plant that completes its cycle of growing within a single season -- that is, it matures from a seed to a flower in a relatively short amount of time. Each season has its own specific annuals that are best suited to the temperature.
Dormant pruning relies on the same principles of maintenance pruning except that the plant is pruned while dormant to reduce stress to the plant. Dormant pruning is often more aggressive, with larger cuts being made to create more vigorous growth in the spring, which leads to a healthier shrub or tree.
Geese are the bane of many property owners across Ohio. They can destroy lawns, deface property with droppings, and are sometimes dangerous to motorists when they wander into roads. Here are a few facts about Canadian Geese that you might not have known: