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Five Factors When Selecting A Commercial Landscaping Company

If you are trying to find a commercial landscaping service, you’ll want to keep in mind these five things.

Five Factors When Selecting A Commercial Landscaping Company

  • Insurance: Choose a company with appropriate licensing, liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance. You want to make sure to avoid responsibility if an employee gets hurt on your property. Make sure the company has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol as well.
  • Experience: Look for a company that is highly experienced. The more years of experience they have, the more happy customers they’ve had and the more knowledge and insight they’ve gained.
  • References: Go with a company that can give you references and show you their past work. When you’re able to view some past work, you can get a feel for a company’s skills. When you speak with other customers, you’re able to find out more information about the company. Ask about reliability, past conflicts, work quality, and communication.
  • Appearance: Take appearance to heart. When a company has a fleet of vehicles that you can distinguish easily and employees in identifiable uniforms, it reflects positively on a company’s quality and level of organization. If they care about their appearance, they’ll care deeply about your landscape’s looks as well.
  • Customer Service: Know that communication matters. When you ask questions, you should receive clear answers and comprehensive information. Make sure you know their customer service procedures as well.

Metro Lawn Care is a full-service commercial landscaping business with over 34 years of experience. We’ve got you covered when it comes to these five things and more. To speak with one of our professionals, please contact us.

Drainage Solutions from your Friends at Metro Lawn Care

When it pours in Dallas, does your yard fill with water? Then you know the damage that improper drainage can cause. Your plants and grass are dying, ruining your landscaping. Perhaps you have a plague of mosquitoes from the larvae that grows in standing water.

Drainage Solutions from your Friends at Metro Lawn Care

Sometimes improper drainage will cause water to flood or stand around the foundation, which over time can cause permanent damage to your home.

Metro Lawn Care can design a proper drainage solution that will solve these problems. Since every yard is different, we use different methods to solve drainage problems. Here are some of the systems we use:

Grading: Regrading allows water to run off in the way it should. We bring in heavy equipment and re-slope the ground, changing the contours of your property. Grading is generally a partial solution to drainage problems.

Dry Creeks: Dry creeks are beautiful and functional. These drains are lined with waterproof material and filled with landscaping gravel. They can be attractively arranged to accent the current landscaping instead of detracting from it.

French Drains: A French drain is a trench which contains a perforated pipe covered with gravel. French drains are a highly effective way to direct water away from the foundation of your home.

Underground Drainage System: An underground system is custom-tailored to your property. Digging a complete system leaves the homeowner with a nearly invisible solution to drainage problems.

If you have a slope directing water to your home, low-lying land that contributes to pooling or other drainage problems, a professional solution is best.

Metro Lawn Care, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential landscaping. If you have questions or concerns about water drainage on your property, contact us. We will create a drainage solution that will last.

4 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Landscape Contractor

Choosing a contractor to perform landscape construction can be a daunting task, but with some thought and planning the process can be stress-free. Let’s discuss four tips to consider when choosing a contractor for landscape construction.

4 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Landscape Contractor

1. The most important thing to do is to have a clear idea of the type of work you are looking for. Be sure to prepare a written list of your needs, wants, wishes and desires so nothing gets left out. The list will be important when interviewing contractors, as it is important all contractors have the same information.

2. Ask family and friends for recommendations for contractors. They may have hired a contractor in the past or know someone who has and will be happy to refer their choice. Check the local listings for landscape construction contractors. Look for contractors that carry the proper insurance and licensing, have a rating from the Better Business Bureau, offer the type of work you are looking for and are members in good standing with landscape and/or construction associations. Do not necessarily count out a newly organized company as long as the employees are seasoned landscape construction professionals.

3. Obtain bids from at least three contractors and request the bid in writing. The bid should include a description of the work, materials and equipment they anticipate using and hours of labor necessary to complete the work. This is where the list of needs, wants, desires and wishes come into play. In order to obtain a competitive bid, it is important the contractors are bidding on the same work.

4. It is important the commercial landscape contractor has good communication skills. They have to be able to understand what you want and be able to work with you and implement your ideas with efficiency. They also have to be able to convey their thoughts so you understand them.

If you have a landscape construction project in mind, please contact us and let our professionals help you work through the process.

Protecting the Health of Your Trees Through Tree Pruning

The mainspring of a healthy tree is routine tree pruning by a trained tree care specialist. Failure to seek the help of an experienced tree care provider can cause your tree to deteriorate and can result in an uneven appearance. By ensuring that your trees are regularly pruned, you can help your trees live longer while maintaining their lush appearance.

Protecting the Health of Your Trees Through Tree Pruning

Offering Decades of Experience in Tree Care

The tree pruning specialists with Metro Lawn Care have been trained to provide the most advanced level of care for your trees.   For over three decades, our tree care experts have been helping trees live longer more healthful lives through our detailed tree pruning process. Our tree care specialists know the best time of year to prune your trees and have the experience to know exactly how much trimming and pruning is needed to help your trees thrive.

The Role of Safety and Precision in Tree Care

Tree pruning often involves the removal of branches and limbs that pose a safety threat to people, animals, and property. The removal of dangerous branches is a risky process that calls for the extreme caution and expertise of a trained professional. The tree pruning specialists with Metro Lawn Care work with precision and have the tools to properly remove limbs from your trees. They possess the helmets, goggles, ropes and other safety equipment needed for safe tree pruning.

The Importance of Hiring Trained Tree Pruning Professionals

Tree pruning may sound like an easy process, but it is important to remember that the failure to use the proper equipment and safety precautions can lead to injury to you or your trees. Contact us today to find out how our tree pruning services can safely enhance the health and appearance of your trees. Whether your trees require minor trimming or a full crown reduction, we will strive to work within your budget to protect all of your shrubs and trees.

Common Commercial Irrigation Systems

Each type of commercial irrigation system has its own advantages and drawbacks. Selecting an irrigation system that’s ideal for your commercial property will ensure comprehensive watering. Here’s some information on two common types of commercial irrigation systems.

Common Commercial Irrigation Systems

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation works through a network of tubing, valves, and emitters that drip water slowly and steadily in the proper location. This type of system helps to reduce water and fertilizer usage through accuracy, precision, and slow water delivery. Subsurface drip irrigation takes the watering process underground, which prevents water from evaporating from the surface. Subsurface systems also reduce the potential for weed growth and soil erosion. Professionals can install these systems in new and existing commercial landscapes, and the systems are ideal for irregularly shaped or sloped landscapes. Unfortunately, heavy sunlight exposure can damage the tubing of drip irrigation systems.

Sprinkler Irrigation

Sprinkler systems mimic natural rainfall with pressure-regulated spray heads and rotors. Head nozzles break up water into small droplets that disperse in a spray pattern. Sprinkler systems are great for covering large areas of grass on commercial landscapes. Property owners can adjust spray patterns and automate the watering process. Prominent disadvantages of sprinkler systems include uneven watering due to wind and water evaporation. When foliage is wet, fungi and disease are also more likely to appear.

Metro Lawn Care has over 34 years of experience performing commercial irrigation installations and repairs. If you still aren’t sure which system is right for you, we’ll help you find out. Please contact us to speak with an expert.

Fertilization Programs And Successful Lawn Care

Many businesses desire a lush, green lawn.  A great looking landscape is the result of proper maintenance and knowledge of grass nutrient needs.  Fertilization programs are essential in developing flourishing grass coverage and a strong root system that fortifies itself year after year.  Creating a program that fits your lawn involves many factors.  The landscape professionals of Metro Lawn Care are knowledgeable and experienced in developing fertilization schedules to fit the unique needs of their client’s lawns.

Fertilization programs and successful lawn care

There are many different types of grasses that grow in the Dallas metro area.  These grass types include Bermuda, St. Augustine, Fescue, and many others.  Each variation is unique and has different growth habits, and different needs.  One type of grass will require more potassium while another will require more nitrogen.  Soil analysis is another important factor in lawn care.  A lawn rich with clay will require limestone to make the soil more useful to plants, and extra schedules of aeration.  There are other elements to your lawn that affect its long-term health and growth.  Shady areas, wind barriers, and steep inclines are all spots that require special attention.

Fertilization programs take all of the applicable factors into consideration and develop a system for maintaining a thriving, green lawn.  Attending to your yards nutrient needs will ensure that your grass will grow strong and stand up to the searing Texas summer heat, and endure the winter months.  Regular maintenance and feeding will develop the beautiful green look you’ve been waiting for.  To learn more  contact us

Incorporate Your Building’s Architecture Into Your Landscape

Your landscaping always has room for improvement. You can spice it up while matching the landscaping to style to your building’s architecture to really give it a unique uniform look. Here are a few ways you can make your commercial landscape stand out.

Choose Similar Materials

If you have a brick building, then choose accents such as a brick path or a brick landscape edging for your flowerbed. You can do the same with stone or concrete to give it a clean and uniform look.

Incorporate Your Building's Architecture Into Your Landscape

Choose Colors That Complement Each Other

For example, if you have burgundy trim and doors, then you can choose something like petunias that come in the same color. Another thing you can do is use colors that complement your company. For instance, if yellow is part of your brand, then you can use yellow flowers or the complementary color to yellow, which is purple. Have some flowers planted that come in unique color and watch how they pop against the exterior.

 

Contrast Landscaping

You can also choose to contrast your landscape with your unique style. For example, if you have an organic building that has curvy lines, you can choose shrubbery that is very boxy to play against the curvy lines of your building to add even more design to the look of the two together.

All in all, when attempting a landscape design consider your style so you can have landscaping that accents your property. Talk to a professional to start making your landscape dreams a reality.

Arbors, Pergolas, and Decks Add Beauty and Functionality

To enhance the beauty and style of your property, you may consider adding an arbor, pergola, or deck. Depending on your business, this may be the perfect enhancement to create extra customer excitement and overall design appeal.

Arbors, Pergolas, and Decks Add Beauty and Functionality

Pergolas are open-topped passageways  or seated areas created with vertical beams sustaining the weight of an open lattice of horizontal beams. It forms a shaded walkway or shaded sitting area. Here, some sun is desirable, but not full sunlight all day long. An area close to a pool might use a pergola for some relief from the sun.

A pergola may be an extension of a building or it can link two pavilions.  Free-standing pergolas allow for breeze and sun, but also protection from direct sunlight. Vines or climbing plants may be trained to climb pergolas for additional shade.

Modern pergolas can use older, traditional materials such as wood and stone, or more modern materials such as vinyl, aluminum, CPVC and fiberglass. These are a low maintenance alternatives to wood.

Arbors are smaller than pergolas and serve a different purpose. They are usually gateways from one area to another, for example, from one garden to another.  They are not designed as places for people to sit in the shade. They are simply arching constructions which have the open air look of an overhead pergola with vines or climbing plants. However, these archways are used for the primary purpose of doorways only, not larger extended shady areas. Sometimes a free-standing arbor might be used in an outdoor wedding ceremony.

A deck is the outdoor floor attached to a building. It can refer to the tile area surrounding a swimming pool. It can be an observational platform atop a tall architectural structure. It can be a rooftop deck, which allows activities upon it, rather than being a simple roof.

Contact us if you are considering building an arbor, pergola, or deck. With over 40 years of commercial landscaping experience, we can blend your current landscaping with your new pergola, arbor, or deck.

Commercial Landscaping Can Enhance Your Business

For a business owner, a positive first impression is everything and commercial landscaping will help a business achieve a positive and long-lasting first impression. The outside of the business is just as important as what takes place on the inside. Commercial landscaping services will help any business give the exterior a personalized look. When considering marketing strategies for a business, the look and appeal of the property is very important and commercial landscaping should be part of the strategy.

Commercial Landscaping Can Enhance Your Business

Let’s discuss three ways commercial landscaping can enhance your business.

1. Curb appeal means everything and putting your businesses best foot forward will go a long way to attracting new and retaining existing customers. Commercial landscaping services demonstrates to perspective and existing customers the owner is detail oriented and appreciate the quality and aesthetics the landscaping provides. A nicely landscaped property will show clients they care and that level of caring will extend to the clients and their needs.

2. A nicely landscaped business is part of the branding of that business and those walking or driving by will take notice. A nicely landscaped property is considered environmentally friendly as landscaping will help filter pollutants from the air, provide shade in urban areas, reduce erosion into waterways and influence the micro-climate around a building.

3. Landscaping the surroundings with natural elements will help increase efficiency and promote productivity which translates to more business success. Landscaped areas give employees an area to relax and de-stress and that helps to create a happier work environment.

If you have any questions about commercial landscaping, please contact us and find out what we can do for you.

Water Management Is Intergral To Landscape Maintenance

Water Management is a necessity in North Texas, as water regulations and requirements for both business and residential customers continue to change. Unpredictable water availability experienced by water consumers, as a result of drought and flooding results in equally unpredictable oversight techniques for water conservation and utilization.

Water Management Is Intergral To Landscape Maintenance

Businesses in particular are susceptible to fluctuations in prices and fees associated with water usage on their properties. Fortunately, Dallas Water Utilities provides several free tools to mitigate business losses due to costs associated with water, particularly as a result of landscape efficiency, including:

  • Water Efficiency Rebates
  • Water Use Assessments
  • Irrigation System Check-ups

However, dependence on water utilities for adequate business water budgeting and usage efficacy must be supplemented with an internal water management protocol for best results. Some issues to be addressed include:

  • Staff education for water conservation and emergency shut-off procedures
  • Water bill monitoring
  • Regular checks of potential water waste issues, such as leaks and valves in need of repair
  • Targeted water conservation goal setting

Metro Lawn Care works hand-in-hand with water utilities to provide a variety of services to commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Decades of customer service in the Dallas area makes us uniquely qualified to professionally care for landscaping throughout the city, with a complete battery of services, including:

  • Landscape construction, design and maintenance
  • Drainage Mitigation
  • Irrigation installation and maintenance
  • Chemical solutions for fertilization, weed and insect control and soil remediation

Contact our professional team to access the most modern and advanced solutions to your water management needs. Our experts stand ready to provide a grounds maintenance quote to meet every requirement, specific to your business water utilization and landscaping concerns.