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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.

Save Time and Money with Irrigation Repairs

Winter is officially over and summer is rapidly approaching, and living in  Dallas, we all know what that means: HEAT! With the sweltering summer heat come increased watering costs to keep your yard looking great.  Irrigation systems are a great way to ensure that your landscaping is watered as efficiently as possible, while also saving time and effort. However, irrigation systems do require periodic maintenance to continue performing most efficiently.

Save Time and Money with Irrigation Repairs

If you have a broken irrigation system, or a system that is just not running at peak efficiency, Metro Lawn Care can help. Metro Lawn Care has 34 years of experience in the irrigation industry, offering both new irrigation system installations and irrigation repairs, with all work performed by licensed irrigators and technicians. An irrigation system running at peak efficiency enables you to minimize your water usage while maximizing the benefit to your landscaping, while at the same time automating the process of watering your landscaping so you can spend your time on something other than trying to keep your yard alive and looking its best in the Texas heat.

If you don’t already have an irrigation system, Metro Lawn Care offers expert guidance and professional, licensed installation services on new irrigation systems.

In addition to new irrigation system installations and repairs of existing systems, Metro Lawn Care offers a Landscape Management program that includes monthly checks of your irrigation system and necessary repairs to ensure your system is always running at peak efficiency.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of having a new irrigation system installed, having an existing irrigation system repaired, or to find out more about our Landscape Management program and how it could benefit you.

The Importance of Tree Pruning in Commercial Landscapes

The Importance of Tree Pruning in Commercial LandscapesTree pruning is just one necessary component of landscape maintenance. Appropriate tree pruning keeps trees healthy, maintains desired appearances, and can also prevent future problems from arising.

Tree Health

There are a few reasons why branches begin to die, including disease, animals, storms and insect infestation. Removing dead and dying branches helps promote positive tree growth and development. Rubbing branches and branch stumps are also health issues that need attention.

Appearance and Usefulness

For a tree to play a role in a commercial landscape, a certain appearance must be maintained. When trees are properly pruned, it is hard to notice they have been pruned in the first place! Pruning controls tree size and height, and keeps hedges like shrubby evergreens at a proper density. Vines, suckers and waterspouts not only devalue your tree’s appearance, they also steal essential nutrients from it. Regular pruning keeps these nuisances under control.

Preventative Maintenance

Pruning not only keeps the trees healthy, but is also necessary in keeping your property safe and free from dangerous obstructions. Dead branches need to be addressed to avoid creating safety hazards, especially when limbs hang over sidewalks and driveways. Trees may also need pruning before they begin to interfere with power lines and other utilities like street lamps and traffic control devices.

The best time to prune trees depends on the tree’s age, the season of the year, and any previous history of pruning. Metro Lawn Care can help evaluate your trees and provide you with the perfect combination of expertise and skill needed to keep your commercial landscape safe, healthy and attractive. Contact us today for more information on our commercial landscaping solutions.

Why mulch your landscape beds?

With the drought that the Dallas area has seen this year we recommend to our clients they mulch their landscape beds.  Mulch is a material that is used to protect the soil and to inhibit weed growth by covering the ground.  They can benefit the landscape beds by preventing erosion, suppressing weeds, retaining soil moisture, moderating soil temperature, and adding nutrients as the mulch breaks down slowly.  When mulch is applied it should be at a 3 to 4 inch layer in the landscape beds and mulch rings around trees.