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Why Paying for Commercial Lawn Maintenance Makes Sense

Let’s face it, for most people lawn maintenance is not enjoyable. It’s time-consuming and it’s backbreaking hard work. Unfortunately many home or business owners decide they don’t want to pay for a company to handle this task and end up spending their free time on these tedious tasks that could be easily outsourced. For all but the most dedicated, it makes a lot of sense to hire professionals for lawn maintenance. Doing so achieves more consistent and higher quality results, and most importantly it saves you a whole lot of time.Why Paying for Commercial Lawn Maintenance Makes Sense

Higher Quality Results

While it’s likely more affordable to hire the neighbor kid down the block to mow your lawn and trim your hedges, you won’t get the same level of results as you would from a commercial lawn maintenance company. When you pay pros to handle your yard, you’ll get consistent results each and every week without having to worry about whether the job will get done or not.

Lush and Even Lawn

Commercial landscapers don’t just know how to trim the grass at the proper height, they understand how to take care of bare patches in your lawn, eliminate those pesky weeds and keep your grass looking healthy. With a little expert help you’ll have a lawn that you can be proud of, and one that you’ll want to spend time out in.

More Attractive Landscaping Features

Most people add landscape features such as hedges, flowers, and ornamental trees in order to enhance their property appearance. Unfortunately, each of these features can actually hurt that appearance if they aren’t maintained properly and on a regular basis. By hiring a commercial lawn maintenance service to handle these tasks for you, you’ll enjoy better-looking features that are kept at a consistent level throughout the season.

 

Stop staring at your unkempt lawn, or thinking about how much time you’ll have to spend trimming the hedges this upcoming weekend and get in touch with experts to have all your lawn care needs to be handled. You’ll be glad you made the call when you’re lounging by the pool, or enjoying a fun family outing with your free time.

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.

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.

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.

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.