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PRESS RELEASE: Schill Expands to New Facility in Middleburg Heights

Schill Grounds Management has recently acquired a facility that spans 20,000 square feet in Middleburg Heights. The building, which was formerly used as a logistics facility, will do a great job of accommodating Schill’s large fleet of landscaping and snow removal vehicles. Furthermore, the facility allows for quick access to the highway and is located in an area that will help the company service its Cleveland area clients more efficiently.

Because Schill operates within an industry that places a lot of emphasis on design, the company is investing a great deal of time and resources into the renovation of the facility. This includes changes to the fencing and parking areas, as well as upgrades to the building and landscaping. When the project is completed, Schill Grounds Management will have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, which will in turn stimulate the local economy. Work on the property is scheduled to be completed in late November, after which Schill hopes to create over 50 new jobs in the area.

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Topics: Schill News & Company Culture

Common Questions About Fall Leaf Clean Up

When people think fall, leaves are generally the first things that come to mind. They’re beautiful as they turn from green to shades of yellow, red and burnt orange, but can start to become a nuisance as they start to drop and litter your landscape.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that each year we receive calls from our customers about the leaves on their property as fall begins to wrap up. Because we believe in transparency and education, we decided to list some of the most common questions we get about Fall Clean Ups.

Because every company operates a little bit differently, this article is going to be more focused on the way that we do things here at Schill Grounds Management. Nevertheless, if you live outside the Northern Ohio area and use another grounds maintenance provider, this information will still be useful as you get your property ready for the end of fall and colder the weather to come.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

Have a Professional Company Handle Your Holiday Lighting and Decor

As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, holiday lighting and decorations will soon start popping up on commercial properties throughout Cleveland and beyond.

Here at Schill Grounds Management, we’ve installed holiday décor everywhere from major retail parks to senior living facilities, so we know what it takes to make landscapes and buildings look their best in a safe and festive manner. Because we love to spread holiday cheer, we wrote this article to help you avoid some common mistakes that people make when decorating for the holidays and to let you know what you might be missing if you decide not to use professionals for your installation.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal, Landscape Maintenance, Enhancements & Add-On Services

Everything You Need To Know About Snow Subcontractors

Winter is coming, and the Schill team is busy getting prepared for whatever may come. Part of that preparation means partnering with other great companies in the area to make sure that we have the equipment and labor force to tackle winter weather the right way.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

Awesome Landscape Lighting Upgrades That Increase Your Property's Value

Here at Schill, we’ve worked on hundreds of properties that are visually breathtaking. There are countless factors that are involved in making a landscape look great, from plant choice to hardscapes and architectural features. But why should the best parts of your landscape be visible to potential customers, and tenants only during half of the day?

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Enhancements & Add-On Services

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Perennials Healthy

The Schill team loves perennials, and it’s no wonder why. The flowering plants and leafy shrubs make great additions to any landscape by adding pops of color, texture, or differences in height. And because they last year after year and typically require less water than annuals do, they make great investments for any property.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Plants

Eliminate Liability: Avoid These Sidewalk Snow Removal Mistakes

When most people think about commercial snow removal, the plowing of open spaces like parking lots and garages is often the first thing that comes to mind. But we like to remind all our potential customers that outdoor areas like sidewalks, ramps, stairs, and loading docks are just as much (if not more) of a liability.

Over the past 25 years, the team at Schill Grounds Management has spent hundreds of hours meticulously training our staff how to care for all walkable and drivable areas on our customer’s properties. Because we want winter to be safer for everyone, we wrote this article to help you make sure your property’s sidewalks get the attention they deserve.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

3 Amazing Outcomes When You Renew Your Snow Removal Contract Early

Every year, the Schill team plows, shovels, and melts snow from thousands of parking spaces and hundreds of streets and walkways. Interestingly, because we service so many properties all over Northeast Ohio, many potential clients are surprised when they discover that we only take on a limited number of clients during the winter. We do this because maintaining the highest levels of safety on our clients’ properties is always our highest priority.

In fact, every snow removal company, no matter the size, is limited by their available labor and equipment. These resources must be very carefully allotted in order to make sure our customers get the highest level of service.

Moreover, we intentionally keep the routes that our crews follow small so that they can circle back around to plow the same sites again within a few hours in case snow fall is exceedingly heavy. This helps us make sure that when it snows, our crews can service every property as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

Protect Your Property with A Pre-Season Snow Inspection

In addition to the numerous site audits that we conduct throughout the year, the Schill Grounds Management team also makes sure to perform larger, more comprehensive site audits twice per year on every property we manage.  This allows our customers to get a snapshot of their property’s health, get any issues fixed quickly, get a head start on the next year’s landscaping work, and get the best service.

In fact, we believe so strongly in the benefits of pre-season inspections that we wrote this article explaining their benefits so that property managers and owners can take full advantage of them.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

What is Sustainable Snow Removal?

In the 25 years that we’ve been doing commercial snow removal and landscaping work, we’ve prided ourselves on being stewards of the environment.

But while sustainable landscaping practices are easy to define and put in place (in part due to the vast amount of research on how certain methods affect the earth and laws that restrict usage of certain chemicals), achieving sustainable snow removal is something that the industry is still navigating. For environmentally-conscious companies like Schill Grounds Management, this means having to set our own guidelines in determining what’s best for our customers, our company, and the planet.

Unfortunately, the practice of removing snow and ice overall isn’t the best for the earth. Ice melt products like salt and liquid deicers are essential to keeping pavement safe for walking and driving on, and each type of product has a different level of impact on the water, soil, as well as plant and animal life.

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Topics: Sustainability, Snow and Ice Removal

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