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3 TIPS FOR CREATING EYE CATCHING FALL & WINTER SEASONAL DISPLAY

Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful seasons of the year! It boasts gorgeous colors, cool, crisp, refreshing air, seasonal activities and pumpkin spice lattes 😊

With mother nature already setting the stage with fall colors, invoking a fun and festive atmosphere, we need only provide accompaniments to the natural beauty already there.

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Topics: Plants, Flowers and Seasonal Color, Enhancements & Add-On Services, landscape design

4 GRASS DISEASES TO EXPECT 2019

Although rain is necessary for plant growth, too much rain within a short period of time can be highly destructive. The historic levels of rainfall we’ve had this year, has wreaked havoc throughout Ohio as Lake Erie water levels rose to 30 inches above normal.

Farmland has been hit hard flooding tens of thousands of acres of farmland, making it impossible for farmers to plant crops. Agriculture is one of Ohio’s core industries, employing about 1 out of every 7 Ohioans, but 2019 has been nothing but disaster for agribusinesses. 

Landscaping companies have also been feeling the effects from what has been one of the most unpredictable weather patterns in decades.

Within the past few weeks alone, we've seen a drastic shift from nonstop downpour to extreme heat and humidity. This makes a deadly combination for turf grass and creates the perfect environment for fungal related diseases.

Because there has been little to no sunlight to nourish along with the rain, grass has very little nutrition making it extremely susceptible to disease. 

Here's a list of 4 common grass diseases to expect this summer, many of which are already visible on lawns throughout the region:

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4 TIPS FOR SWIMMING POOL & SPA SAFETY

Nothing says summer like spending a relaxing day at the pool. The contrast of cool water on a hot day is a perfect blend like sweet and spicy food dancing on the taste buds.

Swimming pools and spas are fun for the whole family and a great place to spend the day, whether you’re in your backyard, hotel, friend’s house or community center. However, pools and spas can present real danger, causing serious incidents if not properly setup and maintained.

In fact, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death worldwide with about 372,000 drowning deaths reported each year.

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Topics: spa, pools, safety

4 REASONS TO UPGRADE YOUR OUTDOOR LIGHTING

One of the most exciting features of any landscape, is being able to make it come alive when the sun sets. Outdoor lighting allows you to create a well lit environment that’s safe, highlights aesthetics and maintains a property’s use after daylight. 

That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your current lighting system as it might be due for an upgrade. Here at Schill Grounds Management we understand that every landscape is unique. So, we put together a list of 4 reasons you should upgrade your outdoor lighting: 

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Topics: Enhancements & Add-On Services, landscape design, outdoor lighting

4 Reasons HOA, Retail Property and Office Parks Needs Mulch

Where there are trees, shrubs and flowers—there is mulch. And, keeping the grounds where these plants live healthy is key if you want to protect your investment in the landscape.

Mulch might seem purely aesthetic, like icing on the cake. And there’s no doubt, it does create clean-looking, defined landscape beds and a rich backdrop for seasonal color.

But, there’s so much more to mulch than just looks. So, when property managers want to know: “Do we have to mulch the landscape beds this year?” our answer is always, “Yes.”

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Plants, landscape design, Mulch

Flowers and Annual Color

 

It’s true that first encounters, create lasting impressions. For commercial properties, flowers and annual color add a vibrant and beautiful tone to your landscape that refreshes the environment and enhances curb appeal.

With spring quickly approaching, it’s important to plan for annual flowers in advance. Here are 4 steps that’ll make sure your property stays beautiful from April to fall.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Plants, Flowers and Seasonal Color

SPRING CLEAN UPS

Spring is less than six weeks away which means Schill Grounds Management is preparing to go out in full force for Spring Clean ups. These clean ups help keep landscapes healthy, removing leaves, dead plants and making way for new growth. See the complete checklist for spring cleanups below. 

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, 2019, schill grounds management, Spring cleanups

PRESEASON PLANNING

As a commercial landscaping maintenance provider, our busiest months of the year are April and May. Many of our clients plan events around Memorial Day so it’s imperative to plan preseason meetings before April.

Waiting to meet after the first of April, makes it difficult to meet clients expectations. However, with a solid plan created in advance, our team can effectively prepare and deliver exceptional results throughout the year.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Business-development, landscape design, preseason planning

HIDDEN DANGERS OF SNOW PILES

 

EVER WONDERED HOW DANGEROUS A SNOW PILE CAN BE?

Snow piles for most of us mean frigid conditions, bundling up, brushing snow off cars and trudging through ice, slush and several inches of snow. However, it also presents hidden dangers that can cause injury and claims lives every year.

From children playing in or near snow piles, refreezing and where exactly piles are located, there are hidden dangers you should be aware of and precautions that can be taken to help keep you and your children stay safe during winter weather conditions. 

Here are 3 hidden dangers of Snow Piles...

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal, winter safety tips, snow hauling services, schill grounds management, snow piles, icy roads, snow storm, winter weather safety

3 Things Senior Living Communities Should Consider When Hiring Landscape Maintenance

 

Considering landscape maintenance for your senior living community?

At Schill Grounds Management (SGM) we understand that a safe, clean and well-maintained landscape is attractive to families seeking senior living for their loved ones.

As the landscape maintenance and snow removal provider for one of the top rated independent and assisted living facilities in Ohio (St. Mary of the Woods), amongst other facilities, we have the knowledge and expertise of maintaining and preserving healthy, vibrant landscapes year-round.

To assist in your search, we’ve created a list of the top 3 things senior living communities should consider when hiring landscape maintenance professionals: Safety, Service and Communication. Let's get started..

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal, Landscape Maintenance, Enhancements & Add-On Services, Business-development, Retirement-communities, Senior-living

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