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Jerry Schill

Jerry Schill is president and co-owner of Schill Grounds Management. He's received numerous accolades for his leadership in the Northeast Ohio business community and the commercial landscaping and snow management industry, including the National Leadership Award from SNOW Magazine and Lawn and Landscape Magazine. He is an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Snow and Ice Committee for the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA).
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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

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

BEST OF 2018!

2018 has undoubtedly been an exciting year for Schill Grounds Management. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in business and we couldn't be more proud. We welcomed new additions to our staff and we're excited to service new clientele.

We're also proud to have been recognized for significant achievements within the landscaping and snow removal industry this year. It's been a year of growth and excitement and we can't wait to see what next year has in store for us. 

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Topics: Schill News & Company Culture, Business-development

5 Lessons from 25 Years in Business

 

In 1993 we started Schill Grounds Management (SGM) with our first office in a garage. Here we are 25 years later with 3 office locations, nearly 130 employees and around 400 commercial properties serviced each year.

There's been good times and learning experiences, victories and growing pains but through it all, not only did we become successful in business, we've gained an invaluable amount of wisdom and experience.

Here are 5 lessons we've learned from 25 Years in Business:

 

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Topics: Business-Principles, Business-development

Winter Safety Tips

With winter weather being so unpredictable and the cold slowly creeping in, here at Schill Grounds Management our number one priority is safety and preservation.

The harsh cold can take a serious toll on your property if unprepared, which is why we’ve compiled a list on preparing your property for the harsh cold in Northern Ohio. If your property is located in the Midwest or eastern United States, then you know how rough winters can be.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal, winter safety tips

4 Key Strategies To Maximize Your Snow Removal Budget

Safety is the ultimate goal of snow and ice management. At the end of the day, snow removal services secure the well-being of people who drive and walk on your grounds and prevent major liabilities for property owners. That’s why we spend most of the year thinking about and actively planning for the upcoming season.

Whether or not you hire Schill to manage your commercial property throughout the winter threat of inclement weather, we think it’s critical to share industry information that helps you make the best decisions for your grounds and your budget.

Here are four factors to consider that will help you maximize your snow and ice management budget and plan your strategy for the coming winter.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

4 Easy Things HOA Residents Should Do Before Getting Landscape Maintenance

Not having to worry about things like maintaining curb appeal is one of the big perks of living in a homeowner’s association or condo property, but that doesn’t mean that as a resident you can be completely hands off. HOA landscaping comes with it's own set of challenges and complications, so while it is your landscaping company’s job to be familiar with your property, there are still some things that are important to communicate to make sure things go smoothly.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

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