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Schill Blog

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

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

The Grass Isn’t Greener: Common Turf Myths and Mistakes

Another growing season is here, and because it’s still a bit too early to install flowers, many property managers’ attention is focused on the part of their property that starts thriving first: turf. Because winter weather in Northeast Ohio tends to linger, we don’t plant flowers until the danger of a spring frost has past. So it’s understandable that our clients want their green space looking great ahead of spring color. To help, we’ve put together a list of common turf myths so that our customers will have a better understanding of how to keep their lawns healthy.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

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

3 Types Of Snow Removal Contracts for Commercial Properties

Now is the time to secure your snow removal contract for this winter. And you might be wondering, “What’s the best way to pay for the service?”

Should you pay “per push,” every time a snow event requires the contractor to plow your property? Or, is a seasonal contract a better way to budget and keep your Northeast Ohio parking lots and walkways clear and safe?

Basically, do you want to pay only when it snows and the contractor clears your site? Or, do you prefer to secure a fixed price for the five-month winter season so whether there are 40 snow events or 100, your cost is the same?

At Schill, we like to give our commercial clients payment options so they can select the best fee structure to suit their budget. Here’s a closer look at the three types of snow removal contracts we offer commercial properties in Cleveland and the rest of Northeast Ohio.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Removal

Does your grounds management provider have expertise?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about what we think are the most important factors for delivering great customer service. This series on C.A.R.E.—our four part recipe for providing an exceptional experience for our clients—is finally coming to an end as we discuss the last piece of the equation: expertise.

Consistency, accessibility, and reliability are all important values, but without expertise none of them matter. A company who is not adept in the landscaping space can’t be consistent or reliable. And what does it matter if your landscaping or snow removal contractor can be reached at all hours of the day if they don’t know what they’re doing?

Below, we take you through several questions to ask to determine whether the grounds management provider you’re considering are truly experts in their field.

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Topics: Schill News & Company Culture, Snow and Ice Removal, Landscape Maintenance

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