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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

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

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

How Does Your Landscaping Company Measure Customer Satisfaction?

It’s that time of year again. You’re thinking about changing your grounds management provider and you’re collecting bids.

Maybe you’re compiling them to submit them to a board of advisers or trustees for review, or maybe you’re just doing your due diligence to make sure that your property is getting the best value.

Over the years, we’ve heard from a lot of property managers that comparing bids from prospective vendors is one of the most difficult and time-consuming things they have to do. Unfortunately, comparing landscaping contracts is often not any easier, as bids differ depending on the scope of work and service offered. But beyond the ins and outs of what’s included in your contract, it’s also important to make sure (to the best of your abilities) that whichever company you choose is going to do the work to your satisfaction. After all, depending on the length of the agreement, you might be in bed with your grounds maintenance provider for multiple years.

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Topics: Schill News & Company Culture, Landscape Maintenance

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

Is Your Grounds Management Provider Reliable?

Trust: it's something that can take years to build and just seconds to destroy, and it's the glue that holds people together in both personal relationships and professional ones. So, it makes sense that when you’re looking for a landscaping or snow removal company for your commercial property, you want them to be reliable.

We think reliability is important too, which is why it’s the third component of our C.A.R.E. customer service philosophy. Long story short, we take our customer’s trust very seriously and know we can’t operate a business without it. If you're looking for a grounds maintenance provider, this article has some questions you should keep in mind while searching that will help you figure out if a landscaping or snow removal company is reliable. And if you're a long time customer of ours, this post will show you how the Schill team works to win your trust every day.

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

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