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Schill Grounds Management Blog

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: Plants, Landscape Maintenance

Unexpected Ways Trees Can Damage Your Property

We love trees here at Schill Grounds Management. In addition to looking majestic and providing shade, they can also be great for the environment by cleaning the air and providing us oxygen. Unfortunately, when trees are planted improperly or homes and structures are built too close to them, real damage can occur.

Because we’re responsible for the health of thousands of trees on the properties we serve, we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to the damage that trees can cause. And because we’d like to prevent as much damage as possible, we wrote this article to help property managers and owners alike look be more aware of damage that trees can cause to homes, turf and other plants, and hardscapes as well as how to avoid the problem.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Plants

What's Included in a Commercial Landscaping Contract?

Understanding commercial landscaping contracts can be difficult, whether you’re looking for corporate landscaping, HOA landscape maintenance, or apartment landscaping. In fact, that’s why our guide to Landscape Maintenance Pricing is our most popular free resource.

Never ones to shy away from tough questions, we created an outline of all the services that can be potentially included in every contract so that property managers might understand them better.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Enhancements & Add-On Services, Irrigation, Plants

3 Ways to prune a tree or shrub

Even through our crews  maintain well over a thousand trees and shrubs on the commercial properties we service, many of our customers in HOA and condo communities like to do basic maintenance like pruning themselves. Gardening has a ton of mental and physical health benefits, so we at Schill encourage this whole-heartedly. But if you look online or even skim a few horticultural textbooks, you’ll notice a variety of different meanings for the same pruning techniques. It’s a troubling trend that can easily mean confusion for novice gardeners, but more worryingly, it can lead to improper pruning techniques that can ultimately harm plants.  

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance, Plants

Why are my trees and shrubs not leafing out?

Spring is over and most plants are in full bloom. Annuals are being planted, making landscapes sing with pops of color. Trees that were bare just weeks ago now have tufts of bright green foliage, and many perennial shrubs are sprouting lush flowers. Or… at least that’s how it should be. You may now be noticing that some of the trees and shrubs on your property aren’t in the best of health. These plants may have partial foliage or none at all, and, if not handled, they can greatly diminish the curb appeal of your landscape.

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Topics: Plants, Enhancements & Add-On Services, Landscape Maintenance

Are Perennials The Best Option for Adding Color to Your Property?

Spring has arrived, and here at Schill we’re getting lots of calls from property managers who want to make sure their properties pop with color. For these people, flowering annuals are often the first thing that come to mind. However, we like to remind everyone that it’s important not to overlook other plants that will be here long after the season is finished. Even though perennials are often seen as filler plants, they can be stunning on their own or when layered with annuals. But their visual impact is only the tip of the iceberg. In this article, you’ll also learn how perennials can help you save money and the environment.

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Topics: Flowers and Seasonal Color, Plants, Landscape Maintenance

5 Reasons Why Fall Is An Ideal Time For Planting

How much longer can you plant in Northeast Ohio? Perhaps there are areas of lawn you’d like to reseed—or maybe your budget allows for some landscape enhancements to your commercial property before year-end.

Now is the time.

Fall is an ideal time for planting, and we encourage our retail, commercial and HOA property owners in Northern Ohio to seriously consider getting plants in the ground now before the first frost. Here’s why:

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Topics: Plants

4 Colorful Fall Landscaping Ideas For Commercial Properties

We’re in seasonal transition now, downshifting from bright summer in the landscape to rich, harvest colors that take us into late fall and the holidays. Annuals and entryway enhancements with cornstalks and more keep your site relevant and looking crisp for autumn. Don’t let your commercial property miss out on this exciting season of fall color.

In addition to necessary fall clean-up and maintenance, here are four fall landscaping ideas for commercial properties in Cleveland to keep the color blooming until the snow falls.

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Topics: Plants, Enhancements & Add-On Services, Landscape Maintenance

4 Ways Large Outdoor Planters Can Enhance Your Building’s Entrance

Container plantings are a cost-effective, big-impact way to draw attention to the entrance of your commercial property. They mark an entry, act as a test garden for new plants, give you the flexibility to change plants each season, and offer opportunities to be creative with interesting planters and bold plant arrangements. You can try new things in a container, and there’s no commitment, like planting in a landscape bed.

Of course, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind when choosing a planter and planning what will go inside.

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Topics: Plants, Enhancements & Add-On Services

5 Commercial Landscape Design Ideas For A Memorable Entrance

The entrance of your property is both functional and aesthetic — it welcomes guests to your retail establishment, business or homeowners association. The entryway landscaping contributes to the community’s curb appeal, and sets the tone for the experience people will have while they’re on your property. A combination of signage, hardscape features, plantings and smart execution of design will create a remarkable entrance and increase the property value.

There are plenty of shortcuts to take when designing and installing your entrance landscape, such as choosing an off-the-shelf design that looks generic (think basic mulch and annuals surrounding the sign). The result is a cookie-cutter entryway — who could blame people for not making double-takes as they drive by it?

That’s why we recommend taking time to properly plan this critical space on your property so you can make the most of this key focal point.

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Topics: Sustainability, Plants

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