Greenpoint Landscaping | Edmonds WA http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:20:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Know Your Property Lines Copy http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/know-your-property-lines-3-copy/ Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:45:38 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/know-your-property-lines-3-copy/ Site Map

What areas are you responsible to maintain? Are the sidewalks or parking strips included in the scope or is it the city’s responsibility?

These are very common questions that arise when starting landscaping maintenance service at a commercial site. This should be clear from day one in order to avoid confusion, and ensure that your property is looking good.

Our philosophy is pretty simple: if it looks like it’s your property then it is your property (when it comes to maintaining it).

Think from a potential client’s point of view–if they are driving by your business and look at a section of landscaping that may or may not be yours, but you don’t maintain it because you think it’s the city’s or neighbor’s property, it’s in your best interest to make it look good.

Don’t expect your landscaper to automatically know what is or isn’t a part of your property. When beginning service, make sure you there’s a clear understanding of what they’re responsible to maintain. The simplest solution is drawing the borders on a map of the site, and do walkthroughs with your landscaping maintenance crew to make sure you are on the same page.

While this detail might seem trivial, it can definitely cause headaches for both parties if there’s not a clear understanding.

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Local Home Owners Association http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/local-home-owners-association/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:57:49 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/industrial-site-copy/ What We Did

Greenpoint has serviced the HOA entrance and community play area for more than a year. The HOA board members provided Greenpoint with a specific scope of work and scheduling  requirements. Communication and consistency are key components to successfully maintaining the site, and pleasing the board members. Greenpoint assigned one point-of-contact to manage
the account. This enables Greenpoint to streamline all communication with the HOA board. In addition to consistent maintenance, Greenpoint enhanced the sites’ aesthetic appearance by  installing a layer of mulch around the property.

How It Turned Out

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Industrial Site http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/industrial-site/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:50:54 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/sterling-bank-bellevue-copy/ What We Did

Landscaping recently began servicing the industrial location. The site had not been serviced in many months and was in need of a cleanup. In addition to major work needed, it was important to  the Client that Greenpoint adhere to the location’s strict safety and environmental regulations. Greenpoint conducted a cleanup at the location. We removed all weeds, trimmed back shrubbery and ground cover, scraped moss off the pavement, pruned trees to a safe height and eliminated encroachment from buildings. After the cleanup, the site was scheduled for recurring maintenance service in order to keep it looking upkept all year.

How It Turned Out

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Target http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/major-retailers-target/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:47:24 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/06/sterling-bank-bellevue-copy/ What We Did

Greenpoint Landscaping maintains several major retailer chain locations. The properties are highly visible and are staple real estate sites to their respective communities. The stores were in need of curb appeal enhancement and maintenance consistency. We installed a variety of native shrubs and grasses around the parking lot beds and walkways. We also added a fresh layer of bark to all the bed areas. The new plants enhanced the walkway area esthetics, while the bark provided a polished look to the store.

 

How It Turned Out

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Weed Control http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2017/05/weed-control/ Tue, 09 May 2017 22:40:06 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=848  

Everything seems to be growing in Seattle! This is a great time of the year to focus on controlling weeds before they become out of control.  Hand-picking weeds can not only be time-consuming but also taxing on the back and legs.  The use of herbicides is a great way to kill weeds efficiently and effectively.  Dead weeds can then be knocked down by a weed wacker or mower.  It can be intimidating choosing the right product for weed control.  To choose the correct herbicide, it’s helpful to understand some basic terms that appear on the labels of commercially-packaged weed control products.  We try to break it down for you here!  (Organic more your thing?  read below!)

  • Pre-Emergent herbicides work by preventing seed germination, so they don’t do much good after the weeds are growing.  They’re best used as a preventative spot-treatment in known weedy patches, during the winter or summer dormant season.
  • Post-Emergent herbicides work by killing growing plants, usually by interrupting chemical processes such as photosynthesis, protein production, or root growth. They are best applied when the plant is actively growing and in the fall when plants are storing up nutrients in their roots. This allows the herbicide to be quickly sucked down into the roots where it is most effective. Post-emergent herbicides can work on contact (killing only the vegetation they touch) or systemic (absorbing into and killing the entire plant).
  • Selective herbicides target only certain types of plants by identifying specific enzymes or other plant chemicals. Frequently you’ll see selective herbicides designed to target monocots (such as grasses or other strappy-leaved plants) or dicots (all other plants, often referred to as “broadleaf” plants).
  • Non-selective herbicides kill any plant they contact and should be used for spot-treatment only.
  • Total vegetation herbicides kill all plants and sterilize the ground for a certain period of time – they should be used very carefully.

Not excited about the thought of chemicals near your precious plants or perhaps where your children play?  Do not fear, there are organic herbicide options!

  • Herbicides aren’t all made of nasty chemicals. Organic soaps, plant oil blends and even common household products are all used as natural herbicides. Concentrated vinegar (or acetic acid) is perhaps the most common.  Drenching targeted weeds with vinegar can kill them, without any risk of toxic runoff. It is not selective, meaning it may kill everything it strikes. It also may be dangerous. Avoid eye contact and always follow label directions, even with natural herbicides.

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Irrigation System…Activate http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2016/05/irrigation-system-activate/ Wed, 04 May 2016 21:54:23 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=807 sprinkeler head

Looks like this year is shaping up to be a scorcher! We’ve already seen record breaking heat in the past month. Now is the time to get your irrigation systems activated, so vegetation at your commercial property thrives during the spring and summer.

When the time comes to activate the irrigation system at your site, we recommend hiring a professional.

A few points listed below:

  • Activating the irrigation system requires turning the double check valve on, believe it or not, many property managers oftentimes don’t even know where it’s located!
  • Irrigation timers also have to be set correctly—you don’t want your sprinklers going off in the middle of the day, spraying your customers
  • Irrigation head set up – you don’t want your sprinkler heads pointing in the wrong direction! An irrigation professional will go through all irrigation heads to make sure they’re watering the right areas
  • Troubleshooting – If the system needs repairs such as broken lines, sprinkler head replacements, sealing leaks, etc. a professional will make you aware and can provide estimates to make any needed repairs.

Having your properties irrigation system activated by a professional can ensure that the system is ready for the hot summer.

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Spring Cleanup Time http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2016/03/spring-cleanup-time/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:35:48 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=803 A gardener cuts the topiary box wood hedge into neatly trimmed cones.

Spring officially starts this Sunday! Many commercial property/business owners look forward to a spring cleanup.

Below are items to look for during a spring cleanup at your commercial property:

  • Removal of all dead leaves/debris/trash/weeds – leaves left on lawns or bed areas for an extended period of time can promote rot and moss growth.
  • Pre-Emergent Application – Pre-Emergent won’t kill weeds; however, they will prevent from growing, and keep bed areas looking clean. This is especially helpful if your property does not have recurring landscaping maintenance.
  • Apply layer of mulch – So the beds are clean, but look a bit bare? Consider applying a layer of bark/mulch to give the site a refined and polished aesthetic.
  • Seasonal Color Change – Installing seasonal flowers add color and a “pop” to any site. We recommend installing flowers near the entrance of a building, so anyone entering the building can see.
  • Pruning/Trimming – Trim any overgrown and low hanging branches, and shape shrubbery.

Spring cleanups are a great way to spring a commercial/business’ landscaping area back to top shape and enhance its curb appeal for prospective customers or tenants.

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Loitering and Your Landscaping Service Provider http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2016/03/loitering-and-your-landscaping-service-provider/ Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:41:41 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=799 IMG_0345

Recently, we’ve noticed a trend from our commercial clients experiencing loitering on their property.

Below are some tips to help deter loitering at a property:

  • Lock trash containers on the property when they are not being filled
  • Eliminate potential hiding areas.
  • Tree canopies should be maintained at least 8 feet above the ground.
  • Bushes should be trimmed to less than 2-3 feet except where privacy or environmental noise mitigation is a primary concern
  • If shrub/flower bed areas are a concern, consider removing the vegetation, and installing cobble rock
  • Lock water spigots
  • Make sure lighting is adequate around the property

While the growing homeless/loitering epidemic is a public issue, we believe that property owners can leverage their landscaping service provider to help deter people from loitering on their sites.

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Why Mulch? http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2016/02/why-mulch/ Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:46:14 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=793 V__A915

Installing mulch or bark can help enhance your business or commercial property curb appeal by giving the area a polished and clean look. After the material is installed, the results are very obvious—it certainly makes a business/commercial property stand out from the rest.

That being said, there are a lot more benefits than solely the aesthetic aspect.

Some of the many additional benefits include:

  • Helps minimize weed growth (especially if install during cold winter months)
  • Protects the soil from erosion by preventing water loss during summers
  • Helps maintain soil temperature year round
  • Reduces amount of watering needed
  • Assists in preventing damage caused by heavy rains
  • Improves fertility and overall health of the soil (depending on quantity and material type used)
  • Organic mulches decay over time and are recycled naturally. There’s no need to remove it, simply apply another layer.
  • If properly maintained, mulch/bark can last more than couple years, ask your commercial landscapers to hard rake/turn over mulch areas every season, so material continues to look fresh

The type of mulch/material to utilize depends on the individual commercial property’s needs, local weather, organic/inorganic preference, depth, etc.—we recommend having a professional visit the property to identify the quantity of mulch/bark needed.

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Finding a Commercial Landscaping Service http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/2016/02/finding-a-commercial-landscaping-service/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:44:29 +0000 http://www.greenpointlandscaping.com/?p=785 And What to Ask

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Having the right commercial landscaping service can increase your commercial property’s curb appeal and value, and is more cost effective than large remodels or other upgrades. A clean and well-maintained landscape can positively contribute to your tenants and/or customers overall experience.

So you start a Google Search for “commercial landscaping services” (or some variation of that). However, before you start calling the myriad of companies in your area, be prepared to ask them some questions—after all, no two commercial landscaping services are the same.

  • How long has the company been in business? Do they focus solely on commercial?
  • Do they have case studies showing their work? Better yet, do they have references who are current clients?
  • Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • Are they full service (do they offer irrigation services, grass fertilization, trimming, etc.)?
  • Can they take the time to meet with you to walk the property before submitting an estimate?

So you’ve found a company that might be a good fit, and you have a walk-through set for your property. It’s important that both parties are on the same page regarding expectations. Keep these questions in mind for your walk-through:

  • What type of maintenance plan do they recommend? Does the site need weekly or bi-weekly visits? Is it the same frequency all year? How does it compare to your current service provider (if applicable)?
  • How is billing set up? Will you pay the same rate each month?
  • Who is the point of contact for work or admin related questions?
  • Will someone answer your calls or is there an automated system you have to navigate through in order to reach someone?
  • Do they provide recommendations for enhancing the site?
  • Is the work guaranteed?
  • What are the property boundaries?

Keep these items in mind during your search for a commercial landscaping service. No two companies, and no two properties are the same.

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