Environmental Insights

Why Commercial Real Estate Developers Should Feel Comfortable Working With T. Lake

Posted by Tim Lake on Jun 14, 2017 6:11:00 AM

A commercial landscape should look beautiful and inviting. However its benefits go deeper than mere aesthetics. A well-designed commercial landscape also offers many benefits related to safety and security,  cost control, sustainability, compliance with government regulations, and other areas.

In the same way, a good commercial landscape provider is one whose expertise encompasses far more than simply the ability to create an aesthetically pleasing landscape. When choosing a commercial landscaper to work with, it pays to look deeper into the company in question and find out what else they’re made of.

If you are a commercial landscape developer, here are a few reasons to consider working with T.Lake:

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Construction

How Our Core Values Continue To Shape Our Business

Posted by Tim Lake on May 23, 2017 6:28:00 AM

I was asked recently to define T. Lake’s core values. And the best I can say is that our values are derived first and foremost from the land.

Both of my grandfathers and theirs before them and theirs before them were farmers and timbermen. They loved the land. They made a living from the land. They appreciated and valued it. It took care of them, and they took care of it. That’s the attitude I grew up with.

I consider myself part of the lineage of the first job God gave a human being, and that's to tend the garden. Humankind’s first job was to get our hands in the dirt. We’re here to be good stewards.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Environmental Services

5 Items You MUST Include In Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

Posted by Tim Lake on Apr 11, 2017 6:05:00 AM

Starting a new relationship—whether personal or in business—always involves a certain amount of risk. In our private lives, we’re on our own. But in the commercial landscape business, it’s standard to create a built-in risk containment device: the contract.

A good commercial landscape maintenance contract not only protects both parties, it can also be an invaluable communication tool to ensure that both you and your landscape contractor are—and remain—on the same page, and that you actually receive the service you want and expect.

However, a contract is only as good as what you put in it. Here are a few things we highly suggest including in your bid request the next time you hire a commercial landscape maintenance company.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

How To Get Rid Of Bahia Grass In Warm Or Cool Seasons

Posted by Tim Lake on Apr 4, 2017 7:05:00 AM

What’s wrong with bahiagrass? Depends who you ask.

Bahiagrass is a coarse grass that was introduced into the U.S. in the 1930’s as a forage grass for cattle. It’s drought tolerant and does well in poor and even hard-packed soils, so some people use it as turf grass. It’s also used for roadside erosion control in some areas. So it has its uses.

But boy, is it ugly.

The stuff is coarse and weedy-looking, it has an open canopy and does not fill in well as turf, and it grows about two feet in a week so it’s a devil to keep mowed if you do choose—for whatever reason—to grow a bahiagrass lawn. Plus, it has a strange and unappealing Y-shaped seed head that stands out like a sore thumb in a lawn.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Brightview Vs Yellowstone Vs T.Lake

Posted by Tim Lake on Mar 28, 2017 6:15:00 AM

Looking for lawn care or landscape maintenance for your commercial property? There are a lot of reasons to choose a professional landscape management company instead of just a “landscaper.” But once you’ve narrowed it down to a few good companies, how can you know who will best meet your needs?

Every good landscape services provider will have a slightly different approach and personality. Today we’d like to highlight a couple of our competitors and discuss how we are—not necessarily better—but different.

Both Yellowstone and Brightview are well-established commercial landscape companies for whom we have a lot of respect. Let’s start with Yellowstone.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Hiring a Professionally Managed Landscape Provider vs. a “Landscaper”

Posted by Tim Lake on Mar 21, 2017 5:05:00 AM

When you need groceries, you head to the store. One grocery store may have marginally better prices over the next, or a nicer produce department, but ultimately it doesn’t matter that much whether you frequent Kroger or the Piggly Wiggly. You’ll still fill your fridge.

Lawn and landscape care, though; that’s a different matter. Your choice of landscape provider can make a huge difference in your experience, and impact the quality, appearance, comfort and even safety of your home and property.

Unlike plumbers and electricians, landscape services providers are not required to complete any kind of certification or training. That means that any Tom, Dick, or Jane with a truck and a lawn mower can hang out their shingle as a landscaper. However, there is a significant difference between such a person—let’s call them a “landscaper”— and a true landscape professional.

How can you tell them apart? A few strategic questions go a long way.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

How to Prune a Crepe Myrtle to PREVENT Crepe Murder

Posted by Tim Lake on Feb 7, 2017 6:05:00 AM

If you had to pick just one landscape plant to symbolize the South, you could do worse than choose the Crepe Myrtle (or “crape myrtle” as it is often spelled.) With its spectacular summer blooms, shapely trunks and stunning fall color, this small tree or shrub simply oozes Southern beauty, hospitality and class. So much so that even though Crepe Myrtles are arguably over-used in the landscape, you just can’t help but love the things.

So why - WHY - did anyone ever get the idea to start willy-nilly decapitating them?

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

5 Signs You're Ready To Hire A Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contractor For Your Property

Posted by Tim Lake on Jan 31, 2017 2:35:08 PM

To the uninitiated, landscape maintenance doesn’t seem like rocket science: run a mower over the grass each week, trim the bushes, keep everything watered, and sprinkle a few chemicals over the grass every once in a while. Simple, right? So why pay a professional commercial landscape contractor when you can do it cost-effectively in-house?

Or can you?

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Our Tips for Planting Trees in Your Georgia Lawn

Posted by Tim Lake on Jan 3, 2017 6:03:00 AM

You may associate planting time with Spring, but when it comes to trees, Fall and Winter rule - at least in our mild climate. (Just another advantage of Southern living - no need to compress all our planting tasks into a few short weeks in spring!)

The reason for this is that it allows the tree to start establishing roots right away without expending energy into shoots and leaves. Planting while a tree is dormant also helps minimize transplant shock.

Recently we listed some of our favorite trees to plant in lawn areas in Georgia. Since prime tree planting time is upon us, we thought we’d follow up with a few tips to help your new trees off to the very best start possible.

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

The 11 Best Shade Trees and Flowering Trees for Lawns in Georgia

Posted by Tim Lake on Dec 9, 2016 1:02:00 PM

Grasslands punctuated with trees and shrubs: in nature they’re called savannas, and they’re thought to be the original natural habitat of humankind. No wonder the park-like combination of lawn and trees is so popular in landscaping!

Combining trees with turf takes some planning. You can’t plunk just any tree down into your lawn and expect it to work out well

Here are some features to consider when looking for the best trees to plant in a lawn in Georgia and beyond:

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Topics: Commercial Landscape Maintenance