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

The 9 Best Landscape Renovation Ideas For Spring

Posted by Tim Lake on Feb 9, 2017 5:05:00 AM

Chances are if your landscape has been in for 15 or more years it is overdue for renovation. Even if your landscape was well planned and maintained for the long haul, a decade and a half’s worth of growth is almost guaranteed to leave it looking a bit unkempt. Crowded roots, straggly growth, overgrown trees and shrubs, bare spots, ho-hum or dated appearance: these are all signs it’s time for an overhaul.

If you’re reading this and nodding your head in recognition, here are some landscape renovation ideas to consider this spring.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design

Wetlands Mitigation And Construction In Georgia: Cost And Hiring Options To Consider

Posted by Tim Lake on Dec 2, 2016 11:03:25 AM

Wetlands are incredibly valuable ecosystems that until recently have been sadly underappreciated. They are an important element in the food web here in Georgia, play an integral role in water quality improvement, flood control, and shoreline erosion control, and have many economic and recreational uses. Scientists tell us that these natural ecosystems even help to regulate the climate.

It’s no wonder, then, that wetlands have started to enjoy increasing protection in recent years as people have become more environmentally aware.

Wetlands mitigation refers to any project that serves to lessen human impact on wetland environments, including wetlands creation, preservation, or restoration. Mitigation typically happens on commercial sites, government construction sites, military installations, large scale housing developments, roadways, and other projects of significant scale.  We are also increasingly seeing mitigation as part of stormwater or wastewater treatment on smaller sites, as part of the retention requirement for stormwater. (We find this very encouraging because wetland plants do a phenomenal job of filtering and reestablishing beneficial organisms in the environment.)

In a recent post, we discussed the benefits of wetland mitigation. Now, let’s explore the topics of wetland mitigation construction costs and hiring a wetland mitigation contractor in Georgia.

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Topics: Landscape Construction

3 Benefits of Wetland Mitigation in Georgia (And how to handle service)

Posted by Tim Lake on Sep 28, 2016 5:55:00 AM

You’re in charge of a construction project or an industrial property that currently has a wetland on the site. What does that mean for you, and how can you ensure your work is compliant with federal regulations?

Those are some important questions if you want to avoid fines and other issues — and ones you need to get answers to.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Environmental Services

Dust Mitigation Techniques For Construction Sites and Haul Roads

Posted by Tim Lake on Sep 22, 2016 10:19:00 AM

No one wants to hear from the EPA, OSHA or even the junior soccer team down the street that you aren’t handling your site’s dust correctly.

Dust mitigation isn’t the sexiest site service, but it’s a must on construction sites and haul roads.

Dust isn’t just a nuisance, it’s also a health and environmental concern that needs to be properly managed. And it’s up to you and your service provider to make sure it’s properly taken care of — or you could face large fines to the tune of thousands a day.

Here’s a look at how and why to incorporate dust mitigation techniques during construction.

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Topics: Landscape Construction

What To Expect: The Residential Landscape Design-Build Process

Posted by Tim Lake on Jun 9, 2016 3:59:30 PM

You’re basically handed a blank canvas when you decide to buy new construction.

While that can be exciting, it can also feel a bit overwhelming. Beyond the house, you also have to think about the outdoor living space.

What does your new home’s landscape need? What will look best in your outdoor space? How do you combine all of your design ideas with the space you have? And of course, who can answer all of these questions?

Instead of getting frustrated with the whole process, work with a professional to design and build the outdoor space of your dreams.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Design

Safe And Sound? 6 Common Retaining Wall Design Mistakes

Posted by Tim Lake on Feb 4, 2016 10:40:26 AM

When it comes landscape devices, few are as versatile or as likely to add value as the retaining wall. Retaining walls have been used for thousands of years in the construction of patios, gardens, and terraces. They can improve access, turn a property into a visual showpiece, and even transform otherwise unusable properties into valuable real estate.

A well-built retaining wall is well worth the price of installation. However, if you are considering installing one you should know that retaining walls also are one of the most frequently-botched types of projects out there.

From design to installation, I highly recommend educating yourself about the most common retaining wall mistakes.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Design

7 Purposes Of Retaining Walls On Commercial Properties

Posted by Tim Lake on Jan 29, 2016 3:22:35 PM

A retaining wall, briefly put, is a wall that holds back soil. It’s a simple concept, to be sure, but don’t let its simplicity fool you.

Retaining walls are actually pretty sophisticated pieces of engineering. And they’ve been used since ancient times to improve the usefulness, productivity and aesthetics of many types of property.

Commercial properties, especially, often benefit from the addition of one or more retaining walls. Let’s explore some of the purposes of retaining walls on commercial properties and ways this commercial landscape construction project can enhance the value of your site.

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Topics: Landscape Construction

Gas Vs. Wood-Burning Fire Pit — What's Best For My Outdoor Living Space?

Posted by Tim Lake on Oct 30, 2015 4:17:02 PM

Whether your idea of outdoor fun is s’mores and hot dogs with your kids and the family dog, or an elegantly catered event for a crowd, a nice fire pit will enhance the experience for everyone.

Fire pits are a versatile backyard feature that can come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your home and lifestyle. There are two types of fire pits, distinguished by the type of fuel they are designed to burn: wood burning and gas burning.

A wood burning fire pit is basically a campfire ring taken to the next level; it is meant for burning standard split firewood logs. Most gas burning fire pits run on liquid propane, but they can also be set up to burn natural gas.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Design

How Much Does An Outdoor Kitchen Cost To Build?

Posted by Tim Lake on Aug 28, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Are you the kind of person who can’t wait to get outside? Do you love to cook? Do you enjoy entertaining in your backyard? Then an outdoor kitchen might just be the perfect thing for you!

Outdoor kitchens have taken the landscaping scene by storm in the last decade, and for good reason. For many people, having that extra entertainment space just out their backdoor opens up a whole new world of leisure — so much so that it’s not uncommon for them to forego elaborate vacations away in order to enjoy the comforts of home!

Outdoor kitchens can also raise your home value by up to 130%, according to the National Association of Home Builders. There is also evidence that homes with outdoor kitchens sell faster than those without.

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Topics: Landscape Construction, Landscape Design

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