Kim Riebel

Kim Riebel, Director of Marketing and Sales for Sebert Landscaping, oversees all new business development activities for the company’s lawn maintenance and snow removal services. Having joined Sebert in 2004, Kim helped create a new five-person business development team for the company.
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How Far In Advance Should You Plan Your Commercial Property Maintenance Services?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM

We live in an instant gratification world, where we want results now. That includes the meal we chose at a restaurant, the Amazon order we placed a minute ago, even the promotion we’re hoping for at work.

We get it—waiting is frustrating.

We admit, at Sebert we’re also guilty of wanting results now, especially when we are planting native landscapes and we can’t wait to see how the new surroundings will impact a commercial property’s ecology. Or, when we have a landscape design plan that’s truly special and we just can’t wait to complete it so we can turn that vision into a reality.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Management, Landscape Maintenance

If You Plant It They Will Come: Native Plants, Trees And Flowers That Attract Birds And Butterflies

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 24, 2015 10:35:00 AM

The birds and butterflies that visit your commercial landscape can be as much of an attraction as the plants growing on the property. Watching a colorful butterfly land on an open flower petal and flutter into the sky can feel magical—like you have a backstage pass to nature’s “show.”

Birds of all kinds will visit your Illinois landscape, making your great outdoors a dynamic, interesting experience for visitors, employees or residents. And while bees might seem like a bother, they play an important role in the pollination process.

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Topics: Native Prairies

The 5 Most Important Factors In Plant Healthcare Programs

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Healthy plants can fight disease and grow strong during challenging environmental conditions like drought. When plant healthcare best practices are in place on your commercial property, you’ll maximize your landscape investment because plants will be resilient.

Really, the same basic concepts apply to people: a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising and eliminating risks keeps us feeling and looking good.

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Topics: Plants

The 5 Best Enhancements For Your Illinois HOA Common Areas

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 18, 2015 5:00:00 AM

The appearance of common areas in your Chicago homeowners association (HOA) sets the tone for your entire property.

The upkeep of landscape beds, condition of the lawn, health of trees and plants—every component of your landscape contributes to a polished, professional look.

Where is your HOA falling short?

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

5 Sustainable Surfaces We Love For Playgrounds

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

There’s much more to a playground than exciting equipment that begs kids to slide, climb and swing.

The surface beneath a playground is actually the most important factor for a number of reasons, including safety, accessibility and sustainability.

Keeping up a playground surface can get expensive if you’re adding yards of new wood chips every year—we’re talking thousands of dollars, depending on the surface area. And you can count on replenishing wood chips or mulch annually.

Sustainable playground surfaces are safer and eliminate that annual expense. Plus, the sustainable playground surfaces today are aesthetically appealing—rubber can include logos and cool designs.

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Topics: Sustainability

How To Spot And Fix Soil Erosion Problems On Your Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 28, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Soil erosion is a problem for a couple of big reasons. For one, water runoff that carries soil away (causing erosion) also wipes out soil’s valuable nutrients in the process.

So, plants that rely on this soil aren’t getting the energy they need to grow.

And, soil erosion can cause significant terrain shifts that trigger drainage issues on your commercial property, including flooding. Soil erosion weakens the structural integrity of your commercial landscape, making it more vulnerable during weather events.

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Topics: Lawn Care

The Cost of Tree and Shrub Care For Your Illinois Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 25, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Caring for trees and shrubs is an integral landscape maintenance task that commercial property owners can’t afford to ignore.

Pruning is important for aesthetic and plant health purposes. And, trees and shrubs might need protection to withstand the elements.

Trees and shrubs are a long-term investment you want to preserve by taking care of them—because replacing large specimens, especially, can be costly. Planting a new, larger tree that’s a 2- to 4.5-inch caliper size can cost $450 to $600 (with a warrantee). With regular maintenance, trees and shrubs can last for decades.

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Topics: Tree & Shrub Care

Are Permeable Pavers The Right Choice For Your Sustainable Landscape?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 21, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Water runoff picks up all sorts of harmful substances from surfaces—gasoline, debris, salt, excess fertilizers—forming an unsavory mixture for the environment that’s carried into sewer systems, potentially impacting the health of our water supply.

Some run-off is important to keep water away from foundations and areas where water can cause damage. But it’s usually best if water can enter the earth at the point in which it falls. Then, it will soak into the ground rather than rolling down a surface and collecting pollution.

How can you reduce surface water run-off and still have attractive hardscape on your Chicago commercial property?

The answer is: permeable pavers.

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Topics: Sustainability

Rain Sensor Review: What’s The Best Type For Your Commercial Illinois Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 19, 2015 5:00:00 AM

What type of rain sensor is best for your commercial property? If you’ve searched for options, you know there are a number of different rain sensors out there. What’s the difference?

For starters, it’s good to know that installing a new rain sensor on an existing irrigation system is not a big deal. Because of wireless technology and better signals (from controller to sensor) you can have a water-efficient irrigation system without a lot of fuss, and with no hardwiring.

But back to the question: What type of rain sensor will you choose for your commercial property? Is there a best choice?

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Topics: Irrigation

Sedum On Green Roofs: Is It A Bad Idea?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jul 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Green roofs in Chicago are gradually changing the texture and color of the skyline, improving downtown’s aesthetic and delivering sustainable benefits that are measurable.

Green roofs can lower energy usage for heating and air-conditioning, and reduce rainwater run-off. They even extend the life of a roof by protecting it from the elements. And, green roofs can help offset the urban heat island effect in cities where man-made surfaces—roads, parking lots, buildings, sidewalks—take over the landscape and squelch natural habitats. (There’s nothing natural about a concrete jungle.)

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Topics: Sustainability