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

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

National, Regional Or Local: What Type Of Commercial Landscape Firm Should You Hire?

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

The one sure thing about hiring a commercial landscape firm to care for your Chicago property is that there are lots of choices. In fact, determining which professional is the best match can be daunting.

The company you hire becomes a reflection of your organization, and their work is incredibly important to your image. The way they treat your property—their mindfulness of the environment, their skill in performing landscape maintenance tasks—says a lot about who you are.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

How Much Mulch Do I Need On My Commercial Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Feb 25, 2015 4:45:00 PM

As you’re planning and budgeting spring landscape maintenance projects for your commercial property, you might be wondering, “How much mulch do I need — really?”

We like to give straight answers to questions about your commercial landscape maintenance needs, but there are always variables to consider and we want to help you understand what factors impact your mulch estimate.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

How Much Does Mulch Cost For A Commercial Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jan 15, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Mulch serves a dual purpose on commercial properties:

  • as a protective layer that keeps weeds at bay, and seals in moisture and nutrients so plants can stay healthy
  • as an aesthetic enhancement because mulch’s color creates clean, crisp looking beds in a landscape
The truth is, appearance is the real motivator for mulching and why commercial property owners choose to invest in this groundcover on an annual basis. That’s ultimately why our clients demand the service. Then, when we explain the plant health benefits, they understand the horticultural reasoning for mulch.
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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

Top Commercial Landscape Trends For 2015

Posted by Kim Riebel on Dec 4, 2014 5:08:00 PM

Another brand new year will be here before we know it.

And that means Chicago commercial property managers are finalizing their budgets for 2015. As they review their landscape needs, they may realize their spaces could use some renovations to bring the properties up-to-date. In the process, progressing with sustainable solutions that provide long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, smart and efficient enhancements can also save money. What’s not to love about adding vitality to the landscape, being green and remaining budget conscious?

As you look around your commercial property, wondering what would give your space the right kind of face lift or maintenance upgrade, consider these hot commercial landscape trends for 2015.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

Fall Maintenance Tasks To Ease Your Commercial Property Into Winter For A More Beautiful Spring

Posted by Kim Riebel on Oct 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

You know how they say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? One could say the same but in reverse about the coming transition from fall into winter in Chicagoland.

Fall slowly transitions us away from the heat and humidity of summer, bringing with it new colors and views. Leaves are changing color from emerald greens to rich, harvest shades of orange, burgundy and gold. And fall flowers erupt in similar shades with additional bits of purple and ivory.

But don’t let all this magnificent color distract you from the tasks at hand. Fall may seem like the time to take a break after the busy warm season, but it is actually an ideal time to complete the tasks necessary to prepare your commercial property for winter and, more importantly, a fresh and vibrant start come spring.

Here are four must-do fall maintenance tasks we recommend to get your commercial property ready for the coming seasons.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

4 Reasons To Add A Fall Mulch Application To Your Landscape Plan

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Just as Mother Nature herself is going through a period of renewal in the fall, every Illinois commercial landscape can use a little autumn rejuvenation.

As summer colors begin to fade, a healthy dose of fall color gives the landscape new life and vigor. Plus, fall is the time of year everyone is craving those festive shades of orange, yellow and red, making them desirable by all who visit and work at your commercial property.

In fall, we’re also adjusting irrigation system schedules, as plants’ water needs change as the seasons change.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance