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

What Are The Best Flowers To Plant In Spring On Commercial Landscapes?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jan 29, 2015 6:30:00 AM

This time of year, we’re ready to look outside and see color. And the good news is, now is when commercial properties in the Chicago area can think flowers, including making choices about what plant material to include in landscape beds and containers once the ground thaws.

Many of our clients want to know, “What are the best flowers to plant in spring in Chicago?” Of course, plant choice can impact a lot of factors, including maintenance expenses.

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Topics: Plants

8 Tree Varieties To Plant NOW For Future Fall Color

Posted by Kim Riebel on Oct 23, 2014 2:14:09 PM

There’s something magical about the changes all around us during autumn.

Driving down a commercial property lane when the trees are vibrant and green is one thing. The summer sun is shining bright and warm.

But when the temperatures begin to cool and we mourn the passing of summer, there’s a change happening around us that makes us embrace the new season. Colors start to morph from energizing emeralds to royal rubies, glittering golds, amazing auburns and rich russets. The entire scene transforms. The sun hits the leaves and there’s a whole new look to the landscape. It’s as if you planted a whole new batch of trees special for the season.

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Topics: Plants, Tree & Shrub Care

It’s Time To Plan Your Fall Seasonal Color! Our Favorites For 2014

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 19, 2014 3:33:00 PM

It’s that time of year again.

You can see the change in the schedules of your employees and tenants at the commercial properties you manage: Summer vacations are over. Children have gone back to school. Everyone is juggling drop-off and pickup routines, as well as managing homework and earlier bedtimes.

You can also feel it in the air: There’s a cool breeze. Temperatures have dropped. Everyone’s talking about apple picking and pumpkin patches.

And, soon, you’ll see it in the leaves that start to change color from bright greens to red, orange, gold and even purple.

That’s right, fall is on its way. A great time of transition. With the change of the seasons comes a whole new palette of color for your Chicago commercial landscape. Sebert Landscaping just started installing its fall color this week!

Here is a look at our favorite fall color ideas for 2014.

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Topics: Plants

Can You Still Install New Plants In The Summer? Absolutely!

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 5, 2014 1:39:08 PM

Fall is on its way with pleasant, cooler temperatures, lower humidity and a bevy of images that conjure up ideas of autumn. We’re talking about pumpkin patches and football and, of course, the glorious leaves that changes color all around us, turning from a mix of bright greens to warmer shades of ripe reds, outrageous oranges and vibrant yellows.

Fall is also known for being the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.

But if you’re eager to add some more color to your commercial landscape or fill in some bare spots that need some extra pizzazz, we have a secret for you: There’s no need to wait until fall. In fact, with the right treatment, care and maintenance, you can add plants to your landscapes in not only spring and fall, but summer as well. Even annuals, some of which can burn out by late summer, can be planted to provide a colorful, second flush of blooms while the warm weather sticks around.

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Topics: Plants

Perennials Offer Vibrant Summer Color — With A Sustainable Appeal

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jun 9, 2014 2:47:02 PM

While spring is all about the landscape waking up, bringing green to the scene after a long, gray winter, summer is all about bursts of blooms in vivid varieties. As bright as the sun shines, so bloom the summer flowers, lively and dazzling, perky and brilliant. And they are such a sight to behold.

In fact, because great color can—literally—stop traffic, commercial facilities do their best to highlight specific areas of their properties, such as entrances or signage, with eye-popping pigments, maintaining their distinctive local brands with striking seasonal displays.

Desiring color in summer landscapes is a natural craving, particularly in the Midwest after surviving our harsh, cold, drab winter.

And if your brand is also committed to sustainability, never fear. Illinois commercial property managers can embrace environmental stewardship and have their seasonal color, too. It just takes a focus on conserving water, choosing the right plants and plant combinations with an emphasis on hardiness, drought tolerance and proper care.

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Topics: Plants

5 Native Plants We Love for Illinois Commercial Landscapes

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 31, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Sure, Chicago has experienced a pretty harsh winter this year. But that will soon be a distant memory when the Windy City's hot, humid summer arrives.

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Topics: Plants