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Winterize Your Lawn

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A lawn is a beautiful and crucial asset to any Maryland business. In the spring and summer months there’s little more inviting to a potential customer than a verdant and lush landscape, replete with outcroppings of trees and other greenery. It lets your customers know you put time and care into every aspect of your business. However it’s just as important to keep up that care during the colder months, if you want that same effect next spring. Fortunately, the commercial landscaping experts at the Atlantic Maintenance Group are here with a few tips on how to winterize your lawn.winterize your lawn

Rake Your Leaves

If you pass on every other step when you winterize your lawn, at least perform the simple and time honored task of leaf-raking.  Letting dead leaves cover your lawn will smother your grass  and turn it into a gloomy, dead patch of dirt. Dead leaves can be saved and used as kindling, if you’ve got a fireplace of fire pit, or you can lay them in your flower beds to prevent early weed crops in the spring

Fertilize

Fall fertilization is a crucial step if you want to winterize your lawn. During the summer months all your plants will have sucked the ground dry of nutrients, in order to produce their beautiful blooms and leaves, leaving your lawn empty of vital resources. Fertilizing in the fall will help the roots survive freezing in the winter, and wake up quickly in spring.

Cut Your Grass

Those living in moister climates will want to trim their lawn before the first snowfall. While many property owners cut back on mowing, it can actually be better for your lawn if you cut every week, until the grass is about ¾ in high. This will prevent buildup of dead grass that can kill growth in spring.

If you live in a drier climate (Meaning you get less than 20in of rainfall a year), the best thing to do to winterize your lawn is to stop mowing when the grass stops growing. A layer of dead grass in this type of climate can actually help your soil retain moisture through the winter.

That’s Not All

While these basic steps are a good start towards protecting your lawn over the winter months, your landscape has a lot better chance of surviving the winter with the help of a professional commercial landscaping company.  To protect your Maryland business’s lawn, consider calling a company with a  proven track record of excellence who has all the insider information you need to have your lawn protected through the cold months, and flourishing in the warm ones.

Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full service landscaping company, providing maintenance, design and construction, as well as snow removal, asphalt and concrete services. We are your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. We are a self-performing landscaping company, meaning we don’t hire subcontractors, and senior management is involved with every project. Our highly trained team of professionals receives constant, ongoing education on the latest industry trends, updates and safety measures. This ensures we can deliver outstanding customer service and results to our clients, regardless of the size of your job.

If you have any questions about outdoor lighting, or to get your free quote today, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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Outdoors with Dave

 

Why You Need Fall Baltimore Roof Maintenance

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

fall roofing maintenanceColorful leaves have begun to adorn the trees and there’s no question that the temperatures have taken a turn. Fall has finally made itself known in Maryland and it’s time to begin the necessary preparations for cooler weather. One of the important items that you need to cross off your list this fall is roof maintenance. The best times of year to have your roof inspected are spring and fall, for a couple of different reasons.

  • First, summer storms and hail can cause leaks in your roof.
  • Second, once the leaves start to fall, you can end up with a lot of debris on your roof.

If your roof is weakened by storms, you can end up with leaks, holes, and a lot of expensive damage. Storms have lots of different ways of damaging your property. Fallen branches, hail, and even significant rain can damage your roof as well as your gutters and flashings. Once fall hits, leaves and debris become even more prevalent on your roof. If damp debris is left to sit long enough, it can cause rot and mold to develop on your roof. Rot can easily eat through the shingles on your roof and cause damage to your attic. Following are some of the things that your Baltimore roof inspector will look for when he or she gets up on your roof.

  • Missing or damaged shingles – Your shingles are the first line of defense on your roof. If they’re missing, broken, or starting to deteriorate, it may be indicative of a bigger problem. Your Baltimore roof maintenance expert will easily be able to tell you if any of the damage to your roof is significant and needs to be taken care of.
  • Ceilings in your home – Another way that a roofing expert can tell if there’s something wrong with your roof is by checking the ceilings in your home. If there’s any sign of water damage, it might mean something is wrong with the roof. They’ll also check your ventilation system and any damage that might be caused by animals.
  • Problems with the gutters – It is extremely important that your gutters are cleaned out and sturdy for the fall and winter months. Any leaves or debris that get stuck in your gutters could cause ice dams when water begins to freeze. Ice dams can cause your gutters to break, which may be a very costly repair or replacement for you.

Maryland Professional Roofing Maintenance

Don’t wait until your roof needs replacing. Let us find and eliminate leaks and other potential problems with a roof inspection. From flashing repair to patching flat roof membranes and shingle roofs, we can extend the life of your roof. Ask us about our complete roof replacement capabilities. To get your free quote, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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Source: All Roofing Solutions

 

Why You Should Put a Plan in Place for Snow Removal Now

Friday, September 12th, 2014

maryland snow removalYes, we said that dirty word. Snow. Luckily we’ve still got some time before cold weather hits and snow starts to become a real problem in the Mid-Atlantic area. Generally the first time we’ll see snow in Maryland, Virginia, or Pennsylvania is sometime in November, though it has been known to happen as early as October. If you own a business, snow can be a big problem . Your customers need to easily be able to maneuver around your parking lot without the fear of sliding or getting stuck. Wondering why now is the best time to start thinking about a snow removal plan? Check it out.

Benefits of Getting an Early Snow Removal Plan

  • Make sure that you actually have snow removal. Being unprepared is one of the worst situations. We’ve been known to get hit by Nor’easters in this part of the country that can drop feet of snow in a single day. Sometimes we don’t even know they’re coming or how much snow they’re actually going to drop. Knowing that you have a snow removal plan in place can help you relax during this time rather than stressing out on trying to find a last minute plow truck in the midst of a severe winter storm.
  • Keep your customers or clients safe. When you truly care about your clients, it shows. Making sure that the snow is cleaned off the sidewalks and out of your parking lot will demonstrate to your clients that you care about their wellbeing and want them to be able to safely negotiate your business. Additionally, if you hire a company early, you can advertise that you’ll be open whether there’s a winter storm or not, because you know that you’ll have a clean, safe area to bring people.
  • Take the stress out of your property management. You have enough to worry about as a business owner. If you’ve already contracted out your landscaping, the next logical step is to contract out your snow removal. You’ll be able to be worry free about your grounds all year long.

Professional Snow Removal and Relocation

Winter snow and ice can have a serious impact on your company’s bottom line if you don’t have a plan in place for snow removal. Atlantic Maintenance Group provides expert commercial snow removal services for clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. To get your free quote, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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Source: Land Care Network

What Can Commercial Landscaping do for Your Business?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

business landscapingFact: residential landscaping can improve the perceived and real value of a home – but you probably already knew that. Many people choose to hire a professional residential landscaper shortly before they put their home on the market in order to increase the value and draw potential homebuyers to view the home. The same basic concept works for businesses. Some businesses in the Baltimore area don’t have enough space to add decorative landscaping, but those that do should take full advantage of the perks that come with commercial landscaping. It seems negligent not to when better landscaping can draw in more customers or clients. That’s not all it can do, though.

Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Landscaper

  • Keep your customer shopping longer and coming back. Commercial landscaping can be a lucrative investment for retailers and restaurant owners especially. A survey showed that customers will spend 9-12% more time shopping in a business district that has tree canopies. During the summer months, it’ll keep your shoppers cool. It also gives them the chance to enjoy the beautiful colors and nice Maryland weather when fall rolls around.
  • Encourage your employees to enjoy their workplace. A view of nature can help to motivate your employees and improve their job satisfaction. If you’ve ever worked without a window before, you know how gloomy and depressing it can be. Natural light coupled with aesthetically pleasing landscaping will make your employees happier to come to work. Additionally, adding tables or benches to your landscaping will allow your employees to get some Vitamin D at lunch!
  • Improve your curb appeal. No matter what kind of business you own, you want to make sure that your curb appeal is drawing people in. You’ve heard the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It applies heavily to business. You want to make sure that your clients know that you care about your company and employees enough to keep the grounds up and bring in a landscaper who knows what he or she is doing.

Finding a Commercial Landscaper

You want to be sure that you find a landscaper who understand your company and its needs. You’ll work very closely with your landscaper to create a great landscape layout and figure out what will draw the most people in. The experts at Atlantic Maintenance Group know how to improve your Maryland landscaping! We also offer landscape maintenance packages to help you keep up with your newly landscaped business. To get your free quote, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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Source: Land Care Network

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