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Keeping your Baltimore Business Running Rain, Sleet, or Snow

Friday, January 30th, 2015

snow removalThe inclement weather of winter represents a myriad of risks to your Baltimore business. Snow and ice in particular can effect your businesses ability to stay competitive, ship or receive product, and finally, and most importantly, your employees and customers health. That’s why the Atlantic Maintenance Group is here to help you with your commercial snow removal needs.

Stay Competitive

When you’re a small business your resources are limited, revenue is tight, and every customer is important.  Your carefully balanced budgets, for stock, and payroll can be thrown into chaos by poor winter weather. It can be tempting to stay open through winter weather, hoping to get the few customers that come out, or stay closed until the worst of it has passed. It’s up to you to do a risk-benefit analysis in the case of staying open during the worst of the snow and ice. However, the day after the winter storm finishes you need to be open to get any customers you can, otherwise loyal customers might take their business elsewhere. The Atlantic Maintenance group is here to help. We can quickly clear your driveway, parking lot, and side walk so that your customers and employees can come into your business the minute you decide to open.

Product Shipping: Incoming and Outgoing

Ice and snow can affect your ability to send and receive needed product, the longer your businesses drive and parking lot are snowed in, the more shipping delays might cost you. That’s why when the weather passes it’s important you have your driveway and loading area clear so that whatever shipping or receiving you need to do can safely happen.

Keeping you and your Customers Safe

Ice and snow represents a liability to your employees and customers. Customers and employees who slip and fall on your parking lot, walkway, or sidewalk can seriously injure themselves. As the property owner, or renter, you may be liable for their injuries. The Atlantic Maintenance Group has access to special equipment for removing snow from your walkways and sidewalks, and can apply salt and ice-melting compounds to keep them clear from ice.

Atlantic Maintenance Group Commercial Snow Removal is there for you

At Atlantic Maintenance we know just how important it is to keep your Baltimore business or home accessible even during the most brutal weather conditions, that’s why we provide expert commercial snow removal services for clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. Make managing your property stress free and let our team of snow removal experts take care of everything from shoveling to plowing. We’re experienced in removing snow from parking lots, roads, sidewalks, as well as salting and ice melting.

We can handle properties of any size, and will respond immediately when a winter or snowstorm strikes. To get your free quote on snow removal services now, give us a call at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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How to Keep Up the Curb Appeal with Winter Landscaping

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Winter Landscaping Curb AppealBetween the short days, absence of colorful foliage, and the cold, your home’s curb appeal can fall by the wayside. That’s why the Atlantic Maintenance Group is here with some tips on how you can keep your home looking good for the winter.

Keep Everything Tidy

“If you don’t know what to do wash your face and shine your shoes, it never hurts to look smart,” was advice my mother once gave me, and like any good advice can be applied metaphorically to almost anything.  In this case, the most simple, and effective way to keep up your home’s curb appeal during the winter is to keep your yard and house front nice and neat. Rake up and bag, or compost, all of the dead leaves in your yard and flower beds. Clean out your gutters and, while you’re at it, wash your exterior walls and windows.  If the paint on your walls is cracking and peeling, paint them. With improvements in paint technology paint can be applied in temperatures as cold as 35°. You’ll be surprised by how much a simple cleaning can do to freshen up your home’s exterior.

Outdoor Lighting

Now that you’ve cleaned your yard and house, assuming you didn’t keep it immaculate to begin with, show off the work you’ve done with outdoor lighting. Spot lights and accent lights can be used to highlight architectural and landscaping features. Path lighting will not only help guests find their way to your front walk, but help keep you safe by revealing black ice that would go unseen in the dark.  String and rope lighting can be used in shrubbery, trees, or on your porch railings to add an element of enchantment regardless of season. And of course the light and the fixtures themselves can be focal elements in your landscaping design.

Cold Tolerant Plants

If you’ve cleaned, installed lighting, and still find that your landscaping seems to be missing something it’s time to consider adding some cold tolerant plants to your garden. Evergreens, other woody plants, and cold tolerant grasses can all add a variety of colors and shapes to help liven up your landscape.  For evergreens I recommend arborvitae, junipers, and firs. Arborvitaes in particular come in a variety of colors and shapes, from tall blues cones, to low yellow domes. They come with additional advantages of being easy to train, and having soft scale like leaves, rather then pointy and sharp needles, that make them easier to handle.  For woody trees that can add to your yard’s winter pallet look to trees with stark bright barks, like the paper birch, or with colorful fruit that stay on over the winter, like the winterberry. Finally, ornamental grasses such as Sweet Flag, Palm Sedge, and Indian Grass, can help liven up your landscape with their unique and visually interesting profiles. Unfortunately, the plants can’t be planted until the ground is warm enough to work, but it’s good to plan ahead and you can plant them come spring so they’ll be ready for next winter.

Need Help?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with your day to day living while trying to maintain your home’s landscaping. The Atlantic Maintenance Group is here to help. We offer a wide variety of maintenance, landscaping, and general contracting services.
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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Great Ground Covers that Love Sun

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ground covers are plants that you can use to fill in the gaps in a landscape. Easy to care for and naturally aggressive, the best ground covers spread quickly without totally dominating a landscape. However, with the myriad number of ground covers out there, finding the right one for your Maryland home can prove difficult. That’s why the Atlantic Maintenance group is here with a list of some of our favorite, and most durable, ground covers.

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Cotoneaster

With bright red berries and a lovely texture, Cotoneaster horizontalis, aka Rockspray coroneaster, is technically a shrub that is often employed as ground cover. Reaching a maximum size of 3ft tall, rockspray cotoneaster does require a little trimming to maintain but spreads quickly and offers a beautiful, ornamental appearance.

Six Hills Giant Catmint

No, not catnip, catmint! Although they are related, six hills catmint is flowering ground cover with a stunning purple hue that blooms in late spring/ early summer. It’s a great ground cover that readily attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, while resisting annoying deer.

Lamb’s Ears

Lamb’s ears isn’t exactly a short plant if you count its flower spike, which tends to reach around 1.5 feet. However, the flowers aren’t what makes this ground cover remarkable: it’s the velvety, green leaves. Lamb’s ears make an excellent ground cover because of their leave’s softness, which are just as touchable as the plant’s namesake. It also boasts beautiful, silver foliage.

Creeping Junipers

Creeping Junipers, evergreen and well-textured, are, like the cotoneaster, technically shrubs. However, they don’t grow as high, preferring to stay low to the ground and hug the surface. In addition to looking good, they are great at stopping soil erosion and will look great year round.

Silver Mound Artemisia

Like lamb’s ears, Silver Mound Artemisia has silver foliage. However, it has no floral spike to prune back, making it great for growing in the sun. It also has a different visual texture, with a very fine, granular appearance. While the difference is subtle, Silver Mound Artemisia offers a great alternative to lamb’s ears.

Want a Landscaping Company that knows its Ground Cover?

Call the Atlantic Maintenance Group. The Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full service landscaping company, providing maintenance, design and construction, as well as snow removal, asphalt and concrete services.

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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Types of Outdoor Lighting for Your Virginia Home

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If you’re looking to brighten up your Virginia home’s exterior (both figuratively and literally) during the colder, darker months of the year, you might want to consider employing outdoor landscape lighting. Outdoor lighting can be used to increase the useable area of your Virginia property during the night as well as your home’s security. Of course, there are a wide variety of outdoor lighting fixtures to choose from and each serves a unique function. The Atlantic Maintenance Group is here to help you find the type of outdoor lighting fixture that’s right for you.outdoor lighting

Floodlights

Floodlights emanate an intense and widely spread beam of light, that’s incredibly effective at providing intense illumination over a large area. Their thorough coverage makes them ideally suited as security lighting instruments. Floodlights are great for making your Virginia home safer during the night and can be linked to motion sensor to expose (and ideally scare off) any unwanted, nocturnal intruders. Floodlights are typically placed roughly 9ft high, which helps them cover as much area as possible and keeps them out of the reach of ne’er do wells.

Wall Lights

If you’re looking for something less intimidating and more aesthetically functional, you might want to consider installing wall mounted outdoor lighting instruments. These soft and welcoming lights are typically used to highlight specific areas of your Virginia home’s architecture, and can also be used to bookend doorways and windows.

Ceiling-Mounted Lights

These ceiling mounted outdoor lighting fixtures are usually installed above an entryway or an outdoor gathering point, such as a patio, and come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, styles, and color. They can be a simple and quirky as a lone, hanging light bulb, or as ornate as an antique lantern. This type of outdoor lighting instrument is well-suited for places with low ceilings, providing subtle accent lighting or focused light on a small area.

Walkway Lighting

This type of outdoor lighting fixture is usually employed to create a visually pleasing guide for any walkways or paths that run across your Virginia landscape. This is particularly useful during the night when guests may have trouble discerning where a path lies and could stumble off. These small lights are typically styled to look like small lampposts but can come in a wide variety of designs and configurations.

Interested in Outdoor Lighting?

Call the Atlantic Maintenance Group! We have access to all of these types of Outdoor Lighting instruments and more. Our experienced landscape lighting professionals will help you find the perfect solution to illuminating your Virginia yard.

The Atlantic Maintenance Group is your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. 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.

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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Tasteful Christmas Decorations for Your Landscape

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

When it comes to decorating your yard for Christmas, there’s a fine line between delightful and tacky that all-to-frequently gets crossed in the sheer holiday exuberance. While the exact location of that dividing line is, of course, highly subjective, you don’t really want to be the person on your block whose noisy decorations cause more gagging than coos of wonder. To that end, we’ve come up with a few holiday decorations that are sure to make your Maryland landscape look festive while keeping things classy.

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Symmetrical Urns

Symmetrically placed urns, filled with colorful holiday shrubs, are a great way to border an entryway or path. While you can place any plant you’d like within the urns, it’s best to choose something colorful, like the bright red winterberry, for maximum holiday effect. The festiveness of the red berries clearly signals that this is a holiday decoration, but because it’s provided by nature (as opposed to the garish red of an inflatable Santa) it passes the tasteful test too making it an excellent feature for any holiday landscape.

Colorfully-Bowed Window Boxes

While window boxes are often used to contain brightly colored annuals, those flowers won’t hold up in the wintertime. To decorate them for the holidays, try lining them with a variety of evergreen boughs. The more diversity in your selection, the more interesting the arrangement will be. Adding winterberries and other touches of color certainly won’t go amiss either. Top it all off with a bright red bow and you have yourself Christmas in a window box, a perfect present for your Christmas landscape.

Lamp Post Décor

If you have a lamp post near or on your property your Christmas decorating options just got a whole lot more exciting, especially if you’re looking for a more tasteful and subdued decorative style. Lampposts tend to add a pinch of refined style by themselves to any landscape but can also be great places to add easily seen Christmas decorations. Hanging a holly wreath on a lamppost provides an unobstructed burst of holiday color and texture. It’s recommended to stick to natural materials if possible and feel free to garnish the wreath with candy canes or a bow.

Deck The Halls Year-Round with The Atlantic Maintenance group

While you can take care of holiday landscape decorations, the Atlantic Maintenance Group is here to keep your Maryland property looking great all year round. We’re 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. 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.

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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