Landscapes of Distinction
31 Mar 2021

Fixing Yard Damage from Snowplows Video

Kate from Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction, takes you behind the scenes, showing you how professional landscapers repair lawn damage that could occur during winter months from snowplows.

Spring Lawn Maintenance Jump-Start

Typically snowplow damage is minimal, but sometimes it does happen. When the snow season ends, we check and repair the properties we service. This is usually around the edge of driveways where the lawn meets the concrete. After assessing the problem areas, we fix them and get lawns ready for the new season.

For more information, or to have this service added to your plan, feel free to contact Brian-Kyles

08 Mar 2021
Pruning plant

When and Why Do We Prune?

This time of year often fuels the need to have trees and shrubs trimmed or pruned. Although most of us want that immediate change in aesthetics, it is actually not the most ideal time to do so. Proper pruning practices are performed to aid in the health of the plant and not just to make an immediate aesthetic difference. The most common mistake is pruning at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons. So, when is the correct time to prune? The simple but technical answer is: based on common horticulture and industry practices!

Timelines

To start, there are two basic times that plants need to be pruned. Based on the type of plant being pruned most plants fall into these timelines:

  • Early-flowering shrubs – These shrubs should be pruned soon after flowering in late spring to early summer to promote flower buds for the following season. Yes, the buds you see in the fall are actually the flowers for the following spring!
  • Late-flowering/Fruit bearing shrubs – These should be pruned during their dormant time or just prior to the growth process for the season. These types of shrubs benefit from dormant pruning by not adding any extra stress onto them during the growing or hot and dry seasons.

Misconceptions

Often times pruning is done as a result of a lack of annual preventative maintenance and occurs once the plant is too large or overgrown for a particular area. This is where things get a little more involved and the patience starts to be tested. While we all want that immediate change in appearance, it is not always the best option of every plant or even plant type to make drastic changes to its size or shape in one season. Let’s face it, we all want them to look great while we are out in the summer enjoying the outdoors, but in order to do this, we need to maintain them annually. The best time to make these reduction cuts is during the dormant season. Reduction cuts promote new, desirable growth, which is why you don’t want to remove any more than 1/3 of the plant in one pruning. Removing more than this will promote excessive new stem development which is usually undesirable. However, over a few years of annual pruning, the size of the plant can be drastically reduced, but continue a natural form.

Another common misconception is that a shrub should be “sheared” to be pruned. Shearing is actually not pruning. It is done for a much different reason. Shearing is most often done to shape shrubs and hedges. The process of shearing involves the cutting of all branches and is not done to improve the health of shrubs, but to tightly shape or form a hedge. Shearing should be avoided unless special effects or hedges are desired. This type of trimming is normally done in late spring in order to maintain a tight shape or hedge by removing most of the new growth.

Thinning

On the other hand, with proper maintenance, most plants will only require cleaning and thinning methods. These methods removes branches that are dead, dying, diseased and/or defective. These cuts will increase light and air movement limiting the infestation of disease and allowing the plant to thrive through photosynthesis. Proper and sustained plant management will also lower costs involved with pruning.

At the end of the battle, it comes down to making the right decisions to improve health and appearance, as well as control or stimulate growth. These decisions start with the following:

Correctly pruning starting the same year that the plants are added to a landscape.
Pruning at the right times for each plant/plant type.
Pruning on an annual basis to avoid overgrowth for the given area.
Making the right cuts at the right times to improve health and appearance
For more information, or to have this service added to your plan, feel free to contact Brian-Kyles

08 Mar 2021
employees talking outside of truck

A Guide to Reducing Costs on Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Landscape maintenance work can help keep your building and the surrounding space at its peak best. But many companies are finding it difficult to afford quality commercial landscape maintenance services. They don’t have the available resources to partner with skilled professionals, and this can often lead to poor workmanship that minimizes the value of the firm and its property. To help guide you in managing your commercial landscape maintenance costs, our team provides the benefit of their years of experience in this latest post.

Pick an Experienced Partner

One of the reasons companies overspend on their commercial landscape maintenance costs is they pick a company without much experience in the industry. This company then makes mistakes within the maintenance work, that must be corrected by a higher quality firm. By choosing the ideal experienced specialist immediately, your firm can reduce their long-term maintenance costs.

An experienced specialist can also offer guidance on how your organization can achieve the ideal appeal while retaining a commitment to the budget. Their experience will help them enact creative problem-solving techniques that ensure the requisite maintenance work is completed while reducing overall expenditure for your firm.

Choose a Company Using Quality Control Audits

Quality control is an important part of the landscaping process. Companies across the country offer landscaping services, but only those committed to quality control and a stewardship mindset can ensure the level of value required. The company’s quality control process should involve all team leaders and should be carried out with the goal of providing the client with more information on the work taking place on the property. Make sure when you choose a commercial landscape maintenance provider that their management team offers a comprehensive quality control service within their work.

Set Clear Landscaping Goals

A part of the reason that many companies fail to achieve value from their landscaping work is they don’t set clear and measurable goals. This then means that the landscaping company has no targets within their work. Setting goals can ensure that you achieve a full return for your investment in professional landscaping. Whether the goal is to maximize the use of space within a lawn area or simply to provide a safe space in which work teams and guests can gather close to the building, the creation of this objective can help your firm maximize its use of landscaping resources.

The trusted and experienced team at Brian-Kyles is available around the clock to help you begin revitalizing your commercial property through our landscape maintenance services. To learn more on the firm and our experience within the industry, contact Brian-Kyles today.

08 Mar 2021
Brick Building with fresh cut grass

Top 5 Tips for Success in Working with A Commercial Landscape Contractor

Commercial landscaping can ensure organizations achieve that ideal appeal within their exterior spaces. It can help companies present a professional reputation and drive their recognition across the marketplace. But it’s important to establish an effective working relationship with the company’s commercial landscape contractor if the work is to be successful. And so, within this post, the team at Brian Kyles highlights 5 tips for success in working with a commercial landscape contractor.

Discuss Objectives in Advance

As the project is beginning, your team should discuss its landscaping objectives with the contractors. There should be clear goals driving the project. Meanwhile, your team and the contractors must be in agreement on the best strategies for achieving all landscaping goals. Once the process has been designed and an agreement reached, the contractor can then begin their work.

Ensure a Rigorous Analysis Process

In working with your commercial landscape contractor, ensure they have in-place a rigorous analysis process. The process should include updates on all changes to the landscape over a set time period, the benefit of these changes and any challenges that are being experienced by the landscaping team. This level of analysis ensures your team has actionable data on the landscaping project, ready to make effective decisions moving forward.

Bring up Questions Immediately

One of the most common mistakes companies make in working with landscape contractors is they don’t immediately address any questions they have for the contractor’s team. This often leads to communication problems in which the company has complaints about the commercial landscape contractor and the contractor doesn’t know a problem exists. When you have a question regarding the company and their work, bring it up to their work team at the earliest convenient time. This will ensure that problematic work is stopped quickly and you can be confident within the results of the company’s landscaping work.

Conduct Regular Meetings with Team Leaders

When crafting the ideal commercial space, it’s imperative that you’re able to take the initiative and collaborate with your contractors. Make sure that you conduct regular meetings with the company’s team leaders. During these meetings, their team will be able to ask you questions and bring up any challenges they face. This also allows you the opportunity to review their progress and learn more on how their work is helping your organization.

Be Clear on Deadlines

A common point of disruption in the business relationships between building owners and commercial contractors is project deadlines. When a deadline is missed, it can cause the company to overspend and may mean that the contractor has to rush to complete the work. By analyzing the deadlines ahead of time and ensuring that all documentation states the deadline for the working project clearly, and repercussions if the deadline is missed, you can ensure your organization is protected moving forward.

Our trusted team are here to guide you in achieving a full return on investment. To speak with our qualified commercial landscape contractors today, contact Brian-Kyles