Choosing a Professional Contractor Who is in it For the Long Haul

Finding a new contractor is easier than ever before. A quick Internet search will bring up dozens of websites and a host of potential contractors all vying for your business. But should you find a new landscaping or snow removal contractor? A long-term relationship with your contractor offers many benefits that simply can’t be matched…

Site Upgrades Enhance Experience and Reduce Liability

Your commercial landscaping should go beyond enhancements and provide a safe experience for your guests, employees and residents, thus reducing your liability in the process.  An annual review or evaluation of your property is important for identifying potential hazards that can be resolved before they become a much bigger issue – any time of the…

Getting Beat by the Heat? Mindful Water Use and Synthetic Turf

Across North America, a beautiful, lush turf has become a source of pride for property. A well-manicured turf area is not only attractive and comfortable, it provides a space to work, play and relax. Residential, public and commercial properties all embrace green space, however there is a financial and environmental price to pay. Mindful Water…

Native and Drought Tolerant Plant Material

Nothing is worse than watching your property turn from vibrant green colours to an unhealthy brown during the height of summer. This is especially true for property managers, landlords, and businesses who rely on a vibrant landscape to attract customers and tenants. Although you may associate droughts with the American south-west, during hot Canadian summers…

Garden Grove Landscaping Honoured with Two Industry Awards

We are thrilled to share with you that Garden Grove Landscaping has recently received two awards at the annual Snow and Ice Symposium hosted by SIMA (Snow and Ice Management Association). Excellence in Business Award This award recognizes that a company has excelled in business, operations and community over the past year. Earning this award…

Garden Grove Landscaping Contributes to Canada’s 150 Best Playgrounds

Garden Grove Landscaping is thrilled to announce that one of the parks we constructed (in cooperation with a design by Earthscape), the Huron Natural Area Playscape in Kitchener, has been recognized as one of the top 150 playgrounds in Canada by the Playground Writers of Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday!

Replacing Turf in Heavily Shaded Areas

Virtually every large property will have a portion of turf in a heavily shaded area. As you can imagine, this is not an ideal growing condition for any plant, including grass. Turf plays a vital visual and practical role in your property and replacing dead or dying turf is not a luxury – it is…

5 points to Include in Your Scope of Work for your Condominium

The overarching goal of any condominium corporation should be to make the community a better place to live. Achieving that goal isn’t necessarily straightforward. There is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration. Individual homeowners may all have different (and sometimes conflicting) demands, and board members will likely butt heads from time to…

6 Things Your Landscape Contractor Is Afraid To Say

Trust is a vital part of any business relationship, and when it comes to property management, trusting contractors is essential. As a property manager, you must balance the needs of tenants, investors, management, and other stakeholders. You don’t have time to micromanage contractors or make sure that every job is done perfectly. In that spirit…

Use Landscaping to Attract Office Park Tenants

In business, appearances matter and in the world of property management the equivalent of a fresh suit, clean shave, and firm handshake is a well-maintained landscape. Here are five reasons high quality landscaping is critical to your office park: 1. Attract quality tenants and charge higher rent Large, well respected companies expect a property reflective…

New Snow and Ice Technology Means a Safer Winter for All

Snow and ice are more than just an inconvenience. Winter weather can be a danger to pedestrians and drivers, and a major liability to property owners. Reducing your liability and keeping your tenants, clients or customers safe is vital to protecting yourself legally and financially.

What Does It Take to be a Leader in Snow Management?

Is your snow management team ISO certified? Garden Grove Landscaping is proud to hold the distinction of being the first snow management company in Canada to achieve ISO 9001/SN 9001 certification. What does ISO mean and why is it important for you to hire a snow management company with ISO certification?

Tips to Effectively Manage Multiple Properties

Effective property management is vital to keep clients, tenants, owners and internal staff happy, but it isn’t always easy. It takes a unique skillset to manage multiple properties including excellent time management skills, organization, dedication and a strong work ethic.

Drought Conditions This Season Put Our Landscape To The Test

Ontario’s dry weather threatens agriculture and greenspace investments. Ontario’s unusually hot and dry summer is set to continue for the foreseeable future, much to the dismay of farmers, gardeners and landscapers. Since early April all of Canada, but especially Ontario, has suffered through unseasonably hot and dry weather. Last Monday and Tuesday Environment Canada issued…

Biological Warfare

Why use harsh chemicals on a property to combat pests when you can use biological warfare? Nematodes are an affordable, safe, organic option for property managers looking to protect their green spaces from grubs, slugs, caterpillars, and other pests.

Fix Your Turf With This Perfect Triple Threat

A regular aeration schedule can help you eliminate and prevent some of the most common turf problems. However, the real secrets are to over seed and add a compost-rich top dressing to an aeration routine. This triple threat is the best way to set the stage for healthy, beautiful turf.