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Basnight Land & Lawn Can help Your Commercial Property Look The Best

landscapingHow can Basnight Land & lawn help you make your commercial property look the best?

Spring is the time when commercial grounds maintenance companies get to shine and make you, the property manager, realize that you made a great decision hiring Basnight Land & lawn. Smart property owners know that quality grounds maintenance is much more than cutting grass and spreading mulch. Companies like Basnight Land & Lawn make sure the property looks great, no matter what the season. Our commercial services division has slowly climbed into the number 1 service that is requested, and we are more than happy to provide these services to our valuable clients.

Commercial landscaping encompasses a variety of different things. Initial design, project management, maintenance of the commercial property and flexibility to assist when there are circumstances which require landscape intervention. Please keep in mind, there are lots of landscaping companies in our area, however, Basnight Land & Lawn is the best! Our crews are professional, knowledgeable, and hard working. Our design team ensures what you want is exactly what you get. Our services vary greatly across the industries in landscaping. If you want a company you can trust, give Basnight Land & Lawn a call for an estimate or consultation. We typically exceed our clients expectations and would be happy to exceed yours!

This month, our crews are cleaning up after late winter and early spring storms, removing downed branches and trimming shrubs. We’re also adding color and staging beds with plants and flowers of varying heights and hues.

Irrigation systems are de-winterized or started up and tested for full functionality, and drainage systems are checked for clogs and debris. Of course, turf applications are happening as well, along with fresh mulch and any needed paver repairs.

No matter what the need, the full-service teams at Basnight Land & Lawn are ready to help. From pavers and water features to shrubs and regular grounds maintenance, if you have a need for commercial landscaping services, give us a call at (757) 436-9617.Holly-Point-Basnight

Thanks for the Support! Basnight at CA Day Trade Show

basnight-giveaway7It was so great to see so many property managers at the 32nd Annual CA Day Trade Show and Expo! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth, and tried their hand at our online scavenger hunt! What a fun and educational time for all involved!

We were pleased to give away several Husqvarna string trimmers as prizes, too – congratulations to Marilyn Funk-Andleton with Andleton Management, Toni Adams with United Property Associates and Amber Moore with Community Group (pictured with her new trimmer).

What’s Your Snow Removal Plan?

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If you’re like most proactive property managers, you’re already thinking about winter snow and ice removal for the upcoming season. The smart play is to have your resources lined up now, so your property gets the attention it needs when the snow starts to fly. Effective snow removal is more than plowing into a mound in the corner of your lot – there are proper ways to prevent ice without damaging the underlying sidewalks, and to avoid harming your landscaping and plants.

Every year Basnight Land & Lawn gets calls from frantic property managers who either didn’t get around to planning ahead, or are not getting service from their planned provider. While we always try to help and get those properties added to our route, our contracted accounts always get service first.

Having a smart snow removal plan is extremely important for property and business owners, both in terms of customer/employee safety and peace of mind during stressful weather events like snow storms.

Now is the time to talk with your Basnight Land & Lawn rep about:

  • Landscape protection (a particular challenge for waterfront properties).
  • Snow removal from public sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and walkways.
  • Landscaping winterization before the snow starts falling and when experiencing frequent deep freezes.
  • Ice and slip-hazard management.

This year, let Basnight do the work for you and provide peace of mind. Get on our snow removal priority list today and find yourself ahead of the game when bad weather hits the area this winter. Call a landscaping technician at (757) 436-9617 to talk about your snow removal plan.ice-melt

Natural Ice Melt

Have you heard about our “green” all-natural ice melt? It doesn’t harm sidewalks, pavers, lawns or landscaping, yet keeps your property clear of ice. It’s both long-lasting and fast-acting, and has a helpful blue color so it’s easy to see where the ice-melt has been applied. Keep in mind, some ice-melting products cannot be used in spaces that pets have access to, so be sure to use something that is “pet-safe”.

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Why Basnight Properties Look So Good

Looking The Best

One of our client property managers recently asked us, “why do your beds look so much better than everyone else’s?”  One of the main reasons is simple – we use only locally grown flowers and shrubs, and we’re involved in the growing process and know exactly what it takes for plants to thrive in our environment. This is also directly related to the quality staff that we employee.

This level of quality control is extremely difficult to provide, but it’s part of the Basnight standard, and means flower beds maintained by Basnight Land & Lawn look great, whether it’s first day the flowers go in, or six weeks later.

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the plants, though.  We use top quality mulch, again sourced locally and regularly inspected for quality control, and make sure our beds have the right consistency, mulch color and depth, so that your properties look their best.

One other aspect where the Basnight approach makes a difference is in irrigation and drainage.  Early summer means heavy rains, and we are up to the challenge of making sure water drains properly on your property. And, when it comes to drier months, a Basnight-installed and maintained irrigation system provides trouble-free, consistent watering at the right amount for your plants and grass.

No matter what the need, the full-service teams at Basnight Land & Lawn are ready to help your properties this spring.  if you have a question about our commercial landscaping services, or if you’d like a no-obligation review of your property, give us a call at 757-436-9617.

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Your Communities Deserve the Best

Spring is the time when grounds maintenance companies get to shine, and make you, the property manager look great.  Smart property owners know that quality grounds maintenance is much more than cutting grass and spreading mulch.  Companies like Basnight Land & Lawn make sure the property looks great, no matter what the season. 

This month our crews are cleaning up after late winter and early spring storms, removing downed branches and trimming shrubs.  We’re also adding color and staging beds with plants and flowers of varying heights and hues.

Irrigation systems go through spring startup testing for full functionality, and drainage systems are checked for clogs and debris.  Of course turf applications are happening as well, along with fresh mulch and any needed paver repairs.

No matter what the need, the full-service teams at Basnight Land & Lawn are ready to help. From pavers and water features to shrubs and regular maintenance, if you have a need for commercial landscaping services, give us a call at 757-436-9617.

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Add Basnight Land & Lawn to Your Bid Lists

Dependable Grounds Maintenance You Can Trust
This is an exciting time of year at Basnight Land & Lawn: property managers are creating their bid lists for RFQs and talking with grounds maintenance companies about 2017 contracts. We’re very appreciative of the opportunities to continue serving existing communities and expand to new properties.

We’ve already heard from several managers asking us to bid on additional properties from their portfolios, based on their experience working with Basnight Land & Lawn.  In addition, we are pleased to welcome back two large portfolios to the Basnight family of award-winning grounds maintenance.

Basnight Land & Lawn is fully licensed and insured, and has provided grounds maintenance services for nearly 30 years. Our team is consistently rated one of the top 100 outdoor contracting companies in the nation by Landscape Management Magazine. Our grounds maintenance team has the experience, certifications and expertise to ensure your grounds are managed to your complete satisfaction. From design services, pavers and water features, to drainage solutions and snow removal, the Basnight team is known for excellence.

If you don’t already have us on your bid list, we invite you add us and send your RFQs for a comprehensive proposal. Please contact Kent Basnight at kent@basnightlandandlawn.com with your RFQ or bid questions.

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We Are Ready for Winter Snow Removal

Winter is Here!
It’s not just the Holiday Season it’s also Snow Season! So what’s your snow or ice event plan? If you rely on Basnight Land & Lawn to keep your grounds safe and clear, then be sure you’ve sent your snow contract back to us! This is the most important step to ensure a rapid response when the freeze sets in. Be ready now before the first storm!

Exciting News!
We have invested in our fleet for 2017! One key upgrade is new technology for dispatching and route planning. For you this means an even quicker response time! Check out our snow equipment photo. The Basnight Land & Lawn Team is a mighty force ready and waiting. Secure your place with us today!

Should you need an updated contract for the current season, please reach out to your Area Manager or call the Office at 757-436-9617.

Natural Ice-Melt!
Basnight Land & Lawn was at the forefront of the use of “Green” ice treatments for commercial applications within our region. All-Natural Ice Melter was harder to get and more expensive than conventionally harsh chemicals, but it has always been the right fit for who we are as a company. You may see some “new” “Green” ice melts on the market, but they are essentially the same as our go-to product.

The Manufacturer of our preferred ice melter, The Kissner Group, is North America’s leading ice melt manufacturer and deicer supplier. This product is industry leading in safety, environmental and pet friendliness, as well as, it’s non-pitting to concrete and won’t damage the lawn. When professionally applied, it is non-slip and is long lasting and fast acting. Our Ice Melt has a blue color indicator to allow the consumer, applicator and customer a visual of the areas that have been treated.  

 

If you have in-house staff and you treat your own grounds for ice, your best advantage is buying ice melt treatments at wholesale. We will extend that discount to you all season! Avoid retail pricing and buy where the Professionals Buy. Call our Sister company Tidewater Mulch & Material (757) 436-0149.

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Post Storm Cleanup and Fall Prep

Don’t Try This At Home
If you had storm damage, resist the temptation to get out and start cleaning up right away. The ground is still incredibly wet and even walking across grassy areas can damage your lawn and open space areas.

Wheelbarrows, tractors and carts will do even more damage, not to mention trucks. Our area will need several more days of sunshine and wind to dry out the soil enough so that you or crews can address cleanup needs without destroying what you want to protect. If you have questions, please contact your Basnight Land & Lawn contact, or call our main office, 757-436-9617. Following the storm, check your irrigation run times. With all the rain we have received and the overseeding/aerating schedule, your programs may need to be adjusted.

Fall Color
Our crews have begun installing and maintaining fall color in commercial flower beds and our locally-grown plants are looking great! Did you know our plants, shrubs and trees are grown right here in Chesapeake on historic Greenbrier Farms? You can’t get plants any fresher than that, and it shows in our fall beds.

Snow Removal Planning
Our snow removal crews were busy the past several years, and though it may not seem like it today, now is the time to plan for winter snowstorms and snow removal. Basnight Land & Lawn can handle your snow removal needs, and we give first priority to our maintenance contracted properties. We want to make sure your properties are accessible and safe this winter — call us today to be sure you have contracted snow and ice removal services this winter; 757-436-9617.

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Evaluating Grounds Maintenance Contract Bids

As we head into the season for RFPs and bids for commercial grounds maintenance contracts, we find property managers often turn to us for help in evaluating the services described. It can be hard to create an apples-to-apples comparison, and that becomes even more difficult when measuring intangibles, such as expertise.

Here are a few questions we recommend asking any commercial grounds maintenance company to help develop a better understanding the capabilities and experience.

  • Does the company perform turf applications themselves with certified and trained employees or is the work subcontracted to another vendor?
  • Does the company grow their own annuals and/or offer a warranty on installed plant material?
  • Does the company have 20+ years experience with outdoor lighting design, installation and maintenance or is the work subcontracted?
  • Does the company have 20+ years experience with water feature design, installation and maintenance?
  • Does the company provide irrigation services, including design, installation, maintenance and winterizing?
  • Does the company have Master Gardeners, Certified Landscape Designers, Virginia Certified Horticulturalists, Certified Aquascape Installers, Registered Technicians, Certified Applicators and Certified Paver Installers on staff?
  • Is the Company a Virginia Class A contractor?
  • Does the Company provide snow removal services?
  • Does the Company have an A+ rating with the BBB?

After more than 30 years in business, we know these details make a difference. The Basnight Land & Lawn approach is to hire subject matter experts and continually grow the experience and expertise of our team. This ensures we can solve virtually any challenge without turning to outside subcontractors. This philosophy has helped us build a team with the most longevity and industry experience in our region.

If you are evaluating bids for commercial grounds maintenance, we can add value to your decision process and help ensure you are making an apples-to-apples comparison. Contact our Commercial Maintenance Division today at (757) 436-9617.

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How much water does a Fescue lawn need?

In general, fescue turf grasses need about 3/4″ – 1″ of water per week to maintain a nice green color and active growth. However, during certain times of the summer when high temperatures are the norm, you should allow lawns to naturally slow down in growth. You may even let the lawn go almost completely dormant in hot weather. There are a lot of factors that impact your lawn’s water needs, including soil and weather. Here are a few guidelines we have found get great results.

  • Decide beforehand. Decide before the summer heat arrives to either water lawns consistently as needed throughout the season, or let lawns go dormant as conditions turn hot and dry. Do not rotate back-and-forth. In other words, don’t let the grass turn totally brown, then apply enough water to green it up, then let the grass go dormant again. Interrupting the lawn’s dormancy actually drains large amounts of food reserves from the plant.
  • When is it time to water? The first few warm days of summer do not automatically mean it’s time to water lawns. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting. Watch for “foot printing,” or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking across it (instead of leaf blades bouncing back up). Grasses also tend to turn darker in color as they go under drought stress. Sampling the root zone of your soil is another option.
  • Water as infrequently as possible. Thoroughly water when you do water, so moisture soaks down to the roots. Exceptions to this general rule are for newly seeded lawns where the surface needs to stay moist, and newly sodded lawns that have not yet rooted into the soil. Otherwise, avoid frequent watering, which promote shallower root systems and weeds (e.g., crabgrass). It is better to water for longer periods of time than more often. For example, 25 minutes three times a week is better than 15 minutes five times a week.  A good rule of thumb is to water three to four times a week, watching to weather and adjusting as needed.
  • Water early in the day if possible. Given a choice, water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation, and at night due to potential increases in disease.
  • Water conservation. To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, avoid applying an excess of nitrogen as warm weather approaches, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, control thatch and soil compaction, and avoid pesticide use on drought-stressed lawns. Don’t allow water to hit the driveway or the street.
  • Avoid over-watering. Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you’re applying. Over-watering does more than deplete the water supply, it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to stormwater runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements. The more you water your lawn, the faster it grows and the more it needs to be mowed.
  • Monitor rainfall. Don’t water the lawn if rains are expected soon. Keep track of rainfall for the week and don’t apply any more water to the lawn than what is absolutely necessary. The guide of about one inch of water per week is only a guide. If your lawn doesn’t get that one inch of water, it’s not going to die.

Below are examples of Brown Patch, a fungus which can be caused by afternoon watering. Contrast that with the great looking Basnight Land & Lawn property pictured above, and give us a call if you have questions about your property and proper irrigation.