Monthly Archives: March 2013

Attract Shoppers to Your Business With Beautiful Spring Blooms

Posted on March 28th, 2013 by
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The trade journals are all awash about using social media as a medium for your own customers to advertise for you. Obviously having someone else do the work for you is profitable. Yet so many business overlook a simple, cost-effective way to put your customer’s into a better mood and make them more incline to buy – something as simple as planting spring blooms might be all your need. Here are some commercial landscaping tips on how to use nature’s gifts to improve your business:

  • Sight: We are all visual beings and the bright colors of flowers sends very specific, positive signals to our brains related to spring. These colors draw the eye to your business.
  • Smell: Not only do fresh flowers cover up odors such as car exhaust, they give your business an association of natural freshness. This is especially important if your business relates to food given how taste and smell are related.
  • History: Nostalgia is a powerful force. Planting well known Georgian plants will help awaken memories of pleasant spring experiences of the past.

For more information on how you can make your business look like a breath of fresh air for spring, simply contact our team at Outdoor Expressions by calling 888-210-1116.

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Improve Your Residential Community Landscape With Water-Friendly Design

Posted on March 20th, 2013 by
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If you are a property manager for an apartment community or residential neighborhood, you know the value that good landscaping can bring to your property.  Blooming flowers and cultivated hedges keep current residents feeling well-cared for and attract future residents, but these plants can sometimes require a lot of water to stay healthy.

Water is one of the most precious resources we have, but it can also be a huge financial burden when you have an inefficient landscaping design for your property. Luckily, you can use your land to the best advantage to lower your water costs while still enjoying the benefits of beautiful landscaping. Here are some ways you can have a water-friendly landscape on your property:

  • Replace water-hungry grass with shrubs and mulched landscaping.
  • Large rocks add interest to the landscape design, and they don’t require any watering at all.   Additionally, they can help reduce soil erosion.
  • Add hardscaping for resident use, like fire pits, walking paths, and patios.
  • Use native plants, which require less additional care and water use than showy exotics.

The professionals at Outdoor Expressions can provide you with several fresh ideas that are sure to please you on many levels. To get a greater feel for what you can expect, browse through our Facebook page to see how we are making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Reduce Allergies in Your Office With Smart Landscaping

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by
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Atlanta residents are torn between excitement and dread as spring arrives in the city.  On one hand, the lovely weather and the incredible sight of blooming trees and flowers everywhere is something worth celebrating.  On the other hand… it’s allergy season.

Pollen in Atlanta can get rather severe at the height of pollen season, and the resulting allergic reactions can make your employees miserable as they try to work through a haze of sneezing, watery eyes, and headaches.  To reduce the impact of the allergy season at your business, you may want to consider some smart landscaping solutions to reduce the amount of pollen produced around your business.

Here are some things to avoid when landscaping a low allergen office garden.

  • Small unattractive flowers can be some of the worst offenders when it comes to pollen. These flowers carry better in wind causing more problems in the air surrounding your buildings.
  • Ornamental grasses can also be an allergy hazard due to their flowers bloom for extended periods.

When maintaining a low allergy garden you may want to consider these things:

  • If you plant high pollen plants, keep them at the back of the garden away from windows and doors, this will reduce the amount of pollen that enters your building.
  • Plant showy flowers; these flowers are insect pollinated and their pollen tends not to travel in the wind.
  • Stay away from fragrant flowers; the fragrance can cause allergic reactions.
  • Keep hedges trimmed to keep flowers away and pollen from becoming a problem.

For expert advice on landscaping and maintaining your office gardens, call the top commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta.  Contact us at Outdoor Expressions and start making your outdoor space a place to remember!

Outdoor Expressions Welcomes Sara Burgett, Our New Director of Business Development

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by

We’re taking a break today from our usual landscaping theme to announce that Outdoor Expressions is in the midst of expanding our team. We’d like to announce that Sara Burgett is our new Director of Business Development.

An Indiana native, Sara studied business management at the prestigious Purdue University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree. She started her career working for a Fortune 100 company in corporate compensation and later served as Director for a major healthcare system in the Chicago area. She has an extensive background in both sales and marketing, along with experience in starting and running a small business before ultimately selling it and relocating to Atlanta. All of this experience has made her keenly aware of the importance of customer service and how crucial it is to follow through with clients. For that reason, Sara is very excited to join Outdoor Expressions and to be part of our team, which is completely dedicated to quality and customer service.

In Sara’s new role with us, she’ll be focusing on developing relationships and new business opportunities to support our firm’s growth, particularly in the office and commercial arenas. Additionally, she’ll be responsible for expanding all of Outdoor Expressions’ integrated marketing efforts.

Prune Your Roses Now for Beautiful Blooms

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by
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Shaping and designing your company’s landscape can make a great first impression on visitors and passersby alike.  Adding unexpected and luxurious elements like a rose garden to your landscape can set you apart from other commercial properties, but ensuring that those roses bloom is especially important. With some gardening tips, you can easily create a more vibrant and colorful space with fragrant roses on your company’s property.

Prune for Healthy Roses

It is important to allow greater air circulation to your roses and remove any dead wood. Pruning lets the plant bloom into a more fuller figured rose, giving the plant an attractive shape.

Where to start?

You will need to get your tools, such as a set of pruners and some gloves, before commencing. After this, you must work from the base of the plant, making sure it’s cut cleanly all the way. Also, be sure to remove any dead wood along the way.

Roses can be a gorgeous and unique landscape element to add to your commercial property, but they do require maintenance in order to stay healthy and beautiful.  We at Outdoor Expressions would be happy to help manage your landscape maintenance throughout the year, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of beautiful landscaping without the hassle.  Contact us at 888-210-1116 for more information.

It's Time to Cut That Grass! Tips for March Landscaping in Georgia

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by

A perfectly manicured lawn can add real value to your property. A lush lawn attracts business, while a poorly maintained lawn can leave customers questioning the professionalism of your company. The return of spring means it is time to start getting your landscaping looking great. Beautiful landscaping is is simple, if you follow these easy spring gardening tips for the month of March:

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Don’t mow too low. You should never trim more than one third of the height of the grass each time you mow. Setting the blade too low on a mower will damage the roots of the grass and slow the overall growth rate of your lawn. Frequent, but shallow, mowing is the best way to maintain a healthy lawn.

Begin to repair any winter damage. Over the winter, your lawn may have become damaged. Overseed if your lawn has developed any bald patches, but remember if you need to seed your lawn you will need to hold off on applying any weed control. You may apply weed control once you have good grass growth.

As a business owner, you may not be able to spend your time on landscaping, but we can.  Call Outdoor Expressions at 770-592-9154 so we can get started on making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Office Gardens Promote Teamwork and Stress Relief

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by
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If you are seeking innovative ways to build teamwork or relieve stress in your office environment, consider creating an urban retreat by starting an office garden. Many organizations create office gardens to build up employee morale, relief stress, and promote community involvement.

Plants can help offices come alive. One great idea is designing a living wall. Living walls are made up of plants, soil, and a built-in watering system which creates an entire wall life-system that easily eliminates stress and tension. Often times organizations strategically place living walls in or near boardrooms to create a calming feeling for their guests.

If you can’t bring the foliage inside, simply go outside. If you don’t have the land space around your office, create a roof top garden. Many employees rejuvenate themselves by getting in touch with nature. Planting a few seeds, weeding, and nurturing a garden on a lunch break can go a long way. Teamwork and community involvement are promoted by getting involved with planting and gardening. Equally rewarding, produce can go home with employees, can be sent to a food bank, or can go back into the company providing fresh produce onsite.

Outdoor Expressions can help with making your outdoor space a place to remember. Contact us at 888-210-1116 for more information.

Terraced Landscapes Add Character and Life to Your Commercial Property

Posted on March 4th, 2013 by
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As an owner or manager of a property, you should be aware of the benefits of commercial landscaping. The right landscaping can provide a greater aesthetic appeal, giving your business a strong and positive first impression on clients.

Whether you are dealing with a steep slope or minimal land availability, the professional group at Outdoor Expressions can create a beautiful and engaging landscape to meet your needs. Challenging areas can become an amazing display with the use of terraces.

The use of terraced landscaping provides a dramatic increase in total area available. It also brings your foliage to eye level, which makes a more effective impression than a garden that doesn’t grow past your ankles. This design approach can also produce a visually pleasing method of directing or capturing water flow which can limit damage and erosion to the building or land. Retaining walls can effectively separate the areas to produce an organized appearance.

Not only can Outdoor Expressions help you develop an outstanding landscape design, but maintain it to ensure lasting results. Grab your opportunity to make your building stand out by calling or emailing us today.

Take Care of Weeds Before They Grow

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the landscaping around your building is a big part of that first impression for your customers and vendors. Weeds can spoil that impression, and their persistence means weed control is a perennial concern. Removing weeds as they pop up is effective, but prohibitively time-consuming for large areas.

The best weed control plan is one that stops weeds before they pop up. A preventative approach to weed control applies pre-emergent herbicides designed to kill weeds before they emerge. This may involve two or three applications of herbicide a year, to target the most common weeds. You get the benefit of never seeing weeds, which means your clients and visitors won’t either.

Preventative weed control can work with many landscaping maintenance schemes and keeps weeds from ruining the professional appearance you want for your building. Outdoor Expressions can work with you to make sure your commercial landscaping stays healthy and beautiful year-round.

Give Your Employees a Refreshing Break with Smart Landscaping

Posted on March 1st, 2013 by
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From the time we are young we hear it. “Go outside.” “Get some fresh air.” The need to be surrounded by nature does not diminish as we get older. As an employer you have a unique opportunity to create a outdoor environment that will benefit your employees both physically and psychologically.

Employee breaks, especially lunch breaks, are not only healthy for your employees but also for your business.  You can make these breaks even healthier by encouraging your employees to take a break outside with the following landscaping tips:

  • Combine break time with exercise time by placing picnic tables alongside a nice walking trail.
  • Shrubbery and benches alongside rippling water features makes for quiet meditation spots.
  • A Japanese Rock Garden can help anyone get in touch with the universe and help calm any inner turmoil before heading back in to work. Usually surrounded by a wall, a rock garden combines water features, rocks, gravel, moss, bushes, and more which are arranged to represent nature.
  • If you are limited in space, consider a simple plant bed that incorporates a mixture of annuals, perennials, and shrubbery.

No matter what sort of landscaping you go with, to employees it represents your investment in their well-being.  They will be able to break away from their computer screens for a little while, recharge in nature, and come back to work more effectively.

We can help you with more commercial landscaping tips tailored to your specific needs. Remember Outdoor Expressions when it comes for making your outdoor space a place to remember.