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This year we recognize our Trade Partner Salvador Jaime of JP Construction for 7 years of excellence in service and partnership. He exemplifies all of our core values and his professionalism has impacted our company and customers in a positive way. We consider it an honor to have him as part of our team of professionals. 
 This month at our All Staff Meeting we focused on our Core Value "Balance Through Unity". We invited our Trade Partners and Staff to a company breakfast catered by the Breakfast Catering Company Food Truck. We took this opportunity to share with everyone ways that MetroGreenscape has given back to our local and international community and to ...
Happy Valentine's Day! Wishing you a day full of smiles, blessings, love, and laughter!
This past Saturday MetroGreenscape started on a beautiful outdoor classroom space for Garinger High School. We worked side by side with student volunteers from the Leadership Class to build "The Block." This space will increase student productivity, stability, and attendance. This will be a space outdoors where they can learn, socialize and recharge.
MetroGreenscape is pleased to partner with Garringer High School's Leadership Development Class for Juniors and Seniors in creating an outdoor space for students to recharge and hold classes.

We will be at the 2019 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show! This year the show is February 22-24 and March 1-3 at the Park Expo and Conference Center

Address

The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Dates and Times

  1. Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  2. Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  3. Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  1. Friday, March 1, 2019 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  2. Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  3. Sunday, March 3, 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission

  1. Adults $12.00
  2. Adults (Online) $10.00
  3. Children Ages 12 & Under FREE
We will be at the15th Annual Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show this upcoming weekend!Located at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center4751 US Hwy 49 NorthConcord, NC 28025 ​January 25th, 26th and 27thFriday 1/25 2pm-6pmSaturday 1/26 10am-6-pmSunday 1/27 11am-5pm We will be at Booth 225Admission $7.0065+ and retired military $6.0...

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Pslam 118:1

In honor of Veterans Day, MetroGreenscape would like to recognize two of our employees who proudly served in the military.

Holly Blumhardt, our Marketing Associate, was a Lieutenant in the United States Airforce serving as the Financial Manager for the F-22 System Program office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio.  Holly served three years active duty and was a member of the ROTC at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On Sunday, we “fall back” and set the clocks back one hour. While we change the time on our clocks and appliances, we need to remember to adjust the time and settings on our landscape lighting. The end of Daylight Savings Time means that it will get darker earlier in the evening.

When speaking with our Operations Manager, Scott Greeson, he advises that if you are using your outdoor lighting for security purposes, you should set the timer to come on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 7:00 am. If, however, you are using your lighting for accent purposes only, you can set them to turn on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 1:00 pm.

Halloween is next week! It’s not too late to get into the Spirit! Halloween night brings lots of foot traffic to your home, making it a great holiday for decorating. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get started, here are a few simple tips.

Set the stage for Halloween with some orange/black or dim lighting along your walkway that will lead guests to your door for trick or treating! Have a character to greet guests along the way.

Fall is a favorite time of year for many people. The holidays are just around the corner, the weather shifts and the trees begin their kaleidoscope of color. The other perk in fall is allowing a professional to take on some of the chores for you. We all know what a headache fall landscaping can be, and also how important it is to keep it healthy so it's green for another season!  We actually did our research and found the 5 most hated fall landscaping chores.  Let us know if you agree!

Raking Leaves: Fallen leaves left on the ground block sunlight and cause brown spots on the grass. Once or twice a week be sure to rake up and dispose of all leaves until the season is over.  

The storm is over, but the damage remains.  Whether it’s fallen trees, limbs, debris or standing water, cleanup can be a challenge.  The first thing to do is step back,  review the damage and formulate a plan.  What can you do yourself and what do you need to hire someone to take care of for you?

Safety first!  Don’t work alone.  Check for fallen or sagging power lines.  These can be hidden and tangled in trees.  If this is the case, immediately call your utility provider.   

With the heavy rains and strong winds that we are expecting this weekend, it is important to safeguard your landscape as much as possible.  Here are some tips we have gathered that may be helpful. 

Trim any dead limbs or branches that may fall in strong winds. Don’t leave the trimmings in the yard as they may easily become projectile.  Clean out gutters and downspouts.  Check drainage areas and remove all debris from storm drains.  Turn off your irrigation system.  Make sure newly planted trees are staked.  Bring in all loose, lightweight objects that are small enough to be brought inside.  If you can, bring your patio furniture, grill and dog houses inside, if not, tie them to a sturdy tree. It’s important to protect your grill since you may need it for cooking if the electricity cuts off for an extended amount of time.  (Also stock up on charcoal or propane).  Turn any outdoor tables upside down so the wind can’t catch the upper surfaces.  Small potted plants should be brought inside.  Large potted plants and trees should be laid on their sides with the tops pointing away from the expected direction of the strong winds. Don’t wrap them in a tarp as it can act like a sail and whip the plants around.  Insecticides, pesticides and motor fuels should be stored in areas that are secure and as high as possible.  After the storm, before walking outside, check for down powerlines and stay clear of standing water.  

Fall will be here in less than two weeks. I don't know about you, but I am fired up! Cooler weather, shorter days, what a time to be outside. Close your eyes and just imagine...

It's a crisp September evening, and there's a soft breeze. You can hear the leaves rustling as they fall from the trees. You, your loved ones, family and friends are sitting in your backyard around the firepit. You have your cozy blanket, a beverage of your choice, hot cocoa or cider, wine, beer, maybe something stronger; I'm not judging! The kids are running around trying to catch the last fireflies of the season. You call the kids over to eat hotdogs that you've just cooked over the open flame. It's time to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Bellies full, you sit back and regale your scariest stories from your childhood to your own children. The kids get tired and trample off to bed. It's just the adults now, and you just sit there, gazing at the fire, enjoying the warmth that it brings, the way it has brought you all together, if only for this night. All the cares of the world have been cast away as you sigh...lost in the glow of the embers.

Labor Day is Monday! As you get ready to entertain, you might want to add some flower containers to your patio or outdoor living space.  With the cooling night temperatures that we've seen lately and the ever-shortening hours of daylight, Labor Day is when we start to see the annuals we’ve enjoyed all summer begin to decline.

This weekend is the prime time to refresh your garden containers with plants that work well into the fall. Most of the plants you'll see in garden centers right now are meant to transition into autumn, and their colors and shapes complement fall décor. 

 

As summer winds down, and temperatures begin to cool off, we know Fall is in the air. Back to school routines, busy schedules and changes to the landscapes are all around us, and many families struggle to find the time for lawn care. However, it’s imperative to keep up with lawn and garden maintenance. There are several things to consider at this time of year when it comes to keeping your lawn in good shape.

Man, it’s hot outside. July and August are going to have some scorching temperatures, and your lawn is going to feel the heat. At MetroGreenscape, we want to make sure that you know how to water your lawn to keep it as healthy as possible during this time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when watering your lawn this summer.

Your lawn needs to have at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week over a period of 2-3 waterings. Watering daily will cause your grass to have a shallow root system. Watering 2-3 times during the week will give your grass a deep root system which makes it stronger and more resistant to drought.

This June, Darin will be heading to Tanzania to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. He will be going there with the Samaritan's Feet team who is celebrating 15 years of the impact of their charity. Since they were founded in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped distribute over 6.5 million pairs of shoes in 91 countries and 366 cities in the US. They firmly believe that people with shoes will be protected from cuts, diseases, and insects so they can go on to lead better, healthier lives.

Darin Brockelbank of MetroGreenscape wins Jeffrey Scott's 2018 Mighty Oak Award

Charlotte, NC: Darin Brockelbank has been awarded Jeffrey Scott’s 2018 Mighty Oak, based on his performance as a business leader and outstanding achievements made by his landscape company.

This award was announced at Jeffrey Scott’s recent Leader’s Edge peer group meeting held across the USA and Canada. Criteria for winning this prestigious award are:

Having a pool in your backyard is like having a giant magnet in your yard that draws in family and friends, which is one of the reasons many people choose to install one.

Pools Encourage Socializing

Good landscaping can mean the difference between an average yard, and a yard that stands out and commands attention, but in a tasteful way. It can transform a home and even increase its value, and it can provide your family a truly enjoyable place in which to spend time on nice days throughout the year.