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30 Years of Evolution

Jan 24, 2018 12:02:12 PM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Landscape Development, landscaping, New England landscaping, commercial landscaping, Landscape design

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In a business climate where failed businesses outnumber successful businesses by more than 3 to 1, Greenscape Inc. has been fortunate enough to not only survive but to improve and evolve for three decades. Many of our long-term clients, partners and employees attribute this success to our insistence on maintaining our core values. Since our inception in 1987, our focus has been towards providing exceptional service in a consistently dependable manner. First generation, Family owned and operated, our beginnings were rooted in the local South Shore communities of Massachusetts as a landscape construction firm. Quickly realizing the need for professional, quality commercial landscape firms and understanding the symmetries of the distinctively different services, we entered into the commercial marketplace and added commercial grounds maintenance to our repertoire. In just a short time, we came to recognize the return on this strategic shift. We were now poised for the growth that is experienced by only a relative few in this industry.

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Five Best Practices for Completing Landscape Development Projects Before Winter

Sep 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Landscape Development

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When negotiating a landscape development contract with an owner one key topic is the project schedule.  The expense of not delivering the project on schedule can be staggering and the damage to a relationship can be irreparable.  The deeper into the schedule the project gets, the slimmer the margin of error and the fewer the options to recover days.  This reality of construction is never more apparent than when trying to complete a project with Landscape development, specifically plantings and lawns in New England. Below are five helpful best practices to help you avoid getting caught with an incomplete project:

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Guide to Qualifying a Commercial Snow Contractor

Aug 18, 2016 4:10:12 PM / by Nate Patnaude posted in Snow Removal

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The procurement of a quality commercial snow contractor starts many months prior to the potential threat of any storm. Snow has the ability to impact your business, clients, residents and the general public like nothing else, and you want to partner with a qualified, prepared, trained snow removal expert. Waiting to secure a vendor exposes your organization to risk and liability.

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The Evolution & Function of Green Roofs: Terminology, Form & Functionality

Jul 27, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Green roof

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The concept of vegetated roofs for their aesthetic value and their function can be traced back to ancient times. In recent decades we began to see the insurgence of vegetated roofs sweep through some of the more architecturally progressive US cities. With this movement, the function of these unique architectual elements began to evolve.


The modern day vegetated roofs, now commonly refered to as Green Roofs were frequently being enhanced with landscape elements that were better suited for social gathering.

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Planning for the unpredictable

Jul 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Nate Patnaude posted in Landscape

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One of the most difficult challenges in managing a landscape as a property manager, is trying to predict the unpredictable. How do you manage and budget with so many variables that can impact a landscape  budget from season to season? From insects and disease to harsh winters, drought and floods, you have seen it all. How do you manage it, and still stay within your your budget?


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Leverage Trusted Landscape Development Advisors

Jun 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Landscape Development

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When & how can you leverage the expertise of your trusted advisors 

 

The scale and complexity of any project will usually dictate the percentage of budget to be spent (or squandered) on any phase of that project. A great example of this is the Landscape Development phase. A highly complicated, high profile and liberally budgeted Landscape Development project most often warrants a high level of investment from planning through implementation. These projects should be reserved for the paid specialty consultants from start to finish. A Registered Landscape Architect is the most common specialist for these projects. 

For most developers and general contractors this represents only a portion of their projects.  There are many landscape projects that require no special permits and therefore no special licensing.  So how then do we avoid the added and sometimes unnecessary expense of paid consultants at every step of the process? The Trusted Advisor.


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5 Ways to Enhance your Landscape with Money Saved on Snow Budgets

May 4, 2016 2:05:21 PM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Landscape

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We all know that budgets not spent have a funny way of disappearing from future property management operating budgets. “Use it or lose it” they say. Now the question is how best to use that available money so you can maximize its impact not so much today, but in the long-term interest of your property or long-term reductions to your operating budgets. The basic assumption here is that your snow budgets and your landscape budgets are closely related, if not combined.  

If you have had the benefit of a seasoned and professional landscape contractor, some of these options have likely been reviewed with you at some point. So where do you look to find landscape maintenance investment opportunities? I suggest that you start with either that list of deferred maintenance items or that five year capital planning list (that I know you all have).  Here are some ideas:

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Salt vs. Sand

Feb 9, 2016 10:21:53 AM / by Jon Ciffolillo posted in Salt vs Snow

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Which product is best to use sand or salt, or a combination of the two?  For New Englanders this is a very controversial topic and carries cost implications that really affects the bottom line. When it comes to snow management, or as we refer to it as risk management, one can not be too cautious when treating paved surfaces. 
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Building Your Brand

Feb 4, 2016 2:59:18 PM / by Jon Ciffolillo

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Many large corporations have been using their buildings as a part of their branding strategy for decades. From the unmistakable if not unbearable orange roof of a Howard Johnsons Restaurant to the more subtle architectural consistencies of some familiar hotel chains, owners have leveraged the familiarity that people experience when patronizing or simply passing by their facilities.  

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