Pedestrian Safety Tips

Commercial property management can be overwhelming at times. With projects, tenants, and more to keep track of, overgrown shrubs or lawn maintenance can easily slip by. Properties should draw the attention of customers and pedestrians because of great curb appeal, not from improper maintenance such as ice-covered walkways or uneven concrete sidewalks.

Pedestrian safety should be of utmost importance, especially during the winter months when slip-and-fall accidents are inevitable without salting or shoveling. Tenants, visitors, and the like are susceptible to accidents on commercial properties, making the property owner liable for injuries.

With all of this in mind, is your commercial property safe for pedestrians? It is the property manager’s duty to ensure their business is free from any red flags or potential problems, which could lead to liabilities.

In addition to the more obvious winter traction issues, there are other aspects of pedestrian safety to keep in mind during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

For example, poor soil composition can cause paved surfaces, retaining walls, landscape beds, etc., to shift, causing ground hazards. Loose handrails are also an important aspect of pedestrian accessibility. Check handrails regularly to ensure they are not loose or on the verge of collapse.

When it comes to landscaped areas, overgrown shrubs or other plants can obstruct pathways and become an obstacle for passersby. Visibility can also become an issue and even impede the view of oncoming traffic.

Don’t fall susceptible to liability caused by property damage or poor maintenance – schedule a consultation with T&T Property Maintenance today.

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

Written by the digital marketing staff at Creative Programs & Systems: www.cpsmi.com.

Difference Between Rock Salt and Ice Melt

Winter is here, and with that comes snow and ice removal. Both rock salt and ice melt are made and sold as bagged pellets which come with a few distinctions. Many of us have heard of using “salt” to de-ice or remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, and other areas, but do you know the difference between these bagged pellets? Read on to discover the variations.

Rock Salt
Also known as halite, these pellets have naturally-occurring chunks of pure sodium chloride, also known as salt. Rock salt prevents ice from forming in temperatures above 5°F.

Ice Melt
In addition to sodium chloride (salt), these pellets contain chemicals such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, which melt ice in temperatures as low as -10°F. The exact proportions vary by brand.

Which melts faster? Ice melt typically melts more quickly and is effective at lower temperatures.

Which is the least expensive? Rock salt is generally less costly than ice melt; however, the crystalline pellets can damage concrete, decks, and patios.

Does one corrode more? Both ice melt and rock salt cause corrosion to concrete and metal surfaces. Apply both sparingly or mix with sand for extra traction.

Are they safe for pets? Neither rock salt nor ice melt is safe for pets. Thoroughly wash pets’ paws after being outside. While some ice melt products claim they are “pet friendly,” this claim only applies to the individual pellets, not the residue left after the product is applied.

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

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Scheduling Lawn Maintenance

Most property owners assume their lawns only need attention through fertilization in the summertime. Actually, the opposite is true. Fantastic-looking lawns are maintained throughout the entire year with routine treatments.

Spacing out fertilization and weed control treatments is imperative to achieving a polished result. Grass and other landscaping should never be neglected or overlooked. Read on to learn what is needed when – and schedule ASAP, as lawncare can be booked up a year in advance.

Spring
To control crabgrass, lawns require weed control treatments in the early spring. A pre-emergent weed control treatment will stifle the growth of crabgrass. Once the soil begins to heat up, a post-emergent crabgrass control treatment will be applied in the late spring. The purpose of this is meant to kill any weeds that have rooted deep within the soil. Fertilization is also applied throughout the entire spring season.

Summer
In the early summer, insect, grub, and nutsedge grass control is applied to remove them. Nutsedge grows rapidly, returning yearly. Insects such as grubs can infiltrate your lawn, which is why a thorough insect inspection is also necessary. In the late summer, an iron fertilizer will help your lawn transport oxygen efficiently and complete enzymatic functions necessary for healthy grass.

Fall
The lawn care program in the fall consists of core aeration and overseeding. By loosening the compacted soil, we can restore bare patches of grass or dirt. In the beginning of fall, a starter fertilizer will be applied. Toward the end of the season, a winterization fertilizer is added so the lawn can grow evenly while it goes dormant for the upcoming winter.

Winter
An enhanced calcitic lime treatment is added to lawns in the winter, though weeds aren’t much of an issue. The calcitic lime treatment ensures the soil is not overly acidic, which is vital for the lawn’s health when spring rolls around.

Lawncare doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact the professionals at T&T Property to schedule your commercial maintenance ASAP!  

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

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Snow and Ice Preparedness

Most people are “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to snow. This mindset might be acceptable for home or other personal settings, but as a business owner, it’s imperative to start planning for snow removal services now. Don’t get buried in snow due to a lack of planning.

By pre-planning for early winter snowfall, your business won’t get shut down or experience operation delays due to a large dump of snow. Blizzards, colossal storms, and bomb cyclones have wreaked havoc on many states throughout America. There have been weather disasters even meteorologists couldn’t predict. Snow removal, including plowing, salting, and de-icing, can make or break your brick-and-mortar business.

According to the CDC, millions of people sustain injuries from falls yearly. Hazards such as ice and snow contribute to this statistic. Don’t let snow and ice become a hazard to you, your employees, or your customers. If a massive storm blows through your business and leaves a great deal of snow behind it, will you be prepared? Part of a storm preparedness plan is to secure a contract with a reliable snow removal services company.

Professional snow removal businesses are well-equipped to handle ice and snow in any accumulation, thanks to heavy equipment and experienced contractors. Grounds management companies are always prepared to cover – or uncover – more ground.

As the winter season approaches, commercial snow removal companies gain an influx of customers. Start planning today to ensure your business driveways, sidewalks, and more are free from snow and ice.

Looking for a commercial snow removal company? Look no further than T&T Property Maintenance!

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

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Four Reasons to Hire Professional Snow Removal Experts

Snow accumulation can swiftly impede business operations, thereby hindering its success. Professional snow removal is vital to keep customers visiting your business and maintain a welcoming aesthetic. Read on to learn more reasons why professional snow removal shouldn’t be overlooked.

  1. Reduces expenses: Don’t waste your precious time – or energy – attempting to remove snow accumulation solo. Without expensive, heavy, and large equipment such as snow blowers, shovels, salt, or even a snowplow, removing snow on your own can be messy, time-consuming, and challenging.
  • Minimize injuries: Unfortunately, it’s common to hear about someone slipping on snow and ice during the winter. Millions of people fall yearly due to unsalted or un-cared-for pathways. Injuries are vast and include spinal fractures, strains, sprains, concussions, back pain, and more.
  • Liability: An unsafe environment for customers and employees can result in detrimental liability you might not be prepared for. Regular snow removal ensures you’re off the hook when it comes to liability. If there are no slip-and-fall accidents on your premises, you will be saved from costly expenses such as victim’s medical bills, lost wages, etc.
  • Employee access: If snow accumulates and employees cannot safely access the building, would your business survive? Professional snow removal can minimize lost time and provide an accessible way for your employees to enter your business. Don’t compromise your employees’ productivity by letting snow and ice accumulate on your property.

T&T Property maintenance specializes in commercial snow removal from areas such as entryways, parking lots, walkways, loading docks, sidewalks, and more. Contact us today to learn more!

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

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Protecting Trees and Shrubs for Winter

Trees and shrubs can be particularly susceptible to cold weather. It’s essential to keep them healthy; beyond trimming, it’s critical to keep them protected during the winter months. 

Pruning
Trees and shrubs should be trimmed regularly, especially prior to winter storms. Snow and ice accumulation stress branches by adding extra weight. Limbs that are already large or heavy can also be removed. Rather than guess which branches need to be trimmed, hire a professional to prune your plants so they will withstand the weather.

Wrapping
While it might look silly to have burlap over trees, the protection goes a long way toward protecting them from frigid temps. Think of it as a winter coat for a human. Some trees have thinner bark than others and are unable to tolerate chilly weather. Some trees require plastic, others burlap, but either way, the “tent” protects them from the winter wind.

Sprays
Transpiration can occur in trees when moisture evaporates from leaves. During warmer months, this phenomenon is not a huge deal, as the plants utilize groundwater. However, the frozen ground makes it nearly impossible for water to flow through the tree in the winter. The best solution for this issue is to spray leaves with anti-desiccants. These sprays coat the green areas with a particular chemical that helps keep moisture inside. By holding in humidity, the plant won’t succumb to damage from extreme temperatures. 

Your landscape still needs attention during the colder months. Ensure your plants are protected from frigid temperatures before they get damaged.

To learn more about maintaining your commercial property during the winter season, contact T&T Property Maintenance today. 

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

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New T&T Property Maintenance Website Goes Live!

T&T Property has a fresh, new look! Our website just got a makeover – take a peek! On our new site, you’ll find information about our services and bi-weekly updates on our blog.

We are proud to be in business for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on supporting large and small companies by taking care of their property maintenance needs. We’re licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture; you can trust us with your property maintenance care.

Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Lawn & Landscape Maintenance
  • Fertilization
  • Weed & Insect Management
  • Commercial Snow Plowing
  • Tree Trimming & Stump Grinding
  • Grub & Mole Control
  • Seasonal Cleanup Services

Our services can be a la carte or bundled into yearly or seasonal packages. We know property maintenance better than anyone else; you can count on us to achieve what you’re looking for and more!

To learn more or schedule a consultation to brighten up your property, contact us today.

T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Check out our website, call, or e-mail us today to learn more.

Written by the digital marketing staff at Creative Programs & Systems: www.cpsmi.com.