Maintaining vendor management best practices is the best way to ensure that a facility functions at optimal efficiency. These best practices start by keeping detailed contact, service and maintenance records and extend to contracts and service level agreements. Measuring vendor performance and selecting the best vendor for each service are also essential. Discover seven of…

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Facility owners and managers are tasked with overseeing many aspects of external and internal maintenance and upkeep. There are a number of benefits to outsourcing facility management programs, starting with the ability to depend on skilled professionals, which can minimize risk and unnecessary expenditures of time, money, and other resources. Here are the five main…

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Grounds Control USA, a provider of exterior maintenance services to the financial, retail, healthcare and food service industries, recently achieved Avetta Certification. Charleston, S.C. – Grounds Control USA, a trusted provider of professional exterior maintenance services, recently received Avetta Certification. This certification is given to qualified companies that focus on improving safety. Companies in the…

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Commercial landscaping relies on clean, well-groomed plants that highlight the architectural or structural design of the buildings they surround. Unfortunately, there are several invasive plant species that can take over quickly and may even damage property. Being on the lookout for these six intrusive species and getting rid of them correctly helps not only your…

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David Matthews has joined the Grounds Control USA team as general manager of the Houston Branch.  David Matthews has been very involved in agriculture ever since his time in high school, eventually leading him to spend 40 years as Harris County Parks Department’s regional manager and program director. During his tenure, David worked from entry…

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Many insect species can make pests of themselves by biting humans or pets, building nests, or damaging plants or property. However, regardless of how annoying they can be, native insect species have a place in the ecosystem and a purpose to serve. Invasive insect species are a different matter. These are insects that were never…

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The customer experience begins the moment an individual pulls into your parking lot or drives past your office complex. Your employees and products play a significant role in customer retention. However, it is often your landscaping and exterior presentation that delivers the opportunity to cultivate a personal relationship with consumers. Your exterior management programs can…

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When there is a problem affecting the lawn on your commercial property, it is important to determine the cause. For example, when patches of yellow or brown grass start forming, you may assume that watering more often will help. However, the real culprit may be brown patch fungus invading your soil. If so, more watering…

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Hospital maintenance and landscaping is overlooked by many outside the FM industry, but it is important nonetheless. Despite the obvious importance to safety and operations, it can be argued that the right outside environment can help heal. Plants and trees can have health benefits by reducing stress and improving overall mood. Additionally, hospital staff and…

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Ownership of commercial property has many requirements when it comes to upkeep. Since most business owners want their properties to reflect their professionalism, it’s important that they are well-maintained and attractive. This also helps ensure they continue to maintain the assets of the business. One crucial area to success is the maintenance of the grounds…

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