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Sustainability Maintenance of Superior Contracted to BrightView

Sustainability Maintenance of Superior’s Parks & Recreation Areas Contracted to BrightView Services to the Colorado town include all public areas and snow removal

BrightView Maintenance has been selected by Colorado’s Town of Superior to maintain its park and recreation landscapes starting Jan. 1, 2020. The contract covers more than 630 acres of parks, green space, and open space, the Town of Superior, and its 35 miles of public trails.

The agreement includes sustainable landscaping maintenance and snow removal for the public grounds, parks, and walkways throughout the town.

BrightView is one of the nation’s largest users of zero-emission commercial landscaping equipment and also a leader in the use of state-of-the-art water conservation technology and innovative landscaping practices, such as green roof installations, LEED-certified landscape consulting, waste reduction programs, and xeriscaping.

“Being able to partner with the Town of Superior and provide sustainable landscaping is a point of pride for Brightview,” said Bradley Hill, BrightView Senior Branch Manager. “Our team is thrilled to not only provide green landscaping to some of the most stunning trails in Colorado, but to also make a lasting connection with this close-knit community.”

The Town of Superior was founded in 1896 and is believed named after the "superior" quality of coal found in the area. The stunning mountain-filled backdrop is enhanced by the vast public spaces and parks throughout the town.

“The Town of Superior is looking forward to working together with BrightView to serve all who live, work, and play in our community,” said Leslie Clark, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director, Town of Superior.“ We believe BrightView and their people will provide us with the excellence we have become accustomed to, as well as propel us into the future of renewable energy and sustainability.”

Learn more about the parks, trails, open space, and recreation within the Town of Superior here.

About The Town of Superior:
The Town of Superior is a municipality of approximately 15,000 people located 22 miles northwest of Denver and 8 miles southwest of Boulder, Colorado. Incorporated in 1904 and named for the “superior” quality of the coal it produced in the local mine, the Town boasts a rich history. The Town now consists of four-square miles that include hundreds of acres of quality parks, open space and trails produced and maintained for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

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How to Control Whiteflies

How to Control Whiteflies Keep Those Suckers Out of Your Landscape

The South is no stranger to combating pesky pests once warm, humid weather sets in. Controlling whiteflies can be especially tough since they thrive year-round and have brutal effects on your landscape if not taken care of properly. Thankfully, waving the white flag isn’t your only solution. There’s plenty you can do to keep whiteflies from invading your landscape, and the first step is education. Here’s what you need to know.

Whiteflies are Unwelcome Guests

Whiteflies are an invasive species, native to South America and the Caribbean. Just as the name suggests, whiteflies are small insects with white wings and short antennae. They feed on the underside of leaves with sharp mandibles that pierce the plant and allow the whitefly to suck its nutrients. The byproduct of their feeding is honeydew, a sticky substance the whitefly secretes that leads to sooty black mold. Not only is the mold unsightly, but it can stain nearby surfaces like concrete.

Whitefly Plant Damage
Whiteflies lay their eggs in a spiral pattern on the undersides of leaves. The pattern is created as the adult lays down a trail of wax as they walk along and lay eggs.

Adult whiteflies measure 1/16 inch long, so they’re not always easy to see, and are sometimes mistaken for moths. But what is easy to see is their damage to the plant, which can manifest in stunted growth, yellow leaves, leaf drop, and in the worst cases, death.

Unfortunately, whiteflies are a year-round struggle in the southern and coastal states, with whiteflies attacking more than 250 different varieties of plants, including gumbo limbos, hibiscus, poinsettias, citrus and other fruits and veggies.

Among Florida’s Whiteflies, There Are 3 Top Offenders

Worldwide, there are over 1500 species of whiteflies, with dozens of species seen frequently in the South. While Florida has seen a wide variety, there are of 3 that cause the most trouble: Ficus whitefly, Rugose spiraling whitefly, and Bonday’s nesting whitefly.

  • Ficus Whitefly
    Ficus whiteflies are the picky eaters of the bunch. While other whiteflies are less discriminatory in selecting their host plant, ficus whiteflies are singularly focused on—you guessed it—ficus trees and hedges. You’ll know when a ficus is infected because its formerly lush foliage will yellow and eventually drop.
     
  • Rugose Spiraling Whitefly
    The spiraling whitefly got its name from the spiraled pattern in which it lays its eggs. Some of the spiraling whitefly’s common hosts include wax myrtle, live oak, palms and black olive. 
     
  • Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly
    In addition to fruits like avocado, guava, lemon, mandarin orange and naval orange, the nesting whitefly also enjoys banyan trees and stinkwood. The nesting whitefly’s calling card is the characteristic pattern of wax that forms around its pupa, hence the name “nesting.”

Act Fast, Because Whiteflies Multiply FAST

As nymphs, whiteflies overwinter on leaves. Come spring, females can lay as many as 400 eggs, which hatch in roughly a week’s time. Immature whiteflies tend to blend in with the plant, but it won’t be long before they’re easier to spot. It only takes 25 days for the whitefly to mature.

Thankfully, treatments are available, both to treat and prevent infestations. Spraying the infected plant with a strong stream of water is a low-tech solution, so long as it’s followed up with an application of insecticidal soap or a horticultural spray.

More serious infestations may require the use of a systemic insecticide. Your landscape partner will be sure to choose one that’s recommended for the control of whiteflies, but won’t harm beneficial insects like lady bugs, who happen to be a predator of the whitefly.

In the event of heavy infestations, it’s best to remove and replace the affected plant before more of your landscape is affected, and clippings from an infested plant should always be disposed at the closest landfill to avoid further spread

Aside from these solutions, one of the best things you can do to prevent an infestation is maintain a regular fertilization schedule. Doing so bolsters the health of your plants and helps your landscape thrive while keeping pests out. If you suspect whitefly damage or want to prevent problems before they begin, request a free quote or give our team a call at 844.235.7778.

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Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day COVID-19 May Change How We Observe Earth Day, But It Can’t Squash the Spirit

This year’s Earth Day finds us at an unusual time. Like many of you, Earth Day has historically been an important day of reflection and action for us. Yet this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s taken on a new meaning.  As we all examine how we can stay healthy and better care for our communities in light of the novel coronavirus, we realize the lessons of Earth Day are more important than ever. 

Zero-emission, Green Mowers
Zero-emission, low-noise electric equipment is just one way that BrightView works to reduce our carbon footprint.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the planet’s largest civic event. While the need for social distancing has canceled events, the spirit is still alive and well. This year’s theme is “Climate Action,” challenging each of us to consider how we can contribute to the goal of a zero-carbon future. Here at BrightView, we’re thinking about how we can be your change agent, helping you create outdoor environments that contribute to the wellbeing of both the people who enjoy your property and the planet. 

One of the ways we’re achieving this is by pioneering the use of zero-emission, low-noise electric equipment. We also optimize our daily routes to ensure maximum efficiency and emission reduction. But we’d be remiss to not mention that our most important partner in carbon reduction is Mother Nature herself. Some of the biggest impacts come from the things we grow, with her help of course. For example, the trees grown in our nurseries will consume more than 5 million tons of carbon over their lifetime. That’s in addition to the more than $100 million worth of carbon-consuming plant material we add to landscapes each year.  This is just the tip of the iceberg. From LEED-certified landscape consulting to water management, green roofs to climate-based landscapes and more, check out our Environmental Sustainability Page to get some ideas about ways you can combat climate change and improve the health of your environment.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us how you’re observing Earth Day by using the hashtag #BVEarthDay on social media. Then, listen along with us on Spotify to keep the good vibes going. While we might not be able to observe Earth Day together and in-person as a community this year, your show of support helps keep the movement strong.

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The trees grown at BrightView's tree nurseries will consume 500 tons of carbon in their lifetime.

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Spotted Lanternfly: Tips for Protection - Ask BrightView

 

Ask BrightView: Episode 24

Native to Southeast Asia, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that first made an appearance in the United States in 2014. In addition to the damage it can cause to your landscape, the spotted lanternfly poses a large threat to both the ecosystem and the economy. Bill Paige, a certified arborist and BrightView’s spotted lanternfly remediation expert, shares tips for prevention against spotted lanternfly infestation.

(For the full transcript, see below.)

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Spotted Lanternfly: Tips for Protection

BILL PAGE, expert:

I'm Bill Page with BrightView landscape services here in southeastern Pennsylvania and just recently we've run across this spotted lanternfly problem which has become a huge issue here in Pennsylvania.

How did they get here?

In 2014, a shipping decorative stone which sent old quarry here in southeastern Pennsylvania and on that shipment of stone were spotted Lanternfly eggs which have since hatched and spread. Between 2014 and now, we have this infestation of spotted lanternfly’s. What we're seeing today, which we think is going to get far worse than it is now, is it's been found in 16 counties in Pennsylvania as well as a few sightings in Virginia and New Jersey. They are originally from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and parts of China. In the US they have no known predators and are multiplying.

How does it infect a tree?

The spotted lanternfly sticks its nose in its host, sucks out the sugars and amino acids. They then begin to secrete a honeydew. This honeydew becomes food for fungus, which stains the host the black and it blocks the trees ability to produce its own food and over time weakens the tree and eventually they die.

The host range here is not only Tree of Heaven but seventy other species of garden plants and commercially important agricultural crops, including grapes hops and some vegetable crops. Not only is this a problem aesthetically for the trees in your yard but this could also have a huge economic impact, not only for Pennsylvania, but for surrounding states, as well homeowners.

How can I protect my tree?

You can periodically take a look at trees and scout for the egg masses. You can physically remove them but be aware that they may be higher up in the tree and at some point you may need some other control measures to take care of this problem.

There's a number of contact insecticide available to the homeowner, which you can purchase it any of the hardware stores that easily control spotted lanternflies. You may need to reapply it several times throughout the season. They is are also what are called systemic insecticides which you can mix in a bucket. You can take a trowel or a shovel and make a trench around the crown of the tree. These materials are applied in that trench and are sucked up by the tree. This can give you up to four months control. The most important thing as you're doing these applications is to follow the label and the directions as they are toxic and you should be aware of people, pets, neighbors etc.

How do they spread?

Spotted lanternfly’s are not very strong fliers. They rely on wind current or wind direction to actually float from one location to the other. It's also important to keep in mind that they can be transported in vehicles on playground equipment, firewood camping equipment, lawn furniture, or anything outside where they could be hiding or hitch a ride to the next location. You have to be cognizant of the fact of where you're moving from and to.

Penn Switches to All Electric Landscaping Equipment with Help from BrightView

Penn Switches to All Electric Landscaping Equipment with Help from BrightView BrightView team is first to go all electric
BrightView University of Pennsylvania electric mowers
BrightView's Philadelphia team is the first to go 100-percent electric.

The campus at the University of Pennsylvania offers a natural oasis of serenity directly in the middle of one of our nation’s largest cities. The campus is filled with flowerbeds, shaded walkways, turf areas, and more than 6,000 trees. However, this fall semester, students have returned to a campus that is even more green, and quiet.

BrightView, the nation’s leading landscape services company, has been maintaining the landscape at Penn since the early 2000s and announced last year a commitment to begin deploying electric mowers and other equipment across the country.

The team that maintains the campus is now operating entirely with low-emission electric mowers and hand-held equipment. With each mower running an average of 300 hours per year, the team expects this will eliminate the amount of emissions equivalent to approximately 1,500 cars averaging 12,000 miles each year. These numbers are based on findings from a recent study on emissions by lawn and garden equipment by a California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“This equipment significantly reduces the environmental impact of maintaining our campus which includes noise-pollution,” said Craig Roncace, Urban Park Manager for the University’s Facilities and Real Estate Services Division.

According to the manufacturer, the mowers BrightView uses on the campus emit only 78 decibels versus a standard gas mower that emits 95 decibels.

“Studies show that less noise pollution translates to better student outcomes, more productive workplaces and a more calming environment,” said Tariq Ahmed, Branch Manager at BrightView.

BrightView has been using the equipment on campus this summer and faculty have confirmed that while sitting near a window in a campus building you cannot hear the mower running just outside.

While BrightView uses this equipment across the country, the Philadelphia team is the first to go 100-percent electric. 

“Our partnership with the university played a big role in getting our team to this milestone,” said Dante DeMaria, Associate Branch Manager at BrightView. “It’s quite a process because the equipment requires charging stations in both our branch and trailers to keep running all day.”

“We take pride in the opportunity to create a more sustainable and quiet campus for the students and faculty here and it’s only possible through a great partnership, said Ahmed. “We continue to look for ways make our operations more environmentally-friendly and assist clients in achieving their sustainability goals.”

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Spotted Lanternflies Have Some Properties Seeing Red

Spotted Lanternflies Have Some Properties Seeing Red Don’t let yours be one of them
Spotted Lanternfly Reaches Pennsylvania
The spotted lanternfly can be identified by its black spots and flashes of red when the wings are expanded.

Native to Southeast Asia, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that first made an appearance in the United States in Berks County, Pa., in 2014. Since that time, it has been found in other parts of Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey and Virginia. In addition to the damage it can cause to your landscape, the spotted lanternfly poses a large threat to both the ecosystem and the economy. The potential impacts are serious enough that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine for portions of the state to help control the insect’s movement.

How to spot the spotted lanternfly

Despite its wings, the spotted lanternfly is a planthopper, meaning it’s not a true flying insect. Measuring about 1-inch long and 1/2-inch wide at rest, the spotted lanternfly is most easily identified by its distinctive red, black, white, and grey markings on its wings. Immature spotted lanternflies — which won’t yet have red patches — are black with white spots and about the size of a pencil eraser. Once mature, it will feature grey wings with white spots and a red underwing.

The spotted lanternfly favors Alianthus (Tree of Heaven) and is also known to feed on grapevines and fruit trees. Weeping, greyish, or black wounds are a telltale sign spotted lanternflies have been feeding on your trees. Their feeding creates a sugary substance called honeydew, which attracts other hazardous pests, including ants, wasps, and yellow jackets. It also generates sooty mold, which can damage your plants and cause unsightly staining on your property.

Fall and winter is critical to preventing the spread

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine
The spotted lanternfly travels in packs and can often be found covering trees.

Spotted lanternflies lay their eggs in late fall on trees and smooth surfaces — including outdoor furniture and the wheel wells of cars. The egg masses have a grey, muddy appearance, and as they age, resemble columns of brown, seed-like deposits. If you find a spotted lanternfly or egg mass, place it in a container with alcohol or hand sanitizer, which will kill it. Report the sighting to your local department of agriculture, or call us and we can assist.

One of the best measures of prevention is to have a certified arborist evaluate your risk and prescribe an appropriate prevention and treatment plan to keep your trees and property safe. Properties with trees of heaven are most susceptible, and may want to consider removal or treatment. Our experienced tree care professionals can help you properly identify your trees and make the right choice.

 

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