Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

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SHOW READY by Alli Rael, LC/DBM Above The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is a conference center and resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia. A Cut Above Landscape Management handles the maintenance for this and other properties owned by Callaway Gardens. The Lodge and Spa has about five acres of turf, 3,000 square feet of bed space for annuals and perennials, two water features and more. A crew of three is there full time, five days a week, and is on call in case something comes up after hours. Left For areas that are closer to the buildings – around guest rooms, conference rooms, interior courtyards, the front entrance, restaurants, and the sports bar – the maintenance team uses battery powered hand held blowers. "They don't make much noise, and they're almost as efficient as our normal backpack blowers," said Brad Ter- rell, president of A Cut Above. A At Callaway Gardens, a public educa- tional, horticultural, and charitable orga- nization in Pine Mountain, Georgia, the landscape must always be "show ready" for guests of the property's resort. This goes beyond regular maintenance: the landscape is held to a higher standard and must be kept pristine. "It has to look good every single day," said Brad Terrell, president of A Cut Above Landscape Management. They received the contract for maintenance at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens after managing projects on other parts of the Callaway properties over the years. "Managing the landscape at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens has many details; more than an average large com - mercial project," he said. "We manage all the turf, bushes, perennials, annual flow - ers, irrigation, hand watering, flowers in pots, the large fountain and waterfall that the Lodge and Spa are known for." The Land Terrell estimates that there are about 5 acres of turf at the Lodge and Spa, and "a lot of it is in small areas." Routine mowing takes two of the three crewmembers a day to complete. A 21" push mower is used in the smaller court - yard areas, while a 42" mower is used in the larger finished turf areas and a 60" mower in the large rough area. In addition to weekly mowing, the turf is treated with pre-emergents, fertilizer, and weed control. For spot treatments, they have backpack sprayers, and for the larger areas they utilize a large tank 20 LC DBM

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