The Importance of Parking Lot Care

First impressions can set the momentum for entire interactions, and parking lots function in much of the same way. Depending on weather conditions, traffic, and the age of your lot, customer impressions of your company could be affected without taking the proper precautions. At HTA Companies, we provide the services you need to make the first interaction with your customer the best it can be. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about protecting your parking lot.

Weather

Michigan is notorious for extreme changes in weather between winter and summer. Fall and spring are practically rumors. One thing you want your parking lot to be ready for is mutable weather conditions. Extreme cold is the culprit of the potholes and cracks you see on your way to work and when you’re searching for a parking space. Sometimes you find more holes than pavement. The snow and ice find ways to squeeze into the cracks and push the pavement apart. It creates a less-than-enjoyable commute for you and your customers. Slow-melting snow can turn into ice and cause potential harm or delays for anyone that works with your company. It’s dangerous to leave the job of safety to the weather. HTA Companies has a team of professionals who provide proactive parking lot care so that you don’t have to worry about inconsistent weather patterns. HTA Companies will handle everything from paving to snow removal and infrared paving repair!

Traffic

The traffic you receive on a day-to-day basis can wear and rapidly age your property. Just like wearing shoes around the house, the dirt and grime you bring with you can find their way into areas where they can cause damage from erosion and peeling. Regular maintenance and cleaning are needed to keep your pavement healthy for longer. Traffic can cause direct damage based on its weight too. Connect with our HTA Companies experts to discover what specifics you need to keep your property protected. The cost of a total parking lot rebuild would be expensive compared to the cost of regular care.

Lot age

Over time, your parking lot will age on its own, no matter how well it’s maintained. Contraction and expansion are natural disruptors when it comes to asphalt and concrete. The ground shifts and moves in response to changing weather conditions, but your pavement, a solid block, battles the movements. After a while, the stress and wear from the flexing ground create cracks in the concrete. Poor compaction from less-than-professional paving jobs can also cause deterioration from rain, snow, and traffic, rapidly aging your lot on its own. If the lot isn’t holding together well on its own, it won’t hold together through weather or friction from traffic. 

HTA Companies can take care of your parking lot all year round with professional paving and regular maintenance to ensure great first impressions and safety for you and your customers.

The Environmental Factors of Landscaping

There are many things to consider when landscaping and lawn care come into play. The process can even feel daunting at times. However, HTA Companies aims to make the entire process easy for you. We work to create your desired space while maintaining responsible practices to keep the environment healthy. Whether it’s smart irrigation design to save water, careful tree removal or regular lawn care, HTA Companies know the environmental factors of landscaping.

Smart Irrigation

We’ve all done it. Left the sprinkler on the lawn too long and over-watered the grass, also wasting money. For this reason, HTA Companies offer the installation of smart irrigation systems. Smart irrigation is a system that allows you to save water and gives you control of your irrigation system while away from home. A smart system should manage your precious water resources without overuse and changing the survivability of nature nearby. There are a few things to consider when designing your smart irrigation system. Some of those concerns include the water pressure, the needs of plants and turf, your soil type, the drainage and runoff, and many other factors. It’s important to get this system correct to protect your lawn and plant life from damage.

Careful Tree Services

Our tree and shrub care services are provided by the best of the best. They’ll always recommend exactly what you need and why you should consider it. We’re all about maintaining the best health for your trees and shrubs. We handle everything from pest control and plant diagnostics to pruning and trimming to keep your lawn and trees healthy. Containing and solving the natural threats that occur within your property can benefit and create a safe barrier for the plant species around you. Good root structures from larger trees also make a huge difference in the sturdiness of the soil on your lawn. Above all, we want your plants and lawns to live as long as possible with the best care that’s available and that care comes from our highly trained landscape professionals, horticulturists, and certified arborists.

Avoid Soil Erosion & Runoff

We always consider the effects of the work we do. This way, we never overdo what’s needed, which is why we refuse to do lazy work that may harm the environment. Extra pesticides and chemicals in your lawn can contribute to a terrible pH in runoff coming from your yard and into the surrounding bodies of water. Similarly, carelessly removing large trees and root structures can contribute to the erosion of the soil on your lawn. HTA Companies is a team of experts that take the care and treatment of your yard into great consideration and will always treat it as if it were their own.

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What It Takes To Bring a Vision to Life

HTA companies is a landscaping company that has always understood the importance of careful work and planning when it comes to their projects. From the initial hiring process to the finished product, we make sure we are working with the right talent to determine the best solutions and create and maintain the most beautiful properties around the Lansing area. Every step of the way, we make sure we know what we’re doing and how we’re going to do it. Our team knows what it takes to bring a vision to life. From tools like our 3D modeling and our Red Truck team to our persistence and dedication to the craft, we know what it takes to bring a vision to life at HTA Companies.

3D Modeling

Plenty of problems can develop in the planning stage for big projects and we, just like anyone involved, hope to avoid as many of these problems as possible. One way we’ve completed projects without issue is through clear communication and a near-exact 3D representation of our plan. Our 3D design software makes it easy to visualize potential changes. You may walk through your future landscape in a highly interactive environment, gaining insight on how you would feel about the development before the changes have even started. 3D modeling makes sure everyone is on the same page with precise knowledge on the future final product.

Our Red Truck Team 

To us, a red truck isn’t just a vehicle that transports our tools and team members. The HTA Companies red trucks remain a promise to deliver talent, experience, and teamwork to every assignment. Once our trucks arrive, you can guarantee that you are getting a team of devoted individuals who want to see your property come to life. With years of knowledge and experience and our Red Truck Team, HTA Companies can handle it all.

Persistence

We don’t give up. Without persistence, our team would never have made it this far. Our drive to push through is what allows us to complete projects like the Japanese garden on the Lansing Community College campus. Our persistence also allows us to help create your dream property.

Give us a call today!

Honest Answers To Your Landscape Questions

When we meet with a customer for their first consultation, they have a few good questions for our team. And, rightfully so! Always ask your contractors all of the questions you have for them or the project. As a team that values good communication and customer service, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of commonly asked landscape questions with in-depth, honest answers.

How many years have you been in business?

With more than 25 years of experience, we are always working to attract the right talent, build relationships, and create and maintain beautiful properties around Lansing. We enjoy what we do because we are in the business of helping people. Think of us as partners to help you create and maintain the landscape of your dreams.

We value our customers and tribute our success to them and our hard work.

What makes HTA Companies the most qualified for the job?

Our team is composed of designers, artists, hard workers, and problem solvers with an arsenal of experience, materials, and talent to bring your ideas to life. Do not be afraid to ask for examples of our work, and we are happy to show you. We have created a reputation we are proud of here at HTA Companies. We value talent and experience at HTA Companies, and we have done all we can to build our company’s reputation off word of mouth recommendations.

Can you explain the 3D design process?

Most people find it hard to visualize a finished project from a layout on a piece of paper. So our team found a way to help you better understand our plans by offering to create your landscape design. Our 3D design option allows the client to get a correct vision of what the plan is for their landscape. You can see the landscape in different seasons and times of the day, and with added landscape lighting effects, you can also see at night.

What can I expect when working with HTA Companies?

Simply put, open communication and a proactive team. We value open communication with our customers and appreciate any feedback. We believe communication is a two-way street to exchange ideas and information. Our team goes above and beyond to provide information and details on your projects to bring your vision to life.

Do you subcontract work out?

This is actually a very important question to ask. All our services are provided in house by our dedicated team to eliminate outside contractors, added delays, and excuses. We provide services for all of your landscaping and maintenance needs.

HTA Companies is a company that prides itself on happy customers. At this time, every trade is booked and juggling challenging schedules on top of the above difficulties already. To learn more about HTA Companies, please check out our resources section on our website.

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To Our Customers: Thank You

Since the peak of Covid-19 and the nationwide shutdown, things have been tough for most. Whether it’s a lack of materials, workers or shipping, every business owner has been affected by the pandemic in their own way. Right now, demand for service is at an all-time high. It’s important to remember, we are all human, and we are all doing the best we can to navigate these new waters in which we find ourselves.

At HTA Companies, we understand every year brings new challenges. Sometimes the weather won’t cooperate, or machines break, but 2021 has been one unlike any other. The rising costs of supplies and necessities coupled with material shortages, shipping issues, and the lack of workers in today’s market have businesses everywhere hurting more than ever. We want to let our customers know that we appreciate their business and their patience during this time. We are a company that prides itself on happy customers. In fact, that’s how we built this business.

So we at HTA Companies want all of our customers to know that we are doing everything we can to keep you informed and on schedule. Every trade is booked and juggling challenging schedules on top of the above difficulties already.

We ask that you be patient and know we are doing all we can, to best serve our customers. Most of all, we thank you in advance for both your business and your kind candor.

Best,

-The HTA Team

Summer Lawn Care for Lansing Homeowners

As spring is subsiding and gives way to summer soon, maintaining a beautiful and pristine lawn may not be at the top of your list. Things like cutting the grass, keeping the shrubs and bushes pruned, getting rid of those pesky lawn pests, and other tasks like this get pushed until we have time. The truth is, most people don’t have the time to spend maintaining the perfect lawn they really want. That’s why it is a great idea to work with a company like ours here at HTA Companies. We provide a variety of lawn care design and lawn maintenance services that can help you get that beautiful yard you’ve been wanting.

Our team works diligently to make sure your home is looking in tip-top shape from the curb on. We offer a variety of lawn maintenance services so that you do not have to worry about your lawn. We can take care of all the trimming and mowing, maintaining your hedges, cleaning up the yard after spring, and so much more. We’ve spent the last 25 years perfecting our work and putting our customers first. We think of ourselves as partners to help you create and maintain the landscape of your dreams.

From design and irrigation to landscaping and maintenance, we have you covered. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation. At this visit, we review your needs, observe conditions, and gather the important information needed. From here, our team will prepare a quote, create a design, and schedule your project.

Plan on doing things the right way by calling us today!

Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Services

Here at HTA Companies, we understand the need for a beautiful lawn while being environmentally safe. We utilize products to help you get the best-looking lawn without causing any harm to our planet or furry friends. In fact, we have a lawn specialist that will come out to your property for a consultation to see how we can assist you in reviving your lawn to perfection.

HTA’s landscape team prides themselves on being professionals in their industry. Everyone follows safety standards and practices to ensure that every step of your fertilization and weed control process is safe and done correctly. To make sure your lawn looks great, we offer a variety of different design and maintenance services. 

Our highly knowledgeable lawn care team applies the best methods needed to meet your lawn care goals. For example, we can aerate your current lawn in the spring and fall seasons to help growth. Need fertilization services? HTA Companies have you covered. What about mole control? We implement the best techniques to save your lawn and safely get rid of the critters. We can also assist you with tick and flea control as summer tends to bring out these nasty pests. We want to help protect you, your family, and your four-legged friends.

Whether you need disease and pest control or you’re looking to spruce up your lawn, our team has you covered.Contact our friendly staff today to see how you can start the process of gaining control of your lawn.

Simple Landscape Ideas to Add Value to Your Property

Spring is finally here, and not only is it time to enjoy the warm weather, but it’s time to begin your seasonal landscape and maintenance. The truth is, basic landscape is the foundation of preserving and adding value to your property. This past year, many Michiganders spent a lot of time in their homes. So, why not invest some time and maybe a little money into your landscape? In fact, there are quite a few simple landscape ideas to add value to your property this spring and summer.

Annual Flowers
Adding annual flowers to your landscape is a great way to add long-lasting and vibrant color to your landscape. Annual flowers are also an easy way to get freshly bloomed flowers every year, hence the annual part.

Tree & Shrub Care
Tree and shrub pruning is a pretty important part of maintaining your landscape to keep your plants under control and from becoming a hazard to your home and property. Our tree services and shrub care are provided by highly trained landscape professionals, horticulturists, and certified arborists.

Irrigation
Part of maintaining a beautiful lawn is ensuring that the irrigation you have is adequate and smart technology. HTA Companies does yearly irrigation maintenance to address any leaks, breaks or inefficiencies in the system.

Pest Control
Keep your property pest and frustration-free with proper pest control>. When you have a nicely designed and managed landscape, you want to be able to enjoy it when the weather is nice. This includes keeping away the pesky mosquito, fleas, ticks, and perimeter pests who are inside of your home as much as you do.

From design and irrigation to landscaping and maintenance, the HTA pro division is one you’ll want to experience. This team is eager to show you how we can help. Get a free consultation today to get your landscape ready for a beautiful spring and summer ahead!

Spring Forward With A Fresh Landscape This Season

Now that the warmer weather is making its way to Michigan. Many are looking to spruce up their lawns and property. Perhaps you want to have a beautiful landscape design, but you’re not really the creative type. Don’t worry anymore! The team here at HTA Companies has a great service to help you design and construct the perfect landscape. It will have your neighbors, friends, and family in awe of the beautiful scenery that is your outdoor lawn.

Working with HTA Companies gives you access to 3D technology to see just what they have planned for your yard design. While most companies have a blueprint drawing, our team can construct a 3D image of your home with the new layout. This allows you to get a true feel for what the design will look like and how it will fit into your home.

Our experienced team offers a variety of landscape construction services. We work on renovating your existing setup, creating a new design, and installing irrigation systems to help you save time and money. Our team can also help you create the perfect space for your new backyard pool or create an oasis in your backyard for relaxation.

Contact our team today to see just how you can design and construct the perfect landscape that welcomes you home every day. Whether you have a current design that needs to be overhauled or want to start from scratch, our highly ranked team can assist you with all your lawn and landscape design needs.

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Three Reasons To Hire a Snow Removal Company

Living in Michigan means our winters are typically long and snow is inevitable. The winter weather can pose the risk of damage and injury, which is why so many businesses invest in professional snow and ice removal services. Having snow and ice on your businesses sidewalks, ramps, stairs, and loading docks is a liability for your business. If you have yet to hire a snow removal company, let’s take a look at a few reasons to do so.

 

Avoid Damage
In a way, professional snow and ice removal are a way of protecting your investment. What do we mean by this? When snow and ice are not removed properly, it can cause your pavement or concrete to split and crack, leaving you with significant damage. You can rest assured that the proper equipment and methods are being used with HTA Companies snow and ice removal.

 

Save Time
When it comes to shoveling and deicing these things can take up mass amounts of time and be a huge undertaking for some. Especially true for businesses with large parking lots and plenty of walkways. Not to mention, they don’t always have the proper tools for the job. But, HTA Companies snow and ice removal services do. We have all the knowledge and tools needed to get this job done efficiently and in a timely manner.

 

Prevent Injury 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, there were 20,520 workplace slip-and-fall injuries involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. So rather than risking an injury, business owners can take a little reassurance when leaving snow removal to the professionals. This way your employees are safe and your customers can easily make it into your business.

There are several benefits to investing in snow and ice removal services with HTA Companies. Get in touch with us to get a quote today. We’d be happy to help you ensure both your employees and customers stay safe and injury-free this winter.