Kevin Manning

Kevin Manning

Kevin has deep roots in the Chicagoland area, growing up in Plainfield and now residing in Naperville. He holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois and serves on the board for the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA). Since KD's inception in 1998, Kevin has loved creating outdoor environments to match the lifestyles of thousands of customers. In his spare time, you can find him spending time on the water with his wife, daughter, son, and labradoodle.

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How Warm Winters Impact Your Chicagoland Landscape (& How to Avoid Damage)

How Warm Winters Impact Your Chicagoland Landscape (& How to Avoid Damage)

In Greater Chicago, we look forward to a warm spring and summer after our typically cold and windy winters that bring lots of snow and ice.

The warm weather brings chances for enjoying outdoor activities like your backyard cookouts, relaxing with family and friends on the patio, and playing with your dog on the lawn.

Typically, Greater Chicago temperatures begin to warm up in early April.

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Year-Round Commercial Landscaping in Chicagoland: A Seasonal Maintenance Guide

Year-Round Commercial Landscaping in Chicagoland: A Seasonal Maintenance Guide

As a Greater Chicago commercial landscape property manager, you have a lot of responsibilities on your very full plate.

You must make sure the interior of your facility is working well and keeping everyone indoors happy. But you also want to make sure you’re covering all of your outdoor bases because you know how much a great landscape can impact your entire operation.

You can be instantly judged by customers, visitors, or guests who see your building’s exterior appearance and disapprove. Making that positive first impression is crucial.

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HOA Landscaping Bids: What to Consider in Your Community's Next Contract

HOA Landscaping Bids: What to Consider in Your Community's Next Contract

You may find yourself looking at several bids on the table, detailing landscape maintenance plans for your Greater Chicago homeowners association (HOA).

As you look at these HOA landscaping bids, you have to compare the similarities and differences and make a final decision. But, unfortunately, no two contracts are worded exactly the same, making this process challenging, adding to your already long list of to-dos.

At the end of the day, you just want to hire a commercial landscape maintenance company that has the same high standards for quality work that you do on other areas of your property. After all, the landscape firm you hire will be a partner – an extension of your property management team.

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6 Top Landscape Design Trends for 2024: Ideas for Your Next Project

6 Top Landscape Design Trends for 2024: Ideas for Your Next Project

You want to make the most of your outdoor space in Greater Chicago. Who doesn’t? We all love a great place to soak in the sun, dine al fresco, grill your favorite foods, relax poolside, listen to birds, or just enjoy some fresh air.

Wouldn’t it be great to just walk out of your back door and find an oasis waiting for you or a patio table and gourmet grill that’s always ready for your arrival?

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The 12 Best Flowering Trees for Commercial Landscapes in Greater Chicago

The 12 Best Flowering Trees for Commercial Landscapes in Greater Chicago

There’s not much flowering trees can’t do for your Greater Chicago commercial property.

Those delicate blooms and the intoxicating fragrance they bring. Many times, they are the first to bloom after a long winter, and if that doesn’t draw more people to your property, we don't know what doesn’t.

Flowering trees can be great additions to your commercial properties, especially near patios, along sidewalks, and near entryways.

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Comparing The 7 Best Commercial Landscaping Companies in Greater Chicago

Comparing The 7 Best Commercial Landscaping Companies in Greater Chicago

Whether you’re hiring your first commercial landscape professional or you’ve worked with one or more grounds management companies in the past but were unhappy with the results, finding a business that you can count on to bring fresh ideas, follow through on promises and do amazing work can feel overwhelming.

After all, the list of top commercial landscapers in Greater Chicago can seem long. You might be wondering how to compare all of your options and how to choose the best one for your facility’s needs.

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The 7 Best Outdoor Amenities to Consider for Your Commercial Landscape

The 7 Best Outdoor Amenities to Consider for Your Commercial Landscape

As a commercial property manager in Greater Chicago, you want shoppers to invest in goods and services at your retail center. You know employees should enjoy coming to work and using outdoor break and meeting spots. You want patients to feel confident using medical services at your healthcare facility, or customers to trust in your business. Maybe you want potential homeowners to choose your HOA over others and refer your multifamily residence to others.

No matter what type of commercial facility you manage, you want visitors and guests to notice your property in a positive, professional, and productive way. Your mission is to draw people into a safe, welcoming environment that is well-manicured with high-end landscaping.

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Rooted in Chicago: 5 Native Plants for Sustainable Commercial Landscapes

Rooted in Chicago: 5 Native Plants for Sustainable Commercial Landscapes

When you consider the commercial landscaping around your business –  whether you operate a retail center, industrial facility, HOA, warehouse, healthcare facility, school, or office park – there is quite a bit for you to consider.

You want to make a first good impression on folks who are visiting your site – no matter if it’s for the first time or a repeat visit. You want your landscape to look good, giving people a positive feeling that amplifies your business reputation.

And you need to stay within a budget, keeping maintenance in check, so your commercial landscape seems effortless, tidy, and professional.

When choosing plants for your commercial site, it can be overwhelming. There are so many options available. How can you possibly know what will work best for your specific location and conditions?

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