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Chapel Valley Donates Landscaping Services to The Salvation Army

Chapel Valley donated landscaping material and services to the Salvation Army, in support of BOMA’s (Building Owners and Managers Association) Baltimore’s Annual Day of Service.

The Salvation Army requested assistance in converting a boarding home into a women’s shelter. The home was in need of extensive landscaping; Chapel Valley provided the design, plant material, mulch, stone, and initial clearing to prepare the property for the Annual Day of Service.

On Friday morning, July 18th members of BOMA Baltimore were led by the Chapel Valley team to perform basic grounds maintenance, install plants, and remove trash.

After several hours of hard work, the exterior of the woman’s shelter was completely renovated. "Chapel Valley provided the plants, labor, and went above and beyond our expectations,” said Eric Mueck, Executive Director of Regional Resource Development & Marketing. “What they accomplished in just a few hours will last for many, many years.” 

Chapel Valley is excited to announce two new hires and two recent promotions! “All four individuals are huge assets to our company with resumes of experience that can’t be topped,” said James Reeve, Chapel Valley’s CEO and President. “Each of them will play an important role to help achieve our vision for new growth and sustainability.”

Bonnie Szabo-CFO

Our new CFO, Bonnie Szabo, brings a wealth of accounting and leadership experience to Chapel Valley. Szabo joined Chapel Valley’s team with an impressive background leading finance teams in the private equity space as well as the service industry with Greystone Corporation and Wachovia Bank. A knowledgeable accountant with fifteen years progressive experience, Bonnie’s repertoire includes solid planning and organizational skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple assignments under pressure. Bonnie graduated from George Washington University with a BS in Business Administration and earned her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland.

Roy Tulloch-Senior Accountant

Roy holds a B.S. in Accounting and comes to us with over 13 years of experience in the Accounting field. In this role, Roy will be working closely with our Accounting team, Branch Operations, and the Executive teams. The key responsibilities that Roy will be taking on are: analyzing financial records and reports, reconciliations, and assisting with financial and tax audits. Roy will also be involved with overseeing inventory counts and purchasing.

Jennifer Giunta- Market Develop Manager

Congratulations to Jennifer Giunta who has been promoted to Market Develop Manager. In her previous role, Jennifer oversaw Chapel Valley’s most profitable maintenance branch in Alexandria, Virginia where she gained an exceptional track record in both sales and operations. As Market Development Manager, Jennifer will oversee sales in Washington D.C, Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia. Giunta graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Horticulture and earned her MBA from the Université Institute of Finance and Management.

Jill Hartkopf- Branch Manager

Recently, Jill Hartkopf was promoted to Branch Manager to fill Giunta’s previous position. Hartkopf, who joined the Chapel Valley Team as a Property Manager in December of 2015, has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and practiced for several years before joining the family business on the eastern shore. In this role, Jill was responsible for all operations as well as building and maintaining relationships with exclusive clients. Hartkopf brings considerable experience to Chapel Valley with with skills in account management, estimating, project design, and senior level management.

Chapel Valley is growing every day and we’re excited to have these four as part of our team.

Responsible for the loss of hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America, the Emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) continues to make its way across the country. First discovered in Michigan in 2002, this exotic beetle currently affects: Ontario, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, Iowa, Tennessee, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, Arkansas, Louisiana—and most recently in 2016, Texas and Nebraska.

Native to Asia, the EAB most likely made its way to the United States through transported wood. EAB larvae are considered the primary reason for prolonged tree-loss. During the ‘immature stage’, EAB larvae feed on the inner bark,disrupting the effective flow of nutrients and water throughout the tree..

Over the years, the Emerald Ash Borer has cost property owners millions in tree removal services, pesticides, and research. However, scientists have recently developed a strategy to help keep the infestation under control.

The University of Delaware discovered a parasitic wasp that can combat the EAB and their release has already been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The parasitic wasps use EAB larvae as a host to lay their eggs. Once the wasp eggs hatch, they feed on the EAB larvae. Some wasps have already been released in Connecticut, and the effort was deemed successful.

Due to their success, federal officials are now planning the use of wasps by both governmental and non-governmental agencies. The wasps will not be a threat to humans although there is a chance they could affect other species of insects.

Chapel Valley has officially launched their first company video. Established in 1968, we’ve come a long way however, some things never change— including our reputation for impeccable quality, excellent customer service, and a safe workplace.

In this video, leaders from our company share who Chapel Valley is and what makes our company successful.
Shooting the video was a great experience for the Chapel Valley team. We worked with Freedom Digital Media, a Baltimore-based video production company that we have used in the past for photography. With all the recent rain in the DC metro-area, we were lucky to have beautiful weather over the two days of filming. For our first video, everything went exceptionally well thanks to our production team, video cast, and customers who allowed us to film on their properties.

This video will be posted on our website, shared on social media, and used to help promote our brand and recruit top personnel to our company. 

Branding Your Landscape

Did you know that you can brand your property with landscaping? Property branding is one of the most compelling ways to show potential clients what your business is about. It’s also a way for companies to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Imagine bursts of vibrant color in an abundance of planting beds featuring unique plant varieties throughout the year—something that sets this site apart from neighboring sites ordinary landscapes. Adding bright and intentional splashes like this is called “Colorscaping”— an innovative service offered by Chapel Valley that provides optimum seasonal color and creates positive first impressions. Here is what you can expect from Colorscaping:

Color. Bright, diverse color exclusively designed for your property and your specific needs.

Unique varieties. Chapel Valley has proven varieties for you to try and continues to test new varieties, so you’ll never tire of the same planting year after year.

Creativity. We offer innovative suggestions to get the most from your planting area. Our certified color designers will keep year-round interest for your property, helping to increase aesthetic appeal.

Proper Maintenance. We don’t just plant a rotation and hope for the best. A scheduled maintenance plan, including integrated pest management and disease control, horticultural work, fertilization and watering, keeps your beds in top condition. We address issues before they become problems.

Customization. We understand that all sites are unique so we’ll design a plan for the varying conditions of your particular site. There’s no problem with incorporating drought-resistant varieties for those hard-to-water places or for varieties that do well in shade.

Site Evaluation and Consultation. Our evaluation takes into account the site and your specific needs before we make recommendations. We carefully measure beds, test the PH of the soil, examine environmental and site conditions, as well as offer you options. We’re in the business of problem-solving to create beautiful environments.

One of our clients, Post Properties, is known for their beautiful tulip displays in the spring. Even their logo has a tulip in it! For Post Properties, this branding strategy offers differentiation and consistency, and aids in building a positive reputation.

Our clients truly recognize the impact that colorscaping has on their businesses. Here’s a quote from one of our clients who receive colorscaping year-round:
“Chapel Valley has the ability to complement and enhance our properties every season with the professionalism and creativity that the Colorscaping program offers. Our properties present a challenge, as each property differs greatly from the others; yet, Colorscaping rises to the occasion each and every time, providing us with unique and bold seasonal displays.” –Jim Davis, VP of Property Services, Post Properties

Beginning March 1, Chapel Valley will have a full-time maintenance branch in Delaware. Why Delaware? For the past three years, Chapel Valley has worked on a construction project for Heritage Shores, a premier living community in southern Delaware. Now that the installation is complete, we have been asked to open a permanent maintenance branch to service the large community.

"With our new branch in place, we can continue to build upon construction and maintenance work, not only for Delaware, but also the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Chapel Valley president James Reeve “We have already serviced these areas for more than 10 years and look forward to continued work with existing clients as well as the opportunity to partner with those who are looking for a quality landscape management program.”

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ChapelValleyWinterMeeting2016

On Thursday, January 14th, Chapel Valley held its 2016 Annual Meeting at the Marriott in Greenbelt, Maryland. On the heels of a successful year in 2015, our teams came together to discuss how we can build upon our commitment to safety, quality, and the customer experience. For nearly 50 years, Chapel Valley’s success has been strengthened by listening to and learning from our customers and how our teams’ daily interactions with them help produce unparalleled results. This year was no different as over 180 team members met to review, discuss, and brainstorm ideas that have continued to separate Chapel Valley as an industry leader from Baltimore to Atlanta.

In addition to focusing on our core qualities, we continued to build on how to better interact with our customers through technology, training and continued improvement. Those team members that meet with our valued clients daily, are able to provide input and insights that we can incorporate throughout the company.

As we value our customers’ loyalty and partnership, we extend the same to our vendors and suppliers as they continue to help provide us with quality products, services and pricing, which we are able to share with our customers. This year, we invited our sponsors to do more than simply share their product and service lines to our teams. Instead, in the spirit of building a quality service partner for every one of our customers, we invited our sponsors to attend our meeting to hear firsthand how we learned from yesterday, how we are making a difference today, and our plans for tomorrow.

The power of this meeting is measured by what we learn from you, our current and future customers. We are excited to share the Chapel Valley difference: When Quality Counts.

GOLD Sponsors- Ag Salt, Bartlett Tree, The Capital Group, Chriswell Chevy, Grant County Mulch, Manor View Farms, Montgomery Irrigation, Norris Ford, Organicare, PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Walnut Springs, and CINTAS.

Chapel Valley team members were honored at LCA's 'Excellence in Awards Dinner' for the following awards: 

1. Post Tysons Corner, McLean Virginia

Tysons Corner Commercial landscaping

Post Tysons is an exceptional community that is known for its beautifully landscaped courtyards. The site offers its residents exterior spaces with ornate fountains and grills, a resort-styled pool, tropical planters, and colorful flower beds.

Awarded for: Commercial Landscape Maintenance

2. A Private Residence in Potomac, Maryland

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The 1.14-acre estate includes a front entrance; a pool deck featuring a pool house and pergola; a patio for dining and grilling; 3 formal gardens, and a vegetable garden.

Work performed: Landscape Design/Build & Maintenance

Awarded for: Residential Landscape Maintenance

3. Private Residence in Montgomery County, Maryland

Potomac Maryland

The 1.25-acre site’s comprehensive maintenance plan utilizes a team of certified specialists in horticulture, irrigation, and gardening. The scope of work includes: spring and fall cleanup; integrated pest management; mowing and edging; weeding; hand pruning; weekly evaluations by a Master Gardener; maintaining the low-voltage lighting system, irrigation maintenance; and snow removal.

Work performed: Landscape Installation & Maintenance

Awarded for: Residential Landscape Maintenance 

4. Private Estate in Potomac, Maryland  

Potomac Mayland

This estate is more than just a home to the clients; it reflects their lifestyle. The property is used for entertaining, recreation, and relaxation.

Work performed: Landscape Installation & Maintenance

Awarded for: Residential Landscape Maintenance

Click here to see more awards won by Chapel Valley

Chapel Valley Preps U.S.'s Largest Roman Catholic Church for Pope's Visit

Washington, DC: On September 23rd, Pope Francis is scheduled to say an outdoor mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Chapel Valley is responsible for the site’s ongoing landscape management (20 plus years) and for the additional landscaping that will be performed in honor of the Pope’s visit.

The event is taking place on the east portico of the basilica, and is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees. In order to accommodate the visitors, Chapel Valley must be on site for 18 days to create and maintain a 3.6-acre outdoor space. It will take both maintenance and construction teams to fulfill the landscape requirements.

During this time trees, shrubs, and flowers will be removed and put in a holding area to make room for the stage. Once the event is finished, the plants are expected to be put back exactly as they were prior to the normal mass held every Sunday.
While the stage is being installed, an enhancement crew will be on site to take care of any pruning or plant material requirements. In addition, the crew will prune mature trees to improve sight views.

There will also be a water truck on-site as some of the irrigation zones will be turned off to protect any electrical equipment used on stage. All turf area and plants around the stage and jumbo screen will be hand-watered in lieu of the standard irrigation.

“From tree transplanting, regular maintenance, to watering—the grounds need to be a show case site even throughout all the foot traffic and construction. Pressure is on from the Basilica but we are prepared with a great staff in place”, says Chapel Valley’s property manager Danny Wenner, who has been attending weekly meetings for 2 months in preparation of the Pope’s visit.

Chapel Valley Landscape Company, established in 1968, is a second-generation, family-owned and operated company that offers unparalleled design, installation and maintenance for both residential and commercial properties. Chapel Valley is headquartered in Maryland, with additional locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Are your Cherry Laurels Safe from Peachtree Borers?

Cherry laurels are a popular plant used in commercial landscapes—they are hardy, very deer resistant, have a nice flower display, and are are susceptible to two major insects: peachtree borer and white Prunicola scale. However, if cherry laurels are not planted in the correct soil, then they are more likely to become stressed and weakened. Stanton Gill, IPM specialists at the UMD extension program, says cherry laurels “perform poorly in heavy clay soils, especially ones that do not drain well.”

If this occurs, then the plant will be vulnerable to pests—especially peachtree borers. Females lay their eggs at the base of the plant, and are most active in early July. If you do not use a protectant spay, the larvae will invade and eat the cambial tissue and girdles of the plant. The University of Maryland extension program suggests using either bifenthrin (Onyx) or permethrin to control peachtree borers.

Also, if you see sap oozing at the base of the tree, there is a chance it is infested with peach borers. Be sure to keep an eye out for this.