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Thrive Academy was created to help companies manage their properties better.  These resources are aimed at solving some of the problems you might face on a day-to-day basis, and provide information to make your job easier and more stress-free. 

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How Mulch Can Really Help Your Trees Thrive

Is mulch the secret ingredient to healthy trees? It definitely helps. People often perceive its use as strictly aesthetic, but it actually provides a number of benefits for a tree.
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How to Tell if a Tree is Healthy… in 60 Seconds

Trees add a tremendous amount of value to a property. There are signs we can all look for in a 60 second tree health assessment to identify potential problems early on.
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The Secrets for Growing Green Grass

To those who aren’t in landscape maintenance, growing beautiful, healthy grass can seem like dark magic. Learn the techniques we use.
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The Benefits of a Green Roof

Buildings with green roofs (also known as living roofs) are becoming more popular for the financial, human, and environmental advantages they supply.
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The Death of a Parking Lot

Failing to resolve a few key parking lot issues can be five times more expensive than the alternative. No exaggeration. We will break it down and show you what to look out for.
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Some Irrigation Insights from Industry Experts

Minimizing your irrigation system taxes the health of your grass and plants which in turn allows more weeds, pests, sparseness, and poor soil conditions.
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Trees need watering in April

Trees Need Watering… in April

Trees and shrubs in commercial landscapes, especially those in parking lots, need water at the beginning of the growth season for them to do their best.
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Why Trees Die in Parking Lots and What You Can Do About It

In Calgary, parking lot trees are often a sorry sight and require replacement every few years. If that sounds expensive to you, you're right. Here's what you can do...
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Why Adding Mulch is Your Best Low-Cost Plant Health Option

If we could recommend only one improvement for your tree, shrub, and plant spaces, it would be adding or topping up a mulch layer. Why?
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Using Less Salt to Melt Snow Using Organic Alternatives: Molasses or Beet Brine

Many municipalities are experimenting with including organic additives in their anti-icing and snow melting brine formulas. Two common options are molasses and beet brine.
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Should You Create Snow Piles in Your Parking Lot?

Snow piles are a pretty common sight in parking lots around Calgary during the winter. But have you ever asked yourself, “Is this good for business?”
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Save Money on Parking Lot Sweeping… Next Year

We like to pay attention to areas where wasted client money goes unnoticed. The following tips are worth keeping in mind when negotiating your next winter maintenance contract.
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How Upgrading Just One Easy Component of Your Irrigation System Can Cut Your Bills in Half

In our research, we have found that upgrading one particular irrigation component has the greatest advantage over any other system upgrades.
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Melting Snow and Ice: Should You Pre-treat or Post-treat?

Some snow crews work before bad weather hits by applying a solution that helps melt snow and ice on impact. Others wait for the weather to happen... Which is better? Cheaper?
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Snow and Ice Management Glossary

Here is a glossary of terms that you may run across when discussing snow and ice management solutions for your property needs during the winter months.
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