Commercial landscape maintenance- what facility managers might be doing wrong

Blog Contributed by Stephen McClain

Understanding the importance of proper commercial landscape maintenance is a priority of facility managers. According to Princeton psychologists, it takes a people a fraction of a second to form an impression and make a judgment. Facility managers who partner with a reliable commercial landscaping maintenance service company to help them make a positive first impression on their tenants, clients, employees, and the community.

Everyone enjoys an aesthetically pleasing green space. Adding some greenery to a commercial facility can boost revenues, add style, and even improve employee work ethic. Unfortunately, a landscaping project can turn into a costly nightmare to property managers due to various commercial landscape maintenance mistakes.

Lacking a Before and After Plan

Many landscaping maintenance projects begin, stop and then begin again. Such projects can become inefficient and very costly. Before embarking on a maintenance project, facility managers should have a well thought out plan. In addition, they should avoid changing their minds midway through the process. Having a plan of action is just as important as a detailed design plan. Greenery requires specific upkeep to prevent it from turning into an eyesore. A good plan saves money and reduces future hassles.

Failure to Give Plants Enough Room to Grow

The inability to foresee how large plants and flowers will grow is one of the most common commercial landscaping errors. A newly installed landscape is beautiful; however, facility managers should expect it to lose its appeal due to awkwardly cramped plants. Plants must soak in the sun, rain and oxygen, then adjust to their environment before assuming their full potential. Property managers should always remember to give plants plenty of space during the maintenance process.

Failure to Keep Mulch Away from the Building 

All professional landscapers know that plants need mulch to grow; however, mulch contains pests that love to burrow inside and make homes for themselves. When facility managers leave mulch touching the outside walls of the building or near the building, it gives pests the perfect opportunity to get inside the building, which forces building managers to spend money on the services of a pest control company. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Commercial landscape maintenance is an art, and a good landscape maintenance company can offer specialized services to office and industrial parks, banks, retail spaces, recreation areas, government facilities and other types of facilities. Great Estates Landscaping will create an efficient commercial landscaping plan for you and your business. Contact us for a no obligation landscape services estimate.

About The Author

In addition to being a manager on the landscaping maintenance, installation and turf management team at Great Estates Landscaping, Stephen McClain is a sports fanatic who enjoys spending time in nature and doing outdoor activities with his family.

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