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The Best Spring Flowering Shrubs to Use for Commercial Properties

Flowers depict the arrival of spring. They’re bright, colorful and provide a delicately cheerful scent that fills the air. All quite welcoming after the grey gloom of winter. Spring flowers and shrubs are perfect for adding some color your commercial property. Hire a knowledgeable commercial landscaping service to help you select different shrubs and flowers appropriate for your property. The colorful flowers with their refreshing scent will help your visitors, tenants, employees and shoppers feel relaxed and welcome at your property.

The vibrant and lively colors of exotic flowers and shrubs add another dimension to your commercial property and add to the overall value of the spaces you own and manage.

Investing in high-quality landscaping to improve the look and feel of your property with flowers sets up your business for success. It’s like a gift that gives back! The inviting hues of spring flowers will attract the attention of customers and tenants to your property by investing in landscape maintenance.

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First of the Year Landscaping Tips

Looking for ways to keep your commercial property’s clients and employees happy? Don’t underestimate the power of an attractive and well maintained landscape.

You don’t need to spend lot to create green spaces that will entice employees to go outside, relax, and explore your property’s grounds. Here are some tips that can ensure an effective commercial landscape design:

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Benefits of Trees in Your Landscape

Trees don’t require the same amount of care that many other parts of your property’s landscape do. To thrive, they need the things that are available naturally: sunlight, soil, and water. In return, they provide so many benefits. They clean the air, help reduce energy costs, provide shelter to animals, and, perhaps most importantly, they add immense value and aesthetic appeal to your commercial property’s landscape.  

Carefully thought-out landscapes that include preserved and new tree plantings not only make your property look great, but also provide employees and guests with the opportunity to take a break from technology and recharge by spending time enjoying your landscape’s natural beauty. Frequent short walks under and among the trees has been proved very beneficial to the productivity of the employees and greatly enhances mood.

Trees are not without some expense. They do require some additional maintenance costs in order to keep them healthy, but most successful commercial property management companies and building owners have come to see the trees in their landscape as a competitive benefit.

Here are some of the advantages of investing in your trees:

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Tips for Making Spaces That Your Clients & Employees Appreciate

Being strapped to technology without a break can get really frustrating for employees. Giving them the opportunity to take a break and inhale some fresh air can really help when the workload is dragging them down. A breather outdoors can be rejuvenating, according to a lot of studies that prove the advantages of commercial landscaping.

Making an outdoor space for employees and clients to work and gather can greatly enhance the productivity and create a close-knit community. Commercial landscaping can reduce the work pressure, enhance teamwork among the employees, promote physical activity and liven up the overall environment at work.

Landscape maintenance is also crucial for outdoor spaces because while providing an outdoor space to the employees can be helpful, frequently changing the setting can boost creativity and enhance the mood of the employees.

Outdoor spaces prove to be a smart move, so what should you consider when making a space that both - your clients and employees appreciate?

Here are some tips that can ensure an effective outdoor space and entice employees to go outside:

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You Deserve Better Than Average Landscaping

“On a scale of 1 to 10, we’re going for a 5. I want my property’s landscape to look really average”, said no one ever.

You hire a professional landscape company because you want your property’s landscape to stand out – in a good way. When you sign a contract with a big commercial landscaping company, you expect that you’ll get something much better than what you’re getting today, right?

Otherwise, why would you go to all the trouble to qualify vendors, conduct an RFP, evaluate the responses, and negotiate your contract? You’d just stick with whoever’s cutting the grass for you now and doing an “okay” job.

When we talk to the property managers we work with, they tell us that they expect more from us.  The same old, same old just doesn’t cut it for them.

But how do you get an above average landscape?  Without blowing your budget, how do you turn an utterly unremarkable landscape into one that really stands out?

Every property’s different, but here are 3 simple tips to help you get a landscape that stands out from the crowd.

  1. Start with a solid fertilization and pest management program. Your landscape is never going to look its best if it’s not getting the right nutrients. Have your landscape contractor take soil samples from various locations in your property, then design an application program that addresses the specific needs of your landscape and its environment. You can’t get an above average landscape if you don’t start with a healthy landscape.
  2. Second, make sure your irrigation system is regularly inspected by trained professionals. Most property managers don’t think about their irrigation system until there’s a broken head, or a huge water bill comes in. But just because you can’t see any problems, doesn’t mean that your irrigation system is doing all that it should for your landscape. During monthly inspections, irrigation pros don’t just look for problems. They make sure that your landscape is getting the right amount of water, in all the places that need it. Properly managed irrigation plans keep pests and disease out of your landscape and keep it looking it’s best.
  3. Finally, seek professional help. If you think about it, it’s easy to ignore most landscapes. After a while, they all start to look the same, don’t they? But what if your property had something that the others didn’t? We employ trained Landscape Designers, and we offer their expertise to our clients as a value-added service. Because sometimes the difference between an exceptional landscape and an average one is as simple as having one or two focal points to draw attention to your property. Adding some color to your landscape with a new annual flower bed, and keeping the design interesting with each rotation, gives you a chance to refresh your property's curb appeal several times a year.

These are just a few tips to get you started. Remember, the journey from average to remarkable isn’t as hard as you think, or as expensive. Your landscape probably doesn’t need a major overhaul. Instead, find the small, but important steps you and your landscape contractor can take to get you the landscape that you deserve.

 

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Congratulations Legacy of Leesburg!

We're extremely proud to feature Legacy of Leesburg. This client partnered with us to manage their landscape 3 years ago. In that time, we've worked with the Board and Property Management to revitalize this beautiful community. And we're proud to announce that all the hard work and planning has resulted in 2 landscape awards this year. Last month, the community was awarded a National Landscape Award of Excellence and we were recently able to accept another Landscape Award from the FNGLA during The Landscape Show in Orlando.

Legacy of Leesburg is an active retirement lifestyle community, located 45 minutes from Orlando, Florida. The community's intent is to provide all the modern amenities active adults expect in a home, placed in a setting that encourages them to explore the natural beauty of central Florida.

The result is that nearly all of Legacy’s 1000 homes have a view of either a natural conservation area or one of the nineteen ponds that dot the community’s landscape. With over seven miles of maintained walking paths along thirteen trails, residents are frequently seen strolling in the shade of the hundreds of ancient oaks that were preserved during construction.

We're honored to partner with the wonderful community and proud to share in their success.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the care of this award-winning community!

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Yellowstone Landscape expands in Texas with opening of new Austin location

AUSTIN, TX (October 6, 2017) – Yellowstone Landscape is pleased to announce that it has expanded its operations in Texas with the opening of its new Austin location.

Yellowstone Landscape is one of the country’s largest commercial landscaping firms, with locations across six Southern states.  The newly opened Austin branch provides commercial landscape maintenance and enhancement services, including irrigation system management and exterior pest control, as well as commercial landscape installation and tree care services. 

Yellowstone Landscape CEO, Tim Portland, said of the expansion, “We’ve been targeting an expansion into Austin for a number of years now. We’re extremely proud of our longstanding client relationships in the greater Houston area.  Many of our clients also own or manage properties in Austin, and have been asking us to provide services for those properties as well.   We’re looking forward to doing so and to building new client and service relationships in Austin for many years to come.”

Yellowstone Landscape’s Austin location will be led by Jeremy Sutton. Mr. Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and comes to the company with significant experience in management of large scale commercial landscaping operations in the greater Austin area.  Yellowstone’s Austin operations are located at 1209 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Local candidates with landscape maintenance experience are encouraged to apply in person, or send their resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Orlando’s 2017 Home of Distinction Benefits Ronald McDonald House

It was our honor to install the landscape at this beautiful property, and for the next two weekends, anyone in Central Florida can tour this amazing home and contribute to a terrific charity at the same time.

The home being showcased is the 2017 Home of Distinction, a newly constructed home built by our client, Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling, for Janet & Russ Haberle of Haberle Steel Inc.

A Mediterranean designed home with a Transitional flare, this 15,736-square foot home is located on the 6th fairway of the Nicklaus Golf Course in the Eagle Estates Section of Reunion Resort & Club. It features the latest in design trends for the luxury home market. The home was designed with a focus on entertaining, including outdoor living areas essential in the Florida sunshine. Featuring a large kitchen, gathering areas, theater and game rooms, the home has a uniquely designed pool with lazy river, pool, spa and waterfalls.

From September 22nd through October 1st Weekends Only (Friday & Saturdays 10AM – 5PM / Sundays Noon – 5PM), this home will be open for tours to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. The tour will showcase building and design trends while raising funds for a wonderful cause. Tour tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance by visiting www.rmhccf.org/events, selecting Home of Distinction Orlando and then clicking the 'Register Now' button. Otherwise, tickets will be $10 at the door. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida receives 100% of the proceeds from tour ticket sales.

Special thanks to Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling for allowing us to be a part of this unique project.

For more information on the Home of Distinction:
http://www.homeofdistinction.com/17Orlando/index.php

 

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4 Environmental Benefits of Your Commercial Landscape

It’s easy to look at a freshly mowed lawn, pruned shrubs, and vibrantly colored flowers and think that commercial landscaping is just about making properties look beautiful. But as Landscape Professionals, we know there’s so much more going on in your landscape than what you can see. Professionally designed, installed, and managed landscapes do so much more than just add beauty to the places where we live, work, and play. In this post, we’ll explore 4 important environmental benefits of commercial landscapes that you may not have considered before.

1. Improved Air Quality
Do you remember that one science fair as a kid, when you did a project on photosynthesis? In case you forgot, photosynthesis is “the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water…and generates oxygen as a byproduct.” Plants are absolutely essential to carbon sequestration. They capture significant amounts of carbon from the air and release oxygen. In urban areas and places near industrial and manufacturing facilities, trees and plants also capture particulates and other microscopic pollutants, helping to clean the air we breathe.

2. Reducing Soil Erosion
Did you know that the root systems of plants and trees allow for 20 times greater water absorption than tilled soil? That also means that areas with healthy turf, trees and plants are far less likely to experience flash flooding and areas of standing water after a hard rain. Soil erosion isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Area of exposed dirt on a hillside indicate that the soil is weak. If not corrected, this can lead to mudslides after heavy rains. Reducing soil erosion in these areas can involve decorative plantings of shrubs and other groundcovers, meeting the functional and aesthetic needs of the landscape.

3. Reducing Noise Pollution
When most people think about a bustling, urban city, the soundtrack typically includes honking car horns, exhausts of trucks and buses passing by, and maybe even a jackhammer. The constant assault on the ears is part of the reason some city dwellers eventually flee to find peace and quiet in the suburbs. Modern urban developments are increasingly looking to commercial landscape designers and commercial landscape management companies to bring nature back to the city. Turf, plants, and trees are much better at absorbing sound than pavement and concrete walls. Dampening even a small amount the city’s noise makes the environment just a little more pleasant for its residents.

4. Regulating Temperature
In the South, we’re always looking for ways to keep ourselves just a little cooler. Whether adding more trees to create a natural canopy of shade, or installing a hedgerow to block the setting sun from a westward facing window, landscapes can have a big impact on temperature regulation. With more shade from trees, your home or office’s air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to keep you cool, saving money on your electric bill. Studies have also shown that turf keeps the ground 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer and 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter than a paved surface. Another advantage that grass has over pavement – it doesn’t crack. Pavement expands and contracts as temperatures change, leading to cracks which become safety hazards. Replacing large paved areas with healthy turf reduces the amount of pavement that will need to be repaired or replaced, and better regulates temperature in the area.

These examples are just a few of the many ways that your landscape is working to help make your environment a little healthier and a little safer. The aesthetic appeal of a great commercial landscape project is hard to overlook, but just remember that there’s a functional purpose behind all that beauty, too.

 

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Your Landscape & Marketing Your Commercial Real Estate Property

 

Marketing a commercial real estate property can be a challenge. There is more competition for commercial space now than at any other time in history. And it’s easier than ever for buyers and lessees to search available inventory. That means getting your property noticed among all those other listings is more important (and more difficult) than ever before.

Whether selling or leasing, a few smart investments in your property’s landscape can help you stand out from the other listings your potential buyers and tenants are considering.

 

The Case for Making Your Landscape a Feature

Almost every commercial real estate listing starts by talking about the same things - proximity to interstates and public transit, hotels and restaurants nearby, parking areas, security and maintenance, energy efficiency. Sometimes a listing may mention a “park-like setting”, but a property’s landscape is rarely given top billing in its description.

We think the reason that landscapes aren’t given any special mention is that 99% of commercial properties have no distinguishing landscape features.  The result is that all properties end up looking basically the same from the outside.

If you want to make your property seem unique, but the exterior and grounds are no different than the competition, your only option is to make expensive updates inside the building. Landscape enhancements are significantly less expensive than interior improvements.  And once they’re installed, the new landscape improvements cost relatively little more to maintain than the boring old landscape that looks like everyone else’s.

 

Getting Your Property Ready for a Photo Shoot

There’s a lot more to closing a deal than having great photos of your property, but clients looking to buy or lease are starting their search online. Whether they’re viewing your property on your company’s website or another commercial real estate listing site, they’re looking through your pictures before they ever read a word about your property.

9 out of 10 listings will start with a photo of the building’s full exterior. I know you’ve seen the shot we’re talking about – lines of glass windows, gray concrete, a few small trees lining the front, and maybe a little strip of green grass.

Instead, why not highlight the interesting parts of your property’s grounds in the cover photo? A colorful installation of annual flowers at the main entry. A group of blooming perennials at an outdoor seating area. An aerial shot of a crushed granite walking path around the property’s lake.  Bright colors, or anything different than the typical cover photo, will help your listing stand out on the search results page.

Also, consider the time of year when you’re shooting the photos of your property. Even a great listing can be ruined by bare trees and dormant turf. Consider having photos done after your spring cleanup when trees are full of green leaves and the flowers are blooming. Even if you’re marketing your listing in the winter, show the landscape when it looks its best to maximize views.

As more commercial real estate professionals begin using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to market their listings, photos of your property and its landscape can become a huge asset, driving views to your website and property listings.  The right improvements to strategic areas of your property’s grounds could become a key component in your commercial real estate property’s marketing plan.

 

For more ideas on how to turn your landscape into a marketing feature, schedule a meeting with your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional. They have the tools and experience to help your commercial property’s listing stand out from the crowd.

 

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