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Ideas for a Sustainable Landscape for Your Commercial Property

The idea of a “sustainable landscape” can mean many different things to many different people, but at its most basic level, the term refers to the practice of minimizing the utilization of non-renewable and non-native plant materials. Following are a few ideas to consider if you’re seeking to make your commercial landscaping more sustainable.

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Ways Landscaping Helps Your Bottom Line

Landscaping adds value to your commercial property and helps create a remarkable first impression for your clients, tenants, and customers. In this article, we’ll list some of the ways your landscape benefits your property.

Professionally designed plantings of trees, shrubs, flowers, and new grass can transform your site into a Class A looking property faster than any other capital investment. How does the process work? Ideas for improving the appearance of the property should be presented to you, long before a shovel touches the ground. The landscape professionals bring their own ideas to the table, and together with your vision and requirements, they help you create a plan to achieve your goals.

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Tips When Starting Up Your Irrigation System

When it comes to the management of your commercial property’s landscape, securing and maintaining an adequate water source is essential. For most commercial property’s landscapes, an automatic irrigation system is an effective method to provide the required amount of water over the property’s landscaped areas. To keep your landscape looking its best, your commercial landscaping service partner must continuously monitor and adjust your property's irrigation system.  Professional monitoring of the system not only helps to maintain plant health, but also helps you conserve water and saves on extra, unneccesary water expenses.

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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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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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6 Landscaping Amenities to Consider for Your Commercial Property

With regular lawn maintenance, your commercial property is going to look stunning. However, a few extra amenities can take it to the next level by creating an area tenants, employees and guests can enjoy. Whether you’re working within a city setting with limited space, or a large corporate office campus, the right landscape partner will have solutions that make your outdoor space inviting.

 

Consider adding some of the following useful and appealing touches to your commercial green space:

 

The First Amenity to Always Consider - Furniture

Encourage people to enjoy their lunches or breaks outside with sufficient furniture. You can acquire some amazing patio sets so that groups of individuals can get together. You can also add benches where people can relax for a few moments.

Nothing beats having a barbecue in the middle of summer. Your tenants will love having an area to grill burgers and hot dogs, especially if it is an apartment complex where they would be unable to have a grill otherwise. Professional offices might find a grilling space useful for team outings in the summer.

Make Your Landscape Shine with Thoughtful Lighting

While the sun lights the way during the day, you want something that will allow people to enjoy the scenery on cloudy days and evenings as well. Consider an energy efficient lighting option so that you do not increase your monthly electric bills too much.

Pathway lighting adds that extra touch that takes your landscape from pretty to sophisticated.

Yellowstone Landscape Path Lighting

Combat High Water Usage with a Cistern

You need an irrigation system in place that allows you to keep trees and flowers growing healthily. However, constantly having the sprinklers running can quickly add up and is not great for the environment. By installing a cistern on your commercial property, you can easily collect rainwater, and use that to water your foliage.

Consider a Decorative Fire Pit for Function and Style

Many different variations exist for fire pits. Consider a gas pit with decorative stone and cozy seating. Numerous styles exist for these pits, so you can find one that perfectly complements the rest of your property’s aesthetic. Allow users to control gas fire pits with a timer. This also ensures that it will not stay on all night when people head home.

Could Fencing be That Finishing Touch?

A fence around your commercial property does more than just add an attractive flourish to the edges of your beautiful green space. It also adds some security. Wood or metal? Security, aesthetics, or both? Your landscape designer will help you choose a fence that flows well with your overall look.

A Water Fixture Takes Your Space to the Next Level

Ponds and fountains are calming and eye-catching features. People can gather around and enjoy the soothing sound of running water. Worried about keeping up with this substantial addition? Leave it to your landscaper who will include fountain maintenance in the regular maintenance plan.

Partner with the Right Landscape Provider

From start to finish, design to regular maintenance, Yellowstone Landscape offers first-class commercial landscaping services. Get in touch with our team today by calling 407.512.5714. We look forward to working together to achieve the ultimate look for your property.

 

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Landscaping and Brand Image - What Is Your Curb Appeal Saying to Potential Customers?

Curb appeal is important for any business. Whether you have an apartment complex, office building or a public institution, you want to convey the right image to everyone driving by.

You don’t want people to steer clear of your organization because your landscape has fallen into a state of disarray. Consider what an outsider would think of your building just from looking at the surrounding property. Is it eye-catching? Is it representative of your business standards?

Following are some questions to consider when it comes to your office’s curb appeal.

What is Our “Personality”?

Many business owners have difficulty figuring out what kind of aesthetic they should go with for their property’s landscape. An easy place to start is with your company culture. A whimsical company may consider something outside the box and colorful. A more traditional firm might go for something clean cut and neutral. Whatever your culture, understand that a messy, unstructured landscape might inadvertently convey a lack of quality control to others.

Have You Considered Outdoor Meeting Areas?

Some businesses need to be straightforward and conduct all business inside. However, you should think about whether your company could benefit from some outdoor seating areas. Office buildings can promote a renewing lunch break for their employees by including some tables amongst shaded foliage. Corporate properties can welcome clients and guests with meeting spots on patios and in courtyards. Some other amenities to consider include umbrellas for shade and decorative fountains.

Does Your Landscape Work With or Against Signage?

While a properly maintained landscape is important, it is also vital that potential customers are able to see your business’s sign. It is possible to find plants that work well to complement any signage. Placing a sign in a flower bed delivers a bright and vibrant first impression for your company. Remember, you want the landscaping around your sign to be well maintained and not overgrown.

What’s Good for the Entire Year?

You don’t want the front of your property to only be attractive for half the year. You want something that is going to be manageable all year round. This means employing the proper maintenance practices for the season you’re in. For example, in cold weather, ensuring all your walkways are kept free of ice. A reliable landscape provider will offer a maintenance schedule that meets your needs in every season.
Every square foot of your property is a chance to create a positive impression for your business.

Yellowstone Landscape can help you achieve the perfect aesthetic to fit your business needs. Contact our team by calling 407.512.5714 today.

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Landscaping and Other Outdoor Feature Upgrades That Make Cents

Fall is a great time of year to consider an outdoor feature project for your community or commercial property. But before you commit to a decision about what project to tackle with your budget dollars, there’s a new study out that you should consider first.

The study, released last week by the National Association of Landscape Professionals in partnership with the National Association of Realtors, looks at the return on investment for some of the most common landscaping upgrades and other outdoor feature projects. The report, titled “2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features”, also looks at the reasons why projects are undertaken and considers the happiness a project brings to the owner upon completion.

While the study is focused on homeowners, the results do offer some interesting insights for commercial property managers about the most effective ways to increase the value of your owner’s property through outdoor features and upgrades.

Not surprisingly, the least financially responsible outdoor project was the addition of a swimming pool. While homeowners reported the highest degrees of happiness after the project was completed, the study found that only half of what they spent would ever be recovered at resale.

This would also be true for an association that might be considering an addition of a community pool, playground, or sports courts. Pools and other recreational spaces are some of the highest liability areas for any HOA, they are expensive to keep in good working order, and very rarely become the community gathering places that well-intentioned Board Members envision.

If you’re looking for an outdoor project that won’t lose half the money you put into it, the survey found that landscape overhauls, patios, and decks all returned the investment put into them and brought high levels of enjoyment to homeowners.

For a commercial property or residential association, think of anything that creates or enhances areas where people gather at your property. In a residential community, this could be creating a nature trail or a community garden. For a commercial property, consider adding or updating outdoor break areas and dining spaces. Landscape overhauls and enhancement projects, like enlarging annual color beds, or adding trees and shrubs around parking areas, are other examples of outdoor features that are both a sound financial investment and will increase the visual appeal and enjoyment of your property.

So what was the number one, overall best investment for anyone looking to improve their outdoor spaces?

The study found that the most appealing project also offers the highest return on investment, and it’s something most homeowners don’t ever consider when selling their home – a lawn care treatment program. Simply having a regular fertilization and spray application program in place returns over 300% on its investment. That means you can expect $3 back for every $1 you spend on your landscape management program!

It’s not nearly as exciting as a pool or a new firepit, but a lawn that’s lush, green, and weed free is the number one recommendation made by realtors to increase the value of their sellers’ homes.

For the professional PM, this is information that you can apply to your properties, too. Whether you’re a CAM serving as advisor to homeowner associations or a CPM managing and leasing commercial spaces, make sure that any discussions about landscaping or outdoor feature projects start with a careful evaluation of the health and quality of your green spaces. Not only will it immediately increase the attractiveness of your property, it’s also a sound investment that adds long term value to the property for the owners. Something they’ll be sure to appreciate when renewing your management services agreement.

You can read the complete report on the REALTOR website here. http://www.realtor.org/reports/remodeling-impact-report-outdoor-features

Or you can view an infographic created from the study’s findings here. http://www.realtor.org/infographics/2016-outdoor-remodeling-impact

 

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How Your Landscape Improves Your Business

For many businesses today, it's not just what's inside their building that counts. Delivering great service and innovative products for your clients is essential. But you can't serve anyone until they walk through your door. That’s why your property’s landscape is so important. It can either invite people in or send them running to the competition. If your property is serviced by one of your area’s professional commercial landscape companies you should have a plethora of service and landscape enhancement options to choose from. Any of the options they present will greatly enhance your business’ first impression.

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