Best Practices: Planning Your Commercial Landscape

Commercial Landscaping at Flowers MillIf you’re in charge of a mid-size or large commercial property, you’ve probably run into your fair share of pushback if you’ve ever tried to argue for the importance—or even the necessity—of a lush landscape project. Perhaps the money counters at your firm have tried to convince you of the non-necessity of a landscape that does more than simply meet the minimal requirements.

Or perhaps you’re the one who isn’t quite sold on the idea of living greenery as a wise investment. Maybe you’re not yet convinced, for instance, that commercial landscape design can do much more than simply add a touch of required greenery to an otherwise bland, commercial landscape.

Whatever the case may be, we’d like to share with you not only our belief in the enormous difference a sustainable and well-planned landscape can bring to a commercial site, but also a brief list of best practices that anyone planning a commercial landscape project would be wise to follow.

1. Sustainability Is a Buzzword for Good Reason

While it’s easy—and understandable—to view eco-consciousness in the landscaping industry as little more than an expensive trend, there’s more than one good reason that so many sustainable measures have been added to official regulations in many parts of the country.

Choosing plants that are native to your region, for instance, and settling on limited lawn areas aren’t solely good choices for the longevity of the planet we call home. They can also result very easily in real money saved. Native plants need less care than those that don’t easily survive by themselves in your region’s climate. Likewise, limited lawn areas require less water, and less care overall. This is definitely an area in which your company can save money on contracted gardeners.

2. Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Color

No matter what sort of commercial landscape design you and your team happen to be planning, you won’t find it easy to avoid the many shades of green that nature offers. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, don’t forget about the multitude of other colors available to landscapers.

Vibrant splashes of color are important for several reasons: They tend to catch the eye of passersby, which can be helpful when you want to garner street traffic. The many colors of nature have also been shown to encourage positivity and even happiness in those surrounded by them. If the site’s employees will be relaxing or spending time in or around the landscape, consider adding flowers and shrubs—native to the area, if possible—with elements of reds, blues, and yellows.

Chesterbrook3. Consider Adding a Water Feature

Water features have been growing more and more popular in commercial landscapes of all sorts, from outdoor shopping centers and motels to corporate offices parks and beyond. And for good reason: Unlike other living elements, water can be controlled to create just about any effect you need.

If you’re attempting to create a relaxing and serene outdoor environment that just happens to sit alongside a busy intersection, a water feature can go a long way toward drowning out unwanted noise. An indoor water feature, meanwhile, can make for an especially relaxing and even meditative spot where guests or clients will naturally congregate.

4. Take Care to Send the Right Message with Your Landscaping

If you’re having difficulty planning the general theme of your commercial landscape, remember that it should reflect the nature or attitude of its affiliated businesses in the same way a company’s graphic design is reflective of the sort of business it advertises. A casual, youthful commercial property, for instance, should be surrounded by an exciting and offbeat landscape, whereas as a more corporate and staid property should feature a more conventional and expected landscape.

5. Never Spend Money or Begin Work Without a Plan

Although we’ve left this particular best practice for last, it should always be the first task you tackle when considering commercial landscape design. Having a clear understanding of the message you hope to convey through your landscape, and the elements you plan to include, should always be worked out on paper before any real-world purchasing begins.

Will an in-house crew complete any of the work? Will the entire project be outsourced? Are there sustainable regulations you need to abide? Are the plants, flowers and shrubbery on your wish list in season? Have you given yourself a budget buffer in case any aspect of the project exceeds cost expectations? Once your plan is solidly in place and properly approved, it’ll be time for you and your team to show just how successful a project can be with the right set of best practices in place.

And remember that you don’t need to tackle any of this on your own. The team at Realty Landscaping can help. We have more than three decades’ experience in providing businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with award-winning landscaping services.

Contact us today to learn how we can make your commercial landscape design ideas a reality.

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