Using Landscaping to Hide Outdoor Maintenance Devices

Landscaping Concealing Metal Unit

Nearly every commercial facility is a blend of form and function. Sometimes, you have an aesthetically pleasing property because of its design and there’s nothing you want to hide.

But in some cases, you might be challenged to use commercial landscaping elements strategically, to cover-up or mask something on your property:

  • Maintenance devices
  • Air-conditioning units
  • Electrical boxes, meters, etc.
  • Sprinkler controls
  • Outdoor plumbing
  • Solar panels
  • Heavy equipment and machinery
  • Employee picnic and break areas

There are multiple options available, depending on your budget and needs. Each potential landscape design strategy comes with regular maintenance considerations. Be sure you speak with knowledgeable commercial landscapers in PA regarding the native plant species that will thrive in your region.

While there is no correct answer when it comes to landscape design, there are best practices and there are situations where deeper botanical knowledge is beneficial.

The Privet Hedge

As the name seems to suggest, the privet hedge is a privacy-providing hedge. But that’s not all they have to offer! This hedge is also incredibly practical. It is inexpensive, can be trimmed into neat square edges, and grows quickly.

Landscaping Hedges for Home & BusinessBetter still, they can thrive in the shade and can also survive Pennsylvania’s cold winters. You might start out a hedge line with bulbs or buy mature plants. The latter would more quickly fill in the chosen area.

The Green Giant Arborvitae

While the Green Giant is native to northwestern North America, depending on your micro-climate, you may have success with this Giant Cedar in PA. The Green Giant, too, is aptly named. This evergreen species can grow up to 60 feet tall, or more, and thereby offers a botanical barrier able to mask even the largest of outdoor maintenance devices.

Adolescent, 1- to 10-foot tall saplings can be planted on a rather conservative budget and will also grow rapidly. Because they are evergreen, they will provide consistent aesthetic appeal and area coverage all year long.


Bamboo is a relatively practical choice in terms of durability, cost, and maintenance requirements. You probably need to be a fan of the bamboo aesthetic, but it is another excellent way of using landscaping to hide something on your grounds.

One option is living bamboo, growing wildly, which produces a deep and opaque thicket. Or, you may employ a fencing strategy using hewn bamboo stalks. This would provide an organic and natural appearance while also granting you even and clean-looking coverage.

Ready to pick a plant and start digging? Hold on!

While the appeal of a DIY gardening project can be tempting, your business’ livelihood may rest in the balance. In some cases, your outdoor commercial landscaping is protecting your assets from prying eyes and potential intruders. Because maintenance and upkeep of various plant life can differ so wildly, a professional’s advice is helpful.

Do you need assistance planning your commercial landscape project? Realty Landscaping can help. Our commercial landscape experts have spent more than 30 years helping Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware business owners make their properties look great. Contact us today to get started.

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