If you are a business owner or property manager, high-quality landscaping may not be at the forefront of your mind. After all, financial concerns, managing client relations, building a strong team of employees, and other more traditional business considerations likely already occupy much of the time you spend on operational planning.
However, high-quality commercial landscaping should not be overlooked, as it can provide a wealth of benefits to your business. In fact, in many respects, effective landscaping is as important for commercial properties as it is for residential properties.
Learn about the vital ways in which premium landscaping can help your business thrive.
Improve Curb Appeal
When people think of curb appeal landscaping, they are often more likely to think of private homes than business environments. In fact, many people associate offices with drab or nonexistent landscaping, which may often feel forgettable.
As it turns out, though, if actively pursued, curb appeal can be truly vital for a business environment. A well-manicured exterior for your office or other commercial building helps make your business more aesthetically attractive, which can have a positive effect on both clients and employees. Your business will seem more notable and more professional in appearance — tidy, well-cared for, and reliable in its presentation.
Boost Property Values
Quality landscaping is also vital to your business's economic fortunes, as it has been shown to boost property values. It generally does this in two ways — one direct, and one more indirect.
Trees, shrubs, and other well-care for foliage can themselves increase the value of a given property, whether residential or commercial. A healthy environment is always a big draw when considering the value of a given property.
Beyond this, attractive landscaping on commercial properties is uniquely helpful in pulling in more clients, helping to boost business in other ways.
Help the Surrounding Environment
Trees, shrubs, and other plants around your business also have important effects that are not purely aesthetic; they provide tangible environmental benefits to your physical location. Healthy plants can help make soil healthier and more resilient. This can, in turn, lead to more landscaping opportunities: the ability to plant new shrubs and flowers, as well as to attract beneficial, pollinating insects.
A healthy ecological backdrop to your business can also be particularly helpful in another way: It can increase your commercial property's resilience in heavy rains and severe storms, which are hardly uncommon in southern Louisiana. From Baton Rouge to New Orleans to the bayous, severe storm damage is often disturbingly widespread. Fortunately, trees and other plantings can help absorb excess water, preventing erosion and even mitigating flooding.
Improve Employee Health and Morale
A tangential and related ecological benefit of effective landscaping is its effects on the health and well-being of your employees. High-quality commercial landscaping can help to make the air around your workplace more oxygen-rich, creating a generally healthier local atmosphere. Plus, having plants and green space around the office can boost employees' health and morale. Finally, trees and other plantings also lower the temperature of the surrounding air and provide shade, helping to keep your workplace cooler and potentially even reducing air-conditioning costs.
In a crowded business environment, and especially in one so often defined by hasty searches on the internet, it can be a challenge to stand out as a brand. Curb appeal landscaping can help with this, by making your business visually stick out, and ultimately be more memorable for current and prospective clients. Overall, a memorable business location with high-quality, attractive foliage surrounding it is more likely to retain customers, draw in new ones, and ultimately contribute to creating a strong brand identity.
Provide Outdoor Space
Commercial landscaping can also be highly functional, providing various pragmatic possibilities on site. For instance, your landscaping efforts can work to maintain a lawn, patio, porch, or other space around your business property. This area can serve as a needed respite for employees where they can take a break, have lunch, or simply get some fresh air.
It can also come in handy for dealing with clients. Meeting in an outdoor space can be appealing, particularly on a nice spring or fall day in southern Louisiana. A well-maintained meeting spot can help clients feel more welcome at your business and contribute to making a strong first impression that will encourage them to reliably return.
Keep Growth Under Control
In the hot and humid summers of southern Louisiana, you are probably used to seeing how plants can grow quickly and wildly. Without maintenance, you might find yourself rapidly overrun. Whatever types of native or nonnative plants that you are trying to manage on your business property, it does not take too long for a physical space to become unkempt.
Aside from the appearance of untidiness, over-growth can sometimes present genuine physical hazards for employees and for visiting clients. Quality landscaping for commercial properties can help keep to keep such growth in check, ensuring the landscape stays clean and easy to navigate.
Finally, landscaping can also be a functional and aesthetically attractive way to provide privacy to your office or place of business. Depending on your location, you may be quite visible from the road or from neighboring businesses or homes. Work can often be sensitive, and the sensation of being too visible to passersby or others can certainly be disconcerting for employees and clients.
Various types of landscaping efforts, from a "living fence" to other combinations of plantings, can provide an effective buffer for your operations. Such an investment helps to ensure that you, your employees, and any visiting clients feel secure and protected in the privacy of your workplace.
Hire a Commercial Landscaper Today
Given the tangible boosts it can provide to your business at a relatively low level of investment, there is no good reason to avoid devoting the necessary attention to proper commercial landscaping. That said, managing your business takes time, possibly leaving you little left over to maintain a complex array of trees and shrubs. Besides, proper care for trees and other plants takes attention, as well as a unique set of specialized skills.
At GreenSeasons Landscaping, we have the wealth of experience and knowledge to take care of your commercial landscaping needs. Our experienced landscapers can help with any and all landscaping concerns, from lawn maintenance and pruning to new plant installations and general landscape maintenance, and much more.
Our reliable and highly recommended services help boost your curb appeal and leave your business looking its absolute best. To learn more about the services we offer, visit GreenSeasons Landscaping online, or call (225) 752-2333.
While southern Louisiana is a generally humid environment, the rainfall is not always something you can rely on. Both Baton Rouge and New Orleans have periods of drought, and during these times, it is difficult to keep your lawn healthy. A lawn sprinkler system allows you to control the amount of water your yard receives to keep your grass green and lush.
If you are considering a new irrigation system for your property, here are some important things to take into consideration.
The cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge usually do not pose any restrictions on how much water you can use to irrigate your lawn. Nevertheless, fresh water is a vital resource and should not be wasted. Some people see irrigation as a misuse of water, but it is actually more efficient to use than watering by hand. You should try to choose the lawn sprinkler system that is the most effective for your property.
Conserving water is not just an environmental issue; it also makes economic sense. Nearly one-third of all residential water use goes to lawns, which can account for a significant portion of your monthly water bill. A more efficient irrigation system could save you money by conserving water.
Regardless of what system you choose, you should tailor your watering schedule to minimize evaporation so your plants get the amount they need, and you do not waste water unnecessarily. You can do this by watering your lawn in the morning when it is usually cooler. As the temperatures rise, more water evaporates.
2. Type of Lawn Sprinkler System
The three basic types of sprinkler systems include a rotor head system, a spray system and a drip system. A rotor head system sprays less than an inch an hour to give the soil time to absorb the water and is appropriate for large lawns. A spray system sprays approximately an inch and a half per hour and is good for smaller areas that need more water, more quickly. A drip system provides water directly to specific plants or certain sections of your yard and is most appropriate for flower beds or vegetable gardens.
3. Aboveground Versus In-Ground
Each of the different types of irrigation systems can be installed either above the ground or in the ground. Each has its own pros and cons. For example, an in-ground system is appropriate if you intend to remain in your current location for many years. However, if you intend to move in the foreseeable future, an aboveground system makes more sense because it requires a smaller upfront investment.
An aboveground irrigation system is easy to install, and you can change it as needed, but water hoses lying around your yard are not attractive and could pose a tripping hazard. With an in-ground system, all the pipes are installed underground so you do not see them, and they do not pose safety hazards. They can be programmed to turn on and off automatically, meaning less hassle for you. However, once they are installed, it is difficult to remove them or change their location.
While it is easier to install an in-ground lawn sprinkler system during the initial construction of the building, do not assume that you cannot have one installed in an existing lawn. It is possible to install an in-ground system without severely damaging the grass by cutting open the sod and then closing it up again after the installation takes place.
4. Types of Sprinkler Heads
There are different types of lawn sprinkler heads. Most are compatible with either an in-ground or aboveground system:
5. Size and Shape of Your Lawn
The best lawn sprinkler for a particular yard is one that covers the entire area without spraying spaces that may not need water. Different types of sprinkler heads are more appropriate for lawns of various sizes and shapes. For example, a spot sprinkler may work best for small lawns of a regular rectangular or square shape. An oscillating sprinkler may be best for a large lawn of a regular shape, while an impact sprinkler may perform well for a large, irregularly shaped lawn.
6. Types of Soil
Baton Rouge and New Orleans often have alluvial soils consisting of sediment deposited by the Mississippi River. The type of soil can vary based on the sediment. For example, some soils in these cities are very sandy and require frequent watering. Others consist of clay and do not need as much watering because they hold onto the moisture more effectively. Knowing your type of soil is important to prevent overwatering or not watering enough.
What you plan to spend on your irrigation project determines the type of lawn sprinkler system you should choose. However, when you are planning your budget, be sure to factor in the cost of the water used with each system. While an aboveground system may save you more money upfront, an efficient in-ground system may save more on water use in the long run.
As the seasons change, your irrigation needs fluctuate as well. Choose a system that can adapt to your lawn's seasonal water needs. For example, during the hottest days of summer, your grass needs more frequent watering to make up for the moisture lost to evaporation. As the weather cools off during the fall and winter, your lawn no longer requires watering as frequently.
GreenSeasons Landscaping can help you choose the best lawn sprinkler system and install it for you. We also perform annual tune-ups and spring start-ups to prevent damage to your system after a long winter. Find out more about our irrigation services.