4 Commercial Landscaping Problems and How to Fix Them

The exterior of a building is a reflection of the company and its owner. That’s why keeping it well maintained is essential.

A well-kept exterior proves to current and potential clients that owners put the effort into their work and only want the best for them. Given how important it is to maintain the exterior of commercial properties, we’ve outlined the top four commercial landscaping problems we see and how to avoid them.

1. Hidden Entrances

The entrance to a commercial property is important. When people walk up to the front of a building and it looks unkempt – they will likely think the owners don’t care. This gives off a lackluster impression that can result in lost business from pedestrians who keep walking or potential tenants who think that that lack of care translates to the way the business is run.

That’s why its owners need to invest in the entrance of their buildings. Things like having a clear pathway; free of debris and damage make all the difference in the impression that people get.

For properties with entrances that have gardens, lawns, and flower beds; we suggest doing things like mulching, bed maintenance, mechanical edging, and mowing. All of which will have your entrance looking cared for.

2. Uninviting Spaces

Another common mistake we see owners make with their outdoor space is that it simply appears drab. When a space is dated it comes off as uninviting which deters people from making use of it. But this issue can easily be solved.

One of the quickest ways for owners to switch up the look of their outdoor space is with the use of plants and flowers. Adding things like bright arrangements at entranceways can add a bit of intrigue to the space.

To enhance an area even further consider adding seating like benches or chairs (that are finished off with comfy pillows and throws.) Even consider adding in a dining area with other amenities like a BBQ or kitchen that encourage people to gather and spend time there.

3. Bad Lighting

Lighting is critical when it comes to commercial properties. Proper lighting makes buildings more accessible, appealing, and safe.

We suggest upgrading to LED bulbs and fixtures. Making these enhancements are easy as it just requires bulbs to be replaced with already existing features.

LEDs can also be used to make a space more appealing when used to highlight things like entrances, gardens, flowers, and seating. In turn, making the building more appealing to guests.

Or consider adding remote control to the lighting. These settings give owners the ability to manage the lights, regardless of where they are located. Meaning, that they can program them to switch on and off at specific times and even turn them off if the space isn’t being used.

4. Trash and Debris

Things like debris, foliage, and garbage can quickly pile up resulting in unsightly views. Plus, if these things are left lying around the property it can impact accessibility by making it difficult for people to reach the entrances.

Debris and uncleared walkways can also be extremely dangerous, resulting in slips and falls – something no owner should have to deal with. Especially those in areas with colder winters. Where things like snow, ice, and freezing rain pose serious harm to potential guests.

Given how much effort goes into keeping a property clear of trash and debris we suggest working with a property management team. Here at State of the Art Landscaping, we work with owners to truly understand their needs.

Otherwise, without things like frequent edging, features such as bushes and flower beds may overlap with one another; appearing disheveled and uncared for. But a bed that has been properly edged means that owners can maintain its appearance and design for much longer.

That’s where a property management team can help. They can work to keep your property looking its best. After all, they understand how difficult it can be to maintain a commercial building. If you’re an owner, consider speaking with a member of our team. We have more than sixty years of combined experience, and as such, are able to provide superior landscape advice.
See how we can help by calling 703-421-3666 or email admin@stateoftheartlandscape.com.

5 Commercial Landscaping Trends to Inspire Your Company Design

Design is so much more than just the interior of a property. With new products, styles, and technologies, having a unique exterior space is becoming a must-have.

A new and exciting design can not only make the property more appealing, but it can make use of vacant space, raise the property’s curb appeal and value, all while maintaining a welcoming environment.

Because we understand how important the outdoor aesthetic is, we’ve compiled the top five commercial landscaping trends that we’ve been loving!

1. Sustainability

The industry has recently seen a huge push towards sustainable landscape initiatives (and for good reason!). Sustainability in landscaping is all about reducing waste, maintaining the environment, and lowering a commercial building’s economic footprint.

For example, using plants that are native to the region helps promote sustainability because they will require less water to maintain. For this reason, many are opting for region-specific plants that will help conserve water.

But investing in sustainable initiatives also helps owners. That’s because it can help save money on maintenance costs. For example, using native plants like wildflowers will lower maintenance costs as they don’t require as much mowing.

 Another example of sustainable landscaping is rooftop gardens. This is another sustainable addition as it adds green space to an unused area. Plus, it can save commercial owners’ money as they often act as a coolant (which will reduce air condition costs). 

2. Gathering Places

We’ve also seen a huge rise in people wanting to add livable outdoor spaces throughout their property. Things like an eating or workout area can really enhance a space.

For owners to make use of this trend, you will need to think of who will be using the space (tenants, employees, community members, etc.). Depending on their needs you may want to consider adding things like comfortable seating, fountains, sculptures, tables, and appealing plants to make it an attractive place to go.

Doing this will not only make the property more appealing to those currently using it but it can help attract a higher-quality tenant who is willing to pay more.

3. Low Maintenance Designs

Another trend we’ve seen a huge rise in this year is low-maintenance designs. Many owners are opting for these as they offer a simple, yet inviting landscape that doesn’t require a lot of help.

These minimalistic designs are especially helpful in urban areas where outdoor space might be limited. In this instance, opting for a simplistic design can help optimize the area, all while making it appear cleaner and more inviting.

This type of design is also ideal for areas where seasons change, and the environment for plants is harder to maintain. Owners can opt for plants that require low maintenance for harsher climates, such as perennials that wouldn’t need replanting. Or, choosing to use stone and mulch in grassy areas can maintain curb appeal all while minimizing maintenance.

4. Craftsmanship

We’ve also been noticing a commercial landscaping trend that moves away from mass-produced products and turns towards artesian-style goods. Now, more people are demanding unique designs that stand out. Things like a well-crafted pergola, bench, or table that have been specially designed and stand out.  

Although some may be deterred by the higher-price point to have a custom-built item, investing in craftsmanship means you’ll end up with pieces that will stand the test of time.

5. Smart Technology

Just like a number of other industries, landscaping has seen some pretty innovative designs come out over the past few years. These enhanced technologies are now able to integrate things like smart lights, sensors, and monitors woven into your landscaping.

These features are perfect for commercial businesses which may want the added security that these features provide. That’s because the technologies can all be uploaded and remotely controlled. This means owners will have the ability to control things like lights remotely. And be notified if any sensors or alarms go off immediately.

Ultimately, with so many design options available, we understand how daunting it can be to pick just one. That’s why we’d suggest speaking with a member of our team. With more than sixty years of combined experience, State of the Art Landscape is able to provide superior landscape services and advice that would best suit your property.

If you’d be interested in seeing how these commercial landscaping trends could be applied to your business, consider getting in touch at 703-421-3666 or contact us here.

 

Eye-Catching Commercial Landscape Designs for the Fall Season

A well-designed and maintained landscape can enhance the professional appearance of your commercial property. This fall, ensure that your property brims with eye-catching appeal with a landscape design and plantings that exude autumn colors and distinctive patterns. State of the Art Landscape features seasonal design solutions for commercial landscapes for a wide range of businesses and property types. Let the following ideas inspire you to plan your landscape’s design for attractive fall curb appeal. 

Clean and Prepare

The landscaping pros of State of the Art Landscape provide a full spectrum of landscape maintenance solutions. Before implementing fall landscape designs, we typically recommend preparing the landscape with maintenance solutions. Depending on the needs of your landscape, this might include edging, mowing, trimming, weeding, or removing spent blooms. We’ll address any issues your landscape may be having as we prepare it for the fall season. 

Of course, we also provide leaf removal service, which is important to many commercial property owners. Leaves can become a risk to visitors. After rain, the leaves can become slippery. We’ll remove them from walkways to promote safety for your setting. It’s also not good to allow matted leaves to pile up on your lawn. Leave piles can prevent the sun from reaching the lawn, attract pests, and even promote mold growth. 

Create An Eye-Catching Entrance

Welcome customers to your business and impress them with an attractive entrance. A vibrant seasonal display at your front entrance conveys to customers that you’re invested in putting its best face forward. Planters filled with new fall plantings might seem like a small and subtle detail, but when a business is able to maintain a flawless commercial landscape, it sends a message to customers that it’s a successful business and that its owners or management have everything well in hand. 

There are many ways you can create an autumn-inspired entrance. The simplest yet effective means to decorate your entrance for fall is to flank your door with large planters on either side filled with fall flowers. Chrysanthemums are noted fall flowers, but one of the reasons they’re so beloved is that they’re quite hardy and can withstand the increasing chilliness of the season until the frosts come. 

You can also increase the number of containers at your entrance for a more dramatic look. Add some hanging baskets near your entrance, for instance. If you’re looking for a lovely plant to complement your containers of mums, consider celosia in shades of gold and crimson. Marigolds can often also last up to the first hard frost, making them a lovely choice for your fall containers. 

Plant for Fall Color

Ideally, your commercial property should enjoy visual interest all year long. That means that it’s important to install plantings that add fall and winter interest and not just spring and summer interest. Many plants are famous for their autumn displays of color. For instance, a burning bush features an attractive green hue during the spring and summer, but during the fall, its leaves turn bright red, making it a dramatic focal point for any landscape. 

If you’re interested in planting for fall color, you might want to consider installing these types of plants in various areas of your landscape in order to reflect an autumnal aesthetic:

  • Sweet autumn clematis
  • Autumn fern
  • Heuchera 
  • Oakleaf hydrangea
  • Aronia
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Marigolds
  • Black-eye Susans
  • Autumn crocus
  • Helenium
  • New England asters

Flower Beds

Many of the plants mentioned above can anchor your flower beds with fall color and interest. If your summer blooms are waning, you can install plants that will perk them up for the fall season such as vibrant New England asters or various ornamental grasses that feature unique textures and growth habits. 

There are other ways to create eye-catching flower beds too. For instance, you can replace worn borders with new ones. Add some fall ornaments to your flower beds to celebrate the season. These might be traditional fall props like scarecrows or even Halloween decorations. If your brand is associated with a certain color scheme, you might even consider installing plants in a color that reflects your brand identity. 

Ornamental Trees

Planting a new tree now might not provide your commercial property with much visual appeal right now, but it will in years to come as it matures. There are many trees that are noted for their fall color display. To outfit your landscape with arresting fall color, consider planting trees such as:

  • Vine maple
  • Franklin tree
  • Dogwood (also adds loads of spring interest)
  • Black gum
  • Japanese maple
  • Sugar maple
  • River birch
  • Sumac (choose a variety that’s free of urushiol)

You can also plant evergreens. They’ll help keep your landscape looking ‘filled in’ as your other plantings begin to drop their leaves and fall flowers begin to wane. 

Lighting Solutions

Fall days can be dark and dreary and night seems to come sooner. Ensure that your clients or customers have plenty of light to admire your fall landscape as well as to navigate outdoor walkways. You can install LED lighting solutions that provide light while ensuring energy efficiency. Remember, too, that lighting can set off focal points in your landscape such as your business sign. In addition to the security that lighting features offer, they can also spotlight your special fall plantings like garden beds filled with mums or dazzling autumn sedum. 

 

State of the Art Landscape can help you transform your landscape for the fall season with our softscape and hardscape solutions. We’ll work with you to develop a fall landscaping plan that’s sure to compliment your setting. We offer budget-friendly planting solutions and feature year-round landscaping maintenance and care. We can care for your fall landscape to ensure it looks its best throughout the season. Contact us to learn more about our landscaping services.

Elevate Your Company: The Benefits of Commercial Landscaping Services

The landscaping industry has been growing steadily despite the major events over the past year. The industry’s market size in America grew at a rate of approximately 2.5% from 2016 to 2021.

It’s no surprise as landscaping provides many benefits. This is particularly evident for commercial landscaping services. As a business owner, you may be tempted to overlook this seemingly insignificant detail.

However, first impressions count, and the exterior of your business is the first encounter potential customers will have with you. It’s important to make it stand out. 

Read on to find out how you can transform the outdoor space of your company to attract more customers.

What Is Commercial Landscaping?

Commercial landscaping encompasses the design, installation, and maintenance of the outdoor surroundings of any commercial building whether an office or retail outlet. It includes outdoor elements such as plants, trees, grass, shrubbery, and flowers that surround your office building.

Many commercial landscaping service companies provide additional services that include other outdoor features such as irrigation systems, water features, outdoor lighting, and pathways.

When implementing a design, they’ll take into consideration the style of the building and the outdoor environment around it. This allows them to use features that complement the overall aesthetic of the location. The final design will enhance your building, making it more attractive and appealing. 

Benefits of Commercial Landscaping

Commercial landscaping can enhance the curb appeal of any business, making it more welcoming to customers. An inviting landscape can improve the attractiveness of any business including:

  • Office Buildings
  • Retail Stores
  • Doctor’s Offices and Medical Facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants (especially those with outdoor dining)
  • Government Buildings
  • Educational Institutions
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Financial Institutions

Here are some of the benefits of landscaping you and many other companies can experience:

Attract Customers

The state of your landscaping sets the tone for your business. Commercial landscaping serves as an extension of the standards you set as part of the day-to-day running of your business. Exceptional landscaping will reflect positively on your business.

You’ll attract new clients to your company as they will believe you set high standards for your products and services as well. It also lets current customers know that you consider and invest in their comfort, and therefore value their business.

Increased Productivity

Nature has a great influence on productivity. A study by Exeter University found that just looking at greenery boosted brainpower. It also makes workers more attentive and generally improved their mood.

Imagine the level of productivity if your employees could enjoy nature while they are at work! Productive, healthy, and happy employees will be motivated and work more efficiently.

Enhanced Security and Safety

Employees, as well as clients, will feel safer and more secure, especially if working after hours. Proper lighting and a well-maintained landscape can improve the safety of your building.

This feeling of comfort can also increase productivity. It will also attract customers who will be more likely to do business with a company that caters to their security needs.

Environmental Efficiency

Your investment in the design and maintenance of your landscape shows clients that you not only care about them but the environment as well. Commercial landscape experts will know where and how to incorporate eco-friendly elements including native plants. These will not only beautify your surroundings but will improve environmental efficiencies as well.

Increased Property Value

Curb appeal doesn’t only apply to a residential property. It also provides benefits to commercial listings by increasing their overall market value. Don’t be one of those businesses that are not willing to invest in their surroundings.

It’s an opportunity to stand out from your competition. Customers will be curious about a business that looks well taken care of on the outside. It’s a way to make them venture inside to see what else you have to offer.

The benefits of commercial landscaping don’t end there. It also increases foot traffic and sales and enhances your brand.

Types of Commercial Landscaping Services

There are a variety of services a commercial landscaping company can provide that encompass horticultural and maintenance solutions. 

Some companies do landscaping only and provide specific services. Others will offer you an end-to-end solution from concept to design to implementation and maintenance.

State of the Art Landscaping provides the latter. Our services include:

  • Commercial Lawn Care and Groundskeeping
  • Landscape Enhancement
  • Hardscape Updates
  • Irrigation Maintenance
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Property Maintenance
  • Snow and Leaf Removal

These cover a wide range of detailed tasks including:

  • Mulching
  • Mowing
  • Shrub and Tree Pruning
  • Bed Maintenance
  • Mechanical Edging
  • Irrigation Startups and Shutdowns
  • Irrigation Repairs
  • Turf Programs

With over 60 years of experience and our wide range of services, we can beautify your company’s surroundings to make it as functional and attractive as possible.

The Right Company for Your Commercial Landscaping Needs

Beautify your storefront and make it so appealing it draws passersby into your business. Any type of business can benefit from commercial landscaping services and so can you.

State of the Art Landscape is one of the best commercial landscapers in Virginia. We provide a full-service solution where we advise you on the best landscape design, provide the installation and continue to maintain and update it, as necessary.

The great thing is, we don’t only focus on your landscape, we can help you with your hardscape features as well. If your stairs or walkways need a makeover, we can assist.

Our services include pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and nations. Take a look at our portfolio to see what we’ve done for our clients. We can do that for you too!

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Lawn Care

When your clients visit your office or a site that you own, your reputation depends on displaying a professional appearance. If your property looks like it lacks care, clients may choose to work with a firm that has a better presentation.

Fortunately, by investing in commercial lawn care, you can instantly impress potential customers.

Cultivating and maintaining a lawn takes time and a lot of care, so it’s important to work with a professional, qualified partner. There are crucial specialist lawn care practices that achieve superior results while also keeping costs to a minimum. 

Read on to learn how working with an expert lawn care firm can benefit your business.

Commercial Lawn Care and Groundskeeping

Lawn maintenance services are the starting point for any business looking to create a beautiful outdoor area – but caring for a large landscaped area takes skilled workers and the latest machinery.

Mechanical edging ensures your beds have a precise and striking finish. A professional mulching service also helps keep moisture in the soil. This provides the best conditions for growing healthy-looking grass.

Because this technique feeds the soil, it is less prone to damage and deterioration. These problems could be expensive to repair a few years down the line. 

Groundskeeping ensures your outdoor area is also free from the detritus that can build up all year round. Leaves blow off trees and can block your drains while also making your lawn look untidy.

When working with an experienced groundskeeping company, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up this area yourself. Aside from being very time-consuming, it can also be dirty work that could ruin clothing.

Peace of mind that your commercial lawn care firm performs regular clean-ups is priceless. You can enjoy arriving at an attractive-looking lawn each day.

Develop Your Landscaping Space

Many companies don’t know how to get green grass and don’t have the time to learn how to develop their outdoor space. When you hire an experienced commercial lawn services partner, they can advise on getting the best results.

There is no need to research lawn care tips when your landscaping firm knows exactly what to do in all types of weather conditions.

Caring for a lawn is a big commitment, so a professional should always be on hand to take action when needed. Specialist firms can perform the required services on a regular schedule all year round so you can get on with your work.

This can involve maintaining an irrigation system. This is important as your plants and grass will need different amounts of water at various times of the year.

If this system was to become damaged, it could be expensive to fix, and your grass could suffer while you wait for an expert to carry out repairs. However, you do not need to worry when a specialist firm cares for your irrigation structure on your behalf.

Trees and Shrubs

Commercial lawn care also requires a plan to care for your shrubs and trees. Well-kept bushes are trees show that you care about your property. This provides reassurance to customers that you are a professional company.

But, an inexperienced operator could cause damage to trees. This can leave your outdoor area looking uneven and untidy. When you work with a high-quality firm, you can be sure of getting superior results every time.

Create An Impressive Space

Many clients prefer to discuss business in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. You can use this to your advantage by caring for your lawn and creating an outdoor seating area.

Rather than sitting in an office with artificial light, you can take clients outside. You can talk about their needs while sitting in the fresh air and warm weather. 

It’s possible to work with a specialist firm to install a hardscaped area such as a patio. This area can look out over your healthy green grass.

Clients will love the chance to get some air during their working day. You can enjoy impressing them with your magnificent landscaped property. 

This benefit can also be appealing to your staff. Instead of taking lunch in a break room, they can step outside onto the patio and get some sun while they get some rest.

The fresh air and sunshine are good for their health. You may even find employees are more productive when they come back to their desks.

If you work when it is dark outside, you can also add lights to ensure people can appreciate your lawn in the evening. Lighting also protects your grass as people can see where it is, so they don’t step on it by accident. 

HOA Property Maintainance

If an HOA requires property maintenance services, then commercial lawn care is essential. By keeping the grass in perfect condition, you can win new tenants because the lawn is an excellent advertisement.

When people decide where to live, they are much more likely to go somewhere that looks attractive and is in good condition.

You can work with an experienced contractor to create an idyllic living environment. This benefits everyone who lives on the property. A specialist firm can also provide guidance on the best way to use your available space.

Snow Removal

Snow can kill a lawn if you don’t work with a company that can clear your grass. It can be expensive to hire the required equipment, and an inexperienced operator could dig up the underlying lawn.

However, an expert firm can respond quickly in the event of snowfall, ensuring your lawn remains in the best possible condition.

Have Your Lawn Tended to Today

Commercial lawn care is a specialist task that requires considerable knowledge and expertise. When you work with the right company, you’ll be amazed at how they can transform your lawn and outside area. 

State of the Art Landscape is a market-leading business with owners who have more than 60 years of experience. We specialize in creating stunning outdoor areas.

For a free consultation and quote for your commercial lawn services, contact our friendly sales team today.