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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.

7 Seasonal Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Yard Space Looking Beautiful This Fall

Colder weather brings more than frigid temperatures when it comes to the outdoors. From the snow, sleet, rain, leaves, and debris that seasonal changes cause, you might struggle to maintain your yard space.

But, failing to maintain your property during the colder months can cause quite a bit of trouble. Not only will it be an eye-sore to potential clients, but it puts your business at risk. Having unkempt grounds can be dangerous and lead to slips, falls, property damage, infestations, and more.

Given how important it is to maintain your yard space, we’ve compiled our top tips to keep your outdoor areas looking beautiful this fall.

1. Turn Over Mulch

The fall is the perfect time to give your mulch a refresh. So, if you use mulch in any area of your commercial space, take advantage of the crisper air to refresh it. This time of year is perfect for it because the summer tends to bring harsh sunlight which can deteriorate it. Simply turning over the current layer will help to extend the mulch’s lifespan, all while improving the property’s curb appeal.

2. Dethatch

Thatch is dead grass roots and stems which naturally build up on lawns over time. Although a natural part of the landscape, it is something that you will want to remove. Having dead roots and stems around your property can be an eyesore. Plus, these added elements can even harm the health of the landscape as it creates a perfect nesting spot for insects and rodents. That’s why it’s important to remove them come the fall.

3. Protect Shrubs and Trees

It’s a good idea to wrap new shrubs and trees around your property before the temperatures really begin to drop. The wrapping should be done before the first frost of the season as a way to protect and maintain them through the cold. Wrapping your trunks with a weather-approved material (or burlap) works as a wind barrier. In turn, keeping out the freezing temperatures and reducing any salt damage caused by de-icing in the winter.

4. Remove Fall Annuals and Protect Perennials

If you’ve planted seasonal fall annuals, you must have these removed before the colder months move in. Otherwise, keeping these plants around your property in the winter will leave it looking bare.

To replace these in your space, consider planting some cold-resistant perennial plants that can add life back to the space. When planting these perennials, it’s suggested to have the stems within an inch from the ground. This inch of space can then be filled with things like pine needles, straw, or hay to help protect the plant during the colder months. Otherwise, a damaging freeze could kill the plants and ruin the appeal of the outdoor space.

5. Schedule Tree Trimming

The perfect time of year to remove dead or overgrown branches is in the colder months. That’s because many trees and shrubs are dormant during this time of year. And when a plant is dormant, it won’t waste energy trying to recover from the trimming.

6. Prepare Snow Load Areas

If your property is in an area that experiences heavy snow in the winter, begin preparing for it in the fall. This means you should come up with a plan on where to put it all. These snow loading areas should free any plants, and not block any sort of pathways or entries to your building. The area that’s chosen should also be easy to access (either on foot or by snowplow operators). As well, depending on the size of your property, you may want to consider setting up multiple load zones. Keep in mind these zones should also be able to accommodate the heaviness of it. So, try to pick an area that contains a layer of mulch or grass.

7. Be Mindful of Sand and Salt

Commercial property owners tend to use a lot of salt, or ice melt to prevent slips and falls. However, if you can avoid over-salting during the season, it’s highly recommended. This means rethinking some drainage strategies in the fall that prevent puddles and pooling water. Doing this will minimize ice from building up, and the need to use as much. As well, be mindful to clean up all sand and salt as soon as possible. Not doing this will burn plants and damage the soil and surrounding environment.

Ultimately, we understand how difficult it can be to maintain your commercial months when the weather changes. That’s why we 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 advice and service that’s customized for you.

If you’d be interested in seeing how we could help your business thrive, get in touch at 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.