Tips To Maintain A Professional Commercial Landscape

Many business owners don’t pay much attention to their outdoor space. Even though it’s one of the first things that potential customers and employees notice when they enter your premises. A well-maintained landscape creates an inviting and appealing environment for everyone. Here are a few steps you can take to maintain a professional image through your landscape.

Create Landscape Maintenance Blueprint

Create a blueprint for landscape maintenance that defines everything from the landscape design to the upkeep schedule. Consider your unique landscaping needs when drafting the blueprint. Having a blueprint helps you keep track of your maintenance schedule and what elements are in which part of your lawn.

Plan For Spring And Fall Cleanup

You obviously need to keep your landscape clean throughout the year. But there are two periods when this becomes more crucial than others. 

The first is spring when you have to deal with the debris left behind by winter. Snowplows tend to dig into grass and or pile snow on the turf. Broken branches and damaged foliage need to be hauled away from the garden bed. Clean the mess left behind by winter to ensure a healthy growing season during spring and summer.

Fall is the other time of the year when you need some heavy sprucing up. Especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of fall foliage. Take care of it before snow covers the ground.

Create Turf Watering Guidelines

A turf watering guideline is necessary to minimize annoyances to your employees and clients. If people tend to get drenched a lot when walking on paths near your lawn, you’re doing something wrong.

The turf needs watering and that’s a fact. You can reduce its impact on others by taking into consideration the soil composition, slopes, watering frequency and other factors. 

Also, when creating a watering schedule, make sure that you are neither underwatering nor overwatering your turf. Both are bad for your lawn’s overall health. Inspect your sprinkler system to ensure that there’s no breakage in the underground lines to avoid wastage of water. Ensure that all parts of your softscape receive sufficient water.

Maintain Your Hardscapes

Walkways and driveways connect your customers and employees to your organization. Their condition can have an impact on the first impression visitors get. Moreover, a poorly maintained path can be a safety hazard under the wrong conditions.

Have your paths regularly swept and cleaned to get rid of the built-up dirt and rocks. Pressure wash them at least once a year to maintain their color and get rid of weed and grime. Take note of cracks, loose bricks or other damages and get them fixed.

Your paths need special care during the snowy months. Clear the layers of ice and snow built upon them to give pedestrians and vehicles safe paths to travel on.

Fertilize And Aerate

Fertilization is essential for grass, plants, shrubs and trees alike regardless of whether they’re new or pre-existing. Set a fertilization schedule and use the right fertilizers depending on what your plants need.

Soil tends to get compacted after some time, preventing necessary water and nutrients from reaching grass roots. Aeration prevents this by allowing water and nutrients to penetrate deeper.

Invest In Insect Control, Weedicides And Fungicides

Pests like ants, worms and grubs can cause extensive damage to a lawn, so investing in pest control is always worthwhile. Pest control doesn’t necessarily have to involve harsh chemicals as many companies offer greener and safer options. 

Fungicides and weedicides are also important to prevent fungi and weeds from harming your plants and maintaining a healthy lawn. Many fertilizers contain herbicides, so you’ll want to check that before adding more.

Invest In Quality Landscaping Tools

Cheap and low-quality landscaping tools seem like a good investment but cause you to spend more than you need to. They can do more harm than good to your landscape designs. Now, you don’t have to splurge on the most expensive tools available online. But do some research on high-quality products to get satisfactory returns.

Ensure Proper Drainage

Plants and grass not used to marshy conditions can easily be killed off by flooding without proper drainage to deal with it. You can ensure proper drainage in many ways like by using the natural contours of your landscape design or building a French drain system.

Reduce Softscape, Increase Hardscape

A simple way to reduce the maintenance associated with commercial landscaping in Denver is to reduce the lawn size and add more hardscaping. This may include interlocking paths, walkways, etc. Reducing the lawn size reduces the amount of lawn care maintenance you need.

Overseeding, Mowing And Trimming

A lawn occasionally needs overseeding to take care of empty patches. It doesn’t mean adding too much seed but laying new grass seeds over the existing turf. Spring and fall are the best times for overseeding a lawn.

Mowing the grass and trimming trees and shrubs to maintain a professional look. Any branch or limb that could pose a safety risk should be removed ASAP.

Run Monthly Landscaping Checkups

You should revisit your landscaping plan monthly to whether it’s meeting your needs or not. You may have missed an important task the first time you made the plan and can add it the next time. Create a monthly, quarterly and yearly checklist for your regular facility checkups.

Author
Shayaan Khusro