When a commercial property is freshly installed, it looks sharp and crisp. It’s organized and well-planned. It welcomes visitors and guides them to the appropriate entrances or meeting spots.
And as that landscape grows, proper maintenance is essential to keep each area looking its best—from turf to landscape beds to entryways and high-traffic spots.
There is a time, however—typically 20 or 30 years in—when a commercial landscape can reach its life expectancy. Certain plants or trees have grown to a point where other plants around them no longer thrive in the same way they once did. Maybe the light reaching the plants has changed because there’s more shade in one bed due to a growing nearby tree. Or maybe a section of turf has worn down to dirt as a result of a high volume of foot traffic. Either way, there are some telltale visual cues that can tell a commercial property manager or owner that their landscape could use a good dose of renovation.
Here is our list detailing five sure signs your Atlanta commercial property is outdated and what you can do about it.
Safety and liability concerns
Safety and liability concerns should always be top of mind for commercial property owners. No one wants to have accidents occur on their property that could cost them valuable time and money—not to mention hurt their reputation.
Examples of property hazards include trees with dead or dying branches that could fall in a storm or overgrown plant material blocking night lighting on a landscape path. A simple property walk-through (or, Property Assessment) can enable a commercial landscape contractor to pinpoint these safety hazards and create a plan for eliminating them.
Large, crowded plant material is a sure sign of a landscape that’s seen better days.
Replacing some of these plants with smaller, lower maintenance varieties can take years off of the apparent age of a landscape.
In Atlanta, Bermudagrass sod that gets shaded out from surrounding overgrown plants can wear thin. This can also happen in high traffic areas that suffer many years of wear and tear.
Replacing this turf with an evergreen groundcover can instantly improve the look of the site, as well as maintaining or replacing the plants that are causing the changing conditions.
Sun vs. shade
Hollies enjoy the sunshine. When nearby trees and shrubs grow to the point where they are shading those plants, they tend to suffer from a lack of sunlight … and the resulting landscape picture isn’t pretty.
Moving or replacing these hollies and/or the surrounding plant materials that are causing the excess shade can help liven up these areas.
In addition to being scraggly and a safety hazard, overgrown trees and shrubs can become more expensive to constantly prune and maintain. Replacing some of this plant material with new varieties with fresh warranties can help keep maintenance costs in check.
Remember, your landscape is a prospective client’s first impression of your commercial property. Maintaining the landscape to increase curb appeal while maximizing the use of your budget is essential to boosting your commercial property investment. Give our experts at HighGrove Partners a call at (678) 298-0550 for a complimentary Property Assessment. We’d be happy to help you renovate and update your space.
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