Can you feel it? Look around you. Your employees and the tenants at the commercial properties you manage have shifted their schedules. They have children returning to school. They are juggling drop off and pick up routines, as well as homework management and getting everyone to bed earlier at night.
Summer vacations are pretty much over; everyone is back in the office with full schedules, and there’s a renewed focus.
You can also feel it in the air. There’s the slightest cool breeze present; it’s very slight, but it’s there.
Yes, all of these signs say fall is on its way. And since this is a time of transition and change, it’s also a great time to think about your outdoor commercial property plans and your landscape planting.
Late summer/early fall is a great time to plan for your commercial property landscape planting or renovations that involve transplanting materials and/or installing some fresh trees, shrubs and perennials.
Here are the top reasons to put landscape planting on your fall agenda, especially for those of you who own Atlanta commercial property.
The Atlanta metro area is typically known for its hot and smoggy summers. In fact, Georgians are accustomed to long, hot summers; they know to settle in for a long wait before they feel that crisp, fall weather.
The first high below seventy degrees for Atlanta has arrived as early as Sept. 7, but usually comes around Oct. 3, and the first high below sixty doesn’t hit until mid-October at the earliest, The Weather Channel explains.
This year, however, cool and rainy weather kept smog from even forming in Atlanta until Aug. 1, according to the Associated Press. Typically by Aug. 1, Atlanta exceeds the federal standards for smog at least 14 times, the report said. So, the wait for cooler fall weather this year may not be so long.
This unusual summer will serve as a good reminder for Atlanta commercial property managers to start planning their fall landscape planting early. While summer’s hot weather can make it hard on already stressed, newly installed plants to absorb enough water and establish solid roots, cooler fall temperatures are gentler on developing plant roots.
In fact, since plants aren’t putting tremendous energy into new leaves and fresh growth like they do in spring, they can focus their energy on establishing roots.
Also, despite the cooler air, the ground tends to stay warm, which is another boost for root growth. Ultimately, a strong root system will ensure a stronger plant come spring.
Fall and winter also typically bring additional moisture to your Atlanta commercial property. This additional rainfall can help establish newly planted or transplanted materials into the landscape, giving them that extra moisture needed to grow strong roots.
Fall is a great time to evaluate your landscape planting and plan any transplants, renovations or new installations for your Atlanta commercial property.
HighGrove can help you create a well-though-out plan now, helping you assess your needs and create a strategy, design and schedule that’s right for you and your Atlanta commercial property landscape.
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