Atlanta is a city that never stays still and is always evolving.
To keep your property from falling behind the times, stay tuned into what customers and tenants expect in 2016.
Here’s how commercial landscape trends have changed — and remained the same — in Atlanta.
Attention to Retention
More cities and counties are issuing fines and violations for improper retention pond maintenance compared to in the past.
So, it’s no surprise that more property managers are focusing on keeping their ponds maintained and up to code.
Taking care of your retention pond also helps prevent issues like flooding or mosquitos, which can lead to serious damage.
The demand for stamped concrete started to wane in 2014, but now we’re seeing a bit of a resurgence for this style.
This hardscape option gives sidewalks, crosswalks, breezeways and entries a more refined look, while still having the durability of concrete.
You can make the concrete match the texture or style of other structures.
Focus on Environment
Not everything has changed with commercial landscapes in the past few years. Property managers — just like their site visitors — continue to value sustainable elements. It’s all about conserving resources and being energy efficient.
Earning LEED certifications was one of the top trends in 2014, while improving the property’s water usage rates was a top concern in both 2015 and 2016. Installing LED landscape lighting is another popular way to make the site more efficient and secure.
And the push to become more sustainable isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) set a goal to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.
First impressions are just as important now as they were a few years ago, so it’s easy to see why bold, colorful entryways remain a trend going into 2016.
You can use container plants to create statement pieces around entrances. Native plants will thrive better and require less water, and you can pair plants with the same light and water requirements.
Combining plants with different colors and textures can make the containers real focal points.
Sit Down and Stay Awhile
To keep tenants and visitors happy, property managers continue to add common areas where people can relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Patios and updated outdoor furniture have been staple features on commercial sites for the past few years. These spaces can increase your property value and attract customers.
Just make sure the space is comfortable, has shade, provides comfortable places to sit and room to move around.
A worn out landscape can be a real eye sore and deter site traffic — things no property manager wants.
To update your site, work with a commercial landscape company that can create a plan just for your property.
HighGrove Partners offers landscape management, design, development and water management services for the Atlanta area. We value our customers and will work to make your job easier when it comes to maintaining and enhancing your landscape.
Ready to have a property that attracts customers? Give us a call at 678-298-0550, or use our contact form to schedule a consultation with our experienced team.