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Why You Should Include Flowers in Your Commercial Landscaping

Commercial landscaping usually consists of grass. At least, that’s the number one thing that businesses want in their yards – a nice healthy lawn. Flowers rarely come to mind, even though they have a number of benefits. Before you settle for “just grass” in front of your commercial property, consider having flowers planted for these important reasons:

They Brighten Up the Area and Make Your Business Look Good

You want to make a good first impression on everyone who goes through the front door of your business. Whether those people are potential or existing clients or even future employees, they’ll see those flower beds and end up with a positive view of your company. It’s hard to hate a business that has such nice rosebushes or daffodils, right? On top of that, flowers add a little brightness to the space. They’re cheerful and provide a nice contrast to the brick buildings and asphalt parking lots of commercial and industrial neighborhoods.

They’re Easy to Care For

Flowers are amazingly easy to care for – not that you’ll be the one taking care of them. That job goes to your commercial landscaping company. What we mean here is that they aren’t expensive to maintain. Most flower beds need to be weeded on occasion, and the flowers need to be deadheaded (removed from the plant) when they begin to wilt. They might need a good dose of fertilizer in the spring and some thinning or pruning in the fall, but that’s it.

Some of the Best Flowers to Request

There are some great flowers that should be added to the small gardens in front of commercial properties. They include daffodils, which are bright yellow and bloom in springtime. These are bulb plants, which mean that they’re extremely easy to care for. Others include pansies and violas, both of which come in many different colors and like a lot of sunshine. If you have the space for a tree (remember that you aren’t limited to flowers in the ground) and want one that flowers in the spring, consider planting a dogwood or an eastern redbud. They produce nicely scented flowers once winter ends, and turn amazing colors in the fall.

Are you ready to add some flowers to your commercial landscaping? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then give us a call. You can reach us by phone at 440-236-9000 or via the contact form on our website.

 

Four Things You Need To Know About Commercial Landscaping

The importance of commercial landscaping is often overlooked. It plays a crucial role in how your business is presented to the public. It’s too easy to think that you can handle this landscaping yourself. The time that you spend making the front yard of your business look nice eats into your productivity. You’re better off hiring a landscaping company to handle this for you. We understand everything that’s involved in making your company’s yard look great. Here are four things that you need to know.

1) Add plants and shrubs – don’t have them removed.

Every detail matters when it comes to your commercial location. Of course, if you have existing plants that haven’t been cared for properly and are dead or dying, they do need to be removed. But once they’re out of the ground, they should be replaced. You want your front entryway to look welcoming, and nothing does that job as well as some greenery.

2) There’s more involved than just mowing the lawn.

Most businesses have at least a small strip of lawn in front of them. This is the first thing that many companies hire a commercial landscaper for – to mow that bit of lawn. However, we can also prune your shrubberies, plant flowers, and take care of the borders between your flowerbeds and the lawn. We can do whatever is required to make your yard look nice. And yes, mowing the lawn is a part of that, just not the only component.

3) Don’t forget to care for your landscaping.

Caring for your grass and plants involved more than just mowing the lawn. Everything will need to be properly watered and fertilized. Those flower beds need to be weeded and tended to. When you include landscaping in your yearly budget, make sure that you factor in these additional services. Otherwise, you’ll end up with dying flowers and a weed-strewn lawn. This is the opposite of the image that you want to present to the world.

4) Planters are a great option.

If you want to brighten up the doors to your business, but don’t have any flowerbeds, choose some planters. There are plenty of different ones to pick from and just as many types of flowers that will happily grow in them. These planters can make your entryway look less bleak, as they add some necessary color.

If you’d like to know more about what commercial landscaping entails, please contact us. You can fill out the contact form on our website or call us at 440-236-9000.

How A Homeowner’s Association Can Save Money On Landscaping

There are many things that a homeowner’s association can do in order to make the common areas of their developments look nice. Landscaping is necessary, but tends to be costly if a solid plan isn’t in place. In order to get the most out of your landscaping dollars, consider one or more of these suggestions.

1) Choose Native Plants

Rather than choose plants that simply look nice, pick ones that are native to the area. Native plants will require less care in the long run, because they’re already acclimated to the climate. On top of this, they’re less likely to die should the weather take a drastic turn. There’s nothing wrong with choosing non-exotic varieties.

2) Have Some Bulbs Planted

Flowers that grow from bulbs are extremely easy to care for. All that your landscapers need to do is plant the bulbs and prune away the dead leaves after the flowers bloom. There are bulb-based flowers that bloom in the spring, summer, and even the fall, ensuring that you’ll have some colorful additions to your garden throughout most of the year.

3) Pick Perennials Instead of Annuals

Your favorite flowers might be annuals, but it makes more sense to choose perennials. What’s the difference? Annuals die off once the weather gets cold. They’ll need to be removed from the ground and new flowers will need to be planted the next year. Perennials will keep growing year after year. They do need a little TLC in order to survive the winter, but they’re much less expensive in the long run.

4) Choose Your Planting Areas Wisely

It’s safe to say that you want your development to look nice. However, you need to think about where each plant is going to go. For example, you don’t want to put large shrubs near walkways. They’ll require more pruning in order to keep them from covering the sidewalk, and may present a safety hazard. Pick the correct plants for each area.

5) Don’t Forget About Shrubs

Some well-kept shrubs can make the common areas of your housing development look nice year after year. If you pick varieties that grow slowly, they’ll require less pruning. On top of this, there are some that change colors in the fall, just like the trees. For the best results, include some evergreens in the mix. They’ll look particularly festive in the winter.

If you’d like more information, fill out our contact form on Moscarino Landscape + Design website or call us at 440-236-9000.

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