The landscaping at a commercial property is one of the first things that clients notice. First impressions are important, and walk-in traffic from potential clients driving past your business can often depend on this first impression. Today we are sharing why your business needs commercial landscaping.
1. Experienced landscaping companies are able to create attractive new landscape plans and recommend ways to enhance your "curb appeal". Benches, decorative boulders, water features, walkways, flower beds, potted plants and new mulch or gravel are all excellent ways to enhance the landscape.
2. Having a professional commercial landscaping company managing your property will protect you from potential legal issues related to clients tripping on hazards or overgrown weeds and roots, or injured by falling dead branches from trees. Keeping sidewalks and parking lots clear of hazards is something a good commercial landscaping company will ensure.
Automated irrigation systems are common place for both commercial and residential properties. Although they are convenient and efficient, and watering times can be adjusted with timers, these systems do not take into account daily fluctuations in rain. The last few years in Santa Fe the drought has felt severe, yet, this summer season we were blessed with regular rain that was appreciated by avid gardeners and trees alike!
Water sensors can be installed to monitor moisture levels, ensuring that your irrigation system does not activate when there is already sufficient soil moisture (aka a "rainy day"). These smart-system water sensors are a great choice for Santa Fe, where monsoons are unpredictable and water is a precious resource. Contact us today and one of our licensed irrigation technicians can discuss with you how implementing a water sensor at your home or business can save you water and money.
COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING: TIPS FOR SAVING ON WATER COSTS AND REDUCING WATER USAGE BY 25-55%
For large commercial properties, water costs can be a large part of the budget, particularly in the late spring, summer and early fall. It is important to review your water usage through a thorough irrigation audit, as well as assess the current type of landscaping. A water-efficient, sustainable landscape can reduce water use by 25-55%.
- Place plants with similar water needs together for more efficient use of water
- Use plants that are native to the region. Once they are established, they will require little to no water.
- Apply a ground cover over planter beds, such as gravel or mulch to help retain water and help prevent water-consuming weeds from cropping up.
- Convert turf areas to synthetic lawn or gravel, or choose a grass type that requires less water. Buffalo or Bermuda grass need 20% less water than other species.
Hardscaping is an attractive and cost-effective landscaping option for commercial properties. Hardscaping includes possibilities such as gravel, river rock, decorative boulders, rock retention walls, and stone steps.
Lawns are a high maintenance and impractical landscaping choice for commercial properties in our high desert climate. A gravel conversion project can transform your commercial property with a fresh look. Gravel comes in a variety of colors and sizes, from 3/4" Santa Fe Brown to 1-2" river rock.
This spring, tent caterpillars seem to be a more prevalent than usual issue in Santa Fe. We have been receiving many phone calls and emails from concerned property managers and homeowners about tent caterpillars causing rapid defoliation of their aspen trees. The damage is mostly unappealing, but repeated years of infestation can cause tree death. Trees are a valuable asset that are not only expensive to replace, but also important to the landscape and our environment.
Tent caterpillars form a silken tent or nest in trees. They hatch in the spring and emerge to feed on the nearby leaves. In our area, the Western tent caterpillar is most often seen infesting trees in May and early June.
Luckily, tent caterpillars are fairly easy to treat. Proscape recommends cutting out by hand any visible nests. There are also insect sprays that can be used to treat the problem. Contact us for assistance with diagnosis and treatment of your trees.
Supplementing your garden with fertilizer without knowing the pH and nutrient levels can be both wasteful if the supplementation is unnecessary or even detrimental.
For a successful garden, understanding the contents of your soil is essential. Good soil is a vital aspect to growing healthy plants.
Luckily, soil testing is an simple and inexpensive way to test for nutritional deficiencies.
Soil testing kits can be purchased from your local nursery or home improvement store. The best time to test soil is either early spring or late fall.
Most plants grow best in soil that is in the 6.5-7.0 range. A large variety of fertilizers are available to address a wide range of nutritional deficiencies. We recommend bringing your soil test results into your local nursery and asking them to direct you to the best product suited for your needs.
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