Color draws attention. If you manage a commercial property, you know how effective adding colorful plants can be in attracting visitors, impressing onlookers, and boosting your property's overall appeal.
Some consider winter as the dormant season. Those once vibrant petunias that bloomed in the warm summer sun have withered off. The sweet violet violas have just barely made it through their first snowfall. Everywhere you look, the outdoors look barren and stark.
Yet, a winter landscape can be just as colorful as the rest of the year. You just need to add the right winter plants to your commercial landscape.
Good landscaping makes for a great first impression, and there is no better way to ensure your property lives up to its full potential than with careful and considerate planning. Whether you are looking to create a master plan for a university, an apartment complex, or even a golf course, mapping out the exact needs and details of your property’s landscape sets a strong foundation for success and increased property value. A master plan not only summarizes costs and outlines any goals for a property, but also details long term plans for future expansions down the road.
Can you imagine building a house without any plans? How would you know if the end result fits your needs or if it is within your budget without a plan? Once upon a time, there were probably plans for the landscaping at your property. Those plans probably showed what plants to use and where to put them. They may have also outlined proper planting techniques and diagrammed play areas or outdoor seating spaces too. But I bet those plans are long gone now. And things in the landscape have grown, died, or changed. So now what do we do to make sure that the original design intent is kept intact while elevating the exterior grounds to a new level at the same time?
Once upon a time, children raced home from school, met up with their friends, and played outside until dark. How many of you remember those days? Feeling the wind in your hair, the sun on your cheeks, and the freedom to explore the great outdoors was exciting and fun. Fast forward to today. You don’t see packs of kids riding bikes or playing pick-up-ball much anymore. A societal shift seems to have allowed our love of nature to be replaced with technology and busy schedules. Despite our hardwired connection to nature and our longing to be outdoors, many of us rarely find ourselves with the time to be outside anymore. In part because of the challenges brought on by COVID-19, we are seeing this trend changing yet again. People are searching for sustainable and healthy environments and reigniting their relationships with nature. Our priorities are shifting away from quantity back to quality.
It seems like it should be self-explanatory, but just because plants are green does not a Green Landscape make. Green Landscaping is defined as landscaping that is water-efficient, reduces pollution, provides habitat for wildlife, and creates healthy outdoor spaces.