Celebrating National Lawn Care Month: The Benefits of a Healthy Landscape
Bringing nature into an urban setting can be tricky at times. However, when done correctly, landscaping can truly elevate a property to the next level. When it comes to your commercial landscape, there are several aspects to consider, and each plays a key role in both the aesthetics and monetary value of your property.
1. Positive First Impression
If you manage a commercial space, then you know the importance of first impressions on potential clientele. From hospitals to universities to shopping centers, it’s that first glance that will impress – or send business running in the opposite direction. And a big part of that initial look is the surrounding landscaping.
2. Ambiance and Emotional Appeal
Dead grass and flat, empty spaces bring about immediate associations with words like “bleak” or “abandoned.” These are certainly not descriptors you want connected to your commercial property! When future tenants, customers, and the like see bright colors and healthy plant life, they will not only take notice of your eye for detail, but they will also associate the related feelings of health and happiness with your space.
Studies have shown us that green areas reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve memory, and can even lower crime rates. Not only that, well cared-for landscapes mean fewer pesky visitors, like pests, checking out your property. A professional landscape contractor can help you pick out a plant palette that discourage these unwelcome visitors.
3. Promotion of Safe Outdoor Activities
Our world has adjusted to a more “outdoor lifestyle,” with more and more people finding comfort and safety in outdoor activities. As a result, many people have spent more time noticing their surrounding landscape in the past year than they have in the past decade. They’ve been forced to slow down and find alternate solutions to indoor activities.
Providing people who use your commercial space with the option to spend time in a beautiful outdoor setting will not only increase the social appeal of your property, but it will also add incredible value for the guests, shoppers, and residents that use your space, inviting them to regularly return.
4. Environmental Impact and Water Management
When it comes to managing a commercial landscape in San Diego, we know that maintaining an environmentally friendly space is at the top of your list. Great landscaping can help you deliver on your environmental goals in multiple ways:
Grass and other types of greenery collect dust, dirt, and other pollutants, keeping our air clean. Additionally, large green spaces are oxygen-producing powerhouses that contribute to a healthy environment.
Just like carpeting absorbs sound in a house more effectively than hardwood, hedges and other landscape elements can absorb noise better than hardscape, acting as a sound barrier. By sculpting your space with great landscaping, you can ensure your commercial property stays peaceful and quiet.
San Diego sees a lot of sunshine. That direct light warms up materials like brick, metal, concrete, windows, and asphalt very quickly. This building heat can make urban spaces hot and uncomfortable. Green spaces, however, act as an oasis from that building heat. They absorb the sunlight and leave behind a nice coolness instead of mirroring heat back up onto the people using your property.
It’s important to note that San Diego sees less than 12 inches of rain per year (that’s less than half the national average!). In the realms of water conservation and landscaping, it can be difficult to know how to maintain a lush space while being conservative with water use. Your landscape maintenance provider can help you select a plant palette that looks beautiful without requiring excessive water usage.
5. Impact on Revenue
People love to spend time in beautiful spaces. When your landscaping reflects that value, more people want to work, live, and spend money in that gorgeous location.
Landscape enhancements, well-placed plant life, and lighting make your property a more secure area. This increases its value and creates a place where employees and guests alike can feel safe. This means new customers, happy team members, and a stronger reputation as a desirable (and monetarily valuable) location.
Get the Landscaping Know-How You Need
At Benchmark Landscape, it’s our goal to help you beautify your commercial space – while staying within your budget. If you have a specific landscape renovation in mind or simply want to know how you can better utilize the outdoor area of your property, reach out to your account manager or contact us today. We’ll find great solutions and assist you in achieving your vision.