Professional vs Non-Professional Commercial Landscapers
Making a good first impression is important, especially in the commercial arena. While business owners usually have a laundry list of things to consider in running their companies, property maintenance may not be a high priority. One of the easiest ways, however, to transform the way your customers view your business is through landscaping. In fact, commercial landscaping allows for a personalized and unique impression for any visitor to your business.
There are many factors that go into making the decision on which landscaping company to use for your business needs. One of the most important of these factors is whether to use a professional or non-professional service. While ultimately the decision is yours, there are several benefits to using a professional commercial landscaping company. Consider the following:
Studies have shown that landscaping the exterior of your business can increase the resale value of the property by up to 14%. A professionally landscaped property will also attract the attention of both clients and passersby. Landscaping boosts the aesthetic value of your business while also creating a professional and individual image for your existing clients. Customers also tend to view your business as professional, detail oriented and proactive.
Research has shown a link between the interaction of workers with nature and an increase in productivity. The interaction between humans and green space, even if it is something as simple as looking at nature through an office window, is well documented to increase the productivity of employees at work. The integration of hardscaping with professional landscaping for both beauty and functionality can have significant benefits to your company.
Commercial landscaping can greatly benefit the environment through water quality protection, reduced soil erosion, reduced heat buildup, improved air quality, natural resource conservation, and rainfall retention. Green spaces filter dust and pollution from the air, lower temperatures, and provide shade areas in urban environments. They can also reduce erosion into waterways. The US Department of Energy even reports that landscaping can influence the microclimate around a building by up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit which, in turn, leads to financial savings on heating and cooling costs. Professional landscaping also shows your customers and colleagues that you care about the environment.
Clients rely on the skills, expertise, and equipment professional commercial landscapers possess to improve their outdoor spaces. This practice requires the use of dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment which exposes both the business and the employees to unique risks, along with the risk of damage to property or to employees. Because of this, professional landscape companies will have insurance to mitigate these risks and protect the businesses that are exposed to them regularly.
Certified landscapers have the training, credentials, and education necessary to stay up to date on new products, techniques, regulations, and practices in the commercial landscaping industry. Their knowledge, experience, and mastery of skills allows them to provide the best and most innovative service to their clients. Among the certifications to look for in a professional commercial landscape company are LIC (Landscape Industry Certified), QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper), CLCA Certified Water Manager, RWSS (Recycled Water Site Supervisor), QAL (Qualified Applicator License), and ISA Certified Arborist.