The Importance of Quality Control in Landscape Maintenance
Commercial landscaping provides a host of benefits beyond making your property more attractive and inviting. While curb appeal is important, a lush and well-maintained outdoor space can also help to increase property value, create an upscale atmosphere that attracts visitors, and create a space with a sense of safety and security.
Of course, maintaining the appeal of your exterior environment means finding a reliable commercial landscape maintenance professional to oversee tasks like mowing and trimming, weed and water management, safety concerns, and plant replacement, as needed.
The best vendors will have policies and procedures in place that include quality control, a system of checks and specifications designed to maintain set standards.
Why is quality control so important for proper landscape maintenance? Here are a few reasons why the landscaping professionals you hire should have robust quality control measures in place.
Setting Standards and Meeting Client Expectations
First and foremost, quality control measures provide systems that set the standards for operations and outcomes, designed to ensure that every team member has the ability to meet those standards and deliver reliable outcomes. This is for the benefit of both the vendor and the client, as it helps to define client expectations, while giving workers the knowledge and tools to meet those expectations.
As a commercial property owner or a property manager, you’ll want to partner with landscape vendors who have quality control processes that include regular assessments of your property to spot potential problem areas. A high-quality vendor should be able to offer solutions for things like overgrowth, water waste, soil erosion, disease or infestation, safety hazards, and more.
A good quality control system will also include several levels of inspection. The checks performed by on-site workers on their weekly visits can ensure that you’re getting the landscape maintenance services you’re paying for. Regular inspections by managers can help to ensure that crews on the ground are staying on top of the most important maintenance issues. After all, landscapers are dealing with a living product that changes over time.
Not every element of landscaping will require attention during every visit. Most landscapers service properties in a rotational type manner. For example, your property may be divided into 4 areas, and maintenance crews will rotate service for each area weekly, ensuring the entire property is getting the attention it requires. Turf, parks, entrances, monuments, pools and/or clubhouses, on the other hand, are serviced on a weekly basis.
Ongoing maintenance may focus primarily on regular tasks like mowing, edging, weeding, checking irrigation, and cleaning up debris, for example – things that can quickly get out of hand if they’re not attended to regularly.
Less frequently, crew members may be tasked with irrigation repairs or modifications, fertilization, inspecting brow ditches, checking tree vitality, or correcting drainage issues – all of which should be addressed before they become significant and costly problems.
Maintain Safety and Integrity of Landscaping
Without quality control measures in place, landscape safety, appearance and health could become an issue. Overgrown, dead brush could invite rodents or other infestations. More importantly, it can pose a fire hazard. Dead limbs could also present a safety hazard if they fall. The spread of disease or insect infestation can not only lead to potential health and safety hazards on the property, but if left unchecked, they could damage landscaping beyond repair, requiring renovations to restore the property.
Poor placement of trees can cause a host of problems, too, from root intrusion that impacts buildings or walkways, to trees with shallow roots that are susceptible to uprooting during high winds or wet weather. Failure to understand soil content and drainage on slopes can lead to inappropriate planting or irrigation that causes erosion and even mudslides in heavy rain.
In short, the best quality control measures not only keep the landscape looking great, but they also help to prevent safety concerns.
Ensure a Good Impression with Exceptional Commercial Landscape in San Diego
A business should always put its best foot forward. One way to do that is through landscape enhancements and maintenance that shows a commitment to excellence.
As the owner or manager of a commercial property or community, you want to make sure your landscaping remains attractive, not only to make the most of your investment, but also to display curb appeal. Quality control is an integral part of meeting these goals.
If you’d like to know more about Benchmark’s comprehensive quality control measures or learn about the ways that we can improve your property, contact us now. We’re always happy to educate and assist our clients!