We all know how important first impressions are, and this is especially true when it comes to commercial properties. Whether you manage an office park, a retail store, or an apartment complex, curb appeal can help you keep your current tenants happy and attract all potential customers who stop by your place of business.
Commercial landscaping creates a customized and unique outdoor setting that reflects your business personality and welcomes clients who seek your services. More than just making your property “pretty,” a well-kept lawn and landscaping make your business look detail-oriented and proactive. It also speaks about the level of care and respect you have for your clients and the environment.
Here are some of the ways in which a commercial lawn maintenance service can help your business thrive and improve your bottom line.
Increase in Property Value
A well-watered lawn and landscaping can add tremendous value to a property. Research has found that landscaping increases the average rental rate for office buildings by approximately 7 percent, which for a medium-sized office building could translate into tens of thousands of dollars more in rental income every year. Similarly, studies on urban business districts have found that customers are willing to spend more money on products, return more frequently, or go out of their way to shop in areas with attractive landscaping.
Having healthy turf and well-manicured landscape can also increase the value of commercial properties on the real estate market and will result in a higher selling price than properties with an unkempt lawn and landscape. According to data released by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, landscaping can increase the resale value of a property by up to 14%.
Improved Satisfaction and Morale of Employees
The preference of office workers for grass, trees, and other plants near the workplace are well documented, leading to reduced levels of stress, improved morale, and higher job satisfaction. By simply offering employees a lush, peaceful setting in their working environment, you can help them be more productive and work more effectively.
Remember that green space doesn’t have to be extensive or pristine to offer these benefits. Having a quality lawn irrigation maintenance program and adding trees and other vegetation will boost employee morale and keep your landscape healthy and beautiful.
Reduced Water and Energy Bills
Having a beautiful outdoor surrounding doesn’t have to mean using a lot of water or investing in extensive fertilization. A properly installed commercial irrigation system and a customized maintenance plan will allow you to use water more efficiently, all while keeping green space stunning and healthy.
Specifically, proper irrigation techniques will:
- Meet plants’ water needs and support a healthy landscape
- Reduce water bills from lower water use
- Decrease energy bills, as well as pollution, from less pumping and treatment of water
- Reduce water waste and runoff that carries fertilizers away from the plants that need it and into local lakes and rivers
Improved Property Perception
By establishing a lush green space in a previously bland area, you can help boost the perception of your property and encourage surrounding properties to follow suit, contributing to the beautification of your community.
Professionally-maintained green areas are also more likely to reduce criminal activity on your property, especially if it’s situated in an urban area. Research has found that an open space covered with grass and tall trees is most likely to deter property crime, vandalism, and littering, bringing down costs for commercial property owners. Discouraging trespassing and criminal activity through a well-kept landscape rather than through hard security measures will help tenants or employees feel safer and more secure on your property, which increases revenue.
Finally, a natural lawn installed and maintained in a professional manner has numerous benefits for the environment, including:
- Increasing soil stability through the development of a deep and expansive root system that reduces land degradation and erosion from the elements
- Filtering dust, noise, pollution from the air, especially in urban areas
- Reducing heat buildup, thus generating significant savings on cooling costs
As you can see, the benefits of a well-tended lawn and landscape are overwhelming. Professionally installed and designed green spaces attract more visitors, keep tenants happy, increase employee productivity, and help your community thrive. If you are concerned about water waste or are looking to ensure the protection of your landscape assets through efficient irrigation, contact a commercial lawn irrigation contractor to help you design a sprinkler service package that matches all your commercial needs.
About the Author:
Former U.S. Coast Guard and Tampa-native Joseph Swett is the owner of Sunrise Irrigation, a Palm Harbor-based company that has been providing sprinkler and irrigation services in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida, for more than 20 years. A RainBird-trained landscape specialist, Mr. Swett is dedicated to helping Florida homes and businesses implement effective irrigation technologies and transition towards smart water conservation. In his spare time, Joe sponsors and plays in two men’s softball leagues, but also enjoys surfing and going fishing with his family.