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5 Crucial Commercial Landscape Improvements for Spring

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Warm weather is officially here and it's the perfect time to freshen up your landscaping both structurally and aesthetically to enhance your curb appeal. 

If you tackle these five landscaping tasks you can improve the value of your commercial property.

#1: Fix Any Drainage Issues

As we talked about in another blog post, drainage issues damage grass and foliage by causing root rot, and heavy foot traffic on a wet lawn can cause soil compaction. Water that sits close to your building’s foundation is cause for concern as it can seep in and create cracks. And last but not least, standing bodies of water attract mosquitoes.

So now that you know all the reasons why you need to fix your drainage, how do you go about doing this? There are a several ways to proceed. First, you need to examine where water sits in your yard and the direction it travels.

An experienced landscaper can help evaluate your site and make recommendations such as:

  • Improve soil permeability, and introduce new elements of topography designed to stem the flow of water.
  • Create a rain garden which is designed to absorb runoff and excess rainwater and essentially act as a sponge. 
  • Introduce organic matter and sand into the soil to improve drainage and break up clay found in moist soils.
  • Introduce more low-growing plants that are adapted to wet soils.

#2: Get Rid of Old and Outdated Landscaping Features

Removing old and outdated features such as sprinklers and incandescent lighting can save you money on your monthly utility bills. Older sprinklers tend to use more water and often need repairs. Today’s smart irrigation systems have rainwater detectors to allow sprinklers to conserve water after a rainfall.

If you haven’t made the switch to LED lighting yet, we recommend that you do.

A few benefits of using LED lighting include:

  • Uses up to 80 percent less energy
  • Lasts up to 25 times longer
  • Emits less heat making them safer

#3: Update the Look OF YOUR LANDSCAPING

A professional landscaper can help you update the look of your commercial grounds. Maintaining an attractive landscape and exterior is vital for commercial properties because it creates a nice first impression and can attract more customers and tenants.

A few elements you may want to introduce include:

  • Introduce areas of shade and seating for rest.
  • Add a variety of  trees and shrubs to ensure your grounds look attractive year-round.
  • Introduce a variety of natural materials such as bark and rocks for visual interest.
  • Improve or create walking pathways lined with flowers.
  • Redesign the layout. If your landscaping could use a complete redesign, Schill’s sustainable landscape practices help to create a more eco-friendly green space which conserves water and energy and requires less maintenance.

#4: CONSIDER AddING Mulch

Mulch is made of a variety of organic product such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs and shredded bark. Springtime is an ideal time to spread a new layer of mulch.

There are many benefits of using mulch such as:

  • Helps retain soil moisture.
  • Suppresses weed growth.
  • Helps moderate soil temperature.
  • Improves the soil’s nutrient content and texture once it decomposes.

As part of Schill’s green recycling practice, grass clippings and branches are mulched on site and reintroduced into your landscaping. 

#5 Add a Splash of Color

A beautiful landscape is not complete without a little color. Flowers are an easy way to add color and life to your landscape.

A few native flowers that bloom in spring and are found in Northeastern Ohio include:

Harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa). This delicate white flower is tougher than it appears and is the first sign of spring as it’s aptly named.

Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens). This white and sometimes light pink flower gives off a lovely fragrance and grows nicely in sandy or rocky areas or acidic soil.

Sweet white violet (Viola blanda). A spring perennial that is characterized by its five delicate white petals, two of which twist back to reveal a purple-veined petal.

By implementing these five improvements to your commercial property during the spring, you’ll help to ensure your summer months are worry-free.

For a free onsite inspection of your property, contact Schill Grounds Management or call 440-327-3030

Jerry Schill

Written by Jerry Schill

Jerry Schill is president and co-owner of Schill Grounds Management. He's received numerous accolades for his leadership in the Northeast Ohio business community and the commercial landscaping and snow management industry, including the National Leadership Award from SNOW Magazine and Lawn and Landscape Magazine. He is an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Snow and Ice Committee for the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA).

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