Spring is an ideal time to tidy up your lawn, fix any needed repairs and plant a few blooms to have your commercial property looking its best.
Hiring a commercial landscaper can be a significant investment for your business, and choosing the right one can make all the difference in the appearance and functionality of your outdoor spaces. Whether you're looking for routine landscape maintenance or a complete redesign of your properties, it's essential to ask the right questions before hiring a professional. These are some of the most important questions to ask a commercial landscaper to ensure that you're getting the best service possible for your business's needs. By asking these questions, you'll be able to make an informed decision and feel confident in your choice of landscaper this spring.
1. Will I Need To Fertilize And Irrigate My Lawn?
To keep your grass healthy and green, it needs to be fertilized two to three times a year. Springtime is an important time to provide a dose of fertilizer because after coming out of the winter season your lawn needs nutrients. Fertilizing in the spring helps to strengthen grass roots to promote healthy growth for the upcoming summer season.
Also, be sure to ask your commercial landscaper whether they use synthetic or organic fertilizers. Schill Grounds Management uses a blend of mainly organic fertilizer with a touch of synthetic fertilizer to produce lush, weed-free lawns.
Our bio-nutritional fertilizer helps reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizers by 50% while naturally balancing soil pH levels.
To maintain a lush lawn, regular irrigation is needed. It's generally recommended that your lawn receives a minimum of one inch of water a week, preferably in the early morning or evening to prevent evaporation by the sun.
Ask your commercial landscaper whether your irrigation system needs repairs.
2. How Often Will You Provide Service?
How often your commercial landscaper comes to visit your property is indicative of their dedication and commitment. If your landscaper is vague about how often they plan on visiting, or is simply too busy to commit to a regular schedule, it may be time to look for another company.
Springtime comes with a lot of landscaping duties that are best tended to on a weekly basis. Imagine the difference between monthly vs. weekly services such as mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Things could get out of control very quickly.
As a commercial property manager, you want to present a professional and welcoming image to your clients. An overgrown, weed-infested lawn is not attractive.
3. How Will You Help Control Weeds?
Weeds are problematic for every lawn and need to be regularly controlled. In Northeast Ohio, a few common weeds include bull thistle, dandelions, sweet clover, and annual ryegrass. The type of herbicides used is important to consider, especially if young children and pets will be playing on the grass.
A good landscaper will be familiar with the types of local weeds growing in the area and be knowledgeable about the best ways to get rid of them with minimal harm to surrounding plants.
Ask your commercial landscaper about the type of herbicide they use. Does it also contain pesticides and insecticides?
The use of pesticides and insecticides should be limited to an ‘as-needed’ basis as they contain a myriad of chemicals that are harmful to people and surrounding foliage.
4. What Other Services Do You Provide During The Spring?
Besides fertilization, irrigation, and weed control, there are a few other spring landscaping services you may want to consider:
- Spring cleanup. This includes raking dead leaves and twigs, edging for sidewalks and walkways, and cleaning pathways.
- Planting new plants and flowers. What’s springtime without new, pretty blooms or native shrubs? Whether you want to plant a few simple flowerbeds, or completely overhaul your existing grounds with a new design, a commercial landscaper can help.
- Tree and shrub pruning. Just as you need a regular haircut, your trees and shrubs could use some springtime pruning to look their best.
- Mulching helps create rich and fertile soil that encourages healthy grass and plant growth. Mid-spring is usually the ideal time to lay down a layer of mulch. Mulch helps to retain soil moisture, prevent soil erosion, prevent weed growth, and create an overall tidier appearance for your property.
5. What Areas Need Improvement?
A reliable commercial landscaper should be able to provide suggestions for improvement after an onsite visit to your property.
Whether you need to repair your irrigation system or treat diseased trees, you’ll benefit by taking a proactive approach to maintaining your property, rather than waiting until a problem festers.
Schill Grounds Management provides weekly onsite visits and we use the latest eco-friendly landscaping techniques.