Landscaped office parks, commercial centers and corporate campuses vary in their irrigation water use depending on what the property’s plants, trees and lawns demand, the seasonality of the landscape’s growth cycle, and the uncertainty of the weather.
We know summer is just starting, but we are always prepared for what is coming up during the fall… isn’t that what you are always thinking of at your commercial property? Curb appeal and vibrant color plays an important role in your landscape for your tenants and visitors.
Turf has specific pH requirement for optimum growth, and as we say it at ELM, “if you start from the ground up, together, we can make informed decisions about your lawn management”. For this reason, it is important to do annual soil tests in order to get the data for a soil specific program for your commercial landscape to properly dial in your fertilization and liming.
With summer started, the hot and dry weather begins, and with it comes optimal conditions for crabgrass. As a commercial property manager, now is the time to work with your landscape services provider to insure the proper preventive and control applications take place. These preventive actions will preserve the quality of your turf and the curb appeal of your property.
Studies show that average landscape water use in the commercial and institutional sector can range from 7 percent of total water use for hospitals, 22 percent for commercial office buildings, and up to 30 percent for schools.
Did you know you can save water, but also reduce costs by switching to smart irrigation controllers? In irrigation, water usage can be reduced by 20-33 percent by optimizing heads and switching to new smart controllers. By doing so, you can make the most quantifiable ROI with simple additions or eliminations to your current system. This system has built-in saving features that adjust to the weather conditions.
The hot summer months are coming! How will they affect your commercial property’s landscape? The summer months are when the curb appeal of your property is at its highest, and we wish to remind you of items to keep in mind to maintain your property’s value and appearance:
Each site has its own unique landscape environment, with various soil and shade conditions. For this reason, your landscape management service provider should give you the best recommendations for your commercial site to utilize native plants, perennials, disease-free and hardy plants to increase the sustainability of your commercial landscape.
If you are looking for a way to add color to your commercial property, particularly at entries, plazas and courtyards; planters can be the right solution to add vibrant color to these hardscape areas. Some facility managers have held back on these visual accents due to the cost of watering, either by the facility team or service provider.