Are You Caught in a Tug of War Over Summer Landscape Improvements?

Part of being a successful property manager is making your property more valuable. 

The good news is that landscape improvements can help you do that. Class A properties, retail and mixed-use can all benefit from landscape upgrades that drive asset value – through better watershed and habitat health, pedestrian access, hardscape repairs – and generate income, either through green credits, or increased occupancy and traffic.

If you are looking to boost your property’s ROI, aesthetics or functionality, consider the following:

1. Safety Value – Maintenance care prevents injury. Improved pedestrian walkways, parking lot surfaces, and structural pruning to improve visibility can all prevent trips, falls, accidents, and mitigate liability and risk. Strategic use of plant material can prevent flooding; drainage improvements can improve the absorption of rainwater and runoff; and tree-covered areas can reduce loitering – while also improving air quality. 

2. Health Value – Landscapes have direct impact on positive well-being. Healthy landscapes start with healthy soil and the reduction or elimination of toxic chemicals. For tenants, employees, guests, or customers, the quality of your property’s landscape influences how people interact with, and feel good about, your business. An attractive outdoor space, with courtyards and well-designed landscaped areas is advantageous to you as an employer and as an asset manager. We recommend investing in a regular plant health care program that creates a healthy baseline for your plants and trees, nourishes your soil and encourages vigorous bloom and vibrant foliage. 

3. Environmental Value – Conservation helps the earth and your wallet. Eco-friendly investments in green technology will improve your landscape’s water use and your cost through controlled irrigation and water audits; more trees contribute to using less heating or cooling energy; rain garden strategies and bioswales provide filters for stormwater and prevent flooding and puddling; flowering plants provide forage and habitat for pollinator insects, birds and wildlife. 

First things first. Prioritizing improvements is a task made easier by a master landscape maintenance plan.Knowing which improvement will offer sustained ROI depends on a few factors. One is the size of your property, the other is how it is used—where people gather, what types of amenities drive the greatest appreciation, and where fitness and pedestrian areas can be enhanced for greater health, i.e., walking and jogging trails, bike paths, bocce ball courts, green roofs, terrace and outdoor eating and meeting areas.

ELM’s top ten. Repairing walkways and footpaths impacted by winter storms, fencing/retaining walls, signage, water features, park-like amenities, new plantings and installation projects, turf aeration and plant health care, tree and shrub pruning, and power washing.

If you’re ready to take advantage of ELM’s summer landscape improvement and hardscape restoration expertise, perk up your high impact focal areas with bold containers and lots of color; swap out underperforming turf for perennial meadows; try our new and improved plant health program (and its organic option), upgrade your irrigation system with green technology, or partner with us to drive LEED credits, but don’t know where to begin, contact Bruce Moore Jr. at 203-316-5433.

Working smarter, not harder.

Three Incredible Ways ELM is Using Technology to Your Advantage.

From ride-sharing apps to intelligent design, robots and remotes are transforming the speed and efficiency of the way we work. Landscape companies and property management firms are benefiting from technology in ways that dramatically improve both of our industries, inside and out.

Advances in the engineering and design of landscape irrigation systems including remote control water management, weather-based sensors, and applications that manage water consumption (and a plethora of apps for plant disease, tree inventory, and GPS grounds-mapping), time-saving technologies are changing the way landscape companies like ELM are working smarter to achieve infinitely more and better results:

Higher Impact, Lower Cost.
ELM is always seeking ways to improve the way we work. Our commitment to using intelligent systems and advanced technology not only helps us achieve better control over the results but also improves processes, resulting in lower costs to our customers. Case in point: water management. Digital technology is keeping water and money from going down the drain. As life-long area residents, ELM has a stake in the conservation conversation. We are just as conscientious about water in our office as we know you are in yours.

Efficiency, Productivity, Safety.
Outdated equipment can have a considerable impact on efficiency. ELM uses commercial equipment that meets next generation platforms for smarter energy and smarter outcomes—on every landscape site and for every season. Leveraging what’s new and better also means making sure our crews are up to speed on working smarter, not harder, and trained and certified in product and equipment handling and safety.

Service smart, social smart.
ELM recognizes the potential of digital communications and regularly offers its subject matter expertise on the frontlines of social media. We believe the web is a fantastic way to get feedback, and share and exchange information. We use our platforms to post information that we hope simplifies complex issues, while giving our online body a human face.

To learn more about working with ELM to implement high impact efficiencies and create sustainable value for your landscape, go to:
http:// http://www.easternland.com/
Or contact Bruce Moore @ 203.316.5433.

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What do you look for when considering landscape enhancements for your commercial landscape?

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.

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