Maintaining and updating your commercial landscape requires a lot of your time and commitment. Every landscape requires attention to sustain an attractive curb appeal. For these reasons, a good multi-year plan will give you results and accomplish your goals.
Believe it or not, in your landscape, there are several moving parts which need constant attention: landscape maintenance, irrigation, turf applications, pest management, and plant health care (between many others). For all of these needs you need the integrated approach of a comprehensive landscape service provider.
With temperatures rising, there is a wind of change coming to your property. It is time to walk through your commercial property, and call your landscape professional in order to assess winter’s impact. During this walkthrough, it is a great time to discuss site enhancements for the upcoming season.
Do you have multiple service providers for your commercial property? If your answers is yes, this is the time to start thinking about the benefits of having a single-source provider for all of your needs. It is beneficial for your site to have one single point of contact in order to meet your goals and expectations.
This is the time of the year when you should start thinking about your commercial property. It is almost March and there may be snow on the ground. When it melts you will want review any potential winter damage and for ways to enhance the curb appeal of your property. Reach out to your landscape professional for suggestions on site enhancements.
While remaining snow may be still prevalent, this should not take you away from your tasks. Spring is close and property managers and facility directors in Westchester and Fairfield counties need to start reviewing their sites for the upcoming season. When reviewing your site, you should start thinking if your property moved forward last year. This is the time to start thinking about improving your landscape with proper care.
Do you have multiple service providers for your landscape needs? Have you ever thought of the benefits of having a single-source provider? Well now it is the time to start thinking about the questions and finding answers to them.
August is the Perfect Time to Update your Irrigation System
Many commercial landscape irrigations systems run in the late night and early morning hours—rarely do we actually see them running. Out of sight, out of mind? Probably. That’s why, as the August heat arrives, it is time to consider the impact of your commercial properties’ irrigation on your landscape, on your budget and the environment.
Commercial building owners and managers are constantly seeking to heighten their competitive edge thru offering a better facility while holding or reducing costs. Here in Westchester and Fairfield counties, this usually goes hand in hand with various LEED and Green Building initiatives. Today’s prospective tenants often inquire about the prospective buildings current green footprint and future plans.
After the large projects are complete – HVAC, plumbing, lighting-where to turn? A look outside will reveal an area where building owners and managers can reap many benefits. The irrigation system at your building may be old and inefficient. New technology in the past few years can significantly leverage irrigation systems recently installed.
In May’s issue of “BUILDINGS” Magazine, senior editor Janelle Penny turns the focus of the Greener Facilities monthly article to irrigation.
Here are the key takeaways from her article “Keep Your Grass Lush for Less”
“Maybe it’s time to add smart landscape sensors to your arsenal. These devices interact with your existing irrigation system to put water where it counts and when it’s needed, rather than leaving all the work to a simple timer that waters your lawn daily regardless of weather conditions. By ensuring that you it, a suite of sensors helps cut down on wasted water.
To truly wring every drop of efficiency out of your landscape practices, the EPA recommends installing a separate water meter to measure how much water you’re applying to the landscape – this will give you greater insight and could provide additional sources of savings.
Performance results naturally vary depending on climate, landscape, variations in weather, and other factors, but the EPA provided BUILDINGS with a handful of real-world examples to illustrate the spectrum of potential savings:
- Water-efficient sprinkler technologies can reduce water use by as much as 30% when compared to standard pop-up sprinklers.
- Properly installing a WaterSense-labeled, weather-based irrigation water use by 15%.
- A project in Florida demonstrated a savings of 13,567 gallons every time a rain sensor prevented an irrigation event on half an acre of landscape.
- Turf plot studies demonstrated that water savings from soil moisture sensors ranges anywhere from 4-88%.”
While the first reaction may be you don’t have a half acre in Florida, the numbers add up just as fast when you realize you have 2,4, 6 acres in CT or NY. Savings like these are real and documented. It all adds up to a great equation—water savings puts cash back in the budget, bolsters your green initiative footprint, impresses prospective tenants and delivers a healthier landscape.
Buildings Magazine, Issue 05.14
Article: Keep Your Grass Lush for Less