EXPERT ADVICE ON COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING AND SNOW REMOVAL
Why commercial landscaping matters year-round (especially in South Bend and Northern Indiana)
First impressions matter – and when it comes to business, curb appeal is often the first impression you give to potential customers. No matter what type of business — be it a clothing boutique, physician office or large apartment complex – a key part of drawing in new clientele is the outward appearance of your business. If your landscaping, parking lot or general lawn maintenance is subpar, customers often view it as a direct reflection of the level of care you put into your business.
Beyond signage, lighting or window displays, the landscaping maintenance of your property tells a silent story to your customers. If your outdoor space appears rundown and messy, the public can easily assume that your customer service and products aren’t on par either. Overgrown landscaping, un-mowed lawns and even poorly cared for parking lots and pathways during winter months all impact public perception of your company. The last thing you want to do is drive away customers because of how bad your outdoor space appears.
Continual Maintenance We understand property maintenance isn’t something business owners can spend a lot of time on. Your focus is running a successful business operation. A professional landscaping company can take the worry and guess work out of improving and maintaining your outdoor space, year-round. Care during Winter Months Property maintenance doesn’t stop when the flowers stop blooming. Leaving dead or overgrown plants during the colder months creates an uncared for, or forgotten appearance. And when the snow and ice begin to fall, unclear parking lots and walkways can keep customers from making it to your door. Pemberton is set up to handle both year-long property maintenance and snow and ice removal for commercial businesses.
Annual Flower Planting We all know how fickle Michiana-weather can be, and often that spells trouble for certain plants, flowers, and trees. By understanding local soil and weather conditions, and how your plants respond to your property, a professional landscaper can plan the planting season accordingly.
Customer Satisfaction With a year-round landscaper on the job, your customers will always see a well-kept and beautiful property, even during the dead of winter. A well maintained landscape creates a welcoming experience for your customers and will help increase traffic coming through the door. Don’t let neglected greenspace or disorderly landscaping be the first thing that potential customers see. To learn more about how Pemberton Landscaping can help your business make the best first impressions, call us today at 574.876.1127 or send us an email.
Spring is coming, but you can leave the cleanup work to us
Spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of your house. Come March (even when we get a few surprise snow falls), it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up your landscaping and preparing your lawn for the spring and summer growing seasons. Early spring is a great time to begin several early lawn cleanup tasks. As we say goodbye to winter and prepare for warmer weather, let’s explore at a few yard and landscaping areas homeowners can tackle themselves.
Clean up around plants. Freezing temps leave landscaping areas filled with dead foliage, fallen leaves left over from autumn and weather-worn mulch. To prepare landscaped areas for new growth, now is the time to rake out any leaves and remove dead plants (that can smother new growth or even spread disease.) If the threat of frost is over, removing the top layer of old mulch makes way for fresh mulch to be added once any new Spring planting is complete.
Take stock of your lawn condition, and prep damaged areas for Spring seeding. Take a walk around your yard and make note of any damaged or bare areas. Remove turf damaged by salt, plows, animals, snow or ice cover to prepare for the seeding that should follow in a few weeks. In Northern Indiana, late March or early April is a good time to add the first round of fertilizer and crabgrass treatment. (If your yard did not make it through the winter intact, keep this in mind before the cold weather comes around again. A lawn managed on a sound lawn care program should be able to recover from most of what winter can put it through.)
Don’t forget your hardscape surfaces. Check the condition of your driveway, patios and walkways. Clear any debris and rake escaped gravel back into aggregate (loose gravel or stone) walkways and fill any large depressions with new gravel. Sweep flagstone and paved areas and add new stone dust or sand to prevent loose areas. A good pressure washing to remove any dirt, stains, and mildew.
We are here to help If this all sounds like more than you are able, or want to tackle on the weekends, Pemberton Landscaping can cater our spring clean-up services to your specific needs. Our team makes sure you get the personalized grounds care services you actually care about—whether that be tree trimming, garden bed care, soil pH testing, fertilization and more. We are here to get your property season-ready without you ever having to pull a weed, lift a rake or mow the lawn.
To learn more about how Pemberton Landscaping can get your lawn and landscaping ready for Spring and Summer, call us today at 574.876.1127 or send us an email.
7 Top Reasons You Should Hire a Commercial Landscape Company for Your Business
Even if you provide outstanding business services, you may fail to get enough customers to make a profit if your business property turns people off and looks messy and uninviting. As a business owner, you don’t have to worry about your landscape when you give the job to a professional. Here are seven of the main reasons to hire a commercial landscape company for your business.
A Huge Time-Saver As most business owners know, running a successful business involves working long hours. Your top priority as a business owner should focus on your services, your clients, managing employees, sitting through meetings, and other tasks. Let’s face it. A full agenda doesn’t leave much or anytime for installing and caring for a landscape. That’s why more and more busy business people are handing over the job of landscaping to commercial landscape professionals who have the proper skills and experience in this line of work.
A Good First Impression One of the top reasons you should hire a commercial landscape company is that a beautiful landscape gives people passing by your business a positive image of your company. Just as most people tend to judge a book by its cover, they also judge a business by its exterior.
When a landscape is correctly maintained, people going by your building can receive a positive first impression of your business. What’s more, a professional commercial landscaper knows how to design a landscape that helps in identifying your business. For example, consider how a traditional landscape design sends a different message than a contemporary one.
Better Community Image A business that’s properly maintained and attractive is also viewed more favorably by a community. Community officials have the job of regularly determining the condition of a town’s local businesses. In fact, there are some villages and neighborhoods that have certain criteria for exterior upkeep of buildings. If these standards aren’t met, businesses must pay hefty fines.
Expertise and Experience Professional landscapers are specially trained in knowing how to artfully complete a landscape so that it’s as striking and efficient as possible. They know the differences in various turfs, such as how Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue differ. As a result, they choose the grasses that will work best for your climate and landscape. Moreover, they’re experts and experienced in knowing how to plant shrubs and flowers the proper distance between each other, so the plants look good when fully grown.
Sustainable Landscape Management While planting some bushes and trees on your commercial property may give it an appealing appearance initially, your plants can begin to deteriorate and even die in only a few months if they aren’t properly sustained. However, when plants are sustained by a commercial landscaping company, they can last a long time and remain attractive. This can save you time as well as money.
Expensive, Specialized Landscaping Equipment Your business property needs to be maintained and landscaped using expensive and specialized equipment. In addition to having the latest equipment, a commercial landscape business is highly trained and experienced in using these tools and machines, which are usually considerably more complicated and larger than standard landscape equipment used for residential landscapes. Furthermore, it’s also cheaper to hire a professional than having to buy specialized equipment.
Safety Keeping your grass and bushes regularly trimmed and your sidewalks clear can make it less likely for visitors to be injured from overgrown landscaping or slipping on snow or black ice in winter. By hiring a professional landscaper, you can protect yourself against liability if people fall on your property. Besides having to pay a considerable amount of money for initial expenses, your insurance premiums can also skyrocket when accidents occur. This can hurt your company’s reputation so that the damage can’t be repaired.
Considerations and Warnings
A detailed and well-groomed landscape can suggest that you have an eye for details, which can make people more likely to use your business.
Also, the architecture of a landscape can show just how organized you really are. If your parking lot is clean, and you have stylish sideways and a tidy lawn, people are more likely to sign up as customers.
Having a commercial landscape service can give your property a consistent look.
Professional commercial landscapers know what’s needed to make a landscape stand out as well as how to tend to a lawn, flowers, and trees.
Any service you’re considering hiring needs to know specifics, such as the depth that flower bushes need to be planted and the amount of irrigation needed for newly planted gardens and shrubs.
Are you looking for an exceptional commercial landscape company? Call the professionals at Pemberton Commercial Landscaping and Snow Removal. Please contact us and learn more about how we can make your business property look stunning, so people want to do business with you.
5 Innovative Outdoor Workspace Ideas For Office Parks
Few people enjoy being stuck indoors all day, and chances are your employees are no exception. Creating an outdoor office park gives employees the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight while they recharge or get some work done. Visitors and employees can both benefit from seeing a more relaxed and nature-friendly side of the business. Studies show that time outdoors can reduce stress, improve productivity and even strengthen the immune system. There are several innovative ways to get started on your own office park.
Shady Areas Sunlight is important but if you want comfortable guests and employees, you need to give them options. Providing several areas where people can relax or work in a shaded space is a great way to do that. In addition, most electronic screens are difficult to see in direct sunlight. Thus, having some spots with a bit of shade will increase the chances of employees getting work done. During warmer months, shaded areas also provide much-needed relief from the hot sun.
Internet Access Wherever people are gathered there must also be internet access. At least, that’s what many people have come to expect. Making your office park wifi accessible is a must. Doing so allows employees the freedom to relax, without having to disconnect from the digital world. They can also choose to continue their internet-based work activity from the comfort of an outdoor space. For security purposes, two separate wifi networks should exist, one that is secure and only accessible to employees inside and another that is available to visitors and those working outside.
Power Sources It’s important to remember the “office” aspect of an office park. If you’re only providing a shady place to sit, employees are likely to see the area as just a place to relax and not an outdoor extension of the office environment. This can lead to lost time and productivity. Adding power sources where employees can charge their phones and computers creates a more corporate feel and lets users know that the office park is both for relaxing and getting work done.
Outdoor Seating Without the appropriate outdoor seating, your commercial office park is really more of a park than an office space. Fortunately, patio furniture, benches, and outdoor lounge chairs are all affordable and comfortable options that let employees know that you’re encouraging fun and productivity. Adding a larger seating area that can double as a place to hold meetings will please both visitors and employees. Be sure to pick seat cushions that are ergonomically-friendly and designed to weather the elements.
Privacy The great outdoors often means wide open spaces, but an office park should offer some degree of privacy. You can achieve this with the help of shrubs, ornamental grasses and even perennial flowers, which create a lovely and ever-changing landscape that attracts people to space. Adding a few walking paths lets employees stretch their legs while making the area feel larger. Paths also help people find their way around larger office parks, which is helpful when hosting meetings or work-sponsored social gatherings. They also give you a high degree of control over which areas people can congregate in and can prove advantageous when you want to move crowds away from entrances/exits or parking lots.
Office parks have become increasingly popular with large and trendy companies. But even if you’re not a corporate behemoth, you can still create a warm and welcoming outdoor space for guests and employees alike. Best of all, creating an office park is often affordable and quick and easy to do. Whatever innovative ideas you choose for your space, your employees are sure to enjoy the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. To learn more about how Pemberton Landscaping can help your business create an office park, contact us today
The Top 5 Advantages to Hiring A Commercial Snow Removal Company In Summer
It’s hot and it’s humid. Now that summer’s in full swing, winter is probably the last thing on your mind. But the snow will return and when it does your business needs to be prepared. Hiring a commercial snow removal company now, in summer, comes with several key advantages.
Better Accessibility When there’s snow on the ground, it’s difficult to get an accurate sense of what areas of your commercial property will need snow and or ice removal treatment. When it’s warm and pleasant outside, a snow removal contractor can take his time and properly assess the grounds. It’s also easier to identify any potential high-risk areas, as well as, foot traffic and parking patterns. Failing to accurately identify these points could result in legal action against your business come winter if a slip and fall accident occurs on the property. Play it safe and do your inspection in summer.
Gathering Estimates Waiting until winter, or even fall, to lock in a snow removal service won’t leave you a lot of time for comparison shopping. Starting your search in summer allows you to carefully research the services in your area and figure out which ones are a good option. You can compare reviews, prices, and scale between companies. This last factor is especially important for large commercial businesses which need to know that a contractor has the tools and manpower to properly maintain their space throughout the winter. Keep an eye out for certified snow removal companies, which are strongly recommended by industry professionals.
Securing Equipment and Resources Salt shortages are common, even at the municipal level. This is usually due to a lack of preparation and or a miscalculation of resources needed. Booking your snow removal contractor well in advance is one of the best ways to ensure that your business gets the truck, skid-steer loaders, and shovel service it needs to successfully make it through the winter. Likewise, securing your snow removal service in summer also gives you time to do your research and find out whether or not the contractor you want has a history of being able to deliver. Make sure to get any service guarantees in writing.
Having a Plan of Attack With winter comes snow. However, answering the question of when and how much you’re going to get is nearly impossible until the actual event. Having a comprehensive snow and ice removal strategy allows you to prepare for any number of scenarios. You’ll know what preventative measures you need to take for your commercial property, what, if any, potential property liability issues may arise and even the amount of resources and equipment a contractor will need to have to manage your property. In addition, you’ll know how much to budget to accommodate all of these tasks.
Getting on the List All of the time and energy you invest in finding a snow removal service is for naught if they can’t actually fit you into their schedule. There are only so many hours in a day to remove snow and the best companies tend to have a tight schedule filled with repeat clients. A top contractor may only have a relatively small number of availabilities for new clients. The sooner you reach out to the desired contractor, the better your chances are of actually getting on their list. Summer is an excellent time to do this.
Winter may seem far away, but it and the snow will return, and sooner than you think. Preparing for this eventuality in summer gives you one less thing to worry about and provides your and your commercial property with a big advantage once the snow returns, even if the worst hits. For more information about snow removal contact us.
4 Colorful Landscaping Ideas For Commercial Properties for Fall In Michiana
Commercial Snow Removal and Importance of SafetyThose final days of summer are slowly slipping away, moving us into the refreshing and often-preferred season of autumn. Cooler temperatures are easier on the human body. We enjoy the crisp chill beginning to permeate the air. This chill reminds us it is almost time to ready our property for winter. Autumn landscaping means we should water deeply and plan for that final feeding for our trees, shrubs and perennial plants. A fresh layer of mulch can perk up the overall look of our outdoors. It is also the perfect time to add new trees, shrubs, and flowers for continued beauty in the landscape. Of course, you’ll want low-maintenance specimens that normally exist on rainfall alone or with limited irrigation when they’re established.
Plant Trees As cool weather is easier on us, so it is with the plant material we’ll grow in our commercial landscape. Planting now provides plenty of time for a good root system to develop without competition from the upper part of the tree, such as when they leaf out in spring. Planting these valuable specimens in autumn helps avoid heat stress and lessens chances of disease that sometimes occur in summer. Cooler nights with warm days and rainfall make autumn a great time to plant. We recommend having new specimens in the ground by October in our area.
Consider adding those ornamental maples you’ve wanted for your landscape. The cinnamon-brownish red bark of the exfoliating paperbark maple grabs your attention in the drab winter landscape. This beautiful tree is small enough to plant in a limited landscape but grows big enough to provide summer shade. Include a bench underneath if space allows.
Plant a few evergreens for a glimpse of greenery on those snowy winter days. If you have a spot near the entrance, add a cheerful focal point close to the sidewalk or entrance. A few ornamental plantings spruce up that sea of asphalt and may actually motivate your employees as they walk by.
Shrubs Add low-care shrubs near the foundation of the building, or replace those that have served their purpose. Grow a hedge, if you have an appropriate area. Plant shrubs in masses. Consider planting the often-neglected evergreen Yew shrub, with red winter berries called arils. Yews happily take shearing, so they are perfect for a hedge. They’re drought tolerant and exist with little maintenance.
Hollies are an easy-care evergreen shrub. Not all have prickly leaves, such as the slender sky pencil. Some have red winter berries, needing a male plant to pollinate the females for berry development. If you’re in need of a security barrier in some areas, consider hollies with spiny points on the leaves.
Flowers Fall is a good time to think ahead about next years’ landscape and get those spring blooming bulbs in the ground. Tulips, daffodils, Iris’ and lilies are always a welcome sight in spring. While you’re working the soil, add cool season color to last until winter’s snow and freezing temperatures arrive. Mums and pansies are traditional plants for the fall, with good reason. Cheerful colors and seasonal appreciation make these plants perfect for this time of year. Autumn landscaping is about looking to the immediate and distant future.
Decorate for the Season Autumn holds a couple of special holidays that have traditional decorations. Some of these might not be appropriate for your business, while other are perfect. You probably wouldn’t want to decorate with black cats, jack-o-lanterns or turkeys, but corn stalks and uncarved pumpkins show your appreciation for the season. Pair these with the mums you’re planting outside. Keep some of the flowers in containers to display in a woven basket, lined with plastic so water won’t spill through. Add a few bales of straw outside as the base for these decorations and share the joy of Thanksgiving appreciation.
You likely have other ideas to incorporate with these suggestions. Contact us to get started on the autumn landscaping upgrade for your commercial property.
Commercial Snow Removal and Importance of Safety
There can be many challenges for a business come winter time, although none are more important than tackling safety for commercial properties with foot traffic. Because icy conditions and cold weather aren’t likely to slow many in Northern Indiana, getting ahead of the weather with an appropriate game plan is crucial to guarantee the safety of anyone on your property this winter. Here are a few of the things to think about when preparing your property or business for winter and why the right snow removal company can be an essential partner along the way.
It’s not all about the obvious danger zones.Though targeting the most heavily trafficked danger spots (e.g. ramps, parking lots, walkways) is a must, your work doesn’t stop with the basics if you want to insulate your property from the adverse effects of winter weather. One commonly overlooked property feature to target would be any walking path that is off the beaten path of normal foot traffic. You might intend to keep pedestrians using official paths and walkways, but eventually, you’re likely to have a few unofficial routes added into the mix thanks to more adventurous pedestrians looking for a short cut. This can create icy pathways that tend to be skipped when it comes to regular maintenance, potentially opening up a dangerous can of worms in the process.
Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping that pedestrians utilize your official paths, safety can be improved by letting a snow removal expert keep the other paths appropriately cleared and de-iced. Not only do you dramatically cut down on the potential for injury but pedestrians are likely to appreciate a cleared short cut. Other spots that you’re not going to want to skip would be areas around fire hydrants, mailboxes, and dumpsters, which all need to be regularly cleared and de-iced. Dumpsters, in particular, can be problematic, as spills or leaks can quickly turn in to undetected patches of ice.
Test your property’s drainage.Best done in the fall after a rainstorm, a thorough inspection of your property’s drainage can give you a very good sense of problem areas long before the season’s first snowfall. The right irrigation expert can help you form a plan that will let you stay on top of icy areas when the weather turns, which is much safer and easier than trying to determine drainage issues in the middle of winter. Injuries related to poor irrigation also tend to be particularly serious, leading many experts to recommend year-round inspections to monitor a property’s ever-changing features. By spotting troublesome zones, you can identify which areas need special attention or even completely block off spots that could prove to be particularly dangerous when the temperatures drop. Don’t forget about what’s above you.Even if all your walkways and ramps are clear of ice and snow, that doesn’t mean they’re perfectly safe until you’ve looked up to spot any potential problems lurking on gutters, trees, and rooftops. A falling icicle can significantly hurt an unsuspecting pedestrian. It can also shatter on walkways and create a whole new set of dangerous possibilities. Regularly looking for icicles that could fall in a walkway or outdoor gathering space, paired with the proper snow removal techniques, will give you an added sense of safety. Well before winter arrives, you should also look for trees or branches that could be brought down with heavy snow fall or ice. They can not only bring bodily harm but significant property damage as well. When it doubt, let the experts step in.While it can be tempting to utilize the same snow removal methods you’ve used for years, properly maintaining your property in the winter on your own can be extremely time-consuming and ultimately ineffective. Especially if your property has unique features that are difficult to handle, letting a pro step in can give you the peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to avoid the downsides of winter weather. By forming a plan and identifying challenges in advance of the winter, you’ll be a step ahead when it comes to making sure pedestrians are safe and business is proceeding as usual. For more information about winter safety, contact us.
5 Inspiring Outdoor Workspace Ideas For Office Parks
Top 5 Ways Your Company Benefits from Commercial Landscaping Let’s imagine the life of an office worker. They’re inside from 8-5. Sitting, snacking, yawning. Maybe the walls are orange or some other lively color. Or maybe they’re gray and can’t be seen behind cubicles. It’s a tired place, but what can we do about it? This is just how most offices are set up, and for good reason. This is a workplace.
Yet near the office building there are likely more offices, creating the familiar “Office Park.” This area is not just about the buildings’ architectures and functions. Though you hope for a certain aesthetic to show in the symmetry of windows and the geometry of the buildings themselves, adding a beautiful and functional outdoor workspace will bring a certain ambiance to the area and allow joy to enter the days of local employees.
Are you unsure how to go about installing an outdoor workspace? We invite you to read on, as we have put together five ideas sure to inspire.
1.) Don’t be Afraid of Color The invigorating feeling of sun and flowers can add a wonderful flow to life at a business park. Flowers bring a calming, peaceful effect with them, but they also liven up an atmosphere. It’s their organic feel, their flow with other natural beings, and the way they capture the movement of air. Flowers add beauty wherever they go, and beauty brings a certain happiness. Consider choosing some indigenous perennials for the center of your new outdoor workspace, creating a small garden focal point, and use the power of ferns and spider plants and other easily-cared-for greenery to frame and fill in space. Alternately, you can mix and match. The possibilities are endless!
2.) Provide Unique, Comfortable Seating Areas Set out chairs so that individuals can work in solitude, but have some space for meeting areas, too. By placing four or five chairs around a coffee table, you will be allowing group work to be done, or facilitating a lively brainstorming session. Ensure comfort and add to the color of the space with cushions which compliment the colors of nearby flowers. Consider changing out cushions as the seasons change to add ongoing interest and the element of surprise to the space. Make sure that some seating is made private through using bushes and trees, and that other seating is open for group gatherings.
3.) Incorporate the Power of Tables There’s a reason that conference rooms are furnished with tables, and that dining rooms are set with tables too. The table holds the power of community. It’s where we can come together in one place to chat and accomplish. It’s where we can lay out our thoughts and get some real work done. A table is a place where laptops and papers can be set while allowing for a more community feel than solitary desks allow.
4.) The Necessities of Shade and Wi-Fi Since not everyone loves the sun on them all the time (and laptop screens need shade too), it will be necessary to incorporate shade. This can be done through nearby trees, installing pergolas with vines, setting out large umbrellas, or hanging shade cloths. In addition to shade, you will need to install outdoor outlets next to seating areas and Wi-Fi access to the entire outdoor area. These are simple thoughts, but can often be overlooked in such a project so we felt them necessary to include.
5.) Think of it as a Room to be Decorated This idea simply takes the idea of interior design and sets it in motion outdoors. Think about the size of your entire outdoor workspace. Is it a winding hallway with lots of grooves or one big oval? Look at the entire shape and fill it in with the above ideas. Create little areas out of the one big area and use the power of color to bring the entire space together. When deciding on types of seating and shapes of tables, look at the shape of the entire area for inspiration. Use walkways to guide employees through the entirety of the space.
To learn more about how Pemberton Landscaping can help your business create an office park, contact us today.
Top 5 Ways Your Company Benefits from Commercial Landscaping
The exterior of your business is like the face you show the community and making it beautiful shows how happy you are to be a part of your city. Of course, you wouldn’t let a broken window or crumbling bricks go un-repaired and every few years you wash off the ambient grime so your building looks nice and shiny. Why shouldn’t you do the same for your grounds? Plain grass and a tree or two isn’t the same as a beautifully landscaped garden where employees and clients can stroll or sit. Landscaping offers a number of benefits to your business from employee morale to community support. Here are the top five:
1) Pride in Your Workplace People love to walk past a beautiful garden. Even if they don’t stop to spend time there, just seeing a lovely arrangement of sculpted and well-kept flowers brings a smile to our faces and a skip in our step. They can make a bad day seem a little better and they show that whoever occupies the buildings nearby really cares about their surroundings. This is a wonderful thing for employees to feel as then come into work every day and a landscaped garden around their workplace makes them proud to be a part of an organization that is willing to create a little casual beauty.
2) Appealing to Clients When you invite a client to your office building, the goal is always to simultaneously impress them and welcome them to relax in your lovely venue. No doubt you’ve spent time and money on sculpting what the inside of your building looks like, from the sconce lights to the reception desk, but your clients are looking at your building long before they enter the front door. A sculpted garden makes a lasting first impression and makes them feel that you care about their experience with your business when even your grounds are arranged to please them.
3) Use Your Outdoor Space You already own the grounds, why not do something with them?Try taking a moment to or from the office to look at whatever patch of grass surrounds your office building and entertain your inner artist. Imagine what kind of sculpted garden could be made with the space that could create a natural haven for the eyes and nose. Bright flowers and dark shrubs, new trees or accents to the trees that already exist, maybe even a little garden path for employees to take a relaxing walk through during their breaks would all be fantastic additions to your little patch of ground. Even a small amount of landscaping could transform the space into something both impressive and relaxing, making great use of your otherwise ignored outdoor space.
4) Support Local Wildlife Your landscaping doesn’t have to be aesthetically pleasing, alone. If you’re environmentally inclined, you can use this space to support local birds and other small creatures by planting local trees, flowers, and shrubs as part of your landscaping plan. You can give a place for friendly honey bees, humming birds, and even common sparrows and squirrels a place to live and eat within the urban sprawl while creating a little extra oxygen for everyone.
5) Good Community Relations Communities love it when businesses take pride in their location. It shows how much you appreciate both being able to work in the area and that you want to give back. Simply by landscaping the grounds around your building, you can give back to the community by making the street a little lovelier for everyone. Locals will think more kindly about your business, even if they never thought about you before. When their eyes are caught by your bright flower arrangements or passers by catch a whiff of delightful fragrance, they will check your street sign to discover which business has provided a little extra enjoyment to the lives of everyone in the neighborhood.
Landscaping is a great way to make your building beautiful, your employees proud, and your community happy to have you. Just think, if a few flowers can do all that, what else could you do with that little strip of grass? Learn more about how landscaping can improve your business by contacting us today.
Why You Should Prepare for Snow Removal Long Before the First Flurries
Do you have a property large enough to require more than a simple driveway shoveling in the winter? A lot of people and businesses do and life doesn’t stop just because the snow falls. Many property owners hire snow removal services annually, but more often than that, this occurs far too late. By the time the snow is piling up, it will be hard to tell the difference between your parking area, your outdoor fixtures, and irregular ground that doesn’t need to be cleared. To get the best results from your snow removal company, consider booking them in the summer months when your property is easy to survey and pleasant to walk.
Preparing vs Reacting The way most property owners handle their need for snow removal in a reactive way, calling for assistance once the snow is too deep to handle. However, snow removal isn’t like repairing a surprise flat tire or ordering a pizza which are natural just-in-time services. If you’ve owned your property for more than a year or two, you know the first big snow is coming and that you’ll eventually need snow removal, in knee-deep in freezing snow and competing for dozens of other property owners who need appraisals and quotes? Rather than reacting to the first deep snow with surprise and dismay, you can prepare for what you know is an inevitability.
Making a Snow Removal Plan Usually, you don’t need snow removal for every inch of your property, just the areas that see the most traffic and therefore will need to be cleared for use. Driveways, parking areas, and public spaces that are still used in the winter are all great examples of where you’ll need removal, while open fields, uneven ground and in-between areas that are not used by foot or vehicle traffic can be left alone. Rather than trying to explain your ground area to a snow removal service when everything is under a thick layer of fluffy, evenly distributed snow, why not invite them to map out your removal plan while everything is still visible? This will make it much easier for quick and efficient removal when the time comes and ensure that your service brings along enough salt for the square feet you’ll need to be covered.
Collecting Quotes Chances are that if you live in an area that sees a great deal of snow in the winter, there is more than one removal service nearby. By starting early, you can collect quotes for your property before you’re desperate and worried and long before they are booked up with other customers. This gives you the ability to clearly weigh the quotes against each other without the sense of urgency created by continually piling snow. You can take your time in a way that is impossible with the reactive just-in-time mentality. When you decide on the service who can offer you the best value, let them know and begin appraisals. This acts as a sort of RSVP, allowing your snow removal company to also plan for your service rather than reacting to emergency requests for assistance. With a little forward thinking now, while it’s still warm and enjoyable to spend time outside, can save you hours, dollars, and hassle spent out in the cold. Your snow removal company doesn’t disappear when the snow melts, they spend that intervening time planning and preparing for the next cold season. They buy salt, polish the plows, and happily fulfill requests for early planning property owners like you. Whether you need ten feet or a thousand cleared, the best time to explain this to your snow removal company is when you can easily show them. For more information about snow removal contact us.
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