Irrigation Tips & Advice:
Save water, improve plant health, and lower water costs for your commercial landscapes, including homeowner association common areas, business parks, and roadside and median landscape areas.
- Repair broken sprinklers, pipes and fittings.
- Add or move sprinklers to apply water evenly to plants.
- Replace sticking or leaking heads.
- Adjust sprinkler spray pattern to match planting area. Use the correct radius nozzle for the area being watered.
- Straighten leaning sprinklers and raise sprinklers that are blocked by plants.
- Standardize sprinklers and nozzles. Since they apply water at different rates, do not mix rotor and spray sprinklers on the same valve.
- Schedule irrigation system checks on a regular basis during the irrigation season.
- If the meter indicates leaks, make necessary repairs.
- Use the meter to track consumption.
- Use meter readings to meet a water budget.
Create a base schedule. The amount you water is set as a fixed setting (minutes, starts per day, and program number), determined by plant water needs and the type of sprinkler (spray, rotor, drip, etc.). Adjust for seasonal changes by adding or deleting water days or by using the % adjustment feature, using 100% for July, adjusting down through August and September (70%-90%), and removing watering days by October. Consider installing a rain/freeze sensor to control and conserve water.
Landscaping Tips & Advice:
It’s no surprise when people drive by your commercial property they make assumptions to the quality of businesses you have, simply based on how your property looks.
To often, people judge a book by its cover… meaning, if your plants are over-grown, you have weeds in the sidewalks and flower beds, and your grass is is overgrown and looks terrible., people will assume your stores are not desirable.
The appearance of your commercial property, has a direct impact to the success of your Tenants.
I don’t have to tell you… if your tenants aren’t making money… neither are you.
The pay-off to adding an attractive look to your property is simply respect from the buying public. They will use the garbage cans and not think of throwing garbage on the ground.
This may seem trite and even obvious, but I can assure you, your commercial landscaping is a direct reflection of who you will attract.
One might think this tip is an obvious one… I can assure you it’s not.
Almost on a daily basis I see commercial properties, office buildings, and shopping centers completely blocked by over-grown trees, shrubs and bushes.
What amazes me the most is when bushes and/or trees are blocking the very sign that let’s you know what stores are inside.
Visibility is a big deal when it comes to attracting new and existing traffic for your tenants. Your entire property must be completely visible from all directions of traffic to insure passer-by’s can see your stores. When blocked, it’s almost like your tenants are not there. People are busy and on the run… if they can’t see it, then it doesn’t exist.
Think about yourself when you’re driving down the road… you take similar routes on a daily basis… so seeing something new is not usual. Chances are, if there’s a shopping center with over-grown landscaping, and they clear it out , improving the visibility from all directions, you will see it… where you may not have before.
Incorporating color into your property attracts the eye of passer-by’s, and creates a pleasant environment for shoppers.
Color Theory 101 for Commercial Landscape Design
A quick lesson in color theory will help you think differently about your commercial property, resulting in a more attractive property your consumers will come to enjoy. There’s a common debate where one color attracts the human eye more than another color… these colors are yellow and red. And, in many cases this is true… these bright colors attract for sure.