Maintaining Trees and Lawns

Two mistakes commercial property owners tend to make when using landscaping services

by Cherly Wheeler

When a businessperson has their commercial premises landscaped, these are the blunders they tend to commit most often.

Requesting landscaping features that are unsuitable for a commercial property

Commercial property owners who have never had the chance to work with a landscaper before have a tendency to get carried away when they first hire this type of person, who they know is capable of creating complex and beautiful landscapes. As a result of this, they sometimes request landscape features that, whilst lovely, are not really practical additions to commercial premises. This can result in their landscaper having to put in extra hours to remove or alter these features after the owner realises that their decision to add these items was a mistake.

For example, whilst a cherry blossom tree can look incredibly beautiful when it blooms, it can create a large mess when it sheds its petals. As such, if a commercial owner asks their landscaper to plant a few of these around or in the centre of their car park, their customers who use this amenity may complain about the hundreds of rotting petals that end up floating onto their cars. A mistake like this one could lead the landscaper to have to uproot and replant these trees in a less prominent section of the owner's premises.

Leaving months between calls to their landscape maintenance contractor

After a person has their commercial property landscaped, they will need to maintain their landscaped areas. Due to the fact that this maintenance work requires specialist skills and landscaping tools, it is best done by a landscape maintenance contractor. The mistake made most often by commercial property owners is leaving months between the calls they make to their chosen contractor to book their maintenance services. This is something that business people usually do in an effort to save money.

However, the reality is that this normally results in these property owners being left with much bigger landscaping bills than if they had asked their maintenance contractor to visit more regularly. For example, if a person leaves four months between their landscaping maintenance appointments, their contractor may have a very big workload to tackle when they eventually arrive because this is enough time for dozens of deeply-rooted weeds to have sprouted up and for vines to have grown around and begun to weigh down or break the branches of several trees. Plucking these weeds, removing the vines and pruning any damaged branches could take many hours.

Conversely, if the property owner had simply had their landscaping contractor visit once a week, this contractor could have done some simple, quick and inexpensive maintenance work that would have prevented these types of complicated landscaping problems from ever having developed.