Top Cleanup Services to Include in Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

It’s important to make sure that your property is in tip-top shape at all times, and that starts with your landscaping. Landscaping is the face of your commercial property, and it should be a top priority when it comes to your property’s upkeep and maintenance.

Maintaining your commercial landscape is important not only for its visual appeal, but for the health of your landscape.

Here are a few of the services that you should be including in your commercial landscape maintenance contract:

Lawn Maintenance

Maintaining the turf areas of your landscape keeps your property looking well-kept and professional. Your landscaping crew will start with a sweep of the property to remove any trash or other debris they find in your turf areas. Your landscaper should only use professional grade equipment and they should know how to operate it as safely and efficiently as possible.

Mulching

Mulching is essential to the growth and health of plants and trees on your commercial property.

Mulch keeps weeds from growing to prevent root competition and helps retain water to keep roots moist. It also prevents soil compaction, and keeps the soil underneath insulated from extreme heat and cold.

Your commercial landscaping crew will ensure that all areas on the property are mulched properly to keep your trees and plants healthy, so your landscape’s planting beds and trees stay healthy and weed free.

Fertilizing

Your turf requires a customized nutritional program to grow strong and stay healthy. Proper fertilizing will help keep your grass healthy, prevent the growth of unwanted weeds, and ultimately, will protect the long-term investment that you put into creating a beautiful commercial landscape at your property.

Different types of landscapes require a different types of fertilizers for use. Your commercial landscaping company has the expertise to recommend the right fertilizer for use, and suggest how often this service should be implemented.

Edging

Edging, both hard (against concrete surfaces) and soft (against planting beds) is a necessary clean-up service to give your landscape a neat and well manicured appreance. Edging also keeps your plant and flower beds tidy and in good shape, it keeps the soil and mulch in place, and prevents the grass from invading your planting beds.

Pruning & Cutback

Scheduling pruning and cutbacks as a part of your commercial landscape service will allow for the adequate air flow and sunlight necessary to keep your plants and trees healthy.

Regular pruning and cutbacks also protect the visitors and patrons of your property. Old, weak, and dead branches are dangerous, especially during the summer storm season. Fallen branches and debris impede access to sidewalks and roadways, creating a hazard that can easily be avoided. This is why it’s so important to consider this clean-up service to maintain the health and safety of your property’s landscape.

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The Accordion Effect

It’s one of the most common questions we’re asked when we start working with new clients.

How many people will you send out to our property at each landscape service visit?

If the previous landscaper had a 4-person crew servicing the site, and your landscape didn’t look the way you wanted it to, it’s logical to assume that throwing more people at the problem is the answer, right?

Not always. Here’s why:

Commercial landscape management is a seasonal business. There are things to be done in your landscape every month of the year, but in the spring and summer, the total number of hours spent at each property increases exponentially. That’s why at this time of year, all landscape companies are at our peak employee counts. At Yellowstone Landscape, for example, we grow by about 800 employees across all our branches at the peak of the summer.

Further complicating things, our work schedule is almost completely dependent upon the weather and the natural environment. Add in periods of drought, heavy rainfall, storms, pests and diseases in turf, trees, and plants, and the summer can seem to last forever. But if you’re a client of a commercial landscape management company, you still have every right to expect your landscape to be cared for and kept looking its best, no matter what challenges Mother Nature throws at us.

The quality of the landscape is a direct result of the organization, efficiency, and skill of the Landscape Professionals that you see working on your property. Not the sheer number of people you see working on a landscape crew.

We’ve seen it time and time again. Our crews start servicing a new property. The first couple of landscape service visits take a full, 8-hour day for a 4-person crew. But by the end of the second month, the same crew completes the job much, much faster than they did in the beginning. Their performance improves, not because they start cutting corners or stop being as careful as they were in the beginning. They get faster as they get more familiar with the landscape. When we schedule our crews to consistently service the same sites, week after week, productivity and quality improve naturally.

Another common misconception is that the crew that handles the mowing and detailing are the only members of our team that play a role in your commercial landscape management service program. In a comprehensive, professionally managed landscape service plan, your site will also be inspected by a superintendent or Account Manager on a weekly basis. They’ll also send out specially licensed and trained technicians to evaluate your irrigation system, and other specialists to apply nutrients, pest controls, and disease management products. Add in regular spot inspections by our local branch leaders and you may have twice as many people involved in the success of your landscape than you thought you had.

The number of staff may be a convenient measure of the value of the services you receive from your landscape service provider, but in most cases, more isn’t better. More is just more.

Real quality in commercial landscape management is driven by experienced and well-coordinated Landscape Professionals. Your landscape management plan will expand and contract the number of staff as needed (like an accordion), always seeking to achieve the best possible appearance for your property.

 

Special thanks to Jon from our Tampa location for the accordion analogy. It’s a really helpful way to think about how we staff our service teams across the seasons.

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Ideas for a Sustainable Landscape for Your Commercial Property

The idea of a “sustainable landscape” can mean many different things to many different people, but at its most basic level, the term refers to the practice of minimizing the utilization of non-renewable and non-native plant materials. Following are a few ideas to consider if you’re seeking to make your commercial landscaping more sustainable.

Landscapes Offer Many Benefits

Plants are essential for commercial landscaping, especially in urban areas. This includes not only trees but also small plants, bushes, flowering shrubs and grassy lawns. Trees and plants serve an important role in the protection of the environment as they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Additionally, trees provide shade and keep the property cooler during hot summers. Trees and plants also help with the prevention of erosion, minimize dust particles in the air, and filter water as it passes through the soil to the aquifer below.

Recycling and Composting

Recycling includes a practice identified as “grasscycling”—where you leave the grass clipping on the lawn after mowing, rather than bagging and removing them. The grass clippings decay quickly and, in result, release their nutrients be used again by the lawn. This practice reduces the need for additional fertilizers being used over the course of the year. In addition to grasscycling, you can implement a natural composting program in your mulching program by spreading a thin covering of bark over your planting beds and over tree roots.

Conserve Water

Most commercial properties will have an irrigation system to supplement their landscape’s watering needs. Any irrigation system, requires a continuous need for assessment in order to make sure that everything is functioning properly and that your sprinkler heads are distributing water equally throughout the property. With the help of a landscape management service professional, you can adjust the watering schedules to match the requirements of the plants and seasonal rainfall. Another important tool in conserving water is setting up a rainfall detection sensor. This will pause the irrigation system’s scheduled program when there is sufficient natural rainfall. Modern smart control systems make sure to water the plants only when it’s necessary, and will automatically adjust clocks and controllers based on recorded rainfall data. These systems can even be monitored and accessed remotely via smartphone apps.

Use Fertilizers and Pest Control Products Carefully

It is important to use only the most suitable products, in the right proportion, and at the right time of the year. Whenever you choose fertilizers and pest management products, always make sure to read and follow the instructions provided on the label. Apply only the recommended amount of fertilizer or pest management product. Applying in a larger than recommended amount will not result in a faster or more improved outcome. Makes sure you and your landscape service provider understand the impact of the products being used on the natural environment.

Protect the Waterfront from Plant Debris and Runoff

Fallen leaves, grass clippings, and fertilizers contain nutrients which can be beneficial to your grounds and landscaped spaces, but they may cause harm to water streams and ponds. After servicing your property, and especially after a spray application service, always make sure to clean paved surfaces and sweep the material back into your landscape and help protect the waterfront.

Yellowstone Landscape provides quality landscape care and maintenance for Southern landscapes from many locations across the region. Interested in having us take a look at your property’s landscape? You can connect with our team anytime.

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Ways Landscaping Helps Your Bottom Line

Landscaping adds value to your commercial property and helps create a remarkable first impression for your clients, tenants, and customers. In this article, we’ll list some of the ways your landscape benefits your property.

Professionally designed plantings of trees, shrubs, flowers, and new grass can transform your site into a Class A looking property faster than any other capital investment. How does the process work? Ideas for improving the appearance of the property should be presented to you, long before a shovel touches the ground. The landscape professionals bring their own ideas to the table, and together with your vision and requirements, they help you create a plan to achieve your goals.

Make your Entrance Attractive

The entrance to your commercial property is the first thing people notice. To make a great impression on potential clients, customers and employees, invest in the services of a commercial landscaping company to enhance and maintain the appearance of the main entrance to your property. Colorful and tall plants near and around the main gate, sign, and driveway make these high profile areas look more appealing and more welcoming.

Add more Value to Your Property

Commercial properties require continued upkeep and maintenance. Adding native plants, trees, and flowering shrubs add value to the property by creating a more desirable and attractive space. Well-kept and maintained plants can increase your property’s value.

Mature trees with flower beds and turf maintained by experienced landscape management services will help your property stand out from competing properties for lease in the area. Flowers planted at the entry enhance the visual appearance of a property significantly, but trees add the most real value to a landscape. In the case of mature trees, they are an irreplaceable asset. A professional landscaping expert will help you create a landscape that delivers maximum return on your investment.

Attract Customers

Keeping your property neatly maintained at all times is key to attracting new customers to your commercial property. Regular landscape management services, including edging, trimming, fertilization, and mowing will keep your property looking its best and most attractive for new customers.

Creating Relaxing Spaces

Flowers, plants and shrubs in your commercial property’s landscape are ideal for creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Studies have shown that landscaped garden areas can further help in reducing stress and can even help relieve depression. The aroma, colors, and fresh air provided by plants and trees have a positive effect on our mental and physical health.

Allow our team of experts with Yellowstone Landscape provide all the needed guidance and planning to keep your commercial landscape looking it’s best. Connect with us now!

Tips for Making Spaces That Your Clients & Employees Appreciate

Being strapped to technology without a break can get really frustrating for employees. Giving them the opportunity to take a break and inhale some fresh air can really help when the workload is dragging them down. A breather outdoors can be rejuvenating, according to a lot of studies that prove the advantages of commercial landscaping.

Making an outdoor space for employees and clients to work and gather can greatly enhance the productivity and create a close-knit community. Commercial landscaping can reduce the work pressure, enhance teamwork among the employees, promote physical activity and liven up the overall environment at work.

Landscape maintenance is also crucial for outdoor spaces because while providing an outdoor space to the employees can be helpful, frequently changing the setting can boost creativity and enhance the mood of the employees.

Outdoor spaces prove to be a smart move, so what should you consider when making a space that both – your clients and employees appreciate?

Here are some tips that can ensure an effective outdoor space and entice employees to go outside:

A balcony garden or a rooftop space:

Consider places that are on the ground to ensure the employees can get diverse outdoor experiences. If there is a balcony or rooftop in the commercial structure, it can be transformed into a garden area. Make the space attractive to pollinators, butterflies, and birds by planting colorful flowers and grasses. Plant vegetables to ensure that the employees get to eat fresh.

Patio Area:

A hardscaped gathering space encompassing seating and privacy screens will encourage the staff to utilize the outdoors for lunch, which can prove to be beneficial, as it will boost their creativity and productivity once they go back to their workspaces.  It is important to carefully decide the position of the patio.

Consider whether you want to locate it nearby an indoor cafeteria as it would be convenient or would prefer more of a private space that is linked with the office through a path, as it would provide the employees with a getaway on premises.

Walking Trails:

Promoting physical activity can reduce illnesses drastically and ensure that the employees stay healthy. Walking trails, which run throughout the campus, offer the employees the privilege to exercise on site. A lot of studies have shown how physical activity can release feel-good hormones. Make seating arrangements like benches or natural stones along the track so the employees can take a break. Including activities, stations are also a good idea.

Outdoor Grilling Station:

Another great way you can enhance the outdoor space of your corporate office is by incorporating an outdoor grilling station. Here the employees can hold demonstrations. Corporate lunches can also take place in this outdoor kitchen and it offers a lot of opportunities for different kinds of events.

Beanbag Toss Boards and Bocce Ball Courts:

A place where an employee can enjoy their break by engaging in playing not only helps to improve their teamwork, interpersonal skills and relations with other colleagues but also improves their morale.

This is one of the reasons why more and more businesses are incorporating leisure spaces on their campuses. Commercial landscaping that is recreation based is a perfect balance of work and play due to their ability to improve fellowship among colleagues.

Putting in recreational enhancements like bocce ball courts or beanbag toss boards can prove to be perfect for de-stressing during breaks.

Shade Structures:

Pair outdoor seating with canopies to ensure that they are comfortable and useful. If you want employees to be able to relax outside, install shade structures in areas that do not have any natural canopy so people can avoid the sun. There are a wide variety of options, from pergolas that can support the growth of creepers to climbers, and vines that give a modern touch. Oversized umbrellas can also be utilized to provide shade spaces with table and chairs.

Water features and Outdoor Fireplaces:

Landscape enhancements that provide a feeling of home are getting more and more popular in commercial properties.

Places of fire outdoors and fire pits can be pleasing spaces for the employees to have cookouts or brainstorming meetings. They can also be perfect to invite clients from out of town.

Water features not only add to the aesthetic of the landscape but can also create an atmospheric environment.

Functional Considerations:

  • Adaptable seating arrangements: Arrange different kinds of seating options from benches to chairs with tables. It is extremely important to consider the flexibility so you can take advantage of the commercial outdoor space, when required, in a lot of ways. For example: if the furniture you have selected is versatile, it can be rearranged for things like group meetings.
  • Wi-Fi: Make sure that the employees can easily connect to the Internet outdoors from their mobile devices, tablets or laptops. This will enhance the utility of the outdoor space further.
  • Electrical receptacles: The outdoor spaces should be equipped to allow the employees to work in the landscape. It is important that the outdoor space of a corporate property has outlets for electricity so that the employees can make use of them when they decide to take their work outside.
  • Privacy: Create privacy in your commercial space by utilizing landscape features like plants, trellises that support the growth of climbers and creepers, evergreens, freestanding wood, metal or stonewalls, or hardscape retaining walls.

Creating good outdoor spaces can ensure that both your employees and clients are pleased.

It can be extremely difficult to find workers who are talented, therefore, retaining these skilled people and top performers is important for any business because the workforce is what contributes to the success of the company. It is, therefore, a good idea to provide the employees with an outdoor space where they can relax and take part in recreational activities, as it can essentially provide the company with a competitive advantage.

You Deserve Better Than Average Landscaping

“On a scale of 1 to 10, we’re going for a 5. I want my property’s landscape to look really average”, said no one ever.

You hire a professional landscape company because you want your property’s landscape to stand out – in a good way. When you sign a contract with a big commercial landscaping company, you expect that you’ll get something much better than what you’re getting today, right?

Otherwise, why would you go to all the trouble to qualify vendors, conduct an RFP, evaluate the responses, and negotiate your contract? You’d just stick with whoever’s cutting the grass for you now and doing an “okay” job.

When we talk to the property managers we work with, they tell us that they expect more from us.  The same old, same old just doesn’t cut it for them.

But how do you get an above average landscape?  Without blowing your budget, how do you turn an utterly unremarkable landscape into one that really stands out?

Every property’s different, but here are 3 simple tips to help you get a landscape that stands out from the crowd.

  1. Start with a solid fertilization and pest management program. Your landscape is never going to look its best if it’s not getting the right nutrients. Have your landscape contractor take soil samples from various locations in your property, then design an application program that addresses the specific needs of your landscape and its environment. You can’t get an above average landscape if you don’t start with a healthy landscape.
  2. Second, make sure your irrigation system is regularly inspected by trained professionals. Most property managers don’t think about their irrigation system until there’s a broken head, or a huge water bill comes in. But just because you can’t see any problems, doesn’t mean that your irrigation system is doing all that it should for your landscape. During monthly inspections, irrigation pros don’t just look for problems. They make sure that your landscape is getting the right amount of water, in all the places that need it. Properly managed irrigation plans keep pests and disease out of your landscape and keep it looking it’s best.
  3. Finally, seek professional help. If you think about it, it’s easy to ignore most landscapes. After a while, they all start to look the same, don’t they? But what if your property had something that the others didn’t? We employ trained Landscape Designers, and we offer their expertise to our clients as a value-added service. Because sometimes the difference between an exceptional landscape and an average one is as simple as having one or two focal points to draw attention to your property. Adding some color to your landscape with a new annual flower bed, and keeping the design interesting with each rotation, gives you a chance to refresh your property’s curb appeal several times a year.

These are just a few tips to get you started. Remember, the journey from average to remarkable isn’t as hard as you think, or as expensive. Your landscape probably doesn’t need a major overhaul. Instead, find the small, but important steps you and your landscape contractor can take to get you the landscape that you deserve.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, we’re going for a 5. I want my property’s landscape to look really average”, said no one ever.

You hire a professional landscape company because you want your property’s landscape to stand out – in a good way. When you sign a contract with a big commercial landscaping company, you expect that you’ll get something much better than what you’re getting today, right?

Otherwise, why would you go to all the trouble to qualify vendors, conduct an RFP, evaluate the responses, and negotiate your contract? You’d just stick with whoever’s cutting the grass for you now and doing an “okay” job.

When we talk to the property managers we work with, they tell us that they expect more from us. The same old, same old just doesn’t cut it for them.

But how do you get an above average landscape? Without blowing your budget, how do you turn an utterly unremarkable landscape into one that really stands out?

Every property’s different, but here are 3 simple tips to help you get a landscape that stands out from the crowd.

Start with a solid fertilization and pest management program. Your landscape is never going to look its best if it’s not getting the right nutrients. Have your landscape contractor take soil samples from various locations in your property, then design an application program that addresses the specific needs of your landscape and its environment. You can’t get an above average landscape if you don’t start with a healthy landscape.
Second, make sure your irrigation system is regularly inspected by trained professionals. Most property managers don’t think about their irrigation system until there’s a broken head, or a huge water bill comes in. But just because you can’t see any problems, doesn’t mean that your irrigation system is doing all that it should for your landscape. During monthly inspections, irrigation pros don’t just look for problems. They make sure that your landscape is getting the right amount of water, in all the places that need it. Properly managed irrigation plans keep pests and disease out of your landscape and keep it looking it’s best.
Finally, seek professional help. If you think about it, it’s easy to ignore most landscapes. After a while, they all start to look the same, don’t they? But what if your property had something that the others didn’t? We employ trained Landscape Designers, and we offer their expertise to our clients as a value-added service. Because sometimes the difference between an exceptional landscape and an average one is as simple as having one or two focal points to draw attention to your property. Adding some color to your landscape with a new annual flower bed, and keeping the design interesting with each rotation, gives you a chance to refresh your property’s curb appeal several times a year.

These are just a few tips to get you started. Remember, the journey from average to remarkable isn’t as hard as you think, or as expensive. Your landscape probably doesn’t need a major overhaul. Instead, find the small, but important steps you and your landscape contractor can take to get you the landscape that you deserve.

Congratulations Legacy of Leesburg!

We’re extremely proud to feature Legacy of Leesburg. This client partnered with us to manage their landscape 3 years ago. In that time, we’ve worked with the Board and Property Management to revitalize this beautiful community. And we’re proud to announce that all the hard work and planning has resulted in 2 landscape awards this year. Last month, the community was awarded a National Landscape Award of Excellence and we were recently able to accept another Landscape Award from the FNGLA during The Landscape Show in Orlando.

Legacy of Leesburg is an active retirement lifestyle community, located 45 minutes from Orlando, Florida. The community’s intent is to provide all the modern amenities active adults expect in a home, placed in a setting that encourages them to explore the natural beauty of central Florida.

The result is that nearly all of Legacy’s 1000 homes have a view of either a natural conservation area or one of the nineteen ponds that dot the community’s landscape. With over seven miles of maintained walking paths along thirteen trails, residents are frequently seen strolling in the shade of the hundreds of ancient oaks that were preserved during construction.

We’re honored to partner with the wonderful community and proud to share in their success.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the care of this award-winning community!

Yellowstone Landscape expands in Texas with opening of new Austin location

AUSTIN, TX (October 6, 2017) – Yellowstone Landscape is pleased to announce that it has expanded its operations in Texas with the opening of its new Austin location.

Yellowstone Landscape is one of the country’s largest commercial landscaping firms, with locations across six Southern states.  The newly opened Austin branch provides commercial landscape maintenance and enhancement services, including irrigation system management and exterior pest control, as well as commercial landscape installation and tree care services.

Yellowstone Landscape CEO, Tim Portland, said of the expansion, “We’ve been targeting an expansion into Austin for a number of years now. We’re extremely proud of our longstanding client relationships in the greater Houston area.  Many of our clients also own or manage properties in Austin, and have been asking us to provide services for those properties as well.   We’re looking forward to doing so and to building new client and service relationships in Austin for many years to come.”

Yellowstone Landscape’s Austin location will be led by Jeremy Sutton. Mr. Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and comes to the company with significant experience in management of large scale commercial landscaping operations in the greater Austin area.  Yellowstone’s Austin operations are located at 1209 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Local candidates with landscape maintenance experience are encouraged to apply in person, or send their resume to careers@yellowstonelandscape.com.

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Orlando’s 2017 Home of Distinction Benefits Ronald McDonald House

It was our honor to install the landscape at this beautiful property, and for the next two weekends, anyone in Central Florida can tour this amazing home and contribute to a terrific charity at the same time.

The home being showcased is the 2017 Home of Distinction, a newly constructed home built by our client, Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling, for Janet & Russ Haberle of Haberle Steel Inc.

A Mediterranean designed home with a Transitional flare, this 15,736-square foot home is located on the 6th fairway of the Nicklaus Golf Course in the Eagle Estates Section of Reunion Resort & Club. It features the latest in design trends for the luxury home market. The home was designed with a focus on entertaining, including outdoor living areas essential in the Florida sunshine. Featuring a large kitchen, gathering areas, theater and game rooms, the home has a uniquely designed pool with lazy river, pool, spa and waterfalls.

From September 22nd through October 1st Weekends Only (Friday & Saturdays 10AM – 5PM / Sundays Noon – 5PM), this home will be open for tours to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. The tour will showcase building and design trends while raising funds for a wonderful cause. Tour tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance by visiting www.rmhccf.org/events, selecting Home of Distinction Orlando and then clicking the ‘Register Now’ button. Otherwise, tickets will be $10 at the door. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida receives 100% of the proceeds from tour ticket sales.

Special thanks to Landmark Custom Builder & Remodeling for allowing us to be a part of this unique project.

For more information on the Home of Distinction:
http://www.homeofdistinction.com/17Orlando/index.php

 

4 Environmental Benefits of Your Commercial Landscape

It’s easy to look at a freshly mowed lawn, pruned shrubs, and vibrantly colored flowers and think that commercial landscaping is just about making properties look beautiful. But as Landscape Professionals, we know there’s so much more going on in your landscape than what you can see. Professionally designed, installed, and managed landscapes do so much more than just add beauty to the places where we live, work, and play. In this post, we’ll explore 4 important environmental benefits of commercial landscapes that you may not have considered before.

1. Improved Air Quality
Do you remember that one science fair as a kid, when you did a project on photosynthesis? In case you forgot, photosynthesis is “the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water…and generates oxygen as a byproduct.” Plants are absolutely essential to carbon sequestration. They capture significant amounts of carbon from the air and release oxygen. In urban areas and places near industrial and manufacturing facilities, trees and plants also capture particulates and other microscopic pollutants, helping to clean the air we breathe.

2. Reducing Soil Erosion
Did you know that the root systems of plants and trees allow for 20 times greater water absorption than tilled soil? That also means that areas with healthy turf, trees and plants are far less likely to experience flash flooding and areas of standing water after a hard rain. Soil erosion isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Area of exposed dirt on a hillside indicate that the soil is weak. If not corrected, this can lead to mudslides after heavy rains. Reducing soil erosion in these areas can involve decorative plantings of shrubs and other groundcovers, meeting the functional and aesthetic needs of the landscape.

3. Reducing Noise Pollution
When most people think about a bustling, urban city, the soundtrack typically includes honking car horns, exhausts of trucks and buses passing by, and maybe even a jackhammer. The constant assault on the ears is part of the reason some city dwellers eventually flee to find peace and quiet in the suburbs. Modern urban developments are increasingly looking to commercial landscape designers and commercial landscape management companies to bring nature back to the city. Turf, plants, and trees are much better at absorbing sound than pavement and concrete walls. Dampening even a small amount the city’s noise makes the environment just a little more pleasant for its residents.

4. Regulating Temperature
In the South, we’re always looking for ways to keep ourselves just a little cooler. Whether adding more trees to create a natural canopy of shade, or installing a hedgerow to block the setting sun from a westward facing window, landscapes can have a big impact on temperature regulation. With more shade from trees, your home or office’s air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to keep you cool, saving money on your electric bill. Studies have also shown that turf keeps the ground 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer and 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter than a paved surface. Another advantage that grass has over pavement – it doesn’t crack. Pavement expands and contracts as temperatures change, leading to cracks which become safety hazards. Replacing large paved areas with healthy turf reduces the amount of pavement that will need to be repaired or replaced, and better regulates temperature in the area.

These examples are just a few of the many ways that your landscape is working to help make your environment a little healthier and a little safer. The aesthetic appeal of a great commercial landscape project is hard to overlook, but just remember that there’s a functional purpose behind all that beauty, too.

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