Landscaping is a big part of the appearance of your commercial property and if you want to make a great impression, it’s just as important to pay attention to the outside areas as the inside of your building. While good landscaping can massively increase the kerb appeal of your commercial property, there are a few mistakes that can have the opposite effect.
Here are five common mistakes to avoid if you want your landscaping to reflect well on your property:
- Failing to plan. The saying that if you fail to plan you plan to fail applies to your landscaping. The best landscaping is done over a long period of time, but if you don’t have a plan and a design at the start, the end result is going to look inconsistent and chaotic.
- Neglecting proper drainage. All gardens need water to grow, but what happens when there’s too much of it? Without the right drainage you can get ponding and puddles of water on your property. This not only looks bad, it can lead to further problems like difficulty accessing walkways along with mould, damp and surface erosion.
- Planting too close together. In the beginning your plants will be a certain size, but the nature of plants is to grow and if you plant them too close together in the beginning, you could very quickly end up with a cluttered mess. As well as appearance, overcrowding can affect the health of your plants.
- Choosing plants that don’t work well for the area. While you might love a specific plant, before you rush out to buy it, you want to make sure it’s compatible with your soil type, climate and property. Some plants are also very high maintenance and while they might look great it’s worth considering how much time and money you want to spend keeping them alive and in optimum condition.
- Insufficient lighting. It’s easy to forget about lighting when planning your landscape design but lighting is one of the most important features of any outdoor area. The right lighting can illuminate certain features of your landscaping as well as helping you maintain good security. All car parks, walkways and entrances should be illuminated for safety and security reasons.
Plan your landscaping wisely and you can enjoy the benefits of a great looking and functional exterior for your business.