The greater Houston area currently enjoys a robust and expanding economy, but competition for revenue is fierce among the various retail centers and shopping districts throughout the city. Retail shops, businesses and restaurants are all vying to bring in more foot traffic and customers, and increase their quarterly and annual revenues. While many business owners try attracting customers through coupons and ads in local magazines and mailboxes, one way that can easily draw customers in the front door is through well maintained, beautiful landscaping and trees.
Many retail centers, restaurants and businesses in the Houston area understand that Houston is a commuter city, meaning people have to get in their vehicles and drive to do anything, from eating to shopping to visiting the dentist. As Houstonians make their way down freeways, highways and roads they pass by any number of businesses and retail centers, so first impressions are essential to business owners. Having beautiful landscapes, seasonal flowers and beautiful, well pruned trees creates a welcoming environment and draws the driver's eye to the store front, restaurant or retail center.
Secondly, a business, restaurant or shopping center can easily lose current and potential customers through poorly maintained grass, flower beds and trees. An unsightly outdoor area in front of and surrounding a business can give the impression that the business owners do not care about their appearance or their role as a member of their surrounding community. In addition, overgrown grass, shrubs and trees can pose a threat as burglars and thieves may use these to lurk and hide, jeopardizing the safety of owners, employees and customers.
Finally, having quality landscaping and healthy trees surrounding your business, restaurant or retail center adds value to the surrounding community. Nearby residents are more likely to patronize a business when the owners have invested in the property and preserved or protected the natural beauty of the area. People are more likely to become repeat customers when there are shade trees in parking lots, beautiful landscaping surrounding an outdoor restaurant patio, or stunning outdoor water features to enjoy during lunch breaks or neighborhood walks.