Houston has had its share of unpredictable weather in the last few months, from record-setting rainfall from Hurricane Harvey to three rounds of rare, below freezing temperatures with icy precipitation. While most commercial property owners have made repairs or recovered from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, the icy precipitation from the last two months has brought new concerns about property damage and hidden dangers on commercial sites.
Our warmer Houston climate can support a wide variety of trees and plants, making our region diverse in terms of tree types and plant life. However, many amateur tree crews tend to apply the same level of tree care to all trees, even though certain tree species require more specific care and maintenance. When a one-size-fits-all mentality is applied to tree care, some trees may suffer and not grow to their full potential.
The start of a new year is a popular time to make resolutions and goals, whether on an individual level or for a business. Many of these goals are centered on making improvements in certain areas, whether it's healthier living, cutting expenses, or earning more revenue. Commercial properties can also undergo improvements that offers aesthetic as well as financial rewards. In today's LMC blog post, we look at three improvements that can be made on commercial sites to increase the look, health, and value of the property.
Trees are some of the most important aspects of a commercial or residential landscape. In addition to providing beauty and tranquility to a property, they can also provide ample shade, which reduces heating and cooling costs while increasing property values. For residential and commercial properties with little to no trees on the site, adding trees can be a worthy investment.
Hurricane Harvey devastated many commercial properties across the Gulf Coast region of Texas this past August, particularly in the greater Houston area. While commercial property owners were focused on mucking out and renovating their commercial buildings, their physical landscapes were also impacted.
To the casual observer, it might seem as though pruning branches off a tree might harm its health. After all, trees in the forests and woods aren't pruned by anyone, and they grow just fine on their own. Plus, it's hard to image how wounding a tree can do it good. However, trees on our residential and commercial properties experience different needs and threats to their health compared to trees that grow on their own, so pruning can be extremely beneficial for trees in our urban and suburban areas.
As the holiday season approaches, commercial properties across the greater Houston area will welcome a higher number of visitors and customers, particularly in the restaurant or retail industries. However, a greater amount of foot traffic means more people that could potentially get hurt on a commercial property if there are unsafe areas. In today's LMC blog post, we help show commercial property owners three ways in which their site might not safe, and what can be done to improve safety for visitors, customers, and employees.
Fall weather is gradually making its way to the Houston area, and with it comes a slowdown in growth among trees, plants, and lawns on commercial properties. While commercial sites do not usually need as much maintenance through the fall and winter months, they do benefit from proactive maintenance services that keep the property healthy and stable through the cooler months. In today's LMC post, we discuss three ways to improve commercial properties in time for fall weather.
Commercial property owners learned a lot about their land during Hurricane Harvey, specifically things like their property's elevation level, proximity to flood plains, and how efficiently their area drains heavy rainfall. Proper drainage is absolutely crucial if you want your business and assets to survive another record rainfall or flood in our region. If your commercial property often has standing pools of water after a rain shower, there are three options for improving runoff and hopefully avoiding flood damages to your structures and assets.
The Houston area continues the recovery process following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, with scores of business owners busy gutting structures, recovering assets, and making plans for repairs. However, many commercial property owners don't realize that floodwaters impact more than just buildings and structures. Flooding can significantly damage commercial land, but owners might not realize there are issues until much later, increasing the time and cost for repairs.