When a commercial property owner is in need of Commercial Landscape Services, they’ll often request bids from multiple companies and landscape contractors. Unfortunately, some businesses make the mistake of believing the cheapest option is always the best one. The reality is that commercial properties can and often do suffer because of poor care by amateur landscape contractors that low-bid on projects. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three ways commercial properties can suffer in the care of amateur landscape crews, in the hopes of helping you avoid these costly issues.
Poor Landscape Maintenance
One of the primary ways in which amateur landscape crews can harm commercial properties is through poor landscape maintenance. Amateur crews lack the training and experience to properly care for the wide range of trees, plants, and grasses found in our native area. Poor landscape maintenance can lead to plant, tree, and grass decline, as well as harming curb appeal. For example, amateur tree crews will often prune trees at an excessive level, leaving them bare and vulnerable to tree disease and insects. Also, they might water and fertilize all types of grass the same way, even though the various types of grass require different kinds of care. Any cost savings that comes by choosing the cheapest contractor is usually completely wiped out by the repair and replacement costs involved with choosing the lowest bid contractor.
Unsafe Work Practices
Another danger that comes with hiring amateur landscape and tree crews is that they are often extremely unsafe, choosing to forgo industry and federal guidelines for worker safety. Telltale signs of an unsafe work crew include the lack of personal protective equipment such as hardhats, safety glasses, and gloves, as well as the unsafe use of equipment such as ladders and chainsaws. A landscape and tree crew that doesn’t value safety first puts commercial properties in jeopardy because of the increased potential for accidents and property damage.
Higher Long-Term Costs
Ultimately, choosing an amateur tree and landscape contractor solely based on a low-bid may end up costing commercial property owners even more money in the long run. Amateur tree and landscape crews will often not provide accurate estimates for their services, labor, and materials in the initial bid, meaning that future maintenance will end up costing far more than initially anticipated. In addition, poor workmanship can lead to added costs for replacement plants, turf, and even trees that are damaged or die under their care. These financial issues can significantly harm a company’s bottom line as they may end up far exceeding their budget for landscape and property maintenance.
Commercial property is an important and costly investment, so protecting this investment means getting the best possible care and maintenance. LMC offers safe, efficient, and professional Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services for commercial properties of all sizes and industries. LMC’s range of services include Commercial Landscape Management, Tree Pruning, Tree Planting, Seasonal Planting and Mulching, Irrigation Installation and Maintenance, Deep Root Fertilization, Tree Insect and Disease Treatment, and Vegetation Management and Right of Way Clearance. Contact LMC today at 713-688-2435 for more information, or complete our online form to request a free consultation!