As we near the end of the calendar year, many businesses and commercial property owners are reviewing and finalizing budgets for the next year. While routine landscape maintenance is a normal budget item, it may also be time to consider adding landscape improvements into next year's budget for proactive reasons.
A common challenge many businesses face is how to provide the best possible customer experience so customers will be more likely to return and bring others with them. Unfortunately, issues on your commercial property can sometimes overshadow great experiences and top-notch service. For example, if your restaurant customer raves about their meal and service, but then smacks their head in the parking lot on an overgrown tree branch, they might be less likely to return.
Managing an apartment complex or multi-family residential property can come with a unique set of challenges, as managers must deal with both constant property maintenance and tenant needs. High tenant turnover can complicate it even further as the search and screening process for new renters can be tedious, so it's important for many property managers to keep their current tenants happy. When tenants are offered stunning landscaping and fun outdoor amenities, they are far more likely to renew their lease, recommend the complex to others, and help increase the demand for available units.
With the official start of spring just a couple of weeks away, commercial properties will soon display signs of growth again after a few dormant months of winter. However, not all commercial properties are ready to welcome in this new season. Properties that aren't prepared and ready for spring could experience stunted growth and poor health throughout the spring and summer months.
From afar, trees can appear in good health and relatively stable. However, a closer inspection can reveal problems ranging from the minor to the urgent, but many property owners don't look at their trees close enough to notice until it's too late and damage is done. The main issues are that property owners don't know to look at their trees on a regular basis, they don't know what signs to look for, or how to handle the issues they discover.
No matter how much we prepare and protect our home or business during hurricane season, there will always be areas of our property that remain vulnerable to damages from hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall. For example, our trees can be severely damaged or completely uprooted because of hurricane-force winds and torrential rainfall. Tree damage can have a significant financial impact to property owners, through the loss of valuable shade, decreased property value, increased utility bills, and even damages to nearby properties and structures.
On any given day in the greater Houston area, there are hundreds of amateur, mom and pop tree crews offering cut-rate services for tree trimming and tree removal. They promise quick tree trimming for a low cost, but accepting their offer often comes at a high price for residential and commercial property owners.
Hurricane season is rapidly approaching the Gulf Coast region, and with this comes the threat of dangerous hurricanes and tropical storms. These powerful storms can lead to torrential rains, coastal flooding, and high winds that are capable of destroying trees, cars, homes, and businesses. Although homeowners and business owners take precautions to board up windows and secure doorways in the event of an approaching storm, many people disregard taking proactive steps with their trees.
A devastating storm system recently pummeled the greater Houston area, resulting in a deluge of record-setting rainfall in a very short period and leaving behind thousands of flooded businesses and homes. While some businesses have the financial means and insurance coverage to recover quickly and reopen, others may take much longer because of the extent of the damages caused by heavy rainfall, flood damages, and even tree damage.
Although a commercial property can offer stunning landscape gardens, lush grass, and healthy and majestic shade trees, the one area of commercial properties most overlooked are the parking lot and garage areas. Just because these sections of the commercial property do not have much space to offer landscape amenities doesn't mean they have to look bare and unappealing. In today's blog post, we'll highlight three native flowering trees that can brighten the look of parking lot islands and the greenspace bordering parking garages.