October 17, 2022 8:30 pm
When we think about landscape maintenance, the easiest advice is quite simple: hire or keep on retainer a professional team. But maybe you’re wondering exactly why that is necessary. Maybe you have a passion for the outdoors and think you might like to handle it yourself or have a young family member in need of a job to take it on. While those seem like great ideas, there are many reasons having a pro involved pays off. So, let’s talk about the details of what a firm like ours does. Here’s how to maintain your commercial landscape architecture!
One of the main reasons an experienced expert with an eye for design is helpful is shaping. You’ve had gorgeous landscape architecture designed for your business or organization. The last thing you want is to see grass growing over decorative pavers or shrubs looking lopsided.
No matter how skilled someone is at trimming and tidying, the shaping part of it is somewhat artistic. We spend time contemplating how many millimeters away from a walkway grass should start. You might feel these details can’t matter much. But trust us, when it isn’t right, the eye picks up on it—even if you aren’t sure what is off, it won’t feel correct.
Irrigation for Commercial Landscape Architecture
This is a big one. Irrigation is at the heart of a landscape that stays healthy long-term. Not only does it keep your plant life thriving. It is also key to creating and maintaining commercial landscape architecture that is safe for people to spend time in. You can learn more about the value of proper irrigation design in one of our previous blog posts.
But maintenance plays a huge role in it all. Irrigation systems should be regularly inspected. Sprinkler heads might need adjustment. Pressure should be checked. Seasonal changes might need to take place! There are many reasons to have an expert—ideally a Certified Irrigation Designer—craft your irrigation system and then monitor and maintain it.
Seasonal Adjustments and Clearing of Hazards
Your commercial landscape architecture is … alive! (Since this is our October post, we thought we’d throw a little Frankenstein reference in). That means that updates and edits are bound to be necessary. Perhaps you realize that, come fall, you don’t love how something looks. Maybe one of your favorite plantings fails to bloom again in the spring. Or, some critters have taken too much of a liking to a particular variety of plant. Plus, regardless of whether there is an issue, different seasons demand different levels of edging maintenance.
A great landscape architect will do everything in their expertise and power to prevent these issues from the start. But because no one can fully predict the behavior and changes of a living environment, a pro on your maintenance team is a game changer.
Changing seasons can also create natural openings for editing your design, as plant life will grow and bloom at different times, shed at others, etc. Understanding what to expect as you enter each season, and tending to a landscape as needed based on that, is instrumental.
The Proper Approach to Commercial Landscape Architecture Maintenance
Alongside all of these insights, it is important to remember that one of the central goals of maintenance is to keep plant life thriving. And that demands deep insight into a variety of topics—from knowing how much to trim to encourage more new growth to having a firm grasp on hydration needs.
You can certainly learn more about these things from reading and watching educational content. And we do think it can be enjoyable and beneficial for you to know why your landscape architect is doing what they are doing. But that is the kicker—you should have a landscape architect.
How do you maintain your commercial landscape architecture? With a talented, knowledge-rich, and passionate team.
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This post was written by Steve Dana