Create an Entertainment Space in Your Commercial Landscape

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by

When thinking about the landscape design for your property, don’t just consider flowerbeds and ornamental trees.  You can use your landscaping to create entertainment spaces for your tenants and their employees or customers to utilize.  Entertainment amenities add both real and perceived value to your property, and could make the difference in a competitive rental market. Here are just two suggestions on how to create one of these spaces on your commercial property:

Add Some Covered Seating – Whether it is used for informal dining, taking a smoke break or having an ad hoc meeting, a covered seating area will …
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Sneak More Life Into Your Commercial Property's Hardscaping

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by

Sometimes a commercial building just needs a small amount of creativity along its hardscapes to move it from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary. Here are a few suggestions to help you accomplish this transformation:

Soften the Edges – Hardscapes need not necessarily be all about the stone or wood of the pathways. Instead, try adding some plants along the edges to soften the lines and create a more environmentally friendly atmosphere.

Add An Unconventional Planting Bed – Flower beds are typically added around the perimeter of a walkway or terrace. To create a little more interest, try installing one in the middle …
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Feed the Bumblebees With Your Landscape

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by

Of all the insects on the planet, bumblebees are some of the finest friends that mankind has. In fact, without them, human life itself would probably prove to be impossible. They pollinate most of our food crops and almost every other flower – in short, they are essential to almost any landscape. Here are just two ways to promote their welfare in your garden so that it stays healthy all year round:

Do Not Disturb – While many bee species can inflict a painful sting, most – other than the Africanized varieties – are not particularly aggressive unless disturbed. Give …
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Manage Pests in Your Landscape Organically

Posted on July 8th, 2015 by

While insects can be annoying in general, there are also hugely beneficial – and necessary! – for a landscape to flourish. Therefore, it is essential to manage any extermination efforts with care. Here are just two suggestions on how to tread the fine line of ridding your garden of pests but leaving the beneficial insects alone:

Recognize Your insect Friends and Foes – Certain insects – aphids, squash beetles, grasshoppers and cabbage worms, in particular – are incredibly destructive and need to be dealt with ASAP. Others like lady beetles, praying mantises, lacewings and spiders – should be encouraged to …
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Collect the Rain for More Eco-Friendly Gardening

Posted on June 17th, 2015 by

Water is one of our most precious natural resources and every time we can reuse a little, we help the environment. For that reason, it is essential that home landscapers collect and use as much rainwater as possible. Here are a few suggestions for accomplishing this eco-friendly task:

Use a Large Collection Tank – A lot of water – as much as 100 gallons – can come down in a single, two-hour downpour. It is a shame to lose out on this resource for lack of storage capacity. Just so you know, 300 gallon tanks can be found for as …
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Being Surrounded by Plants Might Help Your Immune System

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by
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Plants offer an amazing variety of healthful benefits – most of which our medical community doesn’t even recognize yet. Still, there are some benefits recognized by people everywhere. Here are a few of the more notable:

Stress Reduction – In addition to the obvious benefits of simply standing out in the fresh air amidst a beautiful garden, plants emit phytoncides that have been shown to strengthen the immune system.

Builds Allergy Tolerance – It may seem counterintuitive – as pollen and other allergens can provoke a negative reaction in many people – but repeated exposure to those same contaminants like …
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Consider Adding an Edible Crop Garden to Your Business for Healthy Employee Snacks

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by

With all the emphasis on the appeal of flowering plants in the commercial landscape, more functional plants often get short shrift. Still, with the dedication of a little plot of land – even just a raised container – you can create a little oasis of tasteful delights on your company property as an unusual and great benefit for your employees. Here’s how:

Vegetables are Easy to Grow

Admittedly, these plants take some regular care but involving your employees in the process is a great way to give them a break from their busy day. There is really nothing like taking …
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Perennials That Are Perfect for Your Corporate Landscaping

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by

The landscaping around a commercial building can sometimes get a little impersonal. Adding some perennials is a surefire way to liven up the exterior and make the building a lot more personable for both your employees and visiting clients. Here are three low-maintenance suggestions:

Hellebore – Particularly valuable because of their long flowering season, these colorful plants also tolerate drought and shade extremely well. In short, you can plant them in the worst parts of your landscape and they will still thrive.

False Indigo – A relatively tall plant – so it can be installed towards the back of a landscape …
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Managing Stormwater in Small Spaces

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by

Storm water runoff is one of the unrecognized perks of owning your own property. It provides an ample supply of water for your lawn and garden containers but only if you manage it properly. Here are a few tips for doing so easily and efficiently:

Add a Few Barrels for Storage – Directing rainwater runoff through the downspouts on your gutter system into some barrels is an excellent way to preserve some of Mother Nature’s liquid bounty that can be used later on.

Use Some Well-Placed Planters – For even less effort, a few well-positioned planters can collect rainwater directly …
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How Bringing More Birds to Your Landscape Benefits You and Them

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by
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Birds, our “fair-feathered” friends, bring a host of benefits with them when they land in our yards. Here are just three to name a few:

Their Visual Beauty – While the males of most avian species are usually the most colorful, all birds bring their own beauty to a landscape. Just watching them as they bathe, drink and eat is a joy all its own for both the amateur and experienced bird watcher.

An Auditory Delight – Everyone is familiar with the sounds of birds but it takes time and special attention to pick out the ones that are actually “speaking” …
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