Commercial Landscape Design & Installation

Commercial Properties

The landscaping needs for a commercial property will vary greatly from a single-family home or common areas of a Homeowner association.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) reports that shoppers will spend 9 to 12% more for goods and services in areas with high-quality tree canopies. Another study found a 7% increase in rental rates for offices with high-quality landscapes. Subtle, small details can subconsciously affect how someone might perceive your property — and whether they want to stay on it.

Here are four tips to design and build a landscape that's pleasing to the eye — and functional!

Make sure your landscape is "on-brand" — Your business (and by extension, your building) has a brand and your landscaping should be in line with it. Doing so will build trust with your clients and customers. Keep your gardens, turf and hardscaping relevant to your image and complementary to the surrounding buildings. For instance, if you manage a condominium complex for young professionals, design a landscape in line with current trends. If, on the other hand, you're in charge of a retirement home, consider something more reserved and laid-back.

Guide the flow of traffic — Instead of just using signage, consider showing your guests how to navigate your property with your landscape. A well-designed landscape can show your guests where they need to go. Highlight your entrances with plants and trees. You can also direct visitors with paths and walkways lined with gardens and shrubs. Adding landscape features to your property not only make it more beautiful — they can also serve valuable functions.

Is your property attractive to clients and customers? — How your property looks from the road can influence whether people visit or stay. If your landscaping is bold, or offers inviting places to sit and relax, you'll end up attracting people to your business. However, the opposite is true as well. If your trees are offering little to no shade or you haven't kept up with maintenance, customers won't want to bother stepping foot on your property.

Save water & energy — Saving money is a byproduct of excellent landscape design. When you work with a designer, they'll be able to eliminate wasteful parts of a landscape. Perhaps your mature plants no longer need water, or you've been irrigating with leaky emitters or a faulty controller. Or maybe your lighting needs to transition to LED bulbs, which use less energy and last much longer. Smart irrigation, strategically placed trees and proper landscape lighting are all ways to save water, energy and money on your property. And they pay for themselves over time.