We all know the value of curb appeal, the ability to attract and retain residents is the name of the game and the easier that is the less stressful your job becomes. Not only does a manicured landscape make your community a place where everybody wants to live it will provide a welcoming, modern appearance and inspire and create leasing opportunities.
When you couple the aesthetics with safe and secure you have a true recipe for success. A professionally installed and maintained landscape will not only increase your property value but will most certainly provide the sense of security that potential residents are looking for.
With a few simple steps you can transform your property into an appealing/safe environment, here’s how…
Lighting, Lighting, Lighting
There is no easier way to provide a sense of comfort and alleviate security concerns than to increase lighting. Adding lighting to your property instills a sense of safety and security.
When residents and guests can make their way to and from their cars and homes with ease they will automatically feel safer. Providing a professional and skillfully installed lighting scheme will achieve this goal.
Eliminating dark spots is all that is needed to provide a happy and safe environment. Common areas to focus your lighting would be; parking lots, walkways, common areas, entrances, and club houses.
We all have a need for privacy and we seldom feel more secure and relaxed than when in the confines of our own home. This sense of security should start with your landscaping.
Properly designed beds will provide a layer of defense that could thwart potential harm. Start with plants of differing heights and sizes, perhaps adding vegetation with built in defense mechanisms, such as thorns or sharp pointy leaves. Landscape features such as large planters and trellises will add to your home security.
When talking security, we should never underestimate the value of routine landscape maintenance. Strategically placed plantings and plant choices are not the only means by which your landscape professional can aid you in creating a safe and secure environment. Without proper and timely maintenance, the best made plans will fail.
When your landscaping crews regularly trim your shrubs and bushes, they’re keeping your property safe.
If left unattended, trees will eventually grow, blocking your security cameras and hide the signage that is necessary for residents to navigate your property.
Plants grow faster than you think. Don’t let them become hazards.
Rain Rain Go Away
Rain can cause significant issues on your property and without proper drainage your residents and guest could experience safety concerns. Your landscaper should maintain and monitor your properties drainage and keep things running smoothly.
Improper drainage can and will erode sidewalks and foundations leaving tripping hazards as well as crumbling buildings. Furthermore, a wet soggy turf will eventually become moldy and could hamper the health of your turf and plants.
Drainage issues can typically be handled with ease but identifying them early is the key.
The Dreaded Winter
When winter hits it doesn’t take long for the pleasant sidewalks of fall to become dangerous slip and fall hazards. Who better to take care of those issues than the landscape provider with intimate knowledge of the property. If your vendor has the ability and offers such services, consider having a conversation sooner than later.
There are very few items on the list more important than ensuring the safety of your residents and guests and providing adequate and timely snow and ice removal is a simple way to do just that.
Work with your professional landscaper to create a plan to keep your property safe for year round, have a plan of action in place to combat safety issues as they arise throughout the year and budget for the unforeseen cases that weather can bring.
If you have any additional questions or would like to learn how we can help with any of your commercial landscaping needs, call us at 864-243-6860 or fill out our contact form.