Studies show a beautiful commercial landscape can raise your property value and attractiveness by as much as 20%. Simply, through careful planning, a well-maintained property can transform into a place people will enjoy year round. This all starts with a budget. During the month of August, we will bring you a 5 part series on how to easily create your 2018 budget, with the help of your commercial landscape company. Each week in August (starting with this article) we will send you information and tools to help make this budget season relaxed and easy. Simply watch for Tuesday’s Budget Tips in your inbox, and the 5 part blog will include:
- 4 Smart Tips to start a Commercial Landscape Budget – It’s SWOT (August 8)
- Evaluate and Prioritize your Landscape Projects (August 15)
- Simple Steps to Finalize your Commercial Landscape 2018 Budget (this issue)
- Last Minute Checklist for your Landscape Maintenance Services (August 29)
- Quick Landscape Enhancement Projects to do this Fall (September 5)
Start with a walk through with your landscape provider. This opens the discussion on four key areas:
- Threats or challenges
A SWOT analysis breaks down the property’s features into good or challenging areas and evaluates the property as a whole. Even better, it builds a dialog between you, the property manager, and your landscape account manager on expectations and priorities. Discuss with your Terracare representative the following as you walk the property.
|• What do you like about the property?
• Are the property entrances a focal point and well kept?
• Are there shade trees throughout the property?
• Do you have enough color?
|• Do you have irrigation issues?
• Are there quick fixes like mulch you can take care of today to improve quickly?
• Are there any menacing pests that will harm trees or plants?
• Does your turf need more luster?
Threats or challenges
|• Think long term.
• Consider upgrading your irrigation system to be eco-friendly and conserve water usage significantly.
• Plant replacement or converting turf area to more sustainable plants.
• Ask your landscape provider how to help build a 3-year landscape plan and start in stages.
|• What limitations do you have on the property?
• Will foot or car traffic increase in the future?
• Look at areas that are more vulnerable, and if left untreated this might have a costly outcome.
•Do you have defined outdoor areas for future visitors or workforce?
What’s next? – start now, schedule your property walk through with a SWOT in your hand and simplify the decision with this assessment tool. It’s a smart way to begin your budget process. See part 2 next week on how to prioritize your landscape projects.