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 provide you a 5 part series on how to easily create your 2018 budget, with the help of your commercial landscape company. Below are the links to the other blog posts in this series:
- 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.