What Is Commercial Landscaping – Information On Commercial Landscape Design

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By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design, ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Permaculture Designer

What is commercial landscaping? It is a multi-faceted landscaping service that includes planning, design, installation and maintenance for businesses big and small. Learn more about the profession in this article.

What Do Commercial Landscapers Do?

What do commercial landscapers do? Commercial landscape design and services do a lot more than you might think. It is not just mow and blow.

  • Commercial landscapers can help you plan and install a work place frontage that is within your budget and inviting.
  • They can provide monthly or seasonal maintenance services for weeding, mowing, trimming, pruning and plant replacement.
  • They can proactively see what needs to be done so your business looks its best.

There are many benefits to investing in your commercial landscape. Unattractive landscaping gives your customers a bad impression. On the other hand, studies show that a nicely maintained landscape is pleasing to look at, improves worker productivity and attracts new clients. If you invest in attractive landscaping, you can use this opportunity to reflect your ecological values to your clients. Install native and site appropriate plants, water gardens and sustainable hardscape materials and let your clients know you are doing so. Put up a sign that advertises your earth-friendly practices.

Choosing a Commercial Landscaper

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When choosing a commercial landscaper, look for a firm that communicates well with you. They should contact you via voice or email on a regular basis and let you know what needs to be done, what has been done and how long it might take. They should be proactive about potential landscape opportunities and problems.

Choose a commercial landscaper whose invoices are clear and transparent. You need to know where your money is going. You want someone with experience. Ask for references and locations where you can look at their work.

Starting a Commercial Landscaping Business

If you are thinking about starting a commercial landscaping business and already work in the industry, there are a number of issues to consider. Do you prefer to work with professionals over homeowners? Residential design and installation is typically performed on a smaller scale.

Commercial landscaping firms require additional or larger crews and possibly superintendents. You will need to be comfortable delegating the work. Are you ready to upgrade your tools and equipment? Is your book-keeping and invoicing in order? Commercial businesses may require more paperwork and professional documentation along with the work you perform.

Build your client base by asking your business-owning residential clients if they need any help. Commercial landscaping can be profitable and satisfying, but you need to be sure you are ready for the transition. Good luck!

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