At Clean Pro, we do a lot more than just residential and commercial cleaning services — we’re a team of many talents, and one of our favorite services to perform is commercial landscaping. There’s nothing like working with the land to create an imaginative and beautiful environment, and we love seeing the designs that ultimately unfold.
If you happen to be considering a new landscaping job for your commercial property, trust us when we say there are a lot of factors to consider. While many clients draw up their own designs for their commercial landscaping, we often provide expert consultation due to our knowledge and experience in performing the work. Sometimes, clients come to us to dream up the design in its entirety! But regardless of how you plan on carrying out the landscaping job, it’s good to know what you’re getting into, as well as some general tips and tricks.
We’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll look at some important considerations when you’re planning a commercial landscaping job. Between these tidbits of advice, your imagination, and our hardworking team, we know for a fact that you can have a landscaping design on your property that is nothing less than mind-blowing.
Know Your Purpose
The first thing to consider before you even begin making a landscaping design is the point and purpose of your business. Why does your business exist? Does your outdoor property have any relation to that? Are you trying to get people straight to your doors? Is there a sense of urgency for people who need your services? Are you trying to grab people’s attention? All of these questions and more will inform the decisions you make regarding your landscaping design.
Consider an apartment complex, for example. Many apartment complexes have spacious outdoor areas, and careful consideration needs to go into how these are designed? Why? Because people know that they will be living on these grounds, and if they fail to impress, it could very well result in less tenants signing up for leases. For a business such as this, having a beautiful, serene outdoor area is just as important as leading people to the office, if not more.
On the other hand, suppose you have a business where the outdoors are inconsequential to your services, such as a bank or a law office. In these instances, the design philosophy of the outdoor landscaping is to make your building look appealing, and designed in a way where people are guided to your entrance. Properties like this are typically pretty and peaceful, but absent of distractions. By knowing the fundamental purpose of your business, it will help in creating an overall commercial landscaping plan.
Don’t Skimp On Quality
It’s also important, before you begin creating your design, to commit to quality. Your outdoor landscaping says a lot about you and your business. Even if the outdoors are completely unrelated to what you do, people make subconscious judgments based on the way that your business presents itself. An exceedingly simple design can be elegant and professional, or clunky and unorganized.
No matter how basic or complex your landscaping design is, a quality job is of utmost importance. So, be sure to work with landscapers who are highly experienced in our craft. If you’re in Gloucester, Essex, or Greater Boston, you can bet that Clean Pro is the company to call.
Always Have Accessibility In Mind
One of the biggest mistakes you can make with outdoor landscaping is inhibiting accessibility. No matter what your business is, the most important thing is, ultimately, drawing people in with the hope that they will become paying customers. This means that you should make every effort to make your place of business easily accessible. The more people have to stumble and confuse themselves trying to reach your doors, the more likely it is that you’ll lose people.
Here are some things to consider:
- Parking Lot Entrances: Make sure there’s a distinct curb leading into your business, which is easy for cars to enter into. This should be clearly defined so there’s no ambiguity about the entrance point, nor a chance that drivers will pass it without noticing. If you have a big property or a corner lot, provide more than one parking lot entry point.
- Parking Lot Design: Parking lots aren’t always part of the landscaping job, but if you’re in a position to design one, know that there’s nothing worse than a badly designed parking lot. Consider the flow of traffic. Ask yourself if driving through it would come easily, or if it’d be a pain in the butt. Does it cleanly lead to your business entrance, or is it an actual labyrinth? Can it accommodate larger vehicles, or will everyone feel cramped? Also remember that ease of exiting is just as important as entering.
- Pathway Design: No matter what your business is, make sure you have a direct path to the entrance of your building. Creating a “path of least resistance” is good for people who mean business. If you have beautiful grounds that you’d like people to explore, that’s fine — but have those pathways branch off the main one. People shouldn’t have to feel like they’re going on an Indiana Jones adventure to reach your doors.
- Handicap Options: You’ll also want to consider the needs of the handicapped and disabled. This not only makes things easier for them, it also shows that you’re friendly and open-minded. Provide wheelchair access if your pathways have steps or stairs, and make sure that handicapped parking spaces are adequately close to your entrance.
Grab People’s Attention With Beautiful Foliage
When you look at a commercial property, it’s pretty easy to recognize generic, uninspired landscape design. If you don’t even notice it or think about it, it’s probably doing the same thing that everyone else is — some trees here, a few bushes there, and so on. That’s why, when designing your own corporate property, you want to stick out. If you can get somebody to stop and admire your landscaping, you’ve already done more than most other businesses. If people take a mental note of how lovely the design is, they’ll already be making subconscious associations when they walk through your door.
At CleanPro, we’re familiar with all the local plants, trees, and flowers of Massachusetts that catch the eye. We know when a business could benefit from a flower garden, and when a more subtle approach is more favorable. While you ultimately have autonomy over your landscape design, we are certainly willing to lend a hand if you need some pointers.
Commercial Landscaping Services in Gloucester and North Shore
There are so many options you have in commercial landscape design that it’s hard to even know where to begin — and that’s why we’re here to help. If your business is located in Gloucester, Essex, North Shore, or other areas near Greater Boston, Clean Pro is the go-to company for your commercial landscaping needs. Not only that, we also offer a tremendous amount of other services, such as professional cleaning, janitorial work, damage restoration, and more. Should you have need of any of these jobs in addition to your landscaping, hiring us for both is an affordable and effective option. Contact us today for a free quote!