Proper landscaping can make a significant difference in the properties you manage, adding value and beauty with pops of color from plants as well as ornamental trees and shrubbery.
Landscaping also protects the property, providing proper drainage as well as wind and weather screening for buildings. The appearance of your managed properties makes an impression on tenants, customers, and visitors, so it is best to invest in proper landscaping.
Additionally, with proper landscape design and maintenance, you can also reduce pest activity. At Treesdale Landscape Company, we have put together the ways that you can use proper landscaping to benefit your properties.
Trim Overgrown Trees and Shrubbery
Overgrown trees and shrubbery not only give off an unkempt appearance, but they also provide pests with easy access to the structures on the property. The branches of trees and shrubbery can provide rodents such as raccoons and squirrels with a way to get into your buildings. Overgrown and grass provide pests with a safe place to hide as they wait for the opportunity to invade your building.
It is crucial to trim your tree and other landscape branches regularly, especially those that hang over roofs or are closer to any structures. You also want to remove any dead stumps or limbs that can serve as shelter for pests. You should also make sure that the leaves are raked and disposed of, the grass is cut, and debris is cleaned up from outdoor areas around the property.
Select the Right Plants
Choosing the right plants for your commercial property is crucial, not only to how the property will look but also to avoid attracting unwanted pests. It is recommended that you avoid plants that attract aphids and other plant-feeding insects, which can also attract ants.
The best way to ensure you get the best plants for your landscape is to consult with a landscape professional about the best plants for your area that won’t attract pests and will thrive in the Pittsburgh climate.
While plants need water, so do pests, so it is important to avoid overwatering and creating excess moisture that can attract them. Keep sprinkler systems pointed in a direction where they are not spraying water directly on the foundation of your buildings to prevent moisture from collecting.
It is also crucial to direct the water from the rain gutter and your downspouts away from foundations and structures. If the property has a water feature, be sure to keep it properly maintained, so it doesn’t serve as a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitos. Your landscaped areas should also have proper drainage in place to keep water from pooling and attracting pests.
Utilize the Benefits of Mulch but Be Careful
Mulch provides various benefits to your landscape. It can help the ground better retain moisture, creating a great environment for your plants and, unfortunately, for termites. If you plan to use mulch, be sure to keep the mulch at least 4-6 inches away from the foundation of the structures on the property. It is also important to remove old mulch prior to applying new mulch.
Hire a Professional Landscape Company
At Treesdale Landscape Company, our experienced team can help you with all these aspects of commercial landscape management and more! We have extensive experience caring for commercial properties, keeping them looking their best year-round.
Contact us today to learn more about our commercial landscaping services.