How “Saving Money” on Commercial Landscape Can Ultimately Add Expense
The consequences of cutting costs in commercial landscaping
Everyone is on the hunt for bargains. Whether it’s snagging a barely used recliner at a yard sale, scoring buy-one-get-one-free wings on game day, or trimming a bit of money off of your commercial landscape budget, saving a little cash is never a bad thing. Right?
Unfortunately, not all that glitters is gold, and not all apparent bargains save you money in the end. In fact, trying to save a bit of dough upfront can lead to more expenses down the road, ultimately losing you money.
We’ve been in the landscape business for more than 20 years, and in that time, it’s fair to say we’ve seen just about everything, including how cutting just a few corners can lead to significantly increased costs in the long run.
One of the staples of commercial landscape work is the consistent mowing of the property. Some may argue that the definition of consistent is up for debate—is it every week, every two weeks, or every three months?
The basic rule of thumb when it comes to cutting grass is that only one-third of the length should be trimmed during a single mow. What this means is frequent mowing—probably in the range of once a week—is needed to ensure a healthy, good-looking lawn.
If you decide to save money by mowing every two weeks (or less), you could experience unsightly cuts, unhealthy grass, and even missing patches because the long grass has been ripped out of the ground. These issues alone should give you pause, and the accompanying bill to fix them is sure to.
When it comes to maintaining your commercial property, weeds are more than just an unsightly nuisance. The costs associated with weed control can be exponential, especially if you decide to cut some costs by not dealing with them in a timely manner.
Because weeds grow faster than the rest of your lawn, weed-heavy properties require more frequent mowing to remain under control, let alone aesthetically pleasing! By delaying weed removal or treatment, you may save a few bucks upfront, but the expense of more frequent mowing will quickly outweigh the temporary savings.
Thanks to their resolute nature and slow changes, trees are often overlooked or put on the backburner when it comes to commercial landscape management. After all, they’ve been there for years and will endure for those to come, right?
The truth is, it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint unhealthy trees or limbs that need trimming. However, those seemingly healthy branches can quickly become a legal nightmare when one falls, injuring an employer or visitor, damaging someone’s vehicle, or causing structural damage to your building.
Trust us, it’s far more expensive to deal with disasters like those listed above than it is to have a landscape expert diagnose potential problem areas and remove them before the unthinkable happens.
What starts as a little standing water or runoff in an area where it shouldn’t be can rapidly develop into full-blown flooding, structural issues, and pricey repairs.
Drainage issues are tricky because the causes are rarely obvious unless you are specifically looking for them. By the time the problem has escalated to the point of being noticeable, you could be facing washed-out sidewalks, cracked foundations, out-of-control erosion, and plants that are past saving.
Taking the time and spending the money to have a professional examine your drainage system for potential issues is key to avoiding some serious (and seriously expensive) repairs, especially if you notice changes in the amount of moisture on your property.
The best way to prevent unforeseen costs is to work with a landscaping professional and allow them to conduct the maintenance they deem necessary. While the expense can sometimes be hard to swallow up front, avoiding more severe issues and their associated costs will save you money in the long run.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, your landscape expert can work with you to determine which maintenance issues are most pressing and what can be done to best set you and your commercial property up for long-term success.
Landcrafters has been aiding commercial properties in Florida for more than 20 years. From creating budget-friendly maintenance plans to communicating in an open, honest way to ensure your property receives the care it needs, the relationships we’ve formed over those 20+ years are a testament to our priorities and our commitment to our clients.
Call us at 727-201-3947 or reach out via our website today to speak to an expert about your commercial property. While you’re at it, feel free to check out our free online blog. It’s frequently updated with relevant landscaping information straight from your friendly Florida landscaping experts!
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