Smart commercial landscaping solutions

June 20, 2024

Creating Low-Maintenance Commercial Spaces to Save on Upkeep Costs

Creating and maintaining a welcoming outdoor space for your commercial property doesn’t have to be a time-consuming and costly endeavour. With the right approach, you can create an appealing, low-maintenance environment that provides a welcoming atmosphere for your visitors.

At CJ Garden Services, we understand that commercial landscapes need to be functional, safe, and considerate of the preferences of all visitors. A well-designed outdoor space can put people in the right mindset before they walk through the door and offer a relaxing environment for employees and customers during downtime. We understand that business owners and property managers have limited time, so commercial gardens need to be low maintenance yet attractive and inviting.

First impressions count and the exterior of your property reflects your business. While creating an enticing environment might not be your top priority, it’s important for creating the right impression. We tailor our services to meet your unique requirements, ensuring your landscape remains manageable and inviting all year-round.

From planting and lawn alternatives to efficient watering solutions, here are some effective low-maintenance landscaping ideas for you to consider.

Consider lawn alternatives

A lush-looking lawn may look inviting, but the time and cost to maintain it should be a consideration for business owners. There are more manageable and sustainable alternatives to create a beautiful outdoor space, such as wildflower meadow, however these can take some time to establish.

For walkways a more hardwearing option, materials like Gravel are good for high-traffic areas. They can be used as pathways and can withstand harsh temperatures, drain well in heavy rain, making them perfect for low-maintenance landscaping.

Create low maintenance beds

One way to create defined areas that are easy to maintain is with low-maintenance beds. When choosing plants, select those that look after themselves without the need for regular watering, feeding, and staking and pruning. Consider a combination of shrubs like Osmanthus, and Viburnums mixed with grasses for a variety of colour, texture, and height. You can also add some evergreen perennials like Heuchera, which keep their leaves all year round, come in a wide variety of colours and will enhance the look and simplicity of your beds.

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Simple planting choices

In the UK, our weather varies widely across seasons, so it’s important to choose hardy plants that can withstand the freezing winter months and hot, dry summer days. Plants like Lavender, Hydrangeas and Sword Ferns can cope with frosty spells with minimum damage. Another option is to select native plants, as they adapt to their local climate and conditions, making them more resilient and requiring less maintenance. Overall, in current weather climes, plants need to be chosen very wisely, considering factors such as location, sun exposure, soil conditions, water availability, and site traffic.

Efficient watering solutions

When it comes to watering plants and lawns, consider the time, money, and water wastage with your current watering solution. Drip irrigation uses a fraction of the water compared to traditional sprinklers. It delivers water directly to the roots of your plants, minimising waste and ensuring that your plants receive the right amount of moisture. Alternatively, a sustainable and cost-effective option is to install a rainwater harvesting system. Collecting rainwater helps reduce your reliance on mains water and ensures your garden stays hydrated even during dry spells.

Need a helping hand?

Creating a low-maintenance commercial garden requires planning and smart planting choices. At CJ Garden Services, we work with you to create a commercial landscape that is visually appealing and is easy to care for, regardless of the season. Whether you need assistance with up-keeping grounds and gardens, have a space to spruce up, or need advice on planting, our team are happy to help.

When choosing a commercial grounds maintenance supplier, ensuring competence and compliance is key to minimising risks to your business. CJ Garden Services is SafeContractor accredited, giving you confidence that the team is trained to adhere to the latest safety standards and have the appropriate PPE and safety gear.

Call Claire on 02380 632600, to discuss your commercial landscaping needs.