Keep Your Commercial Hardscapes Looking Professional

Hardscapes are great for creating visual interest within a landscape and for providing natural gathering spaces outdoors. However, you need to keep them looking polished and inviting – especially if you are a business, and you want the space to reflect your professionalism.

To keep hardscapes from falling into disarray, there are a few steps you can take. Acting in a preventative manner will keep your hardscape looking great for years to come.

Start With A Good Sealer

If you have a relatively new hardscape, and you want to set yourself up for success, consider using a sealer. This will not only enhance colour, it will protect the hardscape against the Okanagan elements.

Address Wear and Tear

As the years go by, cracks may begin to appear. If you have bricks or paving stones, remove and replace any damaged pieces to keep the entire space looking great.

Cracks in a concrete slab can start small. However, if they are left unaddressed, they can become a bigger problem. If you notice cracks in several areas, contact a professional to get your hardscape assessed.

Remove Weeds

Hardscapes may develop weed growth in between bricks or stones, or even in cracks. Remove the weeds before they can take hold and do any damage or go to seed and spread across more of the surface area.

Grab a Broom

Sweeping your hardscape regularly helps remove debris. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also ensures fallen leaves or other items don’t sit on the surface and stain the underlying stone or concrete. Sweeping may need to be done more regularly at different times of the year, depending on the surrounding environment. For example, in the fall, there generally may be more leaves and more sweeping required. In the summer, it may barely need sweeping at all.

Perform an Annual Cleaning

Make it a point to clean your hardscape annually. Using a pressure washer can remove build-up such as algae and lichens from stone and concrete and make the entire space look brand-new. It’s best to hire a professional to handle pressure-washing, as it is possible to damage surfaces if too strong of a setting is used.

Do you need advice on how to handle your hardscapes, or are you considering a hardscape refresh? Our professionals are here to help. Contact us today. We always offer free estimates!

Low-Maintenance Plants in Commercial Landscapes

If you are contemplating landscaping your commercial property, you’ll need to consider what types of plants to integrate into the final design. Plants add interest and variety to your landscape; however, it’s important, when designing your outdoor space, to look for low-maintenance options. Fussy varietals or plants not suited to local climate conditions can potentially add to your maintenance and watering costs over time.

What is a Low-Maintenance Plant?

A low-maintenance plant is typically a plant that has all, or a combination of, the following characteristics:

  • Easy to plant
  • Hard to kill
  • Generally drought-tolerant
  • Requires little hands-on care
  • Looks good all season/year long
  • Native to the area

The appeal of a low-maintenance plant is to make your commercial landscape as hands-off as possible to save your company the time and money it takes to maintain fussy plant varietals.

How Can You Do Low-Maintenance Landscaping Effectively?

When it comes to low-maintenance, setting yourself up for success at the beginning of the design and planting process will help your commercial landscape look great all year long and for seasons to come.

Consider these handy tips:

  1. Use ground covers. Look for plants that will spread horizontally across the ground. They’ll do the double duty of adding colour and texture while keeping the soil moist for neighbouring plants and actively choke out weeds.
  2. Select drought-tolerant plants. If your plants are drought-tolerant, they’ll hold up better against dry spells or heat reflected off of driveways and walkways.
  3. Mulch heavily. A heavy layer of mulch will keep the underlying ground moist, help retain water, and keeps weeds at bay. It also helps add nutrients into the soil to feed your plants year in and year out.
  4. Plant densely. Weeds are the enemy of a professional landscape, and placing plants close together will choke them out before they can even take root.
  5. Choose shrubs and trees carefully. Ask your landscaping professional which variety of trees or shrubs require the least amount of upkeep. Some grow fast and may require constant pruning. Others may grow more slowly. Evergreens will look great all year long, whereas deciduous options will shed their leaves annually. Discuss your otions to decide which may work best for your landscape.
  6. Automate your watering system. Even the most low-maintenance plants will need water eventually. You can save water and time by installing a sprinkler or drip-feed system. A professional landscaper can help you strategically design a water system that will lower your water bill.

Have questions about your commercial landscape or need advice on how to optimize your outdoor area? We’re here to help! Contact us today.