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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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