Garbage, Weeds, and Oversized Trees: A Guide to Planting Bed Maintenance
The Importance of Planting Bed Maintenance
Did you ever visit a really nice resort where the grounds were immaculate? Do you remember the lush scenery and the way the flowers smelled? Now picture a dingy stand-alone store down the street. There is garbage all over the curb, the parking lot is torn up, and the shrubs look dated back to the “Open Since 1977” sign.Is this a place you want to remember or even walk into? Planting bed maintenance is by far one of the most influential factors when dealing with retail and facility curb appeal. It is simply the icing on the cake.
Our society favors neatness and cleanliness, and aesthetics has become a large part of our lives. As an expert of 26 years in the Exterior Services Management (ESM) Industry, I am going to tell you a little about Planting Bed Maintenance and why it’s so important for business. Hopefully, this article will help you decide if you are a candidate for outsourcing this particular service.
What I have found throughout years of experience is that Planting Bed Maintenance is the most important service an Exterior Services Management Company can offer. These services include keeping weeds at bay, planting flowers, picking up trash, eliminating pests, and other work that requires much expertise.
Why outsource these tasks? Customers who try and cut corners only end up spending more money to fix their mistakes. For example, some customers overstate their areas and plant trees that are too large. As a result, the tree may consume too much space and block their view, hinder customer safety when a storm approaches, or die prematurely. Other problems include planting greenery in inappropriate sunlight areas, mixing plants together that require little water with those that require a lot of water, and letting weeds get out of hand.
When looking for a contractor, make sure that the staff is knowledgeable about all facets of planting bed maintenance. For example, they should not only be aware of what looks good today but what their work will look like five or ten years later. It does not help to plant a tree that will only block the store front later, nor does it pay to lay concrete down incorrectly if it will only crack and become unsettled in the future.
Tips of the Trade
Sometimes it takes trial and error to find the best planting bed maintenance methods. However, it is much more cost effective to avoid this tactic and instead do things properly the first time. Here are a few tips to those in charge of planting bed maintenance.
- When buying flowers, make sure to read the directions. A lack of (or even too much) sunlight can damage plant growth. A brochure or informational tag is usually found somewhere on the plant or given at the time of purchase with recommended sunlight and watering directions.
- Become aware of different wildlife in the area to avoid damage to your plant beds. For example, deer like to feed on shrubs and beetles will devour your leaves. Taking necessary precautions will ensure that your plant life will flourish rather than deteriorate.
- When watering plants and trees, water early in the morning to prevent immediate evaporation. This will allow deep penetration to the roots of the plants. Watering more deeply every so often is much better than daily surface watering.
Are you a candidate?
In order to determine whether or not you should outsource planting bed maintenance to an ESM, you should take a moment to answer the following questions:
- Are you aware of the different fertilizers available, have a safe place to store them, and are able to use them safely and effectively?
- Are you familiar with what settings your sprayers should be set to in order to apply the proper amount of fertilizers correctly?
- Does your staff have enough time to constantly check and maintain the outside areas in addition to their inside tasks? Are they properly educated in horticulture and chemical management?
- Do you know what shrubbery is appropriate for current weather conditions at all locations? Do you know what plants you should combine, and which ones you should not?
- Are your employees familiar with which types of animals are beneficial to your plants, and which can cause great devastation?
- Are you fully prepared for litigation should someone file a lawsuit if an accident were to occur due to property neglect?
If you answered no to one or more of these questions and have multiple locations, you are the perfect candidate for utilizing an ESM Company.
Though planting bed maintenance may not be rocket science, it is a definite skill that takes years to perfect. Though it would be nice if every member of management were a horticulturist, odds are they will not be. After all, why would you hire a planting care specialist to handle retail sales? You wouldn’t. So don’t expect retail management to handle planting bed maintenance.