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Good Commercial Landscaping Should Attract Customers

Landscaping encompasses much more than simply planting a few flowers or trees. It’s an investment in a business that increases its value, presents a positive appearance, and has the ability to attract new customers.

Color affects people in a positive way on an emotional and psychological level. It’s the color of renewal and growth, both of which commercial enterprises want to cultivate to potential customers and established clients. Properly landscaped grounds invite people to stop and come inside. Green in all of its many shades is a cheerful color that makes people feel good, and by extension, good about the business.

The first thing any potential customer will notice, whether it’s a small business or a corporate complex, is the exterior. Commercial landscaping draws and directs the eye across the grounds and to the structures. Curb appeal isn’t just for residential dwellings. If the grounds of a commercial property don’t look inviting, individuals will have the same feeling about the entire property and business.

Commercial landscaping factors in the natural features of the land, the best type of plantings for the soil, and irrigation systems to meet soil and plant requirements. It also includes performing needed maintenance on a regular basis, removing any damaged limbs, trees or other plantings, and enhancing building entrances. Even small updates and improvements can make a big difference in the way customers perceive a business.

Managers and owners often equate the aesthetic appeal of a commercial property with the appearance of the structures it contains. While that’s an extremely important aspect, a pleasing green environment has been proven to boost employee productivity, improve workers’ overall health, and attract new customers.

Commercial landscaping is a specialty that requires careful planning and execution. It’s best left to a professional landscaping company that has the knowledge, experience and expertise to transform commercial properties into showcases that will work to retain current clients, attract new customers, and encourage productivity.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

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Controlling Water Consumption

A lush, green outdoor environment requires water, but ensuring that lawns and plantings obtain the liquid they need can be expensive and result in unintended consequences that include pooling, puddling, runoff, and erosion. There are a variety of ways to control water consumption ranging from irrigation systems to landscaping.

One way to control water consumption is by installing plants that have low water requirements. A variety of trees and bushes provide beauty and shade, while offering flowers that are attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and fruits that attract song birds.

Flowers such as bougainvillea, moss roses, living stones and blanket flowers require less water than most and bloom readily in beds for a splash of color. Many also have dense root balls that won’t be easily uprooted in the event of heavy rains. Mulching will help hold moisture longer and impede evaporation for less watering.

An irrigation system makes any watering task easier. Today’s systems are programmable to manage the delivery of water. They provide the right amount of water at the correct time for efficiency and savings in time and money. The best time to water is early morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation.

A properly landscaped property will go a long way toward avoiding problems with drainage that can result in unwanted runoff that wastes water and deprives plants of the moisture they need. Landscaping for controlling water consumption can include a variety of methods that also provide attractive features and interest in residential and commercial areas.

One way is to use rocks in low spots to create a “rock creek.” Perforated pipes can be installed that channels water into the ground rather than letting it pool. Another technique is creating a rain garden that captures moisture for less watering.

With the proper landscaping, anyone can have lush, green grounds without spending a fortune on watering costs. The installation of metered irrigation systems eliminates water wastage and the time-consuming task of watering. A landscaping professional can design and create a complete eco-system that controls water consumption in an efficient and cost effective manner.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

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Popular Florida Groundcover Plants

Groundcovers are landscaping opportunities that are ornamental, effective for solving a variety of soil and contouring problems, and their value is often overlooked. There are perennial types for those that desire a self-sustaining low-maintenance solution, along with annual forms that enable home and business owners to change and refresh their look every year.

One of the advantages of groundcovers is that they come in a variety of heights to accommodate any preference and they grow in sun or shade. Some create a carpet of green, while others have spectacularly colored blossoms Groundcovers come in multiple shades of green and a myriad of textures that add interest to the landscape and can be utilized to address challenges of erosion to poor soils.

Depending upon the chosen groundcover, they can also be an effective barrier against rampant weed growth.  One of the best known ground covers is creeping phlox, with blossoms in shades of blue, pink or white. Typically staying at about two inches tall, it can attain a height of six inches during its bloom season. Candytuft is also popular for its sweetly scented white flowers and it grows up to 12 inches high.

For those that enjoy the spring blooms of hyacinths, tulips and daffodils, the good news is that many groundcovers can be combined with spring-blooming bulbs. The bulbs will grow through groundcovers such as pachysandra or speedwell, providing bright spring color before the groundcover takes over for the summer.

Beach flower is a native of Florida that’s ideal for hot, dry areas. It attracts butterflies, is salt-tolerant for coastal areas, and grows quickly. Individuals can also choose from groundcovers encompassing ferns or Asiatic jasmine. For a non-living groundcover, consider decorative stones or mulch.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

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Commercial Irrigation: What it Takes to Keep the Grass Green

Irrigation is an essential element for keeping the grass lush and green at commercial sites. A green site is inviting, increases the value, and makes a positive statement about the property. Unfortunately, many managers and owners are fixated on the structures and overlook the highly-important aspect of the outward appearance of the grounds.

It doesn’t matter how well maintained buildings may appear, if the grounds are surrounded by brown grass, trees and bushes, it will make a bad impression on potential investors, renters and buyers. They won’t see the potential and assume that structures are in a similar state as the lawn. Well-maintained grounds provide a higher return on investment and it all begins with an irrigation system.

Modern irrigation systems are convenient and economical. An irrigation specialist can install a system that automatically applies the proper amount of water and at the correct time to promote the growth of strong, healthy roots. The expert will configure the system to minimize pooling, puddling, runoff, and ensure owners aren’t watering sidewalks and paved areas.

Property owners have choices when installing irrigation. Traditional irrigation systems use sprinkler heads to disperse water over the greatest amount of space and distance. They can be programmed to perform scheduled deep watering for optimal growth. Grounds that have been neglected or are dying need more careful attention until they’ve recovered.

One of the most efficient and cost-effective options is a drip irrigation system and they’re particularly advantageous for flower beds and similar areas. Water is slowly introduced into the soil directly at ground level. The water doesn’t touch leaves or blossoms, thereby eliminating unsightly water marks that can occur and it discourages the growth of blight and mold.

Automated irrigation systems eliminate the time-consuming job of watering, allowing staff to handle other tasks. The systems are economical to operate and provide the moisture needed to keep commercial properties green and inviting.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

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Best Times to Fertilize the Grass

Many homeowners have fertilized their grass, only to see it slowly wither, brown out, and die – or show no improvement at all. While the problem may be the type of fertilizer used or the amount that was applied, it can also be the result of improper timing.

Florida lawns are different than those in other parts of the U.S. and standard guidelines often don’t apply due to the state’s unique climate and weather. It’s important for homeowners to know that warm-season grasses will brown out when temperatures dip, it’s normal, and they often spring back.

The best time to apply fertilizer is in the spring when grass begins to grow and throw out new shoots – typically around mid-April. Fertilizer provides essential nutrients to maintain health and replenish elements that may have become depleted in long-established lawns. It supports healthy root growth and enables grass to recover from conditions ranging from pests to hurricanes.

Florida contains some areas that restrict the use of fertilizer during months when heavy rains are a concern. People living in those areas can still feed their lawn with a time-release fertilizer before the restrictions go into effect that will nourish the lawn throughout the season.

To be effective, fertilizer must have the time to release nutrients and for it to be absorbed into the soil where grass can utilize it. Just as it’s important to know when to fertilize, it’s equally essential that homeowners understand when not to apply it. Fertilizer shouldn’t be applied:

  • When a storm – especially a tropical storm – is expected within 24 hours
  • If more than two inches of rain is anticipated
  • When new turf grass has just been planted
  • After mid-September to mid-May

Fertilizer will typically need to be reapplied to the average lawn every 6-8 weeks throughout the summer, but be careful not to over-fertilize. Err on the side of caution. Fertilizing too early can promote weed growth, while fertilizing when the weather is extremely hot can weaken and damage grass. Getting it “just right” will ensure a lush, green lawn throughout the year. Whenever possible, utilize the experience of a lawn care professional.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

Contact RCH Landscaping Today for a Free Estimate

561-779-9760

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Adding Shade to Your Property

Shade provides more than pleasant place to while away a summer afternoon. It’s eco-friendly, adds value to your property, and will save you money. Landscaping your property to provide shade can take a variety of forms. The easiest and least inexpensive way is to plant trees.

Popular trees for providing shade in Florida include the black olive, live oak, mahogany, ficus, and the gumbo limbo, though others grow equally well. They feature multiple growing habits and textures that add interest throughout the year.

Trees provide ample shade, help purify the air, and act as a windbreak. It’s essential that you match the growth habits of the trees to the size of your yard. Trees cool the land, the air, and reduce the cost of cooling homes and businesses.

If you prefer a structure rather than a living source of shade, you have a myriad of choices ranging from tiki huts and pergolas to pavilions and gazebos. They can be customized in multiple ways and erected in a variety of locations to obtain optimal shade value for homes and around swimming pools. They also provide unique opportunities for entertaining.

Arbors are another option for shade where vines provide the shade as they twine around the structure. Sleek shade sails and retractable awnings can be attached to homes and decks to provide shade during specific times of the day. They have the advantage of providing instant shade whenever and wherever it’s required.

Outdoor living spaces offer exciting opportunities for spending time with friends and family, but no one wants to swelter in the sun. From trees and tiki huts to awnings, there are multiple types of landscaping options that provide shade, increase the value of your property, and can help reduce the cost of your cooling costs. However, trees still remain the most economical and eco-friendly option.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

Contact RCH Landscaping Today for a Free Estimate

561-779-9760

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