Make Room for these 5 Commercial Landscape Enhancements in Your 2016 Budget

Ben Collinsworth

Your landscape is one of the first things potential tenants and customers see when they visit your commercial site. So, make sure it’s a good first impression.

A professional landscaping company can help with that by enhancing and upgrading your current property.

Here are five landscape enhancements that will have a big effect and should be included in your 2016 budget.

Add Some Color

seasonal colorIncorporating annual color can be one of the best ways to add aesthetic value and truly enhance your landscape. The plants will help liven up your property year round.

Native plants will require less maintenance and make your site more sustainable. They will also be more drought tolerant than non-native varieties.

You can have annual color installed around entrances, surrounding flowerbeds or wherever you want to make a bold statement.  You can also incorporate perennial color or alternating leaf textures to add aesthetic qualities around your property.

Don’t Forget Your Turf

turfThe majority of your landscape is probably made up of grass, so make sure it looks its best. Having healthy grass can really set your site apart from other properties.

To keep it looking lush, you need to perform regular maintenance and also keep your eyes out for problems, such as compaction and patchy areas. Aeration and topdressing can help elevate these issues and the appearance of the grass. These are especially beneficial for high-traffic areas.

Applying fertilizers and herbicides can also rid your turf of unwanted weeds and pests.

Brighten Up the Landscape

People are bound to be at your site after the sun goes down, so make sure they are safe and secure with landscape lighting. Dark places on your property can attract criminal activity, so make sure the lighting shines throughout.

Some of the top places to install lighting are along walkways, in parking lots, around stairs, near the building and throughout common areas. You can also use the lights to showcase features like trees or fountains on your property.

Using LED lights will help make your property more efficient and cut back on your utility bill, compared to tradition incandescent bulbs.

Give People Places to Sit and Walk

Your commercial property should be somewhere people want to be, whether they work, live or shop there.

Create features like patios, sitting areas and sidewalks to give people a good experience on your site.

The more comfortable people feel on your site, the higher the occupancy rates are going to be. Plus, these hardscape features can also add to your property’s curb appeal.

Use Smart Watering Practices


Well-maintained and updated
irrigation systems are vital to having a sustainable property.

Whether it’s a drip or traditional system, these water management tools can help you conserve resources, better care for your plants and save you money on your utilities.

Make sure you have a contractor come out and inspect, repair and update your system in 2016. Upgrades like installing smart controllers or sensors can boost your savings and help the system better meet your landscape’s needs.

Start Enhancing Your Commercial Landscape

Find a commercial landscaping company that will handle all of your landscape enhancements and also maintain your property throughout the year.

Native Land Design offers commercial landscape services like enhancements, maintenance, irrigation and water management, design and construction. Our in-house team of experts will work to create a plan specific to your landscape.

Covering Houston, Austin and McAllen, Texas, we will talk with you about how we can take your property to the next level and keep it looking that way year round.

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Ben Collinsworth


Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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