Top 4 Capital Improvement Projects to Complete Before Spring

Ben Collinsworth

When you manage a Texas commercial property, planning ahead is crucial so your property is not only continually updated and refreshed, but also to ensure you’re using your budget dollars wisely.

Six Considerations When Landscaping A Church/Religious CampusOver time, landscapes change as they grow. Sometimes properties start to look dated or unattractive and these things can even create safety hazards.

Tenants, visitors, customers and employees don’t appreciate a site that isn’t kept up-to-date. That’s why it’s important to look ahead and plan some capital improvements so you keep your property looking polished and untainted by the normal wear and tear that can happen by Mother Nature.

A capital improvement project is the restoration of some aspect of the property and/or the addition of a permanent structural change that will either enhance the property’s overall value, increase the property’s useful life or adapt the property to a new use.

Winter is the perfect time of year to schedule capital improvements. Property managers are looking at their budgets and planning their time and dollars accordingly, and landscape professionals are not as booked up or busy as they are when trees, lawns and plants are actively growing in the spring.

Wondering what sort of capital improvement you might need for your Texas commercial property? Here are the top four capital improvement projects you can complete before spring and stay one step ahead of the season and your competition.

Capital Improvement Project No. 1: Installing a New Lawn

Complete these four capital improvement projects on your commercial property before spring


Notice any splotchy or barren patches of turf on your property? Maybe you have a high-traffic area that is just exhausted from all the feet that trample it daily. Or maybe a tree has grown to create a larger shady spot and the turf beneath it would prefer full sun so it’s not thriving.


A fresh patch of turf in these trouble spots may be just what the doctor ordered. We can install new sod 12 months out of the year. This time of year, sod doesn’t need as much water and thought it’s not actively growing it will still take root and be nice and lush come springtime.

Capital Improvement Project No. 2: Installing a Retaining Wall


Any installation of hardscapes on your commercial property can be done throughout the year, including trails, playscapes, sitting areas, pergolas, arbors, retaining walls and decks.

From flagstone to concrete to bricks to pavers and blocks, hardscapes break up the landscape, adding texture and another dimension to the landscape. The combination creates an artistic, useful addition to your property.

Hardscapes also create gathering spaces on your commercial property—whether it’s a lunchtime seating space, a patio, a common area, a privacy wall or retaining wall to break up spaces or a water feature.  

Hardscapes can also be a sustainable addition to your property. For instance, some pavers help reduce stormwater runoff by letting rainwater drain through them.

Capital Improvement Project No. 3: Planting Trees and Shrubs


Need a new or refreshed landscape bed? We can plant many trees and shrubs during the winter months, laying the groundwork for the new bed and then add the perennials in March. This way, you’re ahead of the spring rush and your plants are settled in before the spring growth surge takes place.

Capital Improvement Project No. 4: Planting Perennials

Complete these four capital improvement projects on your commercial property before spring


We can plan your perennial additions now and then install them in March. By getting your beds created and laying the groundwork, just like building a house and starting with a strong foundation this creates a solid start.

Then the full bed installation goes much faster once March arrives and we can add the perennials, creating the final look.


Capital Improvements: A Capital Idea


Capital improvements can do wonders for your Texas commercial property. They can increase your property values, as well as engage your employees, tenants, visitors and others who use your property.

If you need help determining what capital improvements would be the most economical and impactful on your property, Native Land Design’s experts can help provide you with the best ideas to give you the most aesthetic appeal for your dollar. Contact us for a free onsite consultation at 512-918-2270 or fill out our contact form online today.


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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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