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Erosion Control Options for Houston Commercial Properties

Ben Collinsworth

Understanding erosion control is critical to any Houston commercial property manager who has to deal with slopes on their properties, has a site located near waterways or must fight occasional extreme weather conditions. In fact, not following erosion control processes and procedures during commercial landscape construction can be very costly.

Many city and state municipalities have ordinances in place to minimize the level of sediment and other pollutants carried off by runoff into lakes, streams and wetlands. Erosion impacting storm sewers and right-of-ways can even cause inspectors to take notice of erosion control measures on your property.

First, let’s better define erosion. The word erosion means the detachment of soil, sediment or rock/stone fragments caused by water, wind, ice or plain gravity. When this soil is washed away, so are other things in the soil like pesticides and fertilizers. And this is where local municipalities take notice and can fine properties not following proper measures.

Water is the biggest culprit of erosion in Houston. In fact, Houston receives an average rainfall of nearly 53 inches each year—35 percent higher than the national average and 48 percent more than the average rainfall in Texas, says.

But what makes water even more damaging is when heavy rainfall follows extreme drought that makes the ground so hard and dry, lacking the absorption capabilities to properly and quickly soak up rain water before it can wash soil away.

Then when soil is carried away, it can cause uneven ground in the form of cracks, ridges and rises that can actually become safety and tripping hazards on busy commercial facilities.  

Protect your Houston commercial property with these four erosion control options.


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.

Over 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.

5 Causes of Bare Areas in Your Landscape Beds and How to Fix Them

Ben Collinsworth

As you’re walking through your Texas commercial property passing some lush landscape beds and turf, a bare area stands out like a blemish on your skin or a giant patch of weeds in your lawn. It is a nasty splotch of paint mucking up the otherwise perfect painting of your commercial landscape.

Luckily, there are some options for addressing these blank beds.