The look of your commercial property on the outside should reflect the way it looks on the inside. And even if it doesn’t – your clients or visitors will think it does. Make a good first impression with these landscaping improvement tips.
1. Maintain visibility. Try not to let trees, shrubs, and large bushes become overgrown and cover your property too much. Make sure plants aren’t blocking signs, logos, and other important aspects of your building and property. Keep in mind that all sides need to be relatively clear, so people driving or walking by will know what your property is for.
2. Establish curb appeal. Although all of the landscaping around your building should be well maintained, anything at the front of your property should be especially clean. Remove weeds from sidewalks and flower beds and keep the grass cut regularly.
3. Incorporate color tastefully. Adding some simple color to your landscaping will attract the attention of those passing by. Yellows, reds, oranges, and deep pinks are all great colors to incorporate. Try not to get too overzealous with the color though – the right colors in moderation will leave a pleasant, happy environment around your property.
4. Pay attention to walkways. Walkways can be creatively customized to fit the personality of your commercial property or you can choose a clean and simple look with plain concrete. Whichever you choose, walkways must also be functional and safe.
5. Choose low maintenance plants. You don’t want to get caught spending too much time and money on your landscaping, so it’s important to pick plants and walkway materials that are low maintenance but still look great. You can have a beautiful display and professional look with easy to maintain plants and walkways.
Your personality and business can truly shine on the outside with the proper landscaping. Remember the exterior is what your visitors will see first!
Test it and Best it
The key to creating a successful miniature water feature is to balance everything. That is how nature tends to itself. Different elements are working at the same time, and an ecosystem without proper balance will destroy itself given enough time. We have to rely on intuition and good product design to create the perfect ecosystem. The Water Filter is one of the most important pieces. A proper one can suspend your wildlife (fish, plants, etc) much longer. Clean water means healthy looking life as well as a healthy looking area for that life flourish. To ensure clean water, you have to remove almost everything that is not water.
Buy a Test
Start by running a simple water quality test on the water in your ecosystem. Buy a water quality test kit from the AquaScape for about $20. Just make sure the kit tests for Chlorine, Chloroform, Fluoride, organic chemicals, and certain metals. The kit is worth the investment because knowing exactly what ails your ecosystem is half the battle in preserving it. It will save you money over time. Now, depending on what comes back from the test, a certain filter will be the appropriate choice.
If the test comes back with lighter elements in your water, then you want to go with a carbon filter system. Elements such as chlorine, chloroform, pesticides, and microbial contaminants all can be stopped with a decent carbon filter. Try the MicroFalls Filter for this job. It’ll remove all these elements in a jiffy. However, sometimes a filter alone cannot remove heavy elements from water as effectively as possible.
If the test comes back with elements such as sodium, iron, nitrates, or large organic contaminants, the job requires the rest of the MicroFalls family. Invest in the MicroSkim — a skimmer that takes out many of the large organic contaminants like leaves, dirt, and unwanted rocks, that will dirty your water. Finally, if the sodium and metal contents are also at large according to the test, buy the AquaSurge pump to finish the job.
After installing the filter, skimmers, and/or pump, make sure to regularly check and provide maintenance on them. It is very important that filters be cleaned. A dirty filter is just as bad as not having one.
When the drought season is upon you, many homeowners become rightfully concerned with the amount of water that your lawn retains. Brown spots popping up all over usually prompt a person to over-saturate their lawn, but this isn’t the most environmentally sound way of keeping your lawn green.
Instead, an excellent way to conserve water is by having a deeper root system. Growing deeper roots not just for your lawn, but for any plants and foliage on your property, can seriously impact the amount of water you use to get through a dry spell. Since deeper roots retain more water, you will find you need to water less frequently.
This begs the question about how do you grow a deeper root system? Amazingly, you will need to water less often. If you rely on a sprinkler system that pushes out small amounts of water quickly, the roots will never need to dig down deep to get the water they crave. When you see about a third to half start to show wilting signs, that’s when it’s time to water.
This tactic helps build up a tolerance and the roots will dig down deeper, and hold onto that cherished water. Watch for folding leaves, discoloration, and tracks left behind when you walk through the yard. These three determining factors will tell you when it’s time to water, as opposed to a rigorous cycle from something like a sprinkler system.
Once you do water the yard, wait until at least one of these signs presents itself again – that’s your signal to water again. Watering too frequently will not help develop a deeper root system, which means when a drought comes along, your lawn won’t be able to make it through in one piece.
Improving the aesthetic look of your property, installing new features into your yard, or finally tackling that task that you’ve been eyeing for years are just some of the reasons why people consult with Eden Garden Supply. Our high quality supplies are essential to making any domestic or commercial property better, and we’re also dedicated to improving the environment. Water conservation is one of the first steps toward going green, and here are the top ten tips we’re recommending you consider:
1) Prevent runoff through material selection. By choosing porous materials for patios, walkways, or other additions you can actually prevent excess water runoff. This helps to retain the existing water in your yard.
2) Plan your planting. By collecting plant life with similar watering needs together, it reduces the amount of overwatering/under-watering.
3) Seasonal planting. Plating during the Spring or Fall seasons requires less initial watering.
4) Avoid grass on inclines. Steep inclines have trouble retaining water, which means if you are only planting grass there; it can be difficult to keep hydrated.
5) Let the leaf lie! Leaf litter that condenses on top of soil keeps the ground temperature cooler and reduces evaporation.
6) Spread organic mulch. A suitable layer of organic mulch in your planting beds minimizes weed growth, retains more water, and reduces evaporation. Consider using 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch, depending on the size of the bed.
7) Give Mother Nature a little direction. You can make the water runoff from rain on your roof work for you, by using gutters to capture that water, and by using downspouts to direct it right into your planting beds.
8) Mow with care. By adjusting your lawnmower to only cut at a height of 1.5 to 2 inches, the grass will shade roots and hold moisture.
9) Aerate your lawn. Periodical aeration with holes every six inches gets more water down to the roots.
10) Let it brown! Letting the grass brown in the winter is okay. The grass sits dormant and only needs to be watered about once a month.
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