Ask the ExpertsHow Does Professional Landscape Design Affect Your Commercial Property?October 28, 2021A great commercial landscape design is part function, part form. Unfortunately, some property owners and managers simply choose a mixture of trees and plants without considering maintenance needs or future growth. Trees, flowers, and plants are typically chosen for their height and beauty, but sadly, there’s no landscape plan in place to account for the property’s future needs. A professional landscape design can help property owners and managers have a cohesive, functional outdoor space that takes into consideration the aesthetic wishes, budget, and future property needs. Make your landscape work for you by thinking about how you want people to perceive your business and how you want potential clients to interact with you and your property. Here are some of the main benefits of having a professional landscape design for your commercial property.Communicate the right messageYour business has a brand – allow your landscape to convey it. Do you want to communicate an image that is sustainable, soothing, professional, healing, fun, forward-thinking, or edgy? Choose landscape elements that can effectively translate that message. Good examples include dancing fountains for fun outdoor spaces, Zen features for healing or soothing spaces, wildflowers, native grasses, or green roofs for sustainability-focused companies, geometric minimalist plant designs for edgy companies.Encourages potential clients to engage with your businessYour outdoor space can either encourage people to linger or keep them moving along. Property owners and managers will be pleased to know that commercial properties with well-maintained, high-quality landscapes tend to be more successful. For instance, a welcoming landscape will attract more visitors since people are more drawn to an efficiently-designed, visually pleasing exterior. In addition, a lot of businesses found success in creating landscapes with more elaborate lounge areas that are both peaceful and beautiful, since it encourages people to stay longer. Energy efficiencyA professional commercial landscape design can contribute to energy savings by blocking harsh winds during the colder months and shading your building in the summer. This can help you save on heating and cooling. Grassy areas trap dust and pollutants, creates oxygen, and helps diminish noise. In fact, the National Association of Landscape Professionals reveals that lawns and plants help reduce noise by 20-30% versus hardscapes like concrete and pavement.Professional landscape design is a great way to ensure that your business’ outdoor space is sustainably and beautifully designed. It also lets customers and residents know that you take pride in your property and that you value your role in the neighborhood. Draw people’s attention to your business with professional landscape design and reap the benefits today. At Southern Botanical, we create professional designs for commercial properties that incorporate sustainable elements and will keep your property looking its best all year round.