Commercial property owners and managers know that it is important to make a great first impression. They also are aware of the need to maintain and care for their property inside and out to lessen any chance of mishaps or hazards. It is smart risk management.
As a property management company located in Delaware, Asset Management Alliance has in place certain protocols to maintain and nurture commercial landscaping year round. We thought we share some of our spring maintenance tips with our readers.
Spring is a perfect time to prepare for the growing season and to assess any damage the freezing temperatures the past winter may have caused. Property managers across the country are taking advantage of the pleasant spring weather to get their commercial property and landscape in shape for the growing season.
While keeping up with the landscaping and maintenance of a commercial property is a year round job, these seven steps should be implemented in the spring season. Check out our list below and get started making your landscape look well-kept and safe for tenants and guests.
7 Commercial Property Maintenance Tips for Spring:
1. Full Landscape and Exterior Assessment: The first thing a property manager should do once the winter has departed is to walk the entire property and assess for any damage or hazardous issues. For example, did the freeze/thaw cycle cause any unsafe conditions such as broken or loose paving stones, sink holes, or debris? Property managers need to look for holes in window screens and cracks in the foundation, chipping paint or damaged siding, missing roof shingles that need repaired or replaced.
2. Debris Clean up: Pick up any debris, such as sticks, twigs and trash. Rake up any leaves to allow for fresh air to circulate around the grass which will alleviate any winter diseases and promote growth.
3. Power Wash and Repair Your Hardscape: Winter can be harsh on concrete and pavement, make sure all parking lots, patios and pathways are cleaned and in good repair. This will ensure a longer life span, keep your property looking its best and make it safer for tenants and visitors.
4. Check Irrigation Systems: Soon after the last frost, check the irrigation system’s nozzles, sprinkler heads, valves and controller to ensure the system has no leaks, blockages and is functioning properly.
5. Repair or Replace Turf, Apply Herbicides, Fertilizer and Insect Control: For minor issues, loosen soil and spread some grass seed. Re-sod any large areas that are damaged. Not repairing turf sets a bad precedence, as crab grass and weeds will take over.
Now is the time to apply herbicide before the weeds appear. Applying after the crabgrass and weeds appear is less effective. Take control of insect infestation by spraying for bugs well before they cause a significant amount of damage to your plants and/or property. Spring is the season of growth and the perfect time to apply fertilizer to encourage seedlings and already established plants.
6. Trim and Prune Plants, Shrubs and Trees: Pruning helps a plant keep their shape and prevents them from encroaching on walkways or causing a hazard to passers-by. Dormant pruning (typically of the deciduous variety) is suggested before plants leaf out in spring. Selectively removing vegetation improves plant’s health and growth by eliminating all of the broken and cracked branches plus any rubbing or crossing ones.
7. Plant Annuals and/or Perennials and Mulch: Clean out plant beds and add new flowers to refresh the landscape. Lay new mulch to allow the soil to retain moisture and prevent weed encroachment.
What’s the Difference between Annuals and Perennials?
Annuals will add color to your landscape all season long, but will not return the following season, whereas, perennials come back year after year. However, perennials generally have shorter blooming periods than annuals, so pairing them with annuals and other perennials that bloom at other times is a great way to maintain constant color from spring to autumn.
By taking these 7 steps to ensure your commercial property reflects well on the surrounding community and businesses, will add value and prestige, thus increasing your investment. Your efforts to ensure that your buildings and grounds look aesthetically pleasing and in good repair the entire season and into the future will be noticed by visitors and tenants, alike.
Asset Management Alliance of Delaware is pleased that you have taken the time to read our 7 Commercial Property Maintenance Tips for Spring and look forward to hearing what you think or tips that you can share with us. Please check in with us on Facebook, we’d love to discuss this subject further.
Asset Management Alliance has deep roots in the Delaware community helping all types of commercial property owners protect and enhance the value of their investment through employing a diligent and fully vetted management, maintenance and engineering team that is available 24/7 every day of the year.