Landscape Design for Commercial Buildings: What You Need to Know

Whether you're planning a landscape design for a brand new commercial building or are looking to revamp the landscaping around your existing building, there's a lot to keep in mind. By following a few simple landscape design tips for commercial buildings and working with an experienced professional, you can achieve the polished and inviting look you desire.

Consider the Surrounding Architecture

It's always a good idea to design a landscape around a building rather than creating a landscape design that's independent from nearby architecture. After all, not all landscaping elements will "work" in all contexts. For example, if your commercial building has a more sleek and modern architectural design, then your landscaping should reflect this as well.

Designate Clear Pathways and Walkways

At the end of the day, it's most important to create an eye-catching landscape design that is functional for your building's users. This includes not just employees (who will be familiar with the building) but potential clients who may be visiting as well.

Specifically, make sure your landscape design includes accessible and clear pathways and walkways to and from your building to a nearby parking lot, street, or another common access point. Avoid lining walkways with plants or shrubs that could easily become overgrown or otherwise restrict access/visibility to walkways.

Think Low-Maintenance

Unless you'll be hiring a professional to maintain your commercial building landscaping (and even if you are), it's generally best to stick with designs that are low-maintenance and cost-effective. A low-maintenance design will include plants that do not require frequent watering or extensive care while still adding eye-catching greenery to your outdoor space.

Don't Overlook Irrigation Systems

While it may seem like a large initial investment to include an irrigation system as part of your commercial landscape design, the reality is that these systems can really pay for themselves over time. This is especially true when you consider how much time and hassle an irrigation system can save you (or your landscaper). Meanwhile, you'll be keeping your plants properly watered, which will keep them in good health and save you the money of having to replace dead plants with new ones prematurely.

Get Help With Your Commercial Landscaping Today

A little planning and foresight can go a long way towards designing a commercial landscape that will make your business more inviting. However, it can be overwhelming to try and come up with landscape designs on your own—especially if this isn't exactly your area of expertise.

This is where working with a team of professionals can make all the difference! At Dutton & Garfield, Inc., commercial landscape design is just one of the many services we have to offer that can make your business stand out. Meanwhile, we'll work with you to stay within your desired budget to come up with a cost-effective and beautiful landscape design! Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you or to schedule your commercial landscape consultation.