Month: July 2017

What To Look For In A Deck For Your Commercial Establishment

Nothing makes a hotel more inviting that an outdoor deck specially made for your guest to enjoy. Decks can provide a nice place for your employees to take breaks, too, and they can act as a staging area for your business projects. In short, decks could make a nice addition to your place of business. However, not any old deck will do. It will have to meet certain criteria.

What To Look For In A Deck For Your Commercial Establishment

Safety First

The number one concern of any business establishment is the safety of their customers and employees. Injured employees don’t work and injured customers don’t return. So you will want your deck to be made by professionals so that the construction is sound. You will also want to include safety features such as rails and plan on wide stairs with built-in traction.

Features Specific To Your Needs

If you plan on using the deck as part of the employee break area, you will want to put it close to the other employee amenities. If it is supposed to be a feature for guests to use, you may want to build in comfortable seats for their enjoyment. If you want the new deck to be a staging area, you will want to make sure it has wide unobstructed spaces. Make a list of the needs your deck will meet before doing any planning, and make sure that the deck’s design will meet them.

Blend The Deck Into Your Landscape

Your deck should fit the land you are using. You want to take advantage of any views and natural features of the property. This will make maintaining and using the deck easier, and it will be far more attractive as a part of the whole landscape and not just a random structure coming out of nowhere. Even if you have utilitarian intentions for your deck, a pretty landscape will make work more productive and rewarding.

If your commercial establishment is considering adding a deck, be sure to contact us. We have many years of experience that will let us make the perfect deck for you.

Pruning Trees 101

Like people get their hair trimmed to help it grow and look better, trees need trimming to help them do the same. Here are some basics about commercial tree pruning to help you get started. Pruning Trees 101

Pruning Trees 101

Depending on the situation and what you want determines when the best time to prune a tree is. If you spot a damaged or diseased limb it will need to be removed immediately. This helps the tree by saving it from becoming completely infected or wasting resources on a dead limb.

For fruit and flowering trees, some pruning in the summer can benefit them. Removing small and unneeded branches allow more light in and ensure it will only grow strong branches that can support fruit.

For general pruning, most people say fall or early spring is best. In the fall you can see the bare branches so it is easier to pick which ones to clip away. Some people say pruning in the winter is best. Either way, the important part is that the tree isn’t in a state of growing. Come spring the tree won’t be putting effort into unneeded branches and will grow more vigorously.

When you’re ready to pick up the cutters there are a few things to look for. Branches that grow toward the center or cross other ones should be cut. If the top, or canopy, is dense, thining it can help improve the tree’s health. A pruned branch won’t grow from a cut so prune back to a junction or bud.

Depending on the size of your trees and how often they’ve been pruned, you may have a big job planned. For help on pruning your trees or more info, contact us.

Commercial Landscaping Ideas for Those Looking for Simple Upkeep Solutions

If you own commercial properties, it might feel as if you are always fixing up your buildings and responding to emergencies. One area that you can take the guesswork out of is your landscaping needs. If your commercial properties are in need of a landscaping overhaul, this might be the perfect time to incorporated landscaping additions that won’t require much upkeep over time. Here are three ideas for simple upkeep solutions for commercial landscapes that can still look professional.

Commercial Landscaping Ideas for Those Looking for Simple Upkeep Solutions

1. Drought-Resistant Plants

If your commercial landscaping is set up with lush plants that need a lot of upkeep, this might look great, but can take a lot of work along the way. Opt for local, drought-resistant plants that will do well in warm Dallas summers and won’t require a lot of individual watering and assistance from landscapers and gardeners. Irrigation systems that are set up on timers can help you take the guesswork out of continued watering as well.

2. Low-Maintenance Decor

One of the great things when it comes to commercial landscaping is this doesn’t always have to be all plants and grasses. Opting for fountains and large rocks can break up spaces and still look great. While you might want to have some greenery, open spaces covered with mulch or pebbles can also look professional and make the outside of your commercial properties look well maintained over time.

3. Larger Trees and Shrubs

While it might feel as if the initial groundwork to get larger plants and trees to take root and have a healthy spot in your landscaping might be tough, in the long run, these will be easier to maintain. Larger shrubs, trees, and bushes can withstand extreme weather, take up a good amount of landscaping space and won’t require much upkeep or effort over time.

If you are looking into new commercial landscaping upgrades, be sure to think about what can make this more simple for you over time. If you need help mapping out your landscaping and getting the process going, contact us to help you get started.