Month: April 2018

Potential Signs for Commercial Drainage Issues

In recent years, weather’s volatile nature has certainly taken its toll on cities that were unprepared for how calamitous the effects would be. These effects were apparent in the city of Houston, where floods from Hurricane Harvey left the commercial city in disarray; billions of revenue for businesses lost in just a few days. The city of Dallas has vowed to invest in new drainage systems and  recovery plans to avoid being the next catastrophe, but your business could already be at risk. The next storm could determine the difference in spending a little versus losing a lot. Protect your investment and decide if your business property is at risk with these commercial drainage issues warning signs:

Potential Signs for Commercial Drainage Issues

Pools of Stagnant Water. While areas of standing water are normal after heavy rainfall, they should not be noticeable for long periods of time. Not only is it a sign of drainage issues, but it can attract mosquitoes and other insects. Stagnant water also starts to have a foul smell that drives away potential clients.

Cracks in Foundation. Normal wear and tear on a building is inevitable overtime. However, if you notice cracks begin to noticeably expand, you may have a potential issue. Cracks in the foundation are also an open invitation to rodents and other pests looking for a home.

Water Leakage. This is probably the most obvious sign that your property is suffering from drainage issues. Be proactive and inspect areas of the building, especially basements, for water stains or signs of mold and mildew.

No business is immune to the wrath of Mother Nature. But being prepared for the worst can offer a peace of mind. Metro Lawn Care offers many drainage system options for a variety of properties. Our state of the art drainage systems will protect your property from the devastating effects of rain and floods for years to come. Please contact us to help you get your business property to where it needs to be!

Three Fresh Ways to Refurbish Your Commercial Landscaping

Spring is a good time to rethink your commercial landscaping. While the tried and true is always practical, replacing your current landscaping with new plants and features will renew a tired area and make it more inviting. Consider some of these current commercial landscaping trends to give your business a fresh look that may draw in new customers.

Three Fresh Ways to Refurbish Your Commercial Landscaping

Place-making

This new landscaping trend is all about inviting people to linger, and the right plants help do that. Lush greenery, colorful flowers and shade trees make it pleasurable for customers to stop by or to wait more comfortably. Plants in decorative pots or a water feature such as a fountain makes a business stand out as an appealing destination. Add benches, tables and free guest WiFi to further enhance the space. Place-making is especially practical for businesses where customers are asked to wait for services. On a nice day a fresh outdoor area is much more appealing than a waiting room with a blaring television.

Local Plants and Water Conserving Landscapes

Not only does these trends keep your landscape attractive, they save you money on water. Native plants are already adapted to the local climate and thrive with much less attention than some commonly used landscaping plants. For example, the purple coneflower is native to the Dallas area and comes back every year with little maintenance or water. Combine the right greenery with our water management program and you can save money while keeping your landscape flourishing and on trend.

Bright Colors

While simple greens have been in vogue over the past few years, the emerging trend is for bright colors in landscaping plants, particularly purple. Lavender, rosemary and ornamental kale all add this appealing color to your landscape.  Other fresh choices include plants with striped leaves, such as agave.

For more information about how to refresh your commercial landscaping, please contact us. We will help you design a landscape that best fits your needs, your budget and your customers.