6 Cost-Cutting Commercial Landscaping Ideas for Memphis Property Managers

Michael Hatcher

May 19, 2020 10:43:33 AM

We know what you’re thinking.

Yes, these ideas will cost some money. But they’ll also save you money, in the long run.

It’s smart spending — invest a bit now, save later. 

And a couple won’t cost you at all. Consider it free savings!

Take a look at these commercial landscaping ideas that have your budget in mind:

1. Mow Less Frequently

Yes, you heard us say that. We love mowing. But if you have a great lawn care program that keeps your turf healthy and reduces weeds, you can get away with mowing every 10 days instead of every seven, reducing the overall number of mowing visits. 

2. Use Growth Regulators

Growth regulators slow a plant’s growth to keep it tidier and under control, which means less pruning. Which means less money.

Plants and shrubs with growth regulators

These products block the plant hormones that stimulate growth. Sprayed on a plant right after it’s been trimmed, it reduces regrowth.

Isn’t slowing growth bad for the plant? Actually, it helps it. 

Each time a plant is pruned, leaves and branches are opened up, making the plant more susceptible to diseases and insects.

And when treated with a growth regulator, a shrub doesn't produce as many new leaves. That means it directs its energy elsewhere — to growing bigger, stronger roots. Sturdier roots result in a healthier, more robust plant. 

Growth regulators can be used on turf, too. But you need to add some iron so the grass doesn’t turn yellow. 

And now for the million-dollar question: Do growth regulators work on weeds? 

Sorry, no. If you can make that happen, let us in on the deal and we can be millionaires together. 

3. Perform Regular Quality Control Audits

We don’t just sign you up for landscape maintenance and walk away. 

We visit your property every week to check on things, looking out for commercial landscaping ideas that can boost your property’s appeal. 

Commercial landscape quality control inspection

And — here’s the cost-cutting part — we make note of the things that are necessary to do, and the things that can wait.

Other companies might automatically mow, trim, and edge your planting beds every week. We don’t automatically edge or string trim every week.

Honestly, it doesn't always need it. 

Memphis property managers always have their eyes on the budget. 

We’re looking out for it, too.

4. Utilize Drought-Tolerant Native Plants

If you’re still pondering native plants, now is a great time to move on this one. 

Native plants on commercial landscape in Memphis

These easy-care plants are among the top commercial landscaping ideas for saving money.

  • Once established, native plants need less water. While the Mid-South gets an average of 60 inches of rain a year, most of this rain falls in the spring. Summer can be really hot and dry, which stresses plants. But natives shrug it off. They’re used to it. Less watering, less money. 
  • Natives naturally resist diseases and pests. That means you don’t have to worry about plants getting eaten, looking bad, and needing to be replaced. Again, less money. 
  • There’s no guesswork. Sometimes you plant flowers that look pretty or might be your favorite. But they don’t like your property. So, they struggle. They wilt. They die. You have to start all over again and spend more money.

Are you sensing a theme here? 

5. Consider Stone Instead of Mulch

Don’t get us wrong — we love mulch. In fact, we use it much more than stone for commercial landscaping.

Shrubs in mulch on commercial landscape

Stone costs considerably more. But it lasts like crazy. You don’t have to replace it once or twice a year like you do with mulch.

Invest in it, then forget it. 

And if you have drainage issues on your property, stone is a great commercial landscaping idea. It allows water to drain quickly.

Some commercial buildings are huge, with large gutter downspouts that send floods of water to the landscape during a heavy rain.

Mulch can’t absorb all the runoff and tends to wash away. But stone stands strong, draining the downpour. 

6. Upgrade to Smart Irrigation

We saved the biggest cost-cutter for last. 

If you don’t have smart irrigation already, you’re sending money down the drain. Literally. 

Smart irrigation on commercial property

Outdated sprayer heads, leaky valves, and old controllers are all at fault, pumping out more water than your property needs or spraying it haphazardly where water isn’t even needed.

You don’t want to waste water — or money. But you don’t have time to constantly check your irrigation system for problems. Memphis property managers have more pressing issues to deal with every day. 

Smart irrigation controllers use data from sensors and local weather forecasts to deliver exactly the right amount of water just where your property needs it — with little waste. 

Broken line? In the old days, water would gush out all over your property, often for hours or even days, undetected. 

When smart controllers detect a broken line, they turn your system off, right away. No need to call us. It lets us know there’s a problem. We’re on it. 

Today’s smart irrigation technology includes rain sensors that know when nature is watering for you, so they turn off your system to avoid overwatering. 

Rain sensors save you time, money, and prevent your business from looking wasteful.

Smart irrigation technology allows us to monitor and control your system from our offices — without sending irrigation technicians to your site.

That saves time and money. We can take care of many of your property’s irrigation needs without even parking our truck out front. Not that we wouldn’t love to see you. But we’d rather save you money. 

Need Cost-Cutting Commercial Landscaping Ideas? Trust Hatcher 

We know Memphis property managers are under a lot of stress. 

You need great commercial landscaping ideas that will boost your property‘s appeal. But you’re also in charge of keeping costs down.

Choose a landscaping company that looks out for your property and your budget. 

Are you ready to boost the appeal of your property with commercial landscaping ideas that will actually save you money? Talk to one of our commercial landscaping experts today! We’ll meet at your property, create a custom plan, and get you on your way to enjoying a beautiful, worry-free property.

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Michael Hatcher

Written by Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is president of Michael Hatcher & Associates.