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Over the decades, we have learned through first-hand experience that sustainable landscaping techniques offer a powerful opportunity to drive down landscape maintenance costs and healthily bolster returns on investment.

Crucially, by working with nature—through tactics such as drought-tolerant design strategies, careful water management, and native plant selection—we are able to provide unbeatable value to our clients through beautifully verdant green spaces that readily stand up to temperature and humidity fluctuations.

As such changeable weather patterns and escalating amenity costs leave property managers looking for ways to recession-proof their commercial landscaping, we at FloraTerra are proud to be leading the charge to approach landscape design and maintenance differently.

So, what exactly do we recommend to clients aiming to make smarter landscaping investments and grow a greener ROI?

1. It’s Time to Get Smart About Water Conservation

How can commercial property owners meet Bay Area water restrictions and rising utility costs without sacrificing on their landscaping assets? The answer lies in savvy water conservation techniques, such as xeriscaping and intelligent irrigation systems.

For example, did you know that when direct-to-root drip irrigation is combined with weather-adaptive smart controllers, they can offer 90–100% efficiency?

In contrast, traditional sprinklers achieve only around 50% penetration in the baking Bay Area sun, making an investment in irrigation upgrades one that will offer a rapid return.

As accredited IA Water Sense Partners, the FloraTerra team bring a deep understanding of how to most effectively cut commercial landscape water costs.

2. It’s Time to Transition Away From Traditional Lawns

While traditional lawn areas are indeed attractive, they are not well suited to the contemporary Bay Area climate and inescapably represent a disproportionate running cost within any commercial landscape design.

The good news is that there are numerous drought-tolerant landscaping alternatives to explore, from drought-resilient grass species and ground cover plants through to attractive soil-protective surfaces decorated with climate-appropriate ornamental plants.

Not only will these substitutes shrink water costs but they can also reduce or eliminate pesticide and fertilizer use. Better yet, the FloraTerra team will also gladly walk you through any applicable Bay Area lawn replacement rebates.

3. It’s Time to Treat Your Soil as an Asset

Did you know that well-structured, nourished, and protected soil acts as an intuitive sponge? What we mean by this is that healthy soil will retain more water in dry conditions, mitigate runoff during rain season, and hold key nutrients for the benefit of its rooted inhabitants.

This makes treating soil as a valued asset a savvy move indeed for commercial landscape contractors.

To achieve this aim, we harness strategies such as mulching, aerating, hardscaping, and strategic planting to protect soil quality across your whole property.

By safeguarding this precious commodity, erosion can be avoided and landscape maintenance costs can be further minimized.

4. It’s Time to Switch Out High Water Use Plants

When it comes to the consumption of H2O, all plants are certainly not created equal. Many commercial property managers don’t realize that poor plant choices may be driving their amenity costs through the roof.

However, plant species that are naturally suited to cooler, damper climates will struggle to remain strong in the Bay Area climate without a constant flow of costly water.

What any knowledgeable commercial landscape company should be able to tell you is that there are plenty of plants far more adept at thriving in a region prone to drought.

In fact, a combination of drought-tolerant native species and plants from regions of the world with a similar climate can be used to create dream landscapes that are minimally thirsty and continue to look spectacular when the sun’s rays beat down. Partnering with an HOA landscape company that specializes in drought-resistant design will allow you to make any necessary changes before reaping the cost-saving rewards.

5. It’s Time to Brighten Things Up With Drought-Resilient Blooms

Whether your landscaping frames an HOA property, a corporate campus, or an elegant retail setting, a vibrant splash of color is sure to elevate its aesthetic.

Historically, commercial landscape companies would have met this idea with might-maintenance and short-lived displays of annual flowers. However, these days, there is a better way.

At FloraTerra, we love nothing more than introducing robust and prolifically blossoming perennial flower species to the landscapes of those who will enjoy their brightness.

With an expert awareness of blooming seasons, good planning, and intelligent placement, colorful displays can be enjoyed throughout much of the year. These seasonal flower installations offer a particular compliment to entranceways, signage, pool areas, patios, and high-traffic pathways.

FloraTerra is proud to serve as a sustainable green commercial landscape company that knows exactly how to translate eco-credentials into tangible cost savings for your commercial property.

If you are ready to take advantage of embracing tomorrow’s greener landscaping solutions today, then contact our team to learn more.

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