We are living through one of the most challenging social and economic times in modern history. Businesses are faced with unprecedented choices; scenarios most had never considered. Commercial real estate managers are looking for ways to cut expenses but, before you do, have a conversation with your account manager. With their commercial landscaping experience and history of working within corporate budgets, account managers can help balance your organization’s financial and landscaping needs. Cutting the wrong services may achieve immediate savings but it may also increase future costs. Your account manager’s understanding of your organization’s needs and priorities allows them to make recommendations that maximize the financial impact and minimize the impact on your customers and employees.
Here’s a short list of options to discuss with your account manager.
- Postpone spring services. In the direst of situations, consider delaying or canceling spring clean-up, bed edging, or mulch application for this season.
- Turn or fluff mulch instead of applying more. After years of applying mulch every spring, many landscape beds have too much mulch.
- Reduce frequency of service visits. Identify areas where fewer occurrences would be appropriate. Reducing service frequency is most effective on services like mowing, bush hogging, shrub pruning, and leaf removal.
- Assess your color options. Try planting perennials instead of annuals. Note that this does not have to be an “either or” decision. Plant perennials and annuals together or simply reduce the number of annuals you plant.
- Don’t waste water. Verify that your irrigation systems’ rain sensor is working and perform an irrigation system check or audit to verify that your system didn’t spring any leaks over the winter.
Commercial real estate managers are facing difficult choices. Your landscape maintenance budget does not have to be one of them. Turning to your account manager is the best way to reduce expenses and reduce the risk of unnecessary future costs.