There are many landscaping mistakes that don’t pose much of a problem, but others can have a major impact on the overall security of your property. Overgrown trees with pavement damaging roots can be hazardous. Those shrubs that look inviting and create unity throughout the property are great, but are they making it difficult for drivers to see around them? The following with examine common landscaping mistakes that can impact the safety and security of your property…

#1: Inadequate Landscape Lighting 

If there is anything you should focus on improving, it is your landscape lighting. Why? Because it provides safety and security in more ways than one. Landscape lighting eliminates dark places where criminals can hide. It also makes it easier for your guests to see taking away the risk of falling. Adequate lighting creates a safer environment where we can feel more at ease. What areas should you focus on keeping well lit? Entrances, parking lots, sidewalks, and any areas where you have security cameras.

#2: Overgrown Landscaping

Overgrown shrubs and bushes can create all kinds of problems. They obscure the view for drivers and pedestrians, block security cameras, and create the perfect place to hide for people with ill intentions. When trees haven’t been trimmed, their limbs can snag passers-bye. These limbs can also prevent light from shining where it needs to when the sun goes down which can pose a safety and security risk. Thankfully, these problems are easy to resolve with routine pruning and trimming.

#3: Uneven Surfaces

When trees are planted too close to the pavement, their roots can cause it to lift up. This can be dangerous as it creates a tripping hazard. To help prevent uneven surfaces, plant your tees at least four feet from pavement or install barriers that can prevent roots from making their way under your pavement.

#4: Keeping A Smooth Flow Of Traffic

Flower beds and pretty trees are a great way to spruce up any commercial space, but it is important to make sure that they aren’t impeding the flow of traffic. Drivers need to be able to have a clear view to park and see traffic signs. Pedestrians need to be able to see before crossing intersections. Any delivery or moving trucks will need to be able to maneuver through the lot to find their destinations. Function is just as important as beauty– it’s all about finding a balance between the two.

#5: Dealing With Drainage Issues

When it comes to landscaping, no one is really in a rush to think about drainage issues– we just want to focus on beautifying our lawn and landscapes. However, it is really important that we don’t overlook any drainage issues that exist on the property. There are several reasons these issues need to be prioritized. Why? When water is not able to drain properly, it can really damage the foundation of any building which can lead to some expensive repairs in the near future. Excess water is known to cause mold and, in the winter, create dangerous pools of ice around the building. Puddles of stagnant or muddy water are damaging to your landscaping and can lead to erosion. Not to mention, they are a mosquito’s heaven in the summer. If you notice that you have a large number of mosquitoes or that ducks love to flock on your grounds, take these as a sign that you have drainage issues that need to be dealt with soon. You want water to travel efficiently though your property. First Green Commercial Cleaning & Landscaping can help you develop a drainage plan that works.

#6: Winter Slip And Slide

In the winter, nothing creates a bigger risk for slips and falls than slick snow and ice. These kinds of incidents are one of the most common liability issues for commercial businesses. This is why it is important that you work with a landscaping team to create a comprehensive snow and ice removal plan. Key things to look for include quality work, quick turnaround time, and a team that is focused on keeping everyone safe. Now is the time to start thinking about a snow removal plan as it’s important to figure out how those issues will be handled before snow removal companies are booked.

You Can Avoid Mistakes By Hiring First Green Commercial Cleaning & Landscaping

Our team at First Green Commercial Cleaning & Landscaping has the experience you need to avoid those common mistakes that have been known to pose safety and security risks. We offer commercial landscaping services throughout Northern Kentucky. Our list of clients includes commercial office, mixed-used, condominium, apartment, HOAs, retail, and municipality properties. We would love to add you to our growing clientele base.

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First Green Commercial Landscaping is a locally owned leading provider of lawn care and landscaping services in the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. We provide superior customer service and strive to build long term business relationships with our clients.

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