We love our residential landscaping clients in Calgary, but also greatly appreciate the challenge our commercial property service customers provide. Just as we all want our homes to represent who we are as people, business owners want their properties to accurately reflect what they do and why they do it.
Taking good care of your commercial property with a professional landscape maintenance and landscape construction company such as us at Mirage pays off. Through our experience, we are able to envision options you may not have considered that beautify your property, welcome your customers and clients, reinforce your investment in your business and your reputation, and also free you from liability worries. There are many hazards associated with owning or operating a commercial property that a good commercial property service company can help alleviate.
Large overgrown shrubs and long or drooping branches can become major visibility hazards for people trying to access your property.
They are also likely to fall, which can cause problems with electrical lines when the winds pick up.
We have expert pruners on staff at Mirage Landscaping, which is unusual for most commercial property service companies. The norm is that a landscaping company will simply recommend a person they know for pruning work, and they are often overpriced. Pruning is not part of our regular services, however can be easily added on to your contract if necessary.
Regular pruning removes dead and dying branches, which allows room for new and healthy growth. It also protects your property from damage and your clients and customers from being harmed.
A trip and fall leaves you open to liability
As a commercial property service company that operates 365 days a year, we are acutely aware of the hazards associated with every season for those who come and visit your property. In the winter, it’s obvious that snow and ice can cause slips-and-falls, and our professional commercial snow removal services go a long way to help prevent accidents.
The warmer months aren’t so much about slips-and-falls, but a trip-and-fall can most definitely happen. It takes a close eye on your commercial property to stop them. A conscientious commercial property service company such as us at Mirage should always be keeping their eyes open for potential dangers and the property owner aware of any issues.
In the summer, uneven pathways are a major cause of tripping. The earth freezing and expanding during the winter, combined with rapid growth episodes through the summer, can easily push up and crack even the most well-poured concrete sidewalk. Cracked sidewalks can also happen through regular wear-and-tear. Unless your pathway is the property of the City of Calgary, we have the manpower and the expertise to help repair these sorts of problems quickly. If necessary, we can help design a new pathway system to direct people away from areas where problems are likely to occur.
Because of leaves, branches, and debris on the ground during the spring and fall in Calgary, exposed roots and uneven ground can be hard to spot for pedestrians. Our eyes are especially peeled during these times, as we know people aren’t necessarily looking as closely at where they are walking as they would be during the winter. We ensure leaves and branches are continuously cleared so that customers and clients can see where they are walking and will watch for pruning opportunities that will help keep things neat and tidy plus improve the overall health and wellness of your trees and shrubs.
Landscaping that welcomes criminal behaviour
Business properties are especially susceptible to prowlers at night, as criminals assume – usually correctly – that there is nobody around. That’s why we have studied and utilize the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) when designing commercial landscapes, which is a method of crime prevention using architectural, urban, and landscape design to protect properties. Some tips and tricks we employ are:
- Laying out walkways to lead people to entrances and away from areas you don’t want them to be.
- Never allowing shrubs or trees to cover windows or doors.
- Placing thorny and scratchy plants near fences and under accessible windows to help deter prowlers from getting too close.
- Never letting landscaping create places to hide.
- Designing for open spaces to be visible from the street and by those passing by.
- Placing retaining walls and fences to signal where you want people to go, and where you don’t.
- Employing good lighting at doors, along pathways, and at gates.
One great thing about having a commercial property service company is that we are yet another set of eyes for you. We often venture into areas of your property where others don’t go, and can provide business owners with a warning or a heads up if we spot something out of the ordinary.
Poor lighting not only leaves you open to liability from a trip-and-fall, it also rolls out the welcome mat to burglars. A customer or client who trips and falls because they couldn’t see has a very good chance of proving you were negligent in the care of your property, and criminals just love to operate in the dark.
There are a number of great options for outdoor lighting that can improve the safety of your business plus also help create a beautiful and approachable property for your clients or customers.
- Fixed electrical lamps can mark pathways and lighten up parking lots
- Motion-detector lights can startle people away from areas they shouldn’t be
- Movable solar lights are great for dark areas where street lights just don’t reach.
- Strung lamps are fun, add whimsy, and highlight the best features of your property
Professional commercial landscape service you can count on
Experience counts for a lot when you’re looking for a reliable Calgary commercial landscape service company, and that’s what makes Mirage an excellent choice. The pros at Mirage have been doing great work at surprisingly affordable prices for three generations, and our work is always fully guaranteed. We live and work where we love in Calgary, and specialize in these southeast districts and communities:
Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Chaparral Valley, Copperfield, Cranston, Douglasdale, Heritage Pointe, Lake Bonavista, Mahogany, McKenzie Lake, Mackenzie Towne, Maple Ridge, New Brighton, Odgen/Lynwood/Millican, Parkland, Riverbend, Sundance, Walden, and Willow Park