Landscaping for businesses is a large part of what we do at Mirage. We like to design low-maintenance, yet attractive landscapes for the companies we work with so that you can put your best face forward no matter what time of year. Commercial landscaping can help build your business’s reputation as a welcoming place that cares for its customers and takes pride in its property and outward presentation.
Often however, owners forget how landscaping for business can also benefit their employees. Studies have shown that workers who are able to enjoy a beautiful view while carrying out their daily duties have reduced stress and fewer instances of depression. Landscaping for businesses can also improve overall health by encouraging employees to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Here are a few ways you can improve your commercial landscaping to encourage a better work-life balance and also make your business property a place people want to visit again and again.
Build paths to encourage walking
Lots of business properties in Calgary are blessed with plenty of space. Landscapers are taking more and more advantage of what might have been unused natural areas to install pleasant walking paths. Employees can take little strolls throughout the day, and customers have attractive ways to enter your property. These paths also provide those who use different forms of transportation (such as bikes and scooters) a safe and accommodating way to approach your business, rather than having to dodge vehicles jockeying for spots. We also suggest business owners provide secure bike racks and scooter parking areas in a convenient location that is also out of the way for pedestrians.
Areas for sitting and eating
Landscaping for businesses isn’t just about looking pretty – it’s also about being utilitarian. Another way to improve your property, plus provide a pleasant mental health break for your employees, is to sprinkle around a few areas for sitting and eating where they can take their lunch breaks and have outdoor meetings. Install benches and tables to take advantage of sunny areas next to colourful flowerbeds and shady areas underneath leafy trees. Seating areas also provide options for shoppers needing a little rest or trying to keep small children under control.
Trees to invite some of Calgary’s birds
Trees are so very important for growing Calgary’s urban canopy to keep the air clean and healthy for residents, and a number of different beautiful varieties thrive in our climate. We also live in a city at the confluence of two great rivers, which means several types of birds that call Calgary home for both the short and long term during the summer. When you plant trees, you are not only helping the atmosphere, you are also providing food and shelter for our friendly feathered friends. Employees can learn the names of the birds they see – and perhaps even start keeping a company log. Some common types of birds in Calgary include sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, warblers, flickers, woodpeckers, and even hummingbirds.
When we plant trees for Calgary businesses, we are aware that they must be protected. Urban trees and shrubs face daily environmental abuses from close contact with human activity and traffic. When trimming your property, we ensure to never damage a young tree’s fragile bark with our weed-eaters, and we keep lower branches well-trimmed up to discourage climbing and handling. We dig out tree wells to help trees receive the moisture they need, and even provide a customizable commercial watering service to help young trees establish themselves to settle in for a long life in their location.
Water features encourage relaxation
There’s nothing better than the sound of trickling water to help yourself relax. Ponds and fountains are actually relatively simple to install and not difficult to maintain, especially if you have underground irrigation to tap in to. In addition, they both provide a much-needed source of water for birds and wildlife, encouraging even more visitors to your business.
Install underground irrigation
Landscaping for businesses is greatly simplified with the convenience of underground irrigation. You can just set your timer to water at the most ideal times, such as early in the morning, and you won’t interrupt your customers or employees enjoying your green spaces during the day. Underground irrigation can also save on water bills. Moisture can be aimed directly at the areas it’s needed, meaning you won’t need as much, and your shrubs, trees, perennials, and annuals will stay in great shape throughout the summer.
Include lighting options to help increase safety
Excellent outdoor lighting not only helps create a comfortable ambience, it also improves the overall safety of your commercial property. The last thing you want is someone tripping and falling in an area where they can’t see. Illuminating dark corners and doorways also deters thieves, as they have nowhere to hide when trying to gain access to your property. Options include everything from fixed electrical lamps, strung lights adorning trees, solar lamps lining pathways, and walls sconces to add visual interest to the sides of your building.
Landscaping for businesses by Mirage
Our family-owned company has been specializing in helping commercial property owners throughout Calgary keep their businesses looking great for low prices for three generations. We provide commercial landscape maintenance, landscape construction, and snow removal services, making us your year-round property care company.
We are pleased to offer custom quotes that allow you to put together a uniquely designed service package, according to your specific needs. Simply use our online form, enter your information and project details, and one of our team members will get in touch to begin discussing your vision.