When winter weather hits, the last thing you may be thinking about as a commercial property manager is landscaping. But in reality, this is the best possible time to hire a professional landscape maintenance contractor.
Even though winter is considered the offseason for landscapers, they may provide critical services to protect your lawns and gardens during winter, and many are experts at snow removal. And towards the end of winter, you’ll avoid having to scramble to find a contractor come spring. Moreover, a professional landscape maintenance contractor will be able to help you save money and frustration when the snow melts.
Here are the main reasons why you should seriously consider hiring a landscape maintenance contractor in the winter.
If you want to put together a comprehensive and useful plan for the spring, hiring or meeting with your landscaping contractor in the winter months is the ideal time. You’ll be able to go over things like assessing winter damage to the landscape, new planting, and maintenance schedules, which can save you a ton of stress (and money) once the snow thaws.
You’ll also be able to assess the damage that may have been caused by the previous warm season into the winter, so you’ll be better prepared for what to expect next time around.
More Opportunities for Landscaping
Landscaping and planting are probably the furthest items from your mind as the winter weather surges across the Midwest, but it’s the ideal time to prepare for the spring bloom. Because most of the vegetation is dormant, it’s likely to be less intrusive, which can give you a better look at some areas of your property that may need improvements or adjustments.
For example, maybe the entranceway to your property needs some redesign, or perhaps there is some sort of a hardscape fixture you’d like to install, such as a patio or gazebo. Maybe it’d be beneficial to add some updated lighting in certain areas to improve your property’s safety and accessibility? Many aspects of your property don’t involve flowers and plants, and the winter is the absolute perfect time to take care of these projects. Surprisingly, it’s also a lot more comfortable for a landscaping company to clear out the space needed for these aforementioned potential additions.
Perhaps the most appealing consideration for hiring a landscaper in the winter is that you’ll save money. Prepare for the spring in advance and take care of essential services while demand is low. That way, you’ll be ready when the weather warms up and will have less work to do (and therefore fewer hours of labor to pay for) come spring.
And if you’re in an area where the weather is particularly harsh, taking care of snow and ice removal with a landscape contractor can save you from having to make repairs to the irrigation system, gutters, and other rainwater fixtures when the rainy season arrives.
If you end up hiring a landscape contractor in the winter when the demand is low, it may actually lead to overall savings on rates throughout the whole year. Having the opportunity to develop a relationship with your landscaping maintenance company and take your time reviewing the terms of the potential contract may make you feel much more comfortable about the work the company you hire will be performing for you.
There’s no guarantee what kind of savings you’ll be able to obtain, but it’s certainly something you’ll want to try if you’re looking to cut costs.
Assessment of Potential Risks
As mentioned above, the winter is an excellent time to identify and assess potential risks to your property, both for the following winter and in the spring. Take the time to prepare and improve your current game plan, from leaf removal in the fall to snow and ice removal in the winter to rain mitigation in the spring. Not only will this help you prevent damage to your property, but it’ll also save you on costly repairs and aesthetic issues with your property.
Now is the time to act. Hurry to hire an experienced and skilled landscape maintenance company before the hype about these services starts. Contact our experts at Earth Development and ensure that your business property landscape will be ready on time.