Is it Time to Spruce up Your Landscape?
By Ken Hutcheson President, U.S. Lawns | June 25, 2017
Now that summer is here, it might be time to enhance the appearance of your hotel's grounds. If you think that trimming, edging, and mowing every other week will be enough, think again. Your landscape deserves the best in full-service grounds care carried out by trained experts with an eye for keeping your landscape healthy.
Commercial grounds care is very different than residential landscaping, so even if your hotel has the best looking landscaping in the area, there are still circumstances you'll need to consider in order to keep your grounds safe, healthy, and looking great. As a hotelier, ask yourself these five questions to help decide if it's time to upgrade your landscape.
When Was the Last Time You Assessed Your Surroundings?
Routine property assessments should be part of any hotelier's to-do list.
While maintaining the inside of a property might be a higher priority to
some hoteliers, inspecting the grounds should be just as important. Your
landscape is the first thing your guests see when they arrive, and you never
have a second chance to make a good first impression. Typically, inspections
should be carried out with two viewpoints in mind: first, from a landscape
professional's perspective, and second through the eyes of a guest.
Most professional landscape service providers recommend having a walk
through with you or your maintenance manager to assess your property. A
grounds care provider should check in on their clients' properties on a
consistent, regularly-scheduled basis. Some hoteliers trust that their
on-site maintenance manager would be capable of overseeing maintenance
issues regarding landscaping, but there are some things only a seasoned
landscape expert will notice, including hazards that could potentially
result in an accident. These issues, if not rectified early on, can prove
costly in the long run. Investing in a professional grounds care company –
one that makes frequent inspections an integral part of their operations –
will almost always pay off over time. Not only will an expert be able to
look out for hazards that may be costly in the event of an accident, but
they can also keep a property updated, in terms of industry trends, plant
health, and best practices, which will enhance a property's appearance.
Have You Assessed the Entire Property, or Just the Obvious Parts?
When assessing the grounds of a property, most people tend to focus first on
the aesthetic – and for good reason. When guests pull into the
porte-cochere, park in designated parking spots, or take a walk around to
the back of the hotel, it's important that what they see is consistent with
the hotel's brand. While a hotel's maintenance manager may spot hedges in
need of trimming, pests on shrubs or turf, or hazardous wet spots due to a
leaking irrigation system, you may need an expert eye to discover what is
causing those problems and others, and to address the best solutions and
future prevention. Routine inspections and service by a professional
grounds care provider will protect the investment you've made in your