Landscaping Around High-Traffic Areas
By Ken Hutcheson President, U.S. Lawns | April 26, 2015
All hoteliers-no matter what size their properties are-have high-traffic areas.
From the moment a guest walks onto the property, to the moment he or she leaves, high-traffic areas can impact a guest's experience. Since high-traffic areas are the most densely populated parts of the property, it's important to have a well-designed landscaping plan to keep those areas property crisp, clean, and safe.
Hardscapes, such as sidewalks, walkways, and footpaths, play an important role in the way high-traffic areas function. They help define the landscape's border, direct people to their preferred routes, and help guests enjoy amenities on the property. Without the use of hardscapes, guests would be walking aimlessly around the property (which is a hotelier's worst nightmare.) Just like with sidewalks located in cities or suburbs, hardscapes are a great resource to help hotels regulate foot-traffic.
Hardscapes are also great opportunities to promote your hotel's brand message. For example, if your brand message is about creating a relaxing environment and a place to escape, like a Sandals or the Atlantis, subtle winding paths are a great way to lead guests to the pool and spa areas, as well as to the gardens and fountains areas. However, if your hotel is located in a major city, or is an efficiency hotel, those types of hardscapes aren't needed.
Planting Around Hardscapes
The landscapes surrounding walkways and footpaths will be vulnerable to damage that results from foot traffic. The goal of your landscaping should be to keep guests off of grass and gardens. The best way to protect your grass is by planting landscape beds around walkways. Landscape beds work to add greenery and highlight a property's features, while helping to regulate traffic and re-directing guests back onto sidewalks.