Landscaping Tips for Retail Properties

Start With The Plants

Commercial properties are, in many ways, different from residential properties.  The use, traffic flow, and ultimate goals for commercial properties are important considerations in any developments or changes to buildings or landscaping.  Designing a great landscape plan for a retail property enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the space, attracts customers, and creates a welcoming environment.

Because landscaping is such a crucial element in retail property curb appeal, it is important to have a solid landscape design created by a professional.  Your commercial landscaper should always follow these steps to create an attractive and functional landscape for your retail property.

Step 1: Assess the Site

Before your landscape architect or designer begins designing the landscape plan, he or she should assess the site carefully. Your landscape designer will take note of the existing features such as structures, trees, and walkways and think about ways to incorporate them into the overall design. Your landscape designer will also consider the amount of sunlight the area receives throughout the day and identify any areas that may need special attention, such as shaded zones or those that receive no natural rainfall.

Step 2: Set Goals

You and your landscape designer should work together to determine the goals you want to achieve with the landscape plan. Are you looking to create a relaxing outdoor seating area for customers? Do you want to highlight certain products or displays with strategic landscaping?  Is your landscaping designed to make a statement about your brand or your company, such as your commitment to environmentally-friendly plants and features?  You should clearly define your objectives before moving forward with the design.

Step 3: Create a Layout

Once you and your landscape designer have decided on a plan, your designer will start by sketching out a rough layout of the space. It is important to consider the natural flow of foot traffic, the location of entrances, and any focal points you want to highlight. Your landscape designer will then divide the space into different zones such as seating areas, green spaces, and product displays to focus attention on various elements of your plan.

Step 4: Choose Plants and Materials

One of the most important jobs of a commercial landscape designer is to select plants and materials that will enhance the overall look of the retail property. It is best, when possible, to choose plants that are low-maintenance and can thrive in the local climate. You may want to consider adding a mix of trees, shrubs, and flowers to create visual interest. It is also important to select materials such as paving stones, mulch, and outdoor furniture that complement the overall design.

Step 5: Incorporate Branding Elements

A professional landscape designer does not simply choose the right plants for your outdoor spaces.  A good landscape designer will also help you integrate branding elements into your landscape plan to create a cohesive look with the retail property. For example, using colors, signage, and logos that reflect the brand identity can help create a memorable and recognizable space for customers.  All decisions should be made with the initial goals in mind:  to make customers feel welcome and to give visitors a good impression of your business.

Step 6: Consider Maintenance

When designing the landscape plan, it is also important to keep maintenance in mind. By choosing plants and materials that are easy to care for and require minimal upkeep, your landscape costs will be lower in the long term. You may also want to consider implementing an irrigation system to ensure that plants receive adequate water, especially during dry spells.  There are many irrigation options today that conserve water and keep costs low.

Once the landscape plan is finalized, it is time to implement it. Working with landscaping professionals will help you bring your design to life!  A professional landscape company can also help you follow any local regulations or permits required for landscaping projects.

Designing a great landscape plan for a retail property requires careful planning, creativity, and attention to detail. At Juniper Landscape Company, we have been creating attractive and inviting outdoor spaces that enhance retail experiences for many years.  Give us a call to see how we can help you design the right landscape for your business.