When it comes to managing your landscaping budget, it's crucial to make the most of every dollar so you have the chance to carry them into the next budget cycle. If you find yourself in the fortunate position of having some surplus money left in your budget, you may be wondering how to allocate it most wisely on some impactful enhancement projects that will maximize your investment.
While you may already have certain contractual spending in place, it's important to consider non-contractual projects that will offer the greatest value. Prioritizing projects in the right order can ensure you address all the necessary elements of a healthy landscape, before moving on to more visually appealing enhancements.
Start With A Property Inspection With Your Contractor
We recommend conducting property walks at minimum twice a year, in spring and fall, with a list of priorities in mind. These walks should focus on three core functions: safety, functionality, and aesthetics.
Safety: Prioritize identifying and addressing potential safety hazards like hazardous trees, trip hazards, and line-of-sight obstructions.
Functionality: Correct any issues that hinder the landscape's intended functionality, like pruning or removing oversized plant material, improving drainage, installing mulch, rock, or stone, or adding retaining walls where needed to help combat erosion.
Aesthetics: Enhance curb appeal by redesigning entryways, incorporating fresh plant material suitable for commercial use, and implementing creative annual flower displays.
To help you make the best use of surplus funds in your landscaping budget, we have identified six enhancement projects for you to consider.
Including mulch in your annual budget provides both aesthetic appeal and benefits to your plant material. Regularly top dressing with mulch maintains a fresh look without excessive buildup around trees or shrubs. Allocating a portion of your budget to mulch demonstrates tangible benefits to homeowners, while the cost, when spread over several years, remains reasonable.
2. Plant and Turf Health Care
To maintain a vibrant and healthy landscape, prioritize implementing a comprehensive plant and turf health care program. Well-maintained turf and healthy plants enhance the overall appearance of your property. Consider additional services beyond standard landscape contracts, like core aeration with overseeding, soil amendments, organic fertilization, and grub control, to take your turf to the next level.
3. Update Irrigation Systems
If your existing irrigation system is outdated and unreliable, investing in a modern and efficient smart irrigation system is an essential enhancement project. Smart irrigation systems adjust watering schedules based on real-time weather conditions and maximize water usage efficiency. By reducing water consumption, you save on water expenses and free up room in your budget for other projects.
4. Add Wow Factor With Color
Once you have addressed the foundational elements of your landscape, adding vibrant colors can create a significant impact. Consider implementing an annual flower rotation or incorporating colorful perennials or evergreens in key locations. Entryways and clubhouses are ideal areas to highlight with vibrant plantings, capturing residents' attention and appreciation.
5. Tree Care
Evaluate the condition of your trees and address any issues that could compromise their health, safety, or aesthetics. Replace trees suffering from disease, fungus, or age, ensuring they do not become hazards. Pruning can also rejuvenate existing trees, enhancing their appearance and longevity. Utilize tree inventory software and consult an arborist to create a phased tree pruning contract that spreads the cost of caring for your trees out over time.
6. Create A Brand New Outdoor Space
Consider investing your surplus landscape funds in the creation of a new outdoor space to encourage guests to your property to spend more time outside. Whether it's a gathering space for activities or enhancing existing areas with additional plantings and trees, consult a landscape designer to maximize the value and functionality of the new space.
Selecting a Landscape Contractor to Suit Your Budget
Choosing the right commercial landscaping company is essential for making informed budgetary decisions. Avoid companies that prioritize upgrading plant material without addressing safety and functionality concerns. Transparent communication about necessary services and their order of priority is crucial for long-term success. By partnering with the right landscaping company, you can confidently navigate budget decisions, ensuring your property remains in top condition for years.
At Yellowstone Landscape, we're committed to providing honest guidance and helping you make informed choices that align with your budget and long-term goals.
If you’re looking for a landscape services partner with the expertise and specialization to tackle your toughest landscape challenges, we encourage you to speak with your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional today.