If you are responsible for the management or development of a new commercial office complex, then you will undoubtedly have to make sure that the property not only looks good but works efficiently. You need to ensure that the exterior landscaping is both aesthetically pleasing and well maintained, with an eye to saving money at the same time. How can you also ensure that you're a good steward of the environment as you make your plans?
Assessing the Bigger Picture
You may spend a great deal of money in choosing the most appropriate landscape for the development, with manicured lawns and colourful flowerbeds. However, it's all going to go to waste unless you employ proper irrigation techniques. These techniques should also be cost-effective and save natural resources, or your organisation could come in for some criticism.
Making Use of Technology
Make sure that the irrigation system installed has state-of-the-art control systems that allow you to adjust the watering schedule proactively. At the very least, ensure that it doesn't switch on if it's been raining recently to avoid wastage.
Also, one size does not fit all when it comes to a proper irrigation system. Some parts of the development will be shaded by the building at all times and will require less water. Each zone should be carefully customised, while also taking into account different soil characteristics.
Separately, make sure that micro-irrigation systems are set up in areas that only require a very small amount of water to function correctly. In some cases, all you need is a very fine spray to irrigate some sensitive plants slowly, but you should be careful to ensure that the targeting is maintained so that you can keep those plants healthy.
You will need to initiate a monthly inspection of the entire system. During this check you will look for any sprinkler heads that may have been knocked off-line so that they are not inadvertently sprinkling onto a concrete surface instead. You will also be looking for any leaks or any clogging and will need to clean any filters at the same time.
Getting Expert Advice
Finally, remember that too much water can lead to the development of fungus, disease and weed growth. Bring in an irrigation expert to tell you how to configure all the various systems to best effect. You need to aim for a delicate balance, which is essentially just enough to ensure successful growth but not enough to cause additional problems or waste money.
For more information, contact a commercial landscape service.