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5 Ways Storm Water Effects a Commercial Lawn Service

Posted by Sabrina Ayala on Nov 7, 2016 8:37:00 AM


Storm Water Management is No Joke

With recent storms pounding the bay area, it’s not uncommon to have flooding in parking lots in commercial office landscaping or a retail mall landscaping. If not managed, It can have a negative environmental impact on your property, causing soil erosion issues and creating a negative perception for visitors, neighbors and the general public.

When heavy torrential rain hammers the pavement on surfaces like parking lots, walkways, sidewalks and pathways, and building rooftops, it cannot percolate into the ground fast enough before running off site. Because water finds the easiest and least resistant path on these surfaces, bay area flooding is inevitable. Torrential rains can even cause erosion to migrate into adjacent creeks and properties pushing wildlife downstream.

With heavy water flow, it takes along with it whatever’s in its path, including chemical residue buildup like oil from cars, and moves it to into storm drains, fresh water streams that trans locate into fresh water supplies, ponds and coastal waters. So commercial property landscape companies must control pollution from entering groundwater supplies. And this is the reason why many bay area municipalities throughout the area hire a Commercial Landscaping Company in the Bay Area to implement their storm water management plan.

Here is your solution! There are a few well known methods to mitigate the negative effects of storm water when it comes to commercial landscape maintenance: retention basins, bio swales and underground detention ponds. Here’s how they work.



Detention Ponds & Bio Swales

Commercial landscaping companies must know that Detention Ponds and Bio Swales collect and transport storm water as it floods and releases it at a controlled rate and this is done to mitigate storm water erosion control.

Regardless if you have HOA Landscaping, Retail Mall Landscaping, or Corporate Office Landscaping, detention ponds and Bio Swales are designed to allow the water to slowly infiltrate back into the ground water aquifer and allows the area to dry between stormy weather. Retention basins are designed to hold and retain a permanent body of water.

Both Bio Swales and detention ponds help mitigate storm water by slowing the runoff from hard surfaces, parking lots and roof tops. Retention basins can provide additional benefits including improved water quality and reduces sedimentation in the water.

Underground Detention Ponds

Today, managing storm water is becoming a popular topic among environmentalists and commercial property landscaping companies, especially when it comes to managing water runoff . As larger parcels are becoming less available for retail developments—more than a couple of acres, for example—expansive land is needed for parking lots and building developments, installing detention ponds under parking podiums is becoming a common trend in some new developments.

This type of holding capacity has similarities to a detention pond, but the water is stored underground since there isn’t sufficient space above ground. It’s important to ensure there’s proper drainage into an underground detention pond and that the pumps installed are able to handle the water flow and drainage.

Mitigating Storm Water Flow

The goal with any of these methods is to slow the movement of water. Public agencies throughout the bay area are expecting property owners to ensure the storm water is being managed in a way to protect ground water from pollution and to provide an even flow rate, meaning the water enters the property and exits and a steady slow rate.

Corporate Landscape Maintenance Includes Bio Swales

Once a bio swale or, detention pond is developed, its imperative that you hire a landscape maintenance company that understands how to mitigate the storm water, especially that it is key to ensure the system is functioning according with the engineers design.


Clearing Storm Drains and Catch Basins

With the current leaf debris dropping this winter, it’s imperative that maintenance personnel keep the landscaping storm drains, gutters and drainage culverts clear and free of debris like soil, twigs and leaf debris. Simply removing the debris from these entry points can make a significant impact on smooth water flow, making the difference between flooding or free water flowing.

Providing Commercial Property Landscaping 

FloraTerra  provides community landscaping services and commercial office landscaping in and around the bay area , providing a complete range of services, including sustainable landscape improvements, drought friendly landscaping for Shopping Centers, Retail Mall Landscaping, R & D Developments, Luxury Apartment Landscaping, Residential Estate Landscaping, HOA Landscaping Company, Condominium Developments and Commercial Office Park Landscaping Company, Corporate Campus Landscaping. We provide services throughout the greater bay area.

ABOUT FloraTerra Landscape Management

FloraTerra of Silicon Valley and its affiliates, are based in San Jose, California.  A leading Commercial Lawn Maintenance Company for commercial and multi-residential properties, since its origin the company and its affiliates install and maintain some of the most prestigious properties in the bay area.  For more information about FloraTerra please visit

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