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A Commercial Landscape Company Mitigating Foot Traffic

Posted by Sabrina Ayala on Apr 5, 2018 9:29:00 AM


Some plants are ideal for holding up to foot traffic in commercial office landscape management, especially for companies that provide landscape management for retail centers and malls. For most properties, foot traffic damage is a common problem that has become a real challenge. Many of the plants used 20 years ago were originally introduced for their appearance, but not necessarily chosen for heavy foot traffic and drought conditions . Read on for our 5 popular landscaping trends that's back by popular demand.

Some plants are ideal candidates for a retail center landscaping company that must manage foot traffic. After all, even traditional lawns, our ubiquitous favorite ground covers, can become worn down with heavy foot traffic. So it’s important for a landscape maintenance company to use verdant plants that meet the demands of sunlight, drought, and soil requirements as well as its traffic frequency. That said, here are several choices available that will tolerate moderate to high impact foot traffic, and some that are valuable for their ability to withstand the harsh conditions of retail and office landscaping.


Beach Strawberry

Beach strawberry is a perennial member of the rose family. They have been increasingly famous because of their quality to easily grow on the rocks and handle heavy foot traffic. These beautiful flower plants produces tiny white flowers during spring and summer which produces small edible strawberries afterwards.


Trailing Iceplant

One of the biggest advantages of using hardy landscaping- succulents in a retail center landscape maintenance setting is they are much more resilient and last longer than traditional annual flowers and maintenance is almost nothing. Succulent s can be used in a variety of applications including raised planter beds, vertical containers, and flower pots and there colorful foliage can be mixed with a variety of flowering plants and perennials creating a colorful landscape.


Myoporum parvifolium

Contrary to popular opinion, some might think that this groundcover is not part of hoa landscaping but are better suited for hillsides or freeway landscaping; however some are capable of adapting  into retail shopping center landscaping and tolerating part shade and extreme seasonal conditions.



Although some plants can get pricy, the advantages are clear, reduced replacement costs, less water is needed and they reduce maintenance , these benefits far outweigh there initial cost.


Euonymous fortunei

Landscape Management for Retail Centers and Malls must designed to be hardy and vedant, and have an appealing effect for many bay area owners. Its classified as verdant because of its ability to withstand the drought, less plant replacements and use much less water with very little maintenance. We all know the cost of water is on the rise with corporate and multi-building landscaping and we know managers are looking for cost effective alternatives to battle the drought.

Give these plants some thought for your next project, there are literally 100’s of new varieties readily available to choose from.

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