Flower Power: How to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Are you looking for a way to improve the aesthetics of your building but not sure where to start? Planting flower beds is a great way to increase curb appeal and add some color to your property. Although growing a flower garden may seem like a huge endeavor, there are several things you can do to streamline this part of your property management process:

1) Know your Zone: The USDA has helpfully divided the United States into 11 Plant Hardiness Zones so gardeners can choose plants that can survive and thrive in their location. The zones are determined by the average annual minimum winter temperature, and you can discover which area you fall under by visiting the USDA website and typing in the property’s zip code.

pink tulips-resized-6002) Opt for perennials: Perennials are an excellent choice as they will come back and bloom every year! Using perennials instead of annuals (flowers that bloom for one season and need to be re-planted each season) will drastically reduce the effort needed to maintain your garden. If this is your first attempt at growing flowers, there are a variety of easy-growing, low  maintenance plants to choose from,  such as the Blanket Flower, Veronica, Daffodils, and Black-Eyed Susans.

3) Plant for the whole season: Not all flowers bloom at the same time. By choosing a variety of plants that flower at different times of the year, potential customers can enjoy your garden for several months instead of a brief few weeks. Don’t forget to pick a few that will carry you over into autumn, as well.

4) Weeds and water: Just because you’ve got everything in the ground doesn’t mean your project is finished. You will still need to weed the beds and water the garden in the event of dry weather. It’s also important to keep an eye on whatever edging you used to make sure it’s neat – and of course, you may have to take on some pest control duties as well (Japanese Beetles, anyone?).

Although this may seem like a lot of work, a flower garden will improve curb appeal and entice new tenants to visit your property. An great way to remember all the steps needed to create a beautiful garden is Workspeed Property Operations, MRI Software’s operations solution for commercial property managers. Workspeed will allow you to schedule preventive maintenance and set reminders for your staff to the pull the weeds and water the peonies. Best of all, this property management software can be accessed from the convenience of your mobile device. To learn more about Workspeed, you can visit our website. Good luck!

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