Keeping up with your commercial property landscaping is not only vital to keep your property looking nice, but it is also important for reducing your liability risk. When vegetation is left unattended it can lead to a variety of hazards.
When branches grow too close to a building, they can cause long term damage by knocking off shingles and siding. Even if the branches are not in direct contact with the building, wind, snow, and ice accumulation can cause branches to connect with the building. Some may even fall creating a risk to passersby or damage to your roof. They may even break windows.
Leaves and debris
Leaves and debris can build up in gutters which can result in ice damming and water penetrating the building. They can also cover walkways making them slippery when it rains. In the fall, leaves can accumulate in parking spaces and can be ignited by hot engines from vehicles.
Root systems are notorious for causing havoc. They can infiltrate cracks in walls and foundations worsening their condition. They can also cause upheaval on walkways, driveways, and parking lots creating tripping hazards and require professional repairs. Roots can also cause damage to underground utilities such as sewer and water lines. They also leach water out of the ground which can cause uneven settling and sinking in the soil bringing instability to nearby structures.
When trees and shrubs are not properly tended, they can become breeding grounds for pests and vermin which are likely to find their way into the building.
When is the best time to trim vegetation back?
It is best to trim trees, shrubs, and other plants when they are dormant. For most plants this is in the winter, between November and March. However, contracting with a landscaping company will allow professionals to assess your properties needs and ensure proper maintenance. If you do hire a landscaping company, be sure to verify they have proper insurance!