As commercial developers around the world consider ways to make environmentally friendly landscape designs, use their budgets more economically, and make lasting impressions for their visitors and customers, artificial trees are being presented as a realistic solution.
Still, there is certainly a lot to consider for the landscape developer looking to incorporate fake trees into their next large project.
To help that process, we’ve gathered 10 things to keep in mind to ensure that using artificial trees is the right move for you.
- Consider How Realistic Your Wholesale Artificial Trees Will Be
Artificial trees give you creative control over your landscape design process. You don’t need to be limited by when flowers are in bloom, for example, when you have access to this Artificial Cherry Blossom Tree.
With that comes some important decisions. There is certainly beauty in having this lifelike tree displayed all year round. But you may also decide to pick a different color for the blossoms, or a size that’s more fitting for the space.
With fake trees, it’s easy to start with having them resemble the nature they’re modeled after. The process gets interesting, however, when you push to make the tree a perfect fit for your space.
- Consider The Shipping Process For Your Artificial Trees
The perk of artificial trees is that unlike their real counterparts they can “live” anywhere. They’re not dependent on climate or terrain, seasonality or sunlight.
One just has to keep in mind the process of getting those trees from here to there can take time. Unlike ordering a small package or mailing a letter, artificial trees are substantially bigger. We know that’s obvious, but it’s worth repeating because of what that size leads to.
Say a batch of wholesale trees departs from a factory in China. Depending on where you’re located, the shipment can travel either by air or by sea. By air shipments could take from 3-15 working days. By sea shipments could take from 15-45 working days. In case of force majeure factors such as poor maritime environment, customs inspection, port congestion, etc., the transportation time could be postponed accordingly.
Another variable to take into consideration is clearing customs. If this is your first import and you are not familiar with the customs clearance process, see if your artificial tree manufacturer can provide door-to-door transportation.
Certain areas, like islands or geographically remote regions, may require additional time for delivery. Most manufacturers will recommend at least 30 days for shipping, so it’s important to keep that in mind while planning out your project.
- Consider Investing In Artificial Trees With Fake Flowers
One of the sneaking costs of running a hotel or restaurant is having to continually supply fresh flowers. Whether it’s the check-in counters or on tables throughout the lobby, the appeal to that lively pop of color adds a nice touch.
What few property managers consider, though, is that there are a number of artificial trees that come with fake flowers. Take this compact Artificial Blossom Tree, for example:
This is an easy way to add a timeless, fresh-looking flower to your commercial space while reducing the monthly expenditures on fresh flowers.
- Consider Your Landscaping Project Timeline
When you’re starting a commercial landscaping project, timeline and budget are some of the first details to hammer out. We’ll get to the budget shortly, but for now, let’s talk about the timeline.
If you had 15 years to plan out a shopping complex, you’d have enough time to plan out the plants and trees and to let them take root and grow to their full size. After all, some trees take years to reach the height at which they’re substantial enough to be used.
But the truth is you don’t have that much time. If you’re trying to take advantage of an opportunity, it’s important to strike now. Maybe that means developing and designing a new property within two years. Maybe it’s getting ready within one year.
If you’re still relying on natural trees, then you’re running into supply issues. If there are trees available, then the cost may go up significantly to get them there as a rush order.
To create a more sustainable project timeline that you can rely on, artificial trees are a safer bet. Working with manufacturers will ensure that you’re able to set and meet your goals realistically. You’ll be able to establish the scope of the project, the size and number of trees you’ll need produced, and account for both production and shipping logistics.
By handling all of that up front, you can better deliver on your promises to your clients and create better business foundations.
- Consider The Size And Space For Your Artificial Trees
While you may have an understanding of how a real tree will grow and the amount of space it will take up, artificial trees are customizable.
So instead of feeling limited by the space you have or the trees that grow in your area, you can use that available space as a jumping off point for your discussions with fake tree manufacturers.
These trees can be built up to 500 cm wide and 500 cm tall (and often more), so whatever the space you’re working with, finding an artificial tree to fill it is likely just a matter of consulting with an experienced company.
- Consider Your Project’s Budget For Artificial Trees
The advantage of fake trees over real ones is that you can often benefit frof economies of scale. Because individual trees take time and resources to grow to their full size, part of the cost that’s baked into acquiring them is their age. That’s part of the reason why younger, smaller trees are cheaper.
Likewise, shipping full grown trees doesn’t allow much room for compromise or convenience. You can’t fold up the branches or reattach the flowers later on. The trees must be moved as is, making it difficult to negotiate for any savings or bulk rates.
Artificial trees provide that convenience. With shipping, for example, the more items that you order, the cheaper the average cost of freight becomes.
So as a landscape developer or commercial property manager looking into wholesale artificial trees, your incentive could be to consider multiple properties at once. With this bigger budget and bigger projects comes a bigger potential for cost savings, not just now but well into the future.
- Consider How You Can Decorate Your Fake Trees
Some artificial trees, like this Artificial Wisteria Tree, are natural stunners. Available in pink and white (and really, any color that interests you, thanks to the customizability of Fake Tree Decor products), this kind of display is attractive enough to stand on its own.
Other trees are simpler. These could be ficuses or evergreens or olive trees. These are often seen as just a tree with green leaves to add a bit of character to a room or a space. But you can also consider these fake trees more as blank slates. By not committing to a flower color or an iconic species, these are trees you’ll be more able to incorporate into seasonal decorations or party themes.
With generic wholesale artificial trees, you can also more easily cater to corporate clients whose company colors or event branding are radically different from one another. Whether you’re hanging lights, banners, streamers, or other decorations, changing from day to day or week to week is easier with certain types of artificial trees.
- Consider The Setup And Maintenance Involved With Artificial Trees
Assess you and your team’s technical abilities. If you find you’re practical and handy with tools, then you’ll likely be able to install an artificial tree by yourself.
As for maintenance, this is where you’ll see the real advantages of having an artificial tree. For any fake trees you’re keeping inside your hotel or restaurant, you won’t need to make any special efforts to check in on them. As you go about your daily business, you’ll be able to notice if anything is off. Many trees are actually slightly adjustable, too, so you can tweak the branches to that just-right angle. Still, there’s nothing mandatory for an artificial tree indoors, as it’ll likely last for years without any issues.
Outdoors will require some attention, but still dramatically less than a real tree which needs irrigation and regular landscaping maintenance. For maintenance of an artificial tree outdoors, it’s important to double check the fixtures securing it to the ground and ensuring that no errant debris or garbage has gotten into or around the trunk.
- Consider Where Artificial Trees Can Be Secured
Though the trunk material for artificial trees may vary, the majority do come with a solid metal plate for fixing them in place. This means a few things for the landscape developer looking to incorporate these trees in their designs.
For one, trees can be affixed to shallow ground. There’s no need to dig deep holes and allow space for the tree to take root. This gives design flexibility and opens you up to creative solutions about just where these artificial trees can be placed.
Another thought is that fake trees don’t actually need dirt. Though there are plenty of contexts where an artificial tree fits in nicely with an otherwise natural environment, don’t let that restrict your thinking about where you can use a tree like this.
Maybe it’s a centerpiece for your indoor wedding package. Maybe it’s an evocative element at a restaurant. However you consider using your artificial tree, know that it’s able to be secured to many types of ground through the attached metal plate.
- Consider The Expertise Of The Artificial Tree Company
By far one of the most important considerations to make when investing in wholesale artificial trees is the reputation and expertise of the company.
So, what are some clear indicators of a company’s successes?
You can look through their portfolio of projects. Perhaps they’ve done case studies laying out the details of a successful implementation of a custom project. Maybe some of their clients have left testimonials about working with the company. Or even a substantial highlight gallery can suggest a longevity in the business that’s encouraging.
Looking through their available products is another way to understand a fake tree manufacturer’s expertise. Are they open with the components used in their artificial trees? The kinds of material for the flowers and leaves, or for the trunk and base? What measurements do they have available? A good manufacturer will likely list the height and width of the tree, along with the specifics of the trunk and the tree’s base.
Finally, look for a company that stands behind their products. If they offer a warranty or guarantee of some sort, especially for multiple years, then you can have a sense that they’re committed not only to each individual project, but to their company overall.
Final Considerations For Investing In Wholesale Artificial Trees
What these artificial trees really lead to is the best possible project for your property.
For a customizable, bespoke offer that can help you create your next landscape, contact the team at Fake Tree Decor today.