How To Create Low Maintenance Commercial And Office Spaces With Artificial Trees

One thing that separates good businesses from mediocre ones?

The ability to manage a budget. When your projects can come in at budget – or under – you prove to yourself, to your team, and to your investors that you can handle additional projects, bigger projects, and larger budgets.

If you’re in the business of creating commercial and office spaces, you know all of this to be true. But coming in at or under budget is often easier said than done. Especially in today’s economically challenging climate, where shipment delays, labor shortages, and inflation can affect every part of a production budget, smart designers and managers will be looking for the best ways to save on costs while not reducing quality.

After all, with projects like commercial properties depending on clients to rent them out and residential properties depending on tenants, quality is what ensures that the properties are attractive.

Given the need to balance quality with cost, you might be surprised to find that one of the ways property managers and landscape designers are looking to cut maintenance costs is by using artificial trees.

Ways To Reduce Your Office Property Operating Costs

Speaking generally, there are costs associated with the regular maintenance, utilities, facility management, and property taxes that every commercial real estate property must consider in order to operate effectively. 

Below are a few that are most commonly discussed, as well as how to reduce them:

  1. Energy Use – Depending on a building or a property’s size and the region in which they’re located, energy efficiency and energy costs should be at the forefront of a property manager’s mind. By first estimating the average use, one can determine which areas (appliances, equipment, lighting, heating, AC, etc.) require the most energy, and make the appropriate adjustments.
  2. Cleaning – Whether this includes the regular cleaning of a space or the more detailed disinfection of a property that’s been required because of the global pandemic, this is a cost that many office managers find difficult to avoid. As such, savings can most likely be found in long-term contracts with suppliers, as cutting corners on quality is not advisable.
  3. Utilities – If the energy estimation reveals that utilities are one of the main draws on energy, investments can be made in greener equipment, smarter control systems to monitor their use and make sure they’re being operated efficiently, or even the installation of green roofs to help maintain the building’s temperature.
  4. Parking, Roads, and Grounds – Depending on where your clients or customers are located, parking lots may be necessary. But in the design of a property, it can be advantageous to consider how to tap into local public transportation. By reducing your client’s need to drive and park, you can reduce the total surface area that you have to maintain.
  5. Maintenance – Some maintenance is unavoidable, like ensuring buildings are up to code, the paint is fresh, and the windows are clean. Others, like landscaping, are debatable. By switching from the regular maintenance of real lawns, plants, bushes, and trees to a system that features artificial trees in the mix, you can begin to save on maintenance and enjoy a more controlled budget.

How Do Artificial Trees Reduce The Amount Of Maintenance Needed

For many people around the world, artificial trees and plants can be synonymous with yearly events like Christmas or with interior spaces like restaurants. 

Both of these examples don’t do justice to the capacity artificial trees have to completely overhaul the budget for a commercial property. With Christmas trees, they are more about the accessibility to freshly cut trees than about an overall savings in cost. With fake plants, these may be about a quick fix to add a splash of green than it is about being a part of a more concerted plan to address the restaurant’s design.

On the other hand, artificial trees have the ability in nearly all of their uses to reduce the costs and amount of maintenance needed.

For starters, they don’t require the same regular upkeep that live trees tend to need. From regular watering (or the installation of sprinklers or another expensive irrigation system) and upkeep to seasonal trimming and cutting, properties that rely on real trees also have to build in the cost of regular and specialty landscaping into the budget.

On the larger perspective, regular trees can lead to costly repairs, especially when their roots grow and cause damage to sidewalks and parking lots. Who hasn’t walked through a city street affected by roots? In those instances, any issues are connected to the government. If any harm were to befall someone on your property, you’d be responsible.

In that way, artificial trees not only help to reduce the maintenance costs, but they can help to reduce the risk of much larger costs over the long term.  

How Artificial Trees Can Be Used To Create A More Easily Managed Commercial Property

This kind of tactic to reduce maintenance costs can be used in different ways to benefit a number of different commercial real estate properties.

The five types of commercial real estate often include

  1. Office Buildings – Examples include single-tenant properties, small professional office buildings, skyscrapers, and more
  2. Retail/Restaurant – Examples include pad stretches on highway frontages, single tenant retail buildings, neighborhood shopping centers, larger centers with grocery store anchor tenants, those with large anchor stores, as well as regional and outlet malls
  3. Multifamily – Examples include apartment complexes or high-rise apartment buildings. Buildings larger than a fourplex are often considered commercial real estate
  4. Industrial – Examples include warehouses, large facilities, cold storage, and distribution centers
  5. Miscellaneous – The rest includes nonresidential properties like hotels, medical buildings, self-storage, and many others

Because many of the commercial properties that fit into the miscellaneous category could receive their own plans, we’ll focus on how to build artificial trees into the landscape design and decoration of the first four categories.

How To Create A Low Maintenance Commercial Office Space With Artificial Trees

As mentioned, office spaces range from single-tenant buildings to those massive skyscrapers that dominate the skyline. So what do these have in common?

In the majority of cases, there is some element of landscape design incorporated into making these functional properties more attractive. Though office parks exist that are purely buildings and parking lots, the effort to put in greenery helps to raise the morale of those working in those buildings and make the experience more pleasant for those visiting them. 

One way to decorate the walkways and common spaces to make them more agreeable is with an evergreen fake tree like the Artificial Flower Tree. With silk flowers that are customizable in color, this tree can fit in a variety of climates and regions without seeming out of place. 

When used to line walkways, commercial properties can save money on regular, recurring maintenance with the one-time fee of a custom order of these trees. In particularly dry areas, not needing to worry about regular watering can also be a significant savings.

Similarly, if there are open areas where employees gather for lunch or their coffee breaks, this additional splash of greenery can be a nice way to break up the industrial look that some office parks trend to.

How To Create A Low Maintenance Restaurant Or Retail Space With Artificial Trees

The landscaping and decorating costs that restaurants and retail spaces incur when they are planning and operating are often related to the regular replacement of plants and flowers.

For restaurants that may be used to stocking their lobbies with fresh flowers or retail establishments that line their storefronts with trees, maintenance costs can be quite high. What’s more is that they can shoot up even more during certain seasons, as flowers can be harder to source or summer months require additional water and care to keep outside trees alive.

The benefit of a fake tree like this Artificial Weeping Cherry Blossom is that it provides that burst of color and charm like flowers do, along with the presence and size of a tree, without the regular maintenance businesses have come to expect with their other trees. They also help established businesses, chains, and franchises maintain a consistency across storefronts and across regions, which can be important for maintaining branding.

How To Create A Low Maintenance Residential Family Rental Property With Artificial Trees

The goal when considering the landscaping design of a residential family rental property is two-fold. The first is, naturally, to reduce the overall maintenance of the unit. With the Large Outdoor Artificial Pine Trees, landscaping maintenance is effectively reduced to zero, especially if any other additional plants or bushes are also artificial. Though these may sometimes be combined with real grass, it’s not necessary. In fact, with bark or other turf options, it is possible to reduce these recurring costs from the budget entirely.

The other goal of the landscaping for a residential family rental property is to retain your tenants. This is a different way to consider the maintenance of your property. Instead of considering the costs of upkeep, you’ll consider the costs of a month (or months) of a vacant apartment. Or the costs of advertising the apartments. Or the costs of paying staff to show the available spaces. 

By investing upfront (without the need for maintenance afterward) in a landscape that is built primarily around artificial trees, you can work to make families feel more comfortable as you give kids a more natural environment – even in urban settings. When families commit to a longer stay in your property, your costs will stay more controlled.

How To Create A Low Maintenance Industrial Office Space With Artificial Trees

What is often the case with industrial commercial properties is that they become a bit impersonal. From the sheer size of warehouses to the faceleness of larger facilities, it can become easy to lose the humanity of working at places like this. Granted, not all businesses need to make every employee feel better about what they do, but the truth is those that make the effort are likely to experience higher productivity and higher retention. 

Still, it’s not worth forcing the issue with something over the top. That’s why these Outdoor Artificial Palm Trees can be a great solution to this kind of situation. Because they can stand alone, there’s not much need for surrounding greenery or lots of other plants. Instead, a series of these trees can stand alone, adding a natural amount of greenery to an otherwise industrial scene to give a softer feel for the employees working there. 

For centers that were already purely industrial, this addition adds nothing to the maintenance budget. Instead, it could be looked at more as an investment into the people working there, rather than a cost that needs to be added in every month as would be the case with the landscaping upkeep for plants and trees.

Where To Seek Out Artificial Trees For Your Commercial And Office Space

These are just some of the many options that exist for creating low maintenance landscaping solutions for your commercial and office space properties. The goal, as always, with artificial trees is to add natural beauty while reducing the costs incurred with regular landscaping maintenance. 
For your next project, you can find a wide selection of fake trees available at Fake Tree Decor. What’s more, you can customize any of those trees to create a just-right fit for your next commercial property. Get in touch with the qualified Fake Tree Decor team today.