Some commercial property owners might believe that the only way to provide added safety for their tenants is to minimize landscaping and eliminate any feature that might pose a danger to building occupants and their customers or guests. But with a little careful consideration and a thoughtfully designed landscaping plan, commercial properties can offer both a beautiful landscape and tenant safety.
Three key factors are carefully chosen plant materials, good lighting, and diligent maintenance. The right plantings, illumination, and landscape design and care, provide transparency and visibility – the ability to see over, around, and even through plants to avoid unexpected encounters and surprises. To help accomplish that, consider plant heights and densities and keep them well pruned and trimmed as they mature to avoid dense over- and undergrowth.
Having the right amount of illumination is an important safety element for tenants
Proper illumination means having the right amount of light in the right places. There’s no need to flood an entire space with bright, unrelenting light. Instead, bring illumination down closer to the surface of walkways, parking lots, and driveways so pedestrians and drivers can see and be seen without being blinded. Carefully planned and controlled lighting also can save energy and money while minimizing light pollution. To learn more about lighting, please read the lighting article.
Property managers should keep in mind that choosing the right plant materials, having sufficient lighting and maintaining the building landscape are the most important factors that increase tenant safety. Learn more about the smart landscape design strategies that improve safety and improve overall building appeal by downloading the office and residential building eBook below.