Add Value and Beauty with a Third Color Change
Traditionally, commercial properties plan seasonal two color changes per year for their landscaping. The first typically happens in May and the second in November, requiring annual plants to maintain peak color through the scorching heat of summer and the harshest cold of winter. In a perfect weather situation that may work – but this is Texas, where perfect weather rarely happens. A late (or early) frost, flooding from storms, or an unexpected summer drought are just a few of the ways Mother Nature can surprise us and stifle plants’ vibrant colors.
We’re seeing more and more clients schedule a third, and sometimes fourth, color change to maintain the aesthetic of their property. These transition planting periods take place in March and September, and help freshen color for an additional 6-8 weeks between the standard color changes.
Benefits of Color Change
The most obvious benefit of a color change is the overall look of a property. Curb appeal is key because it’s the first thing renters see when arriving on your property. Most apartments see the height of their rental turnover between May and September. If you’re following traditional model of planting spring/summer colors in May, that means future residents are viewing your property in March and April – just as your winter colors are fading. In short, you’re losing 6 – 8 weeks of curb appeal that can boost your property’s aesthetic value during peak rental season.
Budget and Timing Are Key
Budget and timing are the two most important factors in adding a third color change to your schedule. This addition don’t have to break the bank, and your representative can work with you to determine how much color change you actually need. If your landscaping relies primarily on bigger anchor plants and ornamental grasses, you may only need to change out a portion of your beds. This provides an economical yet much needed boost to maintain color for the final 6-8 weeks of a season.
Our planting schedule looks something like this:
Spring: Mid to late March
Summer: Mid April to Early June
Winter: Late October to Early December
Because we grow all our color ourselves, we aren’t at the mercy of what is available in stores. We consider multiple factors – upcoming weather patterns, plant readiness, and property needs – to ensure we plant at the perfect time.
Popular Color Combinations
When adding supplemental color in March and September, we find that petunias, begonias, and impatiens are three of our most popular choices. Your representative will evaluate your property to ensure we plant the best options for your landscaping needs.
If you’re ready to raise the standard with a third color change, we can help. Our representatives can work with you to develop a plan that meets your aesthetic and budgetary needs. Contact your representative today or request an estimate online.
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EarthWorks has the manpower to perform installations usually within a timely manner, even during the peak season. And with our staff resources we can prepare multiple sites for owner inspection or investor tours within a single day, even on short notice.