Landscape Maintenance vs. Landscape Management

The landscaping world is extremely competitive. And that often means that in order to secure contracts, many landscaping companies are forced to cut corners in order to remain profitable. This unfortunately leads to properties being maintained rather than managed—and this can lead to serious problems for your landscape.

Maintaining a landscape means to resist deterioration. It means to keep things looking the same. The problem with this approach is that turf, flowers, shrubs, and trees are living things—they’re constantly changing and evolving. And that’s why management is critical.

Managing a landscape means to guide future change and development in order to foster growth. It requires the landscape manager to be ready to adapt to everything Mother Nature throws its way. And landscape management—not maintenance—is something that all of us at Engledow take to heart.

Unpredictable weather is one of the biggest reasons why landscape maintenance simply doesn’t cut it. If a summer drought sets in, mowing becomes unnecessary, but watering becomes essential. Certain weather patterns can lead to insect infestations one year, but not the next year. Weather aside, a newly planted shrub may need extra fertilizer to jump start growth, whereas established groundcover may need a growth regulator to slow it down. You’ve got to be able to adapt to the surrounding environment and potential weather conditions. And management is all about knowledgeable adaptation.

Many landscapers stick to a rigid maintenance schedule, and some even let plants and trees deteriorate so they can get paid to remove and replace them. But at Engledow, we would never do anything that might negatively affect the lives of your plants. We manage landscapes according to our decades of horticultural experience, and we always want to help you avoid costly plant replacements whenever possible.

Successful landscape management means that it’s our job to recognize potential concerns with your landscape before you do. It also means we’re flexible in our ability to fix these concerns fast—and before they actually become problems. Our greatest achievements happen when we are able to create working relationships with clients and communicate the best ways to manage their properties.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small backyard or a sprawling corporate campus—a landscape must be managed, not maintained in order to thrive. And landscape management isn’t just one of our specialties at Engledow Group—it’s one of our passions.

Engledow manages landscapes throughout Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Noblesville, Lawrence, Castleton, Avon, Brownsburg, Greenwood, Franklin, Speedway, Columbus, and other parts of Central Indiana. To find out more about how we can put our horticultural expertise to work for you, call 317-575-1100 or simply fill out the form below.

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