Today we’re going to quickly look at reasons to get a professional to maintain your plants. Whether you’re working in an office, running a hotel, or trying to attract customers into your restaurant, healthy plants can play a huge part in creating pleasant, welcoming spaces that people want to be in.
The key word above is healthy! Plants that are well cared for, professionally maintained, and suitable for the location they are in will thrive, create healthy spaces, and look fantastic. However all too often, in the hands of an amateur who is busy doing their day job plants can quickly go downhill, look poor, and even die altogether. So, here’s five reasons to get an experienced technician like one of our very own to look after your plants.
#1. Healthy plants look fantastic, dead plants look terrible!
It sounds obvious, but the visual impact of healthy, well cared for plants is amazing. However, a dead plant looks terrible and sends all the wrong signals to your staff and your customers. It’s not plain sailing though. Plants are temperamental things, and careful selection is required to match up the correct plant to the location, taking into account factors such as light level and temperature. Without this even the most green fingered person doesn’t stand a chance! That’s why using a professional who knows what plants are suitable for your location is a good idea.
#2. Time is money…
We’re sometimes asked to take over from clients who’ve realised that they really don’t have the time to look after their plants. Often in this case they’re neglected, as people just haven’t had the time between getting their other tasks done to take on the regular watering and care that plants need to remain healthy. Unless you’re lucky enough to have someone with spare time and horticultural training (let us know if you have, we’d love to meet them) caring for the plants tends to be a tedious distraction that gets left out. It makes much more sense to have a trained technician come on a routine basis to undertake all the maintenance that the plants require to remain looking their best.
#3. Plant pests – they’ll drive your team mad
There’s a lot of different pests out there, and given half a chance they’ll come and settle down on your plants. Whether it’s irritating small Sciarid flies, ugly mealy-bugs, or tiny, barely visible red spider mites that ruin leaves, unless you have the necessary training and equipment they can be very difficult to control and quickly become an issue – not just for your plants, but for staff and customers too. That’s why we recommend our clients always go for a planting maintenance package when ordering.
#4. Watering – too much, or too little – both are fatal!
A common killer of house plants are issues based around watering. And contrary to what most people believe, plants are more likely to die due to too much water! If you’ve given them the Sahara test that might not be the case, but watering is an art, and something that our staff spend months mastering prior to qualifying as a technician. With so many variables affecting how much water plants need it’s a skilled job, and one that’s best left to professionals if you want your plants to remain healthy and looking great.
#5. Replacing plants when they’re past their best
Even with the best maintenance sometimes plants need changing. Maybe they’ve been in an office that’s had the heating turned down over Christmas, or it’s an orchid that has lost it’s flowers, but changes do need to be made. We take pride in our proactive approach and that our maintenance technicians have spare plants with them so they can do changes there and then… after all, no-one likes a dead or dying plant on their premises. However, without this service, plants tend to get left, limping along looking terrible. And when they do die, no-one has got time to source a new one so the plant and pot end up clogging up the cleaners cupboard! Not an ideal situation, and another reason why it’s best to get a proper maintenance service arranged.
If you’d like to know how much well maintained, professionally cared for plants would cost then get in touch – one of our consultants will be able to put a quote together for you and advise on the best planting for your workplace, whether its an office in Birmingham, a hotel in London, or a restaurant in Manchester!