Integrating Best Stormwater Management Pin Your Landscape Design

When designing landscapes that are both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing, stormwater management should always be front of mind. Whether your landscape will be used in a residential, commercial or civil setting, you must consider how your creation will deal with heavy rainfall. Failure to do so can convert an otherwise perfect landscape design into somewhere that delivers a poor user experience at best and presents significant dangers at worst.

The key is to integrate stormwater management into the landscape in a subtle but still effective way. Achieving this will require working with stormwater management experts that understand the fundamentals, have up-to-date plants, know the local climate and are experienced in delivering end-to-end projects. 

As a professional landscaping company in Sydney, here we are recommending some practical and aesthetically pleasing ways to integrate stormwater management into your landscape. It will also help to get you thinking about how this process can work in practice.

  1. Try to emulate natural landscape features
  2. Be aware of parking spaces
  3. Look on either side of your walkways
  4. Direct water away from structures

Let’s dive into each and evaluate the factors to consider before you plan for storm-water management in your existing landscape design.

1. Try to emulate natural landscape features

The natural environment does well at managing the effects of stormwater, and we can learn a lot by recreating natural landscape features in both residential and commercial landscape designs.

Great examples come in the form of dry creeks, also sometimes referred to as swales. These are narrow linear depressions that can capture rainfall and control the direction of its flow. The efficacy of these features can be enhanced by populating them with local native flora, ideally species that can be found in natural creeks. These plants will help reduce erosion and absorb some water themselves.

Dry creeks can be seamlessly incorporated into your landscape design and often add to its aesthetic appeal and functionality. You must talk to the appropriate authorities first to find an appropriate discharge location for your dry creek.

2. Be aware of parking spaces

Any large stretches of impervious surface, such as concrete car parks, can represent potential problems in stormwater management. These spaces interrupt the natural hydrological cycle and, without proper care, can cause issues such as urban flooding. 

A few tips when it comes to stormwater management for car parks include:

  • Installing curb cuts: curb cuts help the water escape into the surrounding landscape and prevent it from building up on the car park surface. Separate wheel stops, as opposed to one continuous wheel stop, are another way of achieving this.
  • Considering erosion control: cobbles can be highly effective in preventing erosion from heavy rains. Cobbles must be installed at locations of concentrated flow, meaning such areas should be identified from the start of the project.

3. Look on either side of your walkways

While your focus may be on creating walkways that allow people to move quickly and logically through your landscape, the verges of these walkways are often most important when managing stormwater runoff. This is because, similar to car parks, walkways can be problematic when collecting and retaining stormwater.

Paved areas should be installed directly adjacent to, and slightly elevated from, landscaped zones. By providing a slight grade to the walkway, water can then easily run off into the more porous surrounding substrates. As with car parks, cobbles and climate-adapted plants around the walkway can help reduce erosion from runoff and increase water absorption.

4. Direct water away from structures

Roof runoff is a significant consideration in stormwater management, but fortunately, there are several options to deal with it. 

Firstly, try using gravel as the substrate below gutterless roofs. Gravel is better at allowing water to drain than many other substrates and will avoid puddle build-ups. 

Rain chains are stylish and functional when reducing the water flow rate from roofs and can be easily integrated into your landscape, especially if you include other ornamental features.

Splash blocks are another tried and tested technique that can be placed underneath the end of a downspout and used to direct water flow away from structures.

The above is by no means an exhaustive list of the ways you can integrate stormwater management into your landscape designs, and the best options for you will depend on the unique requirements of your project. If you’re looking for a landscaping company in Sydney with a track record of delivering effective and tailored solutions, get in touch with Civil and Scape today

From wellbeing to productivity – why landscaping should be a priority for your business

Computer screens, cubicle walls and loud coworkers are some of the less glamorous sides of the workplace that people don’t speak about all that often. As the working world continues to accelerate at a speed like never before, we’re seeing more and more people on the computer for most of the day and the speed of work continuing to ramp up. With this in mind, many employers are considering how they can make their offices as calm, enjoyable and stress-free as possible. When it comes to creating a therapeutic space, what’s more relaxing than sunshine, outdoor lunches, and sweet-smelling flowers?

Commercial property managers and business owners are uniquely positioned to improve their employee’s productivity and wellbeing through corporate gardens. Designed by landscape construction companies, these thoughtfully designed and well-maintained interactive landscapes are scientifically proven to bring plenty of benefits for the employees and the business too. Whether you call it a therapy garden or office garden, here are five reasons why commercial landscaping should be a priority for your business.

1—Improved memory

What if you could not only help your employees improve their performance at work, but at the same time, add to their overall professional development and enrich their personal lives? Turns out you can do all that and more with a single training topic: memory skills! In a recent study, the University of Michigan found that more time spent outside in close proximity to plants can help increase memory retention by up to 20 percent. The researchers believe these findings may also indicate that time spent outdoors can be super beneficial for anyone suffering from mental fatigue – aka office employees during their busiest times of the year! By also increasing an employee’s attention span and improving their concentration, you’ll boost the overall morale of your workplace and supercharge productivity at the same time. Not only will your teams be getting more done, but they’ll be delivering higher-quality work and enjoying themselves in the process. It’s really a win-win!

2—Stress reduction

There’s no denying that work can get stressful. No matter who you are or what you do, we’ve all experienced the stress that can come with work. However, corporate gardens that encourage employees to prune, pluck or water work wonders for reducing stress. A big part of this comes down to having the opportunity to get in touch with nature. It’s proven that the more time we spend in nature, the calmer we feel. However, few people have the chance to regularly go camping, take a hike in nature or even just enjoy half an hour in the sunshine when they’re working a full-time office job. By introducing a garden into the workplace, your employees will have the chance to introduce the outdoors into their everyday life and divert their attention to something completely stress-free throughout the day. With even just a few minutes spent in the garden, they’ll return to the desk less stressed and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at them.

3—Encourages on-site team building

Team building is common practice for almost every business across the world. Many employers even have dedicated budgets to help facilitate initiatives such as beach days, picnics, hikes, group dinners or even adrenaline-seeking activities. While there are some affordable options, the biggest expense for these events is often the transportation costs and time spent getting to and from the venue. With a landscaped garden on-site, you’ll have the perfect backdrop to host all your team-bonding events – without having to even step foot away from the office. Whether everyone rolls up their sleeves to plant veggies in raised garden beds or you’re hosting a barbecue lunch for the entire office, you’ll create a space for people to get to know each other outside of their professional roles.

4—Increased physical activity

Today’s office workers spend most, if not all, of their day behind a desk staring at a computer screen. After wrapping up the working day, most people then head home to spend the evening watching TV or scrolling on their phone. All up, that results in a whole lot of screen time and not too much movement. We know that any movement is good for the body and that every little bit adds up, so it’s important to look for ways to introduce movement into the regular working day. A free and accessible way to encourage a more active lifestyle is to create a space for your employees to move at work. With an on-site garden, they can head out for a walk in the sunshine on their lunch breaks, take calls on-the-go or even meet with clients in the garden. Regardless of why they’re stepping away from the desk, they’ll come back re-energized and ready to kick goals.

5—Improved social interaction

Did you know that spending time around plants can positively impact the relationships we have with others? Research from Texas A&M found that those who spent more time around plants are much more likely to have advanced social relationships – both at home and at work. For you that means, the more time your employees spend with plants, the more likely they are to reach out to other co-workers, show empathy for their colleagues, and put their hand up to help out when they’re needed. Creating an oasis at your work will bring plenty of short and long term perks that will benefit your company in a variety of different ways. When it comes to commercial landscaping, it’s important to work with a team that understands the scope and requirements of your project, as well as exactly what you’re trying to achieve.

At Civil and Scape, we’ve worked with plenty of businesses to design, construct and maintain commercial spaces that help improve the workplace for every employee. See more of our projects here .

How to elevate your property by using timber in your landscape construction project

When it comes to landscape construction projects, commercial properties are ripe with potential. Construction projects give our team the opportunity to elevate your property’s functionality and appearance to a new, more refined level. While we’ve spoken about the value that lies in landscaping construction, we’ve never touched on material specifics. In this article we’ll take a look at one of our favourite materials to work with – timber. Timber is full of character, and as simple as it may seem, is one of the best tools for subtly but improving your property.

The beauty of timber is often forgotten

At Civil and Scape, we love working with timber. It’s a material that’s full of character and different features, depending on the type of wood that it is. However, we don’t often get to utilise it in our projects, because many clients prefer concrete, steel, aluminium and other more popular products.

Timber is a natural material and perfect for any commercial property interested in evoking the following qualities:

  • Rustic charm
  • Coastal chic
  • Bohemian 

Timber is also an environmentally-friendly material and perfect for commercial properties that want to portray themselves as eco-conscious. It often is a popular choice by yoga studios, spas, wellness centres and some restaurants.

Timber is as versatile as it is diverse

Timber’s versatility comes from its different varieties. We use many types of timber in our landscape construction projects as they allow us to provide clients with different finishes, grains, features and possibilities. 

Here are a few of the materials that may be utilised in our landscape construction projects:

Spotted Gum

This is a beautiful and striking material that offers durability. It is a popular choice by our clients for flooring as well as for other applications that require weather resistance. In appearance, it is light to medium brown and quite warm, offering businesses a beautiful and versatile element.

Merbau

Merbau wood offers natural lustre in the form of deep red tones. Often a love it or hate it material, Merbau is excellent for restaurant and hotel decks as it is less prone to cupping and movement. While this type of timber has its positive features, it can be difficult to find ethically sourced Merbau.

Blackbutt

Blackbutt has a light, airy and golden cream colour. It is extremely popular with a number of our clients as it is an excellent choice for bushfire-prone areas. The Blackbutt tree grows quite quickly and is seen as a sustainable option for landscaping construction. It’s excellent for fencing, decking and even framing. 

Rosewood

This is an incredibly heavy and durable type of timber, making it a suitable choice for furniture and exterior flooring. While it is one of our most expensive options, its longevity makes this material a great investment, particularly for commercial properties. In appearance, it offers a silvery natural appearance.

Pine

Pinewood is one of the most affordable materials for landscaping construction. It is a softwood and is therefore prone to denting and scuffing. We do not like to use it for exterior flooring, however, it is a great material for furniture and bordering/framing.

Where do we use timber in landscaping construction?

Elevating your landscape with timber takes a deep understanding of landscaping design as well as technical knowledge of timber and its specific features and qualities. Bearing in mind the characteristics of different types of timber, below is a list of ways that we utilise timber in landscaping construction to elevate properties.

Add charm and rusticity

By nature, wood adds an effortless charm to properties. We especially find that Spotted Gum is excellent for this effect because the shade of brown it provides is rich, warm and inviting. Adding charm or rusticity to your commercial property sets the tone for the rest of your landscape’s aesthetic. It is particularly effective for law firms, restaurants and hotels in search of creating an endearing environment.

Contrast with harsh or cold materials

As neutral colours, cool tones, concrete and aluminium have become increasingly popular over the last decade, it’s now very easy to mistakenly create a cold and uninviting landscape. To break up the detachment of the landscape, timber’s natural warmth can balance the overall aesthetic and create a more welcoming space for your customers, visitors and employees.

Provide uniqueness with a monochrome palette

Similarly to our last point, monochrome palettes have crept up in popularity over the last few years – even in one’s landscape. While there is certainly the time and place for this design aesthetic, often you can find that it bears little impact and requires an element to add another more effective angle. Timber’s uniqueness comes in the form of its grains which provide effortless character. This can elevate the rest of the landscape’s appearance, whether it is used in screens, decks or furniture.

Thinking about adding timber to your landscape? Contact our team to find out how we can help you.

5 ways our civil and landscape company can add value to Sydney

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While we value every client that we have, we also value our city and our country. At Civil and Scape, we look forward to contributing to civil projects as much as we do our commercial projects. Landscaping and civil works are important tools needed to both beautify and make our city more functional. 

Civil and landscaping works are integral to the beauty of Sydney

When people walk around the city of Sydney, enjoy time at our parks or simply drive to work, they bypass many important elements that keep the city running and as popular as it currently is. Even throughout the pandemic, there’s no denying that the city has remained lively, vibrant and as beautiful as ever. While a large part of that is due to the unique businesses and characters that fill the city, it’s also because of the landscaping and civil works that have been implemented.

The civil and landscaping services that we offer at our company have a lot of potential to improve and enhance the environment. Before we get into how they can do that, let’s first take a brief look at what civil and landscaping services are as well as what our offerings encompass.

Civil works

Civil works or civil construction is considered to be any service that contributes to the creation of infrastructure involving anything to do with water, earth or transport. With civil works, there are elements of design, construction and maintenance of the physical structure. Our services incorporate all three elements.

What civil works do we offer?

StoneworksGround preparationKerbingAsphalt pavingStormwater management including the installation of pipes, pits and culvertsConstruction of retaining walls and soil stabilisationConcrete works including steel fixing, formwork and slabsConstruction of ramps, access paths and stairs 

Landscaping

Landscaping services involve the addition of plants, manipulation of terrain and the construction of structures (this is commonly called hard landscaping). Soft landscaping refers to any service that improves the aesthetics of the natural environment.

What landscaping services do we offer

Planting trees and plantsRevegetation projectsTurf layingIrrigationPavingTimber deckingInstallation of street furnitureInstallation of water featuresComprehensive maintenance programsWell-manicured turf and clean tended planting bedsSeasonal colour enhancementsSite improvement initiativeSoil placement and mulching

How can our civil and landscaping company add value to Sydney?

Beautify the area by planting trees and flowers

We love beautifying areas through the planting of native flowers, shrubs and trees. Civil and Scape has the capacity to revegetate areas that are barren and provide new life to the area. We’re also able to maintain flower beds and turf across the city. We provide seasonal colour enhancements so that there are flowers that bloom throughout each of Sydney’s four seasons.

Pave roads and access paths

Roads and access paths are important to the accessibility and mobility of the city. We’re able to provide concrete work, stonework and asphalt paving, depending on the suitability of the site. Each service we offer has its benefits, however, with the workmanship of our team, each promises a high-quality result that will improve the quality of life in Sydney.

Install stormwater management systems

Stormwater management systems are legally required in Australia and prevent the following from occurring:

  • Flooding in urban areas
  • Harmful bacteria can get disposed of in wetlands
  • Reduced water quality 
  • Loss of aquatic life

They are key for the maintenance of the hydrologic cycle and for avoiding flash flooding in Sydney. We install the pipes, pits and culverts needed for the system and ultimately, help avoid deterioration of the streets and Sydney’s aquatic life.

Provide access paths, ramps and stairs

A beautiful city is one that is also accessible to people of all abilities. Access paths and ramps are an important part of making that transition. We can construct ramps, stairs and access paths to provide better access to Sydney’s parks, businesses and sites of attraction. 

Install bike racks

Sydney is becoming greener by the minute with more and more people cycling to work, school and to carry out their errands. In order for this environmentally-friendly action to become even more popular, more bike racks are needed so that cyclists have a safe place to store their bikes. We can install bike racks in front of businesses or wherever the city deems it appropriate to help improve the lives of cyclists.

If you’re interested in seeing some of our civil and landscaping work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects. Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here.

4 reasons why our civil contractors recommend asphalt paving to businesses

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At Civil and Scape, our civil contractors have had experience at several businesses across a number of industries. This experience has given them deep insight and unique knowledge into what services and materials are best suited for different types of businesses. We know that, sometimes, our clients are in the dark about what is most effective for their business. For this reason, we advise them on what is best depending on their industry and the physicality of their business. 

One of the most important and most popular requests from clients is to provide paving services for their business. We often get these enquiries from clients with large physical premises as they have enough room to require paving. Paving is when a material is used to add another layer onto the surface of a road. 

The material for paving varies and can include concrete and asphalt – both of which we offer. However, your material of choice should be done carefully. Materials have different characteristics and specific uses; choosing the wrong material can hurt your investment. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of asphalt and when it is best used.

What type of material is asphalt?

Asphalt is a sticky, black, highly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum. It is obtained either as a residue from the distillation of petroleum or from natural deposits and consists of compounds of hydrogen and carbon with minor proportions of nitrogen, sulphur, and oxygen. 

Asphalt is known to be:

  • Stable 
  • Durable 
  • Flexible
  • Fatigue-resistant
  • Skid-resistant
  • Impermeable 
  • Workable 

4 reasons why our civil contractors recommend asphalt paving

Extremely resistant, durable and safe

The #1 priority for most businesses is to invest in a material that is safe and long-lasting. Asphalt is one of the most resistant, durable and secure materials to pave your road, parking lot or access path with. 

Asphalt offers high skid resistance and provides high contrast in colour between asphalt pavement and road markers (if you were to add road markers), improving visibility for your business’s drivers or visitors to your premises. Asphalt does not deteriorate in the face of heavy rains or high temperatures and reduces glare (which can impair drivers) because of the asphalt road’s dark colour.

Asphalt roads are also much smoother and do not deteriorate under a lot of pressure which doesn’t just make them safe for business, but is particularly suited to construction companies that frequently have heavy trucks going in and out of their premises.

Cost-effective to build and maintain

Smooth roads save money because fewer holes and uneven surfaces mean that a business’ vehicles won’t be damaged as easily. Therefore, it can be surmised that asphalt roads reduce the maintenance costs of roads as well as the operating costs of vehicles.

As asphalt roads are incredibly durable and resistant, they require only periodic maintenance, reducing the overhead costs of your business. Asphalt roads can also be built very quickly and cost-effectively. As both the maintenance and construction of asphalt roads are cost-effective, this material can be considered economical in both the long and short term.

Requires very little disruption time

With any type of construction, a major concern for businesses is the time it takes for the construction process to be complete. In many cases, construction can reduce productivity which ultimately, decreases the money coming into the business. 

With the paving of a road, businesses may expect that access to and from the physical building will impede visitors, customers and even employees, however, it is not the case with asphalt paving. Asphalt can be laid very quickly. Depending on the size of your project, it can be done in one day or even overnight. 

Provides an aesthetically pleasing appearance to a number of businesses

Asphalt is one of the most attractive materials that can be used for a business. Its durability means that it doesn’t wear easily and will maintain its flawless appearance for a long period of time. Asphalt itself is a beautiful material. It is jet black and gives any access path, parking lot or road a professional appearance.

At Civil and Scape, our contractors will be more than happy to discuss which material is best for paving your business. We understand that it requires a lot of careful thought and planning which is why we offer guidance upon your first meeting with us.

If you’re interested in seeing some of our work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects. Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message.

Landscaping construction: 4 tips to ensure success for your Sydney business

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Landscaping construction projects can be transformational for your Sydney business, however, like anything related to construction, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Generally, construction projects require the coordination of different teams, input from several technical experts and often encounter hiccups along the way; this is why many business owners become nervous over the successful completion of their projects. While at Civil and Scape, we guarantee an on-time, budget-conscious project that is completed according to your specifications, there are a few things that you, the client, can do to help guarantee a successful execution.

Our approach to landscaping construction projects

Collaborative efforts

Landscaping construction projects require a collaborative effort between our Civil and Scape team and the client. We believe that the client’s input is invaluable and key to executing a project that completely aligns with their expectations. 

Scope

Whether it be something as simple as installing street furniture or as complex as a large-scale revegetation project, it is important for us to know exactly what the clients expect. ‘Expectation’ is a loaded term that encapsulates their vision as well as budgetary limitations and time constraints. These are all important factors for ensuring the successful completion of a project.

Communication 

We work hand-in-hand with the clients, ensuring that they are informed of the progress of their project and each step taking place. Our team believes that this is how you acquire meaningful input from clients; this is key in accurately bringing to life the vision of our client.

Clients can also play a part in ensuring the success of a landscaping construction project. In this article, we’ll outline a few tips that will help our clients become better clients. Ultimately, this should make any construction project process much smoother.

4 tips for clients to ensure success with their landscaping construction project

  • Clearly outline your vision

The first step to ensuring that a company executes your vision is to make sure that they know exactly what your vision entails. 

At Civil and Scape, as a starting point we make sure the client outlines the full scope of the project complete with all specifications. As the client, ensure that you know exactly what you want for your business so that you can effectively relay it to your contractor.

  • Define your limitations (and be realistic)

Every client has their limits. Civil and Scape and many other companies are often comfortable working within most limitations, however, they must be realistic and expressed openly.

Ensure that you specify your budget and deadline, leaving enough time and financial backing to execute what you want. If you approach our company with unrealistic limits, we will communicate to you that it is not feasible or possible, however, some other companies may not. In this case, you’ll end up with a project that either misses your deadline, is over budget or simply, not executed to your standards.

  • Collaborate with your landscaping construction contractor

At Civil and Scape, we value the input of our clients, after all, no one knows what the result should look like better than you. Be communicative with your contractor and ensure that you relay your concerns about the project. If you’re having second thoughts about some element of the project, then communicate that to the contractor. Our landscaping construction experts prefer that you tell us about your concern  earlier rather than later; every challenge is an opportunity to be innovative.

  • Be flexible and understanding, but steadfast

Unfortunately, issues happen with construction projects. It’s no fault of the client or company, it’s just the nature of the industry. It’s important that, as the client, you are understanding and flexible with solutions. However, you should also, never let a decision or solution severely alter the overall result of the project (unless you want it to). This is a difficult line to walk, but our team will guide you through your decision-making process.

We hope that these tips help to make your next landscaping construction project successful. Remember that all projects have their hiccups, but it’s how you approach the entire process that dictates its success. If you choose to work with us, we promise to support you throughout the project’s lifecycle. 

If you’re interested in seeing some of our landscaping construction work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects.

Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here.

Civil construction services: 5 benefits of a concrete road

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Civil construction is one of the most difficult service areas for many  of our  clients to wrap their heads around. Though professional landscaping takes years of training and experience, most business owners have a fair idea of what they want. When it comes to civil construction services, a more technical area, business owners struggle a bit more with determining what’s effective for their industry and the property’s physical landscape. Many commercial properties hire our team to construct concrete roads, however, figuring out whether it is aesthetically and functionally right for a business can be challenging.

The issue surrounding concrete roads and other civil construction services are that business owners often don’t understand the value and functionality that comes with it. Without seeking professional advice, it may lead them to select material for a road that is either cheap but extremely low quality or unsuitable for the nature of their business. This is why we believe that knowledge about services and products is power.

At Civil and Scape, we offer concrete works in the form of both pavements and roads. We highly recommend concrete roads for a number of our commercial clients, especially those who are interested in a durable option for their business. To educate our clients and prospective customers and to help them make informed decisions for their businesses, we’ve outlined the benefits of a concrete road for commercial properties.

4 reasons why our civil construction contractors recommend concrete roads for businesses in Sydney

Durability

For businesses that are extremely concerned about the aesthetic of their road, a concrete road is the best option. It’s clear to see that a road, regardless of the material, is exposed to all of the elements. From extreme pressure from cars and foot traffic, to high temperatures and excess moisture, a road is subject to a lot. This is why it is important that you acquire the most durable option – a concrete road.

A concrete road is prone to less wear and tear than many other road materials and will not crack, lose its texture or form a pothole easily. For construction businesses, concrete roads are especially effective because they can bear the weight of a loaded truck and are not affected by oil leaks.

Cost-effective

With extreme durability comes low maintenance and cost-effectiveness. As concrete roads perform well under intense pressure and have a slow rate of wear and tear in the face of natural elements, they require very little to no maintenance.

Little to no maintenance means that throughout the decades that you have a concrete road, you will not have to spend money on keeping it in tip-top shape. This makes a concrete road a smart investment for any business.

Stays cooler

In Sydney, it’s no secret that during the summer, the temperatures can get extremely hot. While other materials, like asphalt, absorb and trap heat due to its darkness, concrete operates much differently.

Concrete absorbs heat from direct sunlight, stores the heat and releases it slowly so that it is not a blast of heat all at once. The light colour of concrete also helps to reflect the sunlight which reduces the warming of the air; this also helps to decrease the urban heat island effect.

Professional aesthetic

Lastly, the appearance of a concrete road is incredibly important to businesses that value their brand image. The smooth, relatively versatile aesthetic is perfect for most businesses that value a simple but effective design.

Due to the durability of the concrete road, its appearance will not be tarnished easily by wear and tear. This leaves businesses with a structurally and aesthetically sound road that should last decades.

Where do I find civil construction services?

Whether you’re interested in building a concrete road, require ground preparation for a large project or need stormwater management, Civil and Scape can help improve your business. In addition to commercial landscaping, we also offer a variety of civil construction services.

We hope that we’ve convinced you of the value of constructing a concrete road for your business. If you’re still questioning its suitability to your commercial property or if you’d like more information on alternatives, contact a member of our team. One of our employees will happily walk you through the various options that may work for your business. 

If you’re interested in seeing some of our work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects. Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here.

How Sydney businesses can improve employee productivity through landscaping

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High employee productivity is integral to a business’ success and profitability. While many factors impact the level of employee productivity at a business, there’s one that many business owners forget about and subsequently neglect – the landscaping of their business. In Sydney, many businesses are located on properties that have the potential to transform into an impressive, professionally landscaped space. However, because many business owners aren’t aware of the importance of a landscape to employee productivity, it is not invested in.

On  average, employees who are full-time at an office work approximately 40 hours per week. Forty hours is almost equal to 2 days, which is a lot of time for a person to be cooped up in an office. A commercial property that’s surrounded by a beautiful and functional landscape is a great way to alleviate many of  the negative side effects that come with working at an office. It’s important for businesses to focus on  the  well-being of  their employees because valuable employees are hard to come by. Employee retention should be a priority.

To further explain why and how a landscaping company can improve employee productivity at your  business, we’ve outlined four measures and impacts that Civil and Scape can have on your team.

4 ways Civil and Scape can improve employee productivity in Sydney through landscaping 

Construct pathways for exercise

A Leeds Metropolitan University study found that workers who visited the gym during working hours were more productive, managed their time better, and felt more satisfied at work. While a pathway certainly isn’t a gym, it does facilitate movement outside of the workplace.

Pathways offer employees a break away from the concrete walls of their offices and allow them to get both mental and physical relief. Taking a 15 minute walk is linked to increased happiness, alertness and energy levels at work – all of which increase productivity in the workplace.

Install bike racks to encourage sustainability and physical activity

On a similar note, Civil and Scape can install bike racks at your workplace to encourage employees to ride to work and maintain their physical activity. Many employees would bike to work, however, the lack of security surrounding simply leaving your bike unattended and unlocked prevents many from doing an activity that could positively benefit your business.

Much like taking a walk, biking to and from work improves energy levels and alertness.

Create an outside sitting area for employee socialising

Adding a beautiful courtyard with street furniture to your landscape can encourage your employees to socialise outside of the physical building of the company. When employees have a designated area to socialise, or even to sit and mentally destress, they are more likely to handle the stress of work in an effective and healthy manner. Employees also feel more comfortable to actually take a break from work. 

Our Civil and Scape team can work with you to decide what your outdoor sitting area should look like. From landscaping a courtyard area, to installing outdoor sitting and water features, our recommendations can be completely customised according to your business needs. 

Decrease stress levels through the planting of trees and flowers

Trees and flowers can physiologically and psychologically affect employees. Psychologically, the presence of trees and flowers can improve an employee’s mood, whether they’re outside enjoying the landscape, or viewing it from the office. As mentioned before, an improvement in an employee’s mood is linked to their productivity levels.

Plants also clean the air that we breathe. This is particularly helpful if you ask Civil and Scape to produce a green wall for the interior of your office. A green wall will clean the air, providing employees with a healthier environment and a pleasant view, both of which can improve their productivity levels.

Together, all of these contribute to improved mental health and productivity levels in employees. If you’re unsure of the suitability of different elements in your landscape, contact a member of our team.

What  other benefits can landscaping have on my business?

Hiring Civil and Scape for your landscape doesn’t just positively impact your employees, but  other  areas  of your business as  well. Here are a few benefits you can expect if you hire a landscaping company for your business:

  • Attract customers
  • Improve business presence  at night
  • Increase the length of time customers stay on your  premises
  • Impress clients
  • Add sustainability to your brand identity

We hope that we’ve convinced you of the value of commercial landscaping services and their impacts on employee productivity levels. If you’re interested in seeing some of our commercial work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects.

Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here. 

How our landscaping company will help your commercial property during autumn and winter

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Have you ever wondered what landscaping companies do during autumn or winter? Many company directors wrongly believe that landscaping companies don’t have much to do during autumn or winter. They come to this conclusion because of the gloomy weather which they then associate with an inability to grow or work on their company’s garden. While the rain and low temperatures certainly don’t make our job easy during these months, it’s a necessary evil. 

Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot to do on a commercial landscape during the winter months. With zero snow or frost and temperatures that seldom hit below 0, winter in Sydney is not as harsh as other countries. This means that, unlike other climates, in Sydney, you have more opportunities to tend to your garden.

Though we do not recommend ignoring your garden at any time of the year, residential properties tend to do so during winter as a way of reducing their costs; this is not a good tactic as costs end up being higher in the spring and summer due to lack of maintenance. However, for commercial properties, it is much more important to maintain a landscape throughout the year as this keeps the physical space of the property attractive for customers and on par with their competitors. 

Where can my company find the best landscaping companies in Sydney?

Before we dive into how your landscaping company will harness the few benefits that winter has to offer, let’s first answer one of the most common questions that many business owners have.

Civil and Scape specialises in commercial landscaping and civil construction. Our team will work with you to meet your needs and advise according to what your goals are for your business.

When winter hits, our team will engage in the following actions to capitalise on winter and prepare your landscape for spring and summer.

4 ways Civil and Scape will help your business during autumn and winter

Plant spring-flowering bulbs

Planting during winter is perfect for achieving a full blossom of spring flowers. Our landscaping team will assess your landscape, collaborate with you on the placement of these bulbs, advise on well-lit areas with well-drained soil and plant them in time for spring bloom. While bulbs should ideally be planted in autumn for spring bloom, planting during winter will ensure a late spring/early summer bloom.

Daffodils, dutch iris, hyacinth, lachenalia, ixia, muscari, ranunculi and tulips are popular flowers for blooming during springtime. For a summer bloom, your landscaper may plant hydrangeas, agapanthus, zinnias, hibiscus and crepe myrtle.

Trim and prune hedges and plants

Trimming and pruning hedges right before the onset of winter will keep them compact but voluminous and at the ground level. Pruning is stimulating to plants because there is a chemical contained in the cut buds which allow the buds to break once removed and ultimately, causing a bushy plant.

It can be very easy to ‘over-prune’; only one of our professional landscapers will be able to trim the bushes, short enough to benefit from volume in the spring, but long enough to avoid killing the plant.

Cover the soil

Leaving flower beds exposed during winter can cause a number of issues which can then lead to more work for your landscaping company and increased costs for their services. Exposed flower beds can allow weeds to grow during winter and into spring, which makes your landscape look unruly and drains the soil of its resources.

To prevent the weeds from sprouting our team will cover the soil with mulch, cardboard or another natural landscaping fabric. This curbs the growth of weeds and even prevents pests from disturbing the soil while allowing helpful organisms to proliferate.

Rake the leaves

During autumn and winter, trees shed their leaves to conserve resources. What most people know as a tell-tale sign of cooler weather, can quickly turn into a point of annoyance for many business owners. While a light shedding of leaves is not a major issue, it can turn into an undesirable element for a commercial property.

Our team will regularly remove leaves, debris and branches that have fallen onto your property. We will create a timely schedule, ensuring that you are always left with a clean and tidy landscape.

Have we managed to convince you that landscaping services are helpful for businesses during autumn and winter? Then, have a chat with a member of our team. Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here.

4 signs your business’ landscape in Sydney is in need of maintenance this winter

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Winter can be rough on landscapes, especially if they’re not prepared for low temperatures, falling leaves and torrential downpour. In Sydney, we’re lucky that winter is not as harsh as it is in other climates. In fact, we experience what many other countries would class as typical weather during their autumn. Despite this, it does not mean that we can completely neglect our landscapes during this time. If you do, your business will be in for some unsavoury effects.

Businesses in Sydney have many costs – rent, labour and overheads are just some of the expenses that they can incur. Because of this, businesses understandably cut costs where possible. During winter, landscaping maintenance is one of the first expenses to be slashed, as many business owners view it as an unnecessary cost during that time. In this article, we’ll discuss why this is a bad idea, and what can potentially happen if you cut or refuse to invest in landscaping during winter.

Why should your business invest in landscaping services during winter?

Many business owners need to be convinced to invest in landscaping services during the winter months in Sydney. The investment seems futile because of the gloomy weather, however, as you’ll see in the reasons outlined below, maintaining your commercial landscape is valuable in more ways than one.

Here are a few reasons why investing in landscaping services during winter is a smart business decision:

  • It reduces costs of spring and summer landscape services as the property is consistently maintained.
  • Your business’ physical appearance remains attractive during gloomy months, maintaining your reputation and attractiveness to potential customers.
  • It helps to improve your employees’ productivity levels as a welcoming outdoor space contributes to their wellbeing and happiness at the company.

These are just a few advantages of maintaining your commercial landscape throughout the winter months. However, if you’re still unsure whether this investment is worth it for your business, we’ve outlined a few signs that will point you in the right direction.

4 signs that you should invest in landscaping services during winter

Plants and trees are overcrowded

Many people don’t realise that plants and trees continue to grow during winter, and without proper maintenance, they can become overcrowded. For a commercial landscape, overcrowding of plants and trees don’t have the rustic charm it does in natural forests. Instead, overcrowding can look disorganised and poorly maintained and overall, cheapen the appearance of your commercial property.

Your competitors and neighbouring companies are well-maintained

Some commercial properties try to hide amongst other poorly maintained commercial landscapes. While we never recommend this strategy (a poorly maintained area is also difficult to find in Sydney), it can work because the severity of your landscape will not be as apparent. However, if you are located in an area that contains well-manicured commercial landscapes, especially if some of those businesses are your competitors, then you should consider investing in landscaping services.

Investing in landscaping services will allow you to maintain your business’ physical marketing advantages and communicate to clients and potential customers that you are a successful business. It will also avoid your business’ appearance from appearing much worse when compared to neighbouring businesses.

Your lawn is waterlogged

In Sydney, autumn and winter months contain breezy days, low temperatures and a lot of rain. While some rain is beneficial, too much can cause waterlogged lawns. You most likely have a waterlogged lawn if you notice that rainwater is sitting on the surface of the lawn and not draining through the soil. 

To fix this issue, a member of our landscaping team will have to aerate your lawn to promote proper drainage. Depending on the severity of your issue and your space, installation of a drain or repair of your drainage system may be needed, however, only a professional would be able to diagnose and solve your issue.

The property is filled with debris

As mentioned previously, winters in Sydney can be incredibly windy. What does this do to your landscape? On good days, it will blow dried leaves, twigs and loose dirt all over your property. On a terrible day, it can cause branches to break and trees to fall, causing a potential hazard for workers at your business. 

This can happen throughout winter. When debris piles up, it doesn’t only cause flooding issues on your property, but it also degrades the appearance of your property. Landscaping maintenance services will regularly ensure that all leaves and twigs are rakes and other debris removed.

We hope that we’ve convinced you of the value of commercial landscaping services during winter. If you’re interested in seeing some of our work, browse through our gallery to view our past projects.

Want to have a chat? Give us a call on 1300 457 457 or shoot us a message here.