Date Posted: January 5, 2024

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Plant Maintenance: An Added Cost or Savvy Investment?
Date Posted: January 5, 2024

Whether you are designing a space to impress visiting customers and clients, or even one which will be used exclusively by employees, it’s crucial to create a welcoming atmosphere. Plant displays can go a long way in helping to achieve this, but their associated costs can often spark disagreement among designers, office managers and those who allocate the budget.

The reason for this contention is that plants are often considered to be a purely decorative feature, and unlike most decorative items, they require skilled, regular ongoing maintenance. Despite the additional attention they need, plants offer unique advantages that non-living items cannot match. In this blog, we explore the often-overlooked benefits of continuous plant care and why it’s a wise investment for businesses.

 

Enhanced Aesthetics and Brand Image:

Beautiful, well-maintained plants contribute significantly to the overall aesthetics of a space. A visually appealing environment not only creates a positive impression on clients and visitors but also boosts employee morale. By investing in ongoing plant maintenance, businesses can ensure that their plant displays remain lush and vibrant, reflecting a commitment to a professional and caring brand image.

 

Increased Profits:

Having well-maintained plants in a retail setting can significantly enhance the overall shopping experience and positively impact profitability. In a previous blog, we looked at Margrét G. Kristjánsson’s study, “Greenery in the Indoor Retail Environment,” which demonstrates that the presence of plants influences consumers’ shopping behaviours by creating a visually appealing atmosphere that encourages frequent visits and higher spending

 

Improved Indoor Air Quality:

Plants act as natural air purifiers, removing toxins and improving indoor air quality. Employees working in a clean and fresh environment are likely to experience fewer health issues, resulting in increased productivity and reduced absenteeism. Ongoing maintenance ensures that plants continue to thrive and contribute to a healthier workspace.

 

Long-Term Cost Savings:

While the initial investment in plant displays might seem like a one-time expense, neglecting their maintenance can lead to greater costs in the long run. Sick or dying plants may need replacement, and neglected displays can become breeding grounds for pests. Regular maintenance helps identify and address issues early on, preventing the need for extensive and costly replacements.

 

Positive Impact on Employee Wellbeing:

Numerous studies highlight the positive impact of nature on mental health and productivity. A well-maintained plant display provides employees with a connection to nature, reducing stress levels and promoting overall wellbeing. Businesses that prioritise the mental health of their employees often see improved job satisfaction and employee retention.

 

Sustainable Practices:

In an era where sustainability is a key consideration for businesses, maintaining existing plant displays aligns with environmentally friendly practices. Regular care reduces the need for frequent replacements, minimizing the environmental impact associated with the production and disposal of plants.

By emphasising the positive impact on aesthetics, air quality, cost savings, employee wellbeing, and sustainability, professionals can make a compelling case that ongoing plant maintenance is not just an additional cost but a strategic investment with a myriad of benefits. The long-term advantages far outweigh the initial expenses, making plant maintenance an essential component of a thriving and environmentally conscious workplace.

 

At Benholm, we have over thirty years of experience in maintaining plant displays for a variety of industries across the UK. We offer a hassle-free maintenance service to keep your plants looking as healthy as the day they were installed so you can focus on what matters most to your business.

During our maintenance visits, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, and you can expect us to carry out a full inspection of your plants. We will also clean, feed, prune and water the plants according to their specific requirements and replace any dead, ailing or even overgrown plants at no extra cost.

Should you need help or have any questions or regarding your plants maintenance beyond our regular visits, our friendly team can be contacted for advice or to arrange a visit via email or telephone  

Click here to find out more about our maintenance services.

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