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Living Asset Management

Managing Your “Living Assets”

What Are They?

Simply put – trees and vegetation that comprise a property’s landscape can be considered as living assets.  Their value increases over time!

Facility managers are familiar with the concepts of effective asset management services.  They focus on reducing maintenance costs, improving productivity, and maximizing service levels.  They know that in most corporate organizations, physical assets in real estate, production equipment, transportation, infrastructure and IT networks represent a significant cost (right alongside human resources).

However, when it comes to dealing with living assets, rather than inanimate objects, things often become a bit “fuzzy”.   While everyone wants “low maintenance” when it comes to dealing with the landscape, no matter how many native plants are used in a design, or how many sustainable principles are employed, there is no such thing as a No Maintenance Landscape!  All Living Assets (even native species) require a certain amount of care and capital investment in order to mature and thrive.

. . .there is no such thing as a No Maintenance Landscape!

But how much is enough?  Can savings be achieved?  If too little is spent, your Living Assets may be put “at-risk”.  When a landscape is neglected, entropy occurs – nature seems to “prefer” disorder or chaos.   Conversely, if any more than the proper amount is spent (based on the horticultural and manpower requirements of the landscape design), money is being wasted.  The key is being able to hit that “sweet spot” – where just the right amount of resources are being invested to ensure that the initial investment pays off, and your landscape does in fact flourish and increase in value.

Money Down the Drain

Money Down the Drain

This is an important consideration, because over the lifecycle of a landscape, the cost of ongoing operations and maintenance will far exceed the initial cost of the installation.

The keys to success are planting the right plant in the right place, and hitting right “equilibrium” – ensuring that there is adequate care provided to sustain the desired results.  Tools to accomplish this include:

  • Zero-based budgeting
  • Applying Industry-standard time and motion requirements for routine maintenance tasks
  • Using customized labor cost data suited to your situation
  • Understanding USDA Plant Cold Hardiness Zones
  • Knowing your site’s soil and water chemistry, and how that affects plant selection
Green Principals Save Costs!

Green Principals Save Costs!

Stop wasting money; start managing your Living Assets properly.  Avoid the “Crazy Cycle” – that cyclical syndrome whereby your landscape constantly “leaks capital”, requiring re-investment.

Take a page from Apple, and “Think Different”.  Managing your Living Assets can truly add value, and save money in the long-run.

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