Budget for a Money Saving Landscape Now, Save Money Later!
By: Whirlwind Clean & Green Team ~
Work new landscaping into your budget now to save money later. There are many different landscaping options including dryscape, green roofs, dog areas, and other special design types. Even the best designed landscaping needs to be rejuvenated and replaced with new vibrant plants every few years.
Dryscape includes all the parts of your landscape that are not living such as concrete, rocks, gravels, pavers, mulch, even artificial turf, or any combination of them. These all add variety to your landscape without a lot of upkeep and they save you on water costs.
Doggie stations can be a great addition to your property if pet walkers frequent your site or community. Artificial turf has a much lower upkeep than real grass and it won't get yellow or dead spots from the high nitrogen dog urine like real grass does. No matter the use all artificial turf is zero maintenance, zero watering, and looks amazing year round!
Green roofs can be a great option to brighten up your space, but they don’t have to cost a lot of money. If you use native plants they don't require a lot of upkeep or extra water which saves you time and money. You can also install rain barrels which collect rain water for future use in watering your landscape.
Whirlwind Clean & Green can help you create, modify, or maintain a beautiful landscape all while saving water and money. Call or email us today to set up an appointment for a free estimate so you can work your landscaping for the next year into your budget.
Stay Away From Fines and Scammers, Get ADA Compliant!
By: Whirlwind Clean & Green Team ~
In regard to being ADA compliant, it helps to think about it from the perspective of satisfying the customer or client. ADA signs are to make your building safer and more accessible to those with disabilities. Signs are also helpful in the winter to warn of slip and fall hazards such as ice. Currently there are people that go around the country looking for businesses that aren't in compliance to sue them, this can cost you money that would easily be saved with a few signs.
All businesses that deal with the public in some way need to understand what you need to do to ensure people with disabilities have access to and are safe within your buildings. All facilities with 10 or more employees must follow the ADA signage guidelines, this includes commercial buildings like offices, factories, and warehouses. Not every sign needs to be ADA compliant though. Building addresses, parking signs, directories, and signs that will be up 7 days or less (temporary signs) do not have to be ADA compliant. Stairwells, permanent rooms and spaces, or other places that have a permanent use need to be identified with signs that have braille and tactile letters as well as high contrast lettering. Permanent rooms and spaces like meeting rooms, offices, vending machine areas, or kitchens should be labelled with room numbers and names in braille, tactile letters, and high contrast lettering. There are also specific placements for each sign in height and location.
With the upcoming cold winter weather brings the possibility of snow, slush, and ice. These are potential slip and fall hazards that could injure your customers, clients, and/or employees. Although it is not required by the ADA, it is important to label these potential hazards with signs that are visible to all patrons to insure their safety. There are ice alert signs that turn blue when it is icy, so you can leave them out all winter long without having to remember every time it is icy. You should also have a way for patrons to report safety hazards, as well as, a way to make hazards known such as cones.
As there are many rules to keep you in ADA compliance to make your building safe and accessible and also to avoid fines Whirlwind Clean & Green can help you find the correct signs for your building to keep you in compliance. Contact us today for a free estimate.