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14 Feb

AEI Interiorscaping Challenge Part 3

In this concluding post in the series on the AEI Interiorscaping project we rejoin the Inside Out Services Interiorscaping team after they’ve learned that daytime access to the AEI building will no longer be possible for contractors. Their only recourse was to join the other contractors in entering the building after working hours at 5pm. This required some juggling of our schedule, but the team was able to quickly adapt and get back to the job of completing the interior plantscaping project.

Several solutions were tried to fill in the space between plant containers once the base had been raised. Packing peanuts seemed like a good idea, but turned out to be awkward to work with. The team settled on using wedges of black sponge collars to fill in the remaining space. The only remaining question was what to use for a top dressing. Spanish moss is a typical top dressing, but our plantscaping designer felt it didn’t go well with the wood color of the cubicle systems. Something with a higher degree of contrast was needed – something more distinctive. The solution turned out to be a very creative one.

A unique and beautiful top dressing solution

Our designer chose to go with faux river stones. The polished black stones proved to be the perfect complement to the light-colored wood. They were also easier to work with. Of course, many, many heavy cases of these stones had to be hauled by hand up as many as five flights of stairs! But our team was up to the task and this was just another part of the project.  It was a project that was nearing completion, but one still awaiting the most important ingredient.

Since the longer than expected duration of the project made taking delivery of all 600+ plants in a single shipment from our usual broker in Florida impossible, we had to source the plants locally in multiple shipments. We used another of our regular plant suppliers located in West Virginia for the AEI plantscaping installation. This worked out perfectly since we could receive smaller shipments as the planters became ready to receive the plants and faux stone top dressing.

The potted plants were arranged in the finished planters and then the sponge collars were inserted around them. Prior to adding the faux river stones a layer of landscaping mesh was carefully cut and applied over top the sponge collars. This prevented debris or smaller stones from slipping between any gaps in the collars.

Professional Office Plant Services for the final touch

Dealing with live material means that care and maintenance must begin immediately.  Once all 600+ plants were installed, we needed a plan to cover the logistics of caring for so many different types of plants spread throughout such a large building.  The hallmark of our office plant services is the attention we give to keeping our clients’ plantscaping installations healthy and looking their best.

Placing one technician in a large building and having them move from plant to plant all day long watering, cleaning and removing dead material would be enough to drive even the most avid plant lover crazy! With this in mind, we opted to have two technicians divide up the building and space their work over a few days’ time each week.  So far, this appears to be working well.  Of course, once spring comes around, we’ll need to come up with a viable solution to continue to maintain the interior plants while allowing time to care for the enormous rooftop garden!

In the next post in the AEI project series we venture outdoors to see how things came together for our Exterior Enhancement team. We’ll have another update on the interior installation once spring is in full bloom. In the meantime, if you’re considering an interiorscaping installation for your facility, please use the quote form on our interior plantscaping installation page to request a no-obligation quote.

Plantscaping steps

Prepping corner planters
long planter plantings
Getting the first plants in place
The beautiful final result!

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