Beautiful landscape design and installation is an investment that, like the rest of your home, needs to be maintained and cared for. A large difference, of course, is that your landscape is mostly alive.
The truth is that many plants are quite hearty, and you may think since they’re unlikely to die, that mowing any lawn you have should be enough. If “not dead” was your highest aspiration for your landscape, that would be suitable. If what you want is for you plants to mature and fill the space as planned, staying healthy and strong, then you’ll need a different approach.
The Finished Landscaping Design in the Starting Point
When your landscape designer created the plans for your land, they brought with them a world of knowledge about how plants spread, the speed at which they grow, and what the future brings for each individual tree’s growth pattern and flower’s annual cycle. The future is part of the plan.
Your new landscape needs a little care, no matter how well the designer planned for it to be maintenance free. Living things have needs, and meeting the needs of your yard will ensure the continued beauty of your space. The mature, established version of your landscape is going to wow you, if all the plants get there healthy and safe.
How to Maintain Landscaping for Maximum Health
Mulch around your trees and anywhere you want to suppress weed growth. You may have been told exactly where needs mulch, and it’s likely the same places that were mulched when the design was first finished. Bark mulch is generally added to annually. If you have pebble mulch already, you can just add to it when the layer has begun to thin. If you have questions, as your Landscape Designer.
Automate Irrigation or Watering
There’s no convincing reason not to automate your sprinkler or irrigation system. Automation is extremely helpful, but you can also turn on the water to maintain landscaping yourself. Either way, be sure to keep on appropriate schedules seasonally. Your winter, spring, summer, and fall water needs are not likely to match.
Have weeds pulled regularly, so that they don’t take hold and multiply. Weeds take water and nutrients away from your intended plants and have a tendency to reproduce and grow rapidly. Do everything you can to avoid using poison to control weeds, short of allowing them to spread.
Keep on a Tree Care Schedule
Very young trees are less likely to need the supervision of a professional arborist, but once you have one or more mature trees on your property, it’s wise to call in an arborist for biannual care (every two years). This can prevent parasites, infections, and infestations, and ensure that your tree is getting proper trimming and nutrition. The lush beauty of a healthy tree is well worth the trouble.