You can Keep Your Lawn Healthy With the Help of These Useful Landscaping Tips


Tall shrubs, dead branches and are those mosquitoes?

Is this a garden or a jungle?

The funny thing is, your space doesn't end in designing, it goes directly to maintaining. Most people usually tend to forget about this unless they have a green thumb or they are mindful. Landscape maintenance is of utmost importance when having a landscape design, making it clean, safe and healthy.

The most common type of maintenance is mowing, trimming and watering. These are mowed from time to time in order to look neat and clean. Trimming is done not only for the plants but with the trees that you have in your backyard. This needs to be done in order to reduce plant sizes and remove unwanted branches and unhealthy leaves caused by diseases. Lastly, water plays an important role in a landscape. This is primarily what makes your space abundant which is why watering your outdoor space is needed to maintain your outdoor design.

Aside from these first-hand types, there are also other things that you need to do in order to fully maintain your outdoor landscape space.

Weed Management: This basically pertains to any plant growing where it is not desired. This includes daisies, dandelions, morning glory's, clovers, and wild grasses. These weeds are not fully dangerous but once left unmaintained may cause problems. For example, thistles are a potential fire hazard. These weeds must not grow beyond 4"(inches). Typically, pulling weeds by hand is effective, as weeds must be trimmed every two weeks, as they can potentially cause infestations if left growing longer. Other solutions, such as ones done by your neighborhood landscape company, are very effective if done regulatory.

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Arboriculture: In common terms, taking care of your trees. If you have trees on your lawn, then you must always keep this in mind. You need to pick what type of tree is native to your area so that it will not be much of a hassle in case it dies during the growing process. Once trees are fully grown, pruning should be done every 3 years. Coniferous trees however should not be pruned in order to encourage second trunk. Unless your tree is a coniferous, you need to prune yours more than 25% of its total canopy for it to be well-balanced and attractive. Pruning trees is also needed for the health of the tree, such as removing dead or diseased branches, even before your trees need to be pruned again.

Shrubs need proper maintenance as well. Shrubs near sidewalks or roads must be pruned to make sure they don't overgrow. During growing seasons, shrubs must be trimmed no more than 30%. Shrubs also need water daily especially during hot seasons. Groundcovers must also be pruned unless it is upon roads or walkways. Also, vines must be trimmed so that they hang no more than 2ft and must be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that they are affixing themselves into your walls.

Pest Management: This is perhaps the most common problem for people who take care of their lawn. Pests not only destroy the healthiness of your land, but also mess up your design when they start infecting your plants, trees and others. Mice, rats, insects: beetles, mosquitoes, flies, cutworms and snails are just some pests to be mentioned. Insecticides are proven to control if not remove pests absolutely from infesting your area. Always read any insecticide product's label to make sure that it may not affect anything you may be growing.

Soil Management: Yes, you've read it right. Maintaining your soil also helps in keeping your lawn in perfect shape. Healthy lawns promote the prevention of fungal diseases that effect your plants. Discolored spots on plants are usually due to poor soil nutrition. Your soil must be fertilized prior to planting.

These are proven to be helpful in maintaining your lawn. 

If you infuse water in your lawn, such as a water feature or a pond, it is important that you maintain how it comes and how and where it goes. This is highly important because it enforces safety and health measures since stagnant and untraced water can bring diseases not only to your lawn, but to your family as well. If you infuse fire, such as with a fire features, it's better to use gas than wood. Firewood can cause smoke that may be harmful to you and to plants as well. It's also important to make sure that the space where your fire feature is located is safe and not a potential fire hazard. 

It's highly understandable that people spend time maintaining and taking care of what's important to them. Although in reality, you are already maintaining your property prior to having a landscape. Remember, maintenance does not only guarantee the overall look of your space, but also guarantees the safety of your family, as well as your home. We hope these useful landscaping tips helped you. If you're ever in doubt on how to act on these tips — make sure to reach out to a reputable landscaping company to help you.