Landscape Maintenance: 5 Simple Steps to Protect Your Investment
Congratulations on your new landscaping!
Since you’re landscaping is still fresh and new, you probably have some space between the plants, meaning your landscaping hasn’t filled in yet. If the landscape company you hired knows what they’re doing, you probably won’t have to worry about maintenance just yet.
But after time goes by and your plants start to mature, do you know how to take care of them properly?
A lot of homeowners will turn to “mow and blow gardeners” for help. These companies will come to your home, weed-wack, water, blow and trim your plants and will spend all of 15 to 20 minutes on your property. The name of the game is getting as many houses done in a day as possible, not necessarily taking time to tailor the work to the home’s individual needs. This leaves homeowners with boxy or round plants and a cookie cutter feel to their custom landscaping. In some cases, the gardeners will hack away at your plants and leave them severely damaged.
Choosing the right landscape maintenance company for your needs can be difficult, so here are 5 tips that will help you get the information you need to make an educated decision.
The biggest advice we can give you is that one size does not fit all for plant pruning. It is vital that you choose a maintenance company that knows the appropriate pruning techniques for your specific plants. Be wary of hiring the first gardener you see when searching for a pruner. A lot of the “mow and blow” companies will hack away at your plants and leave you with square and globe-shaped landscaping. Not only is this bad for the plant, but it also ruins the custom aesthetic look that your designer created.
5. Follow-up Care
If your professional is fully in tune with your garden and its needs, it is recommended that you do a quarterly maintenance plan. Top professionals can easily spend 10 hours or more a quarter (for a 7,500 to 10,000 square-foot yard) carefully tending to your plants. The more time your professionals spend, the better. For garden-heavy homes featuring carefully selected plants, a monthly premium maintenance plan is ideal. That way, your professional can construct a care-regimen tailored to your plants’ specific needs.