Landscape installations are a surefire way to add visual interest to your property without completely overhauling the look of your home.
Installations come in a variety of forms. They can be softscapes: adding trees, shrubs, flowers and other foliage to your landscape. You may also elect to install hardscapes: things like walkways, pavement, rocks and ponds. Or, perhaps your new landscape installation could consist of decor like outdoor lighting, water features, or tree hangings.
Whatever type of landscape installation you decide on, it’s important that these featured pieces stay as beautiful a year from now as they are when they’re first put in.
Here are six care tips for your new landscaping feature.
Best Ways to Maintain a New Landscape Feature
1. Lawn Maintenance
Aside from the obvious ones, there are plenty of reasons to keep your lawn maintained. Other than keeping a pristine lawn for aesthetic purposes, the health of your landscape can be compromised if you do not take good care of your grass.
By choosing the appropriate mower height and keeping your lawn at the optimal level, you reduce your risk for weeds to grow in grass that is stressed or unhealthy.
Weeds left to their own devices can infiltrate your new landscaping feature over time. Your once beautiful walkway may now be overrun by weeds and other uninvited pests.
Be sure to maintain your lawn to combat any plant life with malintent.
2. Brush Clearing
Similar to maintaining a tidy lawn, it is also important to clear brush regularly.
When dead leaves and foliage stay on the ground unattended, there is a significant risk of mildew and fungus growth. If you have a water feature nearby, moist environments can be severely compromised by the presence of these invaders.
Piles of leaves and brush can be a convenient home for small rodents and pests. Naturally, these unwanted guests might also make a home in your new fountain or rock feature. Keeping brush and foliage maintained can help circumvent this risk and keep critters at bay.
3. Check Irrigation
Faulty irrigation systems can present a real problem for property owners. Not only can irrigation systems that dispense too much or too little water damage the plant life of your property, they can also cause significant structural damage to landscaping features.
If your irrigation system isn’t working correctly, this can have an adverse effect on your water features, resulting in sky-high water bills. You may also find that your landscaping features suffer water damage from a leaky sprinkler system.
Having your irrigation system evaluated by a professional could help you avoid unsightly damage.
4. Tree Trimming
Tree trimming on your property is a great way to ensure that your landscaping features shine.
Ponds filled with dead leaves are unsightly, and it would be a tragedy for your beautiful outdoor lighting fixtures to meet their end at the hands of a fallen branch.
Be sure to get your trees trimmed regularly to avoid damage.
5. Energy Conservation
Conserving energy is a great decision for any reason, but it can also do a lot to maintain the health of your new landscaping feature.
Particularly with features like lighting or fountains that are supported by electricity, conserving energy can help to ensure that your features don’t run themselves ragged and that all pieces and parts stay operational for as long as possible.
6. Expert Advice
Ultimately, it’s hard to notice every flaw or red flag in a property where you spend every day. Hiring an extra set of eyes for your landscaping services could be just the ticket to ensure that no issue goes unnoticed and every problem is attended.
The experienced arborists at The Parke Company are well-versed in what it takes to properly maintain landscaping features through high-quality landscaping services. From installation to repair, our experts are here to ensure that your property stays beautiful.
Give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.