Creating a stunning landscape is a rewarding endeavor that transforms outdoor spaces into havens of natural beauty. However, the journey doesn’t end with the completion of the project. To ensure your landscape remains vibrant and healthy, ongoing maintenance is crucial. In this blog, we’ll explore the essential tasks and considerations for sustaining the beauty of your completed landscape project.
1: REGULAR WATERING
Adequate water supply is fundamental for the health of your plants, trees, and lawn. Depending on the climate and the types of vegetation in your landscape, we recommend establishing a consistent watering schedule. Investing in an irrigation system is the most efficient method to prevent overwatering or underwatering. In our Eco-Friendly blog, we discuss some key considerations regarding sustainability and water management.
Wood mulch serves as a protective layer for your soil by helping retain moisture, assisting in suppressing weeds, and regulating soil temperature. Regularly replenish mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds to maintain its effectiveness. This simple task not only enhances the aesthetic but also promotes plant health. In addition to mulch, we also recommend filling your garden with hardy plants, as their canopy will assist in keeping weeds away. Weeds will grow where they can access sun and water, so the more plants you have, the fewer the weeds!
3: PRUNING AND TRIMMING
Keep your landscape looking well-groomed by regularly pruning and trimming plants. This not only improves their appearance but also encourages healthy growth. Remove dead or diseased branches to prevent the spread of disease and ensure proper air circulation. While creating our planting plans with our clients, we will review the dos and don’ts of each variety. If you want a very low maintenance garden space, we will create select plants that require minimal pruning or trimming. If you are a lover of more intensive gardening, we can help create a beautiful, colorful, lush space and provide key tips on year round upkeep.
Plants, like any living organisms, require essential nutrients for growth. Periodically fertilize your landscape to replenish soil nutrients and promote plant vitality. Be mindful of the specific needs of different plants and choose fertilizers accordingly. Here at B. Rocke Landscaping, we typically plant our shrubs with Biotic Earth to promote healthy and hearty root systems. The mycorrhizae pull moisture from the soil while also helping the roots reach for water.
5: PEST CONTROL
Keep an eye out for pests that can harm your plants. Regularly inspect leaves and stems for signs of infestation. Implement natural or chemical pest control measures as needed to protect your landscape from damage. A few signs to look for would be small holes in leaves, chew marks from animals (such as deer or rabbits), or evidence of digging in the soil or mulch. You could have some furry friends burrowing down there!
6: LAWN CARE
If your landscape includes a lawn, regular maintenance is essential. This includes mowing, aerating, and fertilizing. Adjust the lawn care routine based on the season and address any issues such as bare patches promptly. Check out this blog about preparing your lawn for winter.
7: SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTS
Different seasons bring unique challenges and requirements for your landscape. Adjust your maintenance routine accordingly. This may involve winterizing plants, protecting them from extreme temperatures, and adjusting watering schedules based on seasonal rainfall. An example of this would be deadheading your perennial prairie grasses, such as Karl Foresters or Miscanthus Flame. Though this is not absolutely necessary, in the spring this will ensure your garden is clean and the grass is ready to grow tall and strong!
8: INSPECT HARDSCAPE ELEMENTS
If your landscape project includes hardscape elements such as pathways, patios, or retaining walls, periodically inspect them for any signs of wear or damage. Addressing issues promptly with a reset can prevent more extensive and costly repairs down the line. With our fluctuating Winnipeg weather, the freeze/thaw cycle can affect anything embedded in the ground. Our weather blog [[insert link]] will guide you through the best times for installation, along with some tips and tricks about maintenance.
9: CLEANING AND WEEDING
Regularly remove debris, fallen leaves, and weeds from your landscape. Not only does this enhance the visual appeal, but it also prevents weeds from competing with your plants for resources.
10: CONSULT WITH US, THE PROFESSIONALS
Consider seeking the expertise of our landscape professionals for periodic evaluations. We can provide insights into the overall health of your landscape, recommend adjustments to your maintenance routine, and address any emerging issues.
A well-maintained landscape is a testament to the dedication of its caretaker. By incorporating these essential maintenance practices into your routine, you can ensure that your completed landscape project continues to thrive and captivate for years to come. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving the beauty of your outdoor sanctuary. Click here for a free consultation with B. Rocke Landscaping.