Top Homeowner Landscaping Tips
With spring just around the corner, many people are analyzing their yards and anticipating the latest, greatest landscaping features to add. However, there are some important tips for homeowners to follow before embarking on a new project. These include:
- Clean, Clean, Clean – Never underestimate the importance of spring-cleaning the yard. Removing dead foliage and tree branches helps maintain a finished look in garden beds and throughout the lawn area.
- Weed Patrol – This is one case where it’s OK to be a little obsessive compulsive about the yard. If homeowners let weeds get out of control, the results can rapidly turn into a complete disaster. Spring is an opportune time to weed existing flowerbeds, remove any weeds and spray for weeds. Once this time consuming task is completed, homeowners can expect to spend a mere 10 to 15 minutes several times a week to maintain this pristine, well-manicured look.
- Fertilizing – Once all weeds have been removed from flowerbeds and lawns, it’s important to fertilize flowers, grass and shrubs. This will help give plants a lively start for the spring season. There are a significant number of options available, including all organic options to traditional weed killers. Flowerbeds and shrubs should be treated differently from garden fertilizers, as no one wants to put harmful poisons near the foods they intend on digesting.
- Irrigation Systems – These can easily spring a leak in the winter months. If a homeowner has an in-ground sprinkler system, spring is the perfect time to check for leaks and make sure everything is in proper working order. Additionally, a homeowner should confirm that the pump and tank are both functional, especially since they have likely been dormant during the winter months. Wandering around the yard to check sprinkler heads is also highly recommended and any damaged heads should be fixed and/or repaired.
- Mulch – This one aesthetic tip can turn a yard from drab into fabulous in a matter of hours. Professional landscapers recommend that homeowners install an additional four inches of new mulch to help retain moisture and prevent weeds. Mulch should be even distributed around the edge of plants to help ensure that moisture will be directed towards the plant’s root ball and not simply runoff.
An additional tip for homeowners is to check with their home insurance company if they are planning on planting significant trees and/or shrubs. Some homeowners’ policies offer supplements that will help offer insurance replacement due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, windstorms, hail or tornadoes.
Landscape Supply of Utah offers a number of landscaping supplies for do-it-yourself home gardeners, including Utah topsoil, Utah pavers, Utah mulch and Utah landscaping supplies. They also offer a complete nursery, boulders, flagstone, decorative gravel and cobble and feature elements, which includes fire and water.
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