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7 Tips for Maintaining a Perfect Landscape

Posted on September 28th, 2015 by Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

Have you ever walked by a flawless lawn in your neighborhood and wondered how the owners do it? Getting back to the basics of landscape maintenance and giving your lawn the care that it deserves will put you on your way to having the perfect landscape that you’ve always envisioned for your property.

Landscape Maintenance

  1. Set the mower to the right height. Most people cut their grass much shorter than they should, which stresses out the lawn. Set your mower on the highest available setting so that you only cut off the top third of the grass to improve root development.

  2. Keep the edges of the lawn trimmed. After you’ve mowed, trim the edges of the lawn to give the space a neat, professionally groomed aesthetic. Use an edge trimmer to tidy up hard to reach areas around fences, posts, and tight corners.

  3. Water deeply once a week. Newly seeded lawns require daily watering so that they can establish roots without risk of runoff. Once the grass is an inch tall or so, you can switch over to a weekly deep watering.

  4. Feed the lawn several times a year. Once a season in the spring, summer, and fall, fertilize your lawn with a complete fertilizer that includes micronutrients such as copper, iron, and sulfur. You should also apply dolomitic lime every few years.

  5. Aerate your lawn during the growing season. When grass gets too compacted, nutrients aren’t able to get down to the roots. Aeration, which consists of simply poking holes in the lawn with a specially designed tool, improves oxygen circulation. If you employ maintenance services, make sure to request an aeration treatment.

  6. Work with, not against, the available sunlight. Assess the sunlight in your yard so that you can select plants that will thrive in it.

  7. Choose plants that will thrive in your climate. Once you know what type of sunlight you have to work with in your yard, you can also consider the type of plants that will grow best in your particular climate, which includes factors like rainfall and wind strength.

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7 thoughts on “7 Tips for Maintaining a Perfect Landscape”

  1. Maintaining the edges of your lawn make a huge difference. Sometimes I edge without mowing the rest of the yard and you can’t even tell that I didn’t mow. Thanks for the great advice!

  2. Yeah. My father used to paid someone to mow the grass but he cut it very short. He said something about being frugal. Haha. Certainly it takes another year to grow.

  3. I really like the advice here to use plants that work great in your climate. It seems to me that a lot of people don’t understand the importance of that. However, if you don’t have a good climate, it will be hard for the plants to grow. You want to make sure that you give your plants the greatest opportunity to thrive.

  4. I hadn’t considered trimming the edges of the lawn as being such an important factor before, but it totally makes sense. Growing up, our lawn grew over the edge of the sidewalk a little. Over time, it developed a nice little bump that actually started covering the edges of the sidewalk. When I get a house, I’m trimming the edges. Thanks!

  5. My lawn has dry spots all over it, which is making my landscape look awful. I’ve been trying to water it, but it looks worse. Do you think that I’m flooding the seeds? I’ll try your tips, but I may need to get some professional help.

  6. For as long as I can remember, my ‘lawn’ has been patchy and weedy. I decided to just tear everything up and start from scratch. I’m coming up with some ideas as to how I’m going to design my landscape. I didn’t do well at maintenance last time so I might hire someone to do it.

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