When people think of landscaping, their minds instantly go to a summer setting. A homeowner cutting the grass in the middle of August, or a crew industriously trimming shrubbery on a bright and sunny day. While that’s all true, in order to have a strong and healthy landscape, work needs to be done throughout the year.
We know, yardwork isn’t always fun, especially if it’s not done on a glorious summer day with a beer in hand. But doing it wrong will just create more problems for yourself, while doing it right will ensure your landscape lives on for years. We’ve heard about common mistakes made by homeowners that can make things worse. Keep reading to learn what to avoid and why these tips really matter.
- Some people think that, when you cut the grass for the final time of the season, the grass should be cut as short as possible. That’s not a great move, since grass that’s a little longer acts as a buffer for weeds and helps to keep moisture in the soil. If you keep the grass cut approximately 2-3 inches, you’ll be in better shape.
- Speaking of the final grass cutting of the year, it’s common for people to forget about planning for next spring. Want your lawn to not only be ready for next year, but also look good through autumn and winter? A once-over lawn manicure, where the lines are diagonally re-emphasized, makes the grass look terrific.
- It’s a pity, but when summer ends, many homeowners forget that their plants still require water to survive. By leaving it up to Mother Nature, shrubs, bushes, fruit trees, and the grass itself are all at greater risk of dehydration and disease. Watering the vegetation occasionally helps to keep them strong.
- Maybe you’re a proactive gardener, and you’re applying fertilizer to ensure next season starts out strong. We love that, but be careful which fertilizer you use. Granular fertilizers can take much longer to dissolve when the temperature drops. To sidestep this problem, use a sprayable fertilizer.
- Speaking of planning ahead, we also love it when homeowners use mulch. But like so many other things, you get what you pay for. Cheap mulch can lure fungus and pests over to the soil of your plants. When you use high-quality mulch, plants will grow stronger, enjoy better hydration, and be healthier and more fertile.
- We know, raking leaves is tedious and no fun. It’s also completely necessary. If you don’t rake, you create an environment where mold and fungus can accumulate and thrive. Plus, snow sticks around longer and is harder to get rid of.
- Procrastinators and gardens are not a great fit. That’s because, in order for plants to reap the full benefits of springtime, they need to be prepared and planted early. By doing so, your plants have time to mature and take root.
- Periodically, take the time to eyeball your plants and look specifically for pest infestations. Some people don’t bother, figuring winter weather will kill off insects. Perhaps, but it’s just as likely the pests will dig in, and by spring, it will be too late to stop them.