Last updated on June 18th, 2023 at 12:37 am
Having a great outdoor space to use anytime you’d like is one of the best things about owning a home, so make sure you can enjoy it.
Your backyard can be a beautiful and relaxing living area with just a little planning and upkeep. When it comes to creating and enjoying the perfect outdoor space, landscaping and regular maintenance are key.
Let’s get into it–here are six landscaping maintenance ideas you can use to transform your yard into a space you’ll love.
Landscaping Maintenance Tips for Your Ideal Yard
1. Maintain your Yard on a Regular Schedule
When it comes to landscaping maintenance, you must, of course, focus on your lawn. While this obviously means mowing, it also includes fertilizing the grass, watering, weeding around bushes and flower beds, and trimming the trees and shrubs in your yard.
When you keep up with these regular lawn maintenance tasks, you prevent your backyard from turning into an unruly jungle. On the other hand, if you allow weeds to take over your lawn and your hedges to become overgrown, you’ll face a much bigger, more time-consuming, and expensive job.
What’s more, regular maintenance is important if you actually want your yard to be functional. When weeds grow over your paths and stairs, tree branches fall into your flower beds, and your lovely shrubbery dies due to lack of attention, you’ll likely stop using your yard. It may become a place you avoid, instead of a living space you could be enjoying.
2. Use a Maintenance Service When Needed
That being said, sometimes lawn maintenance becomes too much to handle. If you have physical restrictions or disabilities, have a very large yard, or if you have a lot of landscaped features, such as stairs, pathways, shaped flower beds, or decking, a do-it-yourself approach may not be possible.
If this is the case for you, or you just don’t have the time, expertise, or resources to maintain your landscaping yourself, you can call a residential property maintenance service to do the job for you.
Not only can they handle the basics we’ve gone over already, but they can perform lots of other tasks most homeowners don’t often attempt on their own. This includes things like lawn aeration, pruning trees, insect and tick control, and even site soil analysis.
3. Take on Landscaping Jobs Seasonally
There will be some jobs that lend themselves to the spring and summer months, such as planting flowers and vegetables, weeding, watering your flower beds and other plants, and mowing the lawn. Of course, you need to do these jobs in the warmer months (as this is when they’re needed), and as a bonus, gardening can be a wonderful way to get in some exercise while enjoying nature.
However, there are other jobs that you need to do as the weather gets cooler. For instance, raking and mulching leaves is a fall job, and so is planting flower bulbs to enjoy the following spring. Gardening experts say this is also a good time to prune your rose bushes.
4. Consider Installing an Irrigation System
Another smart way to keep on top of yard maintenance is to install an irrigation system.
During the summer months, especially if you live in a warm and sunny climate, it can become quite a difficult and time-consuming job to make sure your outdoor plants and landscaping are getting enough water.
Luckily, an irrigation system will do this job for you! You just need to install it (or have it installed), and set a timer to take care of all of your watering needs. When done professionally, this is usually a quick and easy process.
The long-term benefits to your yard, along with the time and effort you’ll save, make this something to consider depending on your particular yard and landscape design, as well as your budget.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Trees
Next, let’s talk about your trees. Having beautiful, tall trees on your property is always a plus. They can provide shade for your house, and therefore energy savings, not to mention that they enhance the look of your yard.
Trees also provide a great ecosystem for all kinds of small animals like squirrels and birds. This is another terrific benefit, especially if you’re an animal lover and like to put out bird feeders or food for the squirrels.
However, having trees on your property comes with some responsibility. An unhealthy tree can be a serious health and safety hazard, especially during storms or high winds.
If a tree dies or is at risk of falling or losing branches, it can be dangerous to have near your home. You risk roof damage, a tree or limb falling on a person, on a car, or into the street–or even onto a neighbor’s house.
Make sure you check on your trees’ health now and again, and consult with a tree service when needed.
6. Check on Outdoor Electrical and Plumbing Systems Annually
Last, but certainly not least, you will need to keep on top of any electric or plumbing systems that extend to your yard.
If you have a pool, sprinklers, lights, an outdoor kitchen, or anything else that requires electricity or plumbing, you should make sure all of your wiring and pipes are in good condition. This will help you avoid sudden breakdowns or expensive repair and replacement costs down the line.
Ask an electrician or plumber to check on the systems once a year, maybe even while they are performing another job, just to be sure everything is in good working order.
There you have it! These six landscaping maintenance tips can save you a lot of time, effort, and money–and potentially head off future problems.
From the basics like mowing, to keeping up with seasonal maintenance, watering, and watching out for any problems with your trees, these smart ideas will help ensure your yard stays in in top condition. And, you can always call in the professionals for those bigger jobs that might feel like a little too much to tackle on your own.
Do you have any landscaping maintenance ideas to add? Leave us a comment.
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