Every homeowner has a moment once their newly designed landscaping project is finally complete. You take a deep breath and gaze into your magnificent yard but then a thought occurs – how am I going to keep this yard looking this great for the rest of the year?
Landscaping designs usually do not come with guarantees or warranties on plants and sodding (Although, Ware Landscaping actually does offer a Limited Lifetime Landscaping Guarantee on any of landscape designs when you sign up for an eligible maintenance package). There are so many factors that can affect the health of your yard – the big one being nature. Obviously, we can’t control the weather but we can control how we respond to weather conditions in order to provide a healthy environment for grass, plants, trees and shrubs. We can also control how we take care of our newly installed sodding and plants. Proper care will likely ensure a flawless yard post-installation.
Here are a few steps to keep your yard looking just as great as the day you completed your dream landscape design:
1. Water your yard and plants early in the morning. Generally, watering between 6-10 am is ideal especially in the summer. During this time, there is less sun so you don’t risk scorching your lawn or having water evaporate too quickly. When water evaporates too quickly your lawn doesn’t absorb water. Watering at night can also be detrimental to your lawn care and homeowner’s risk mold and mildew growth.
For some homeowners, automated sprinklers are a good choice especially if you have a lot of land to cover. With automated sprinklers, you can set it and forget it.
2. Mow your law when it is at least 1/3 taller than the recommended grass height. If you mow your lawn yourself, follow the 1/3 rule – only mow when your grass is at least 1/3 higher than the recommended height for your grass. Most grass is recommended to be around 2-3 inches. Mowing any lower than a third of your recommended height is likely to cause your grass to dry out, yellow and possibly die.
How often you should mow your lawn depends on how fast your grass grows.
3. Prune! Pruning can be intimidating and you just have to dive into it. Pruning is important because you want maintain healthy plants. When pruning you are looking to remove dead leaves, stems and unhealthy branches on small trees. This will ensure that your plants stay healthy. Having dead stems and leaves can hinder your plants health and growth.
Most “mistakes” aren’t fatal to your plant unless you prune them right before winter if you live in a cold climates because you risk new growth dying with frost and cold. For a nice, easy-to-follow guide, we’d recommend This Old House’s Pruning Guide.
4. Ensure Proper Drainage – If you spot puddles collecting water or extremely muddy patches, you likely have a drainage problem. With heavy rains it may be possible to experience severe yard flooding that can impact your foundation and health of your yard. Read more about drainage inour How to Spot Drainage Problems Blog.