Emerald Landscape Maintenance serving Penticton and the South Okanagan
Any landscapes that have plants as part of the landscaping are living and breathing. Any yard no matter how simple will require watering, fertilizing, clean up and possible disease prevention. If you are a busy individual who has no time for yard maintenance, it may be a wise idea to consider re-landscaping your yard with a low maintenance and low water requirements design or hiring professional yard maintenance personnel that can weekly come by and keep your yard in picture perfect condition. Anyone who has done their own yard maintenance will tell you that it is more labour intensive than many homeowners believe. Weeding, mowing and mulching are frequently performed but rarely are the tasks done in the right manner. Typically, the difference between good and bad yard maintenance is the amount of attention paid to the details. A worker who spends a few extra minutes to attend to the details of fine yard maintenance is rewarded with far more beautiful and manicured landscapes as well as far fewer yard maintenance troubles down the road.
This begs the question, how do I do the best yard maintenance possible? Well you could hire a professional landscape maintenance company like Emerald Landscaping or you could attempt to do it yourself. At Emerald Landscaping we examine, generate and meticulously follow a yard maintenance checklist that is custom suited for your yard. Different landscaping elements and designs require specific maintenance requirements. There is such a large variety of plants and ground cover growing in unique environments it requires a specialized maintenance formula for each individual yard for the best results.
Below is a simple guide we sometimes follow for your specific yard maintenance requirements:
● Planted sections
Some plants will require endless attention to keep them looking great while others will need minimal attention when it comes to maintenance. After the winter, all plants should be checked as how well they survived the winter. It is a good idea to cover the areas around plants with organic mulching material every spring to help the planted areas retain moisture as well as weed control. Some plants like roses should be hilled up with mulch to help them survive the winter better and then remove the hilled material in the spring. Most flowing plants do better if you pinch off dead flower blooms so new plant growth is encouraged. In late spring plants that are looking a little malnourished should be fertilized with either store bought fertilizer or manure.
● Insect management
Plants and lawns are checked for pests and remedies are recommended to the homeowner. Pesticides are sometimes suggested as dealing with pests while natural methods are considered and discussed as well. For instance, a shallow plate filled with beer placed at ground level in a slug-infested garden will kill off the pests.
Pulling weeds out by the roots are the recommended way of dealing with weeds but in areas where there are too many weeds, often herbicides are recommended. Obviously great caution is used when applying herbicides, if the application is not done carefully; plants that are near the weeds could be sprayed and killed off. A help to reducing weeds is placing mulch a few inches thick on the soil around the plants. Grass is like a weed in itself and if kept within desired bounds usually keeps the lawn area free of undesirable weeds.
● Lawn Mowing
Cutting a lawn to a longer grass length will result in less water and fertilizer needed to keep the lawn green. A preferred method of lawn mowing is using a mower/mulcher so nutrients from the cut grass are returned back to the lawn reducing fertilizer requirements.
● Leaf and needle removal
We recommend removing leaves and coniferous tree needles on a regular basis from lawn areas as light needed for growing your lawn is reduced as well as leaves and needles trap water near grass roots and can cause rot.
Depending on the usage of lawn areas and the condition of plants in your landscaping, fertilization is typically required from two to five times per year. Many chemical fertilizers as well as organic fertilizers are available for your plants and lawn areas.
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