Spring is nearly here, and with it are increased temperatures and a warming up of your yard's soil. With this warming trend, you will begin to see yard landscaping growth and a renewal of last year's vegetation. Get an early start on your landscaping care, and keep in mind some basic care recommendations that you or a professional landscaper can handle. Either way you choose to maintain your yard, here are some yard care essentials you should consider to keep your landscaping in its best shape all season long.
As soil yields plants and healthy root growth, plants take all the nutrients from the soil that are not naturally renewed. And unless you add fertilizers back into the soil, the soil will be void of plant food. However, when you add mulch, such as wood chips or bark, the wood breaks down and returns nutrients into the soil.
Mulch added onto areas of your yard is a great way to also improve the appearance of your yard as it protects the soil and its nutrient levels The wood mulch also creates a barrier on top of the soil to promote earthworm activity below the soil. Then, the mulch prevents soil erosion from wind and water to keep the soil in place around your plants.
You can add mulch in a layer of several inches thick to bedding areas and around shrubbery, flowers, trees, and grasses. However, when you add the mulch around the trunk of your trees, be sure to leave several inches of space between the mulch and the trunk to prevent the promotion of insect and disease problems.
There are several types of landscaping vegetation in your yard that will need to be trimmed. This includes your lawn, which will need to be trimmed on a weekly basis with a sharp mower blade. Be sure you don't trim off more than one-third of the plant's length, otherwise you can harm the lawn's health. Also periodically let the lawn trimmings to fall back into the lawn to return some nutrients back to the soil and to your lawn.
You may also have shrubbery and fruit trees that require trimming once or several times each year, depending on the type of shrubbery contained in your yard. Contact a local landscaper to hire a shrub trimming professional or an arborist for the fruit trees you have if you are not experienced in handling this task. And if your trees are not fruit trees, keep in mind they may need trimming as well to keep them healthy and prevent damage to nearby structures.
For more information about lawn care, contact a local landscaper.