Shrubs can create unity across a landscape, serve as barriers or borders, or provide visual appeal with seasonal color or as a specimen plant. When choosing shrubs, consider their purpose and your climate. Pay attention to light requirements, eventual height and width, soil type, and hardiness.
The rising temperatures of spring mean that lawns and landscaping plants need more water than in winter, but the lack of daily summer rains can make this a challenge. Make a plan to provide your landscaping with the right amount of water this month.
With mowing season fast approaching, it’s time to prepare your lawn care necessities. Service your lawn mower and other property maintenance tools, stock up on consumables for the equipment, and gather the necessary accessories to stay safe and comfortable while working.
Dormant turf grass in the winter means no need for constant mowing and more time for other landscaping tasks. Clean up dropped leaves, clear out beds, and apply fresh mulch. Plant ryegrass for a green lawn and check your trees for parasitic mistletoe.
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Coastal landscapes are unique and require special care. Sandy soil has a high pH; properties face constant wind; and salt is in the air, water, and soil. Choose plants that are native and salt-tolerant; support plant growth with wind protection and soil amendments.
In the market for a new home? Assess the condition of a property’s trees before you buy so that you have a realistic expectation of the maintenance cost they will require. Look for disease and damage, unstable trees, and trees in need of cleanup.
Putting a house on the market? Increase its curb appeal with these landscaping boosts: mulch and weed the garden beds, tidy up the trees and shrubs, and keep the lawn neat and groomed. Hire out if necessary, but always consult with your realtor first.
How do you know which landscaping chores to do yourself and which to hire out? Look at your level of interest, available time, physical ability, and budget. Compare the cost of new equipment with the cost of lawn care services. Assess the information to decide who will do what tasks.