8 Top Dallas Landscape Maintenance Tips!
8 Top Dallas Landscape Maintenance Tips!
Having a luxury property in Dallas can be a dream come true, especially if it’s designed to your unique specifications. However, if you’ve invested in landscaping and hardscaping features for your exterior that requires concierge-level maintenance, having some tips from the experts always helps.
1. Leave Some Fallen Leaves When Cleaning the Yard
As the seasons change and the leaves fall, many want to keep their yard pristine and clean up all of the leaves that fall. However, leaving a few sporadic leaves here and there can actually benefit your landscape by providing space for plant pollinators and other forms of wildlife to make it through the winter.
2. Save Late Winter & Early Spring for Pruning Time
Pruning is always best when your plants are in a regenerative state, such as in late winter or early spring. When pruning, take care of any damaged leaves or branches due to winter weather and remove lower branches on evergreen trees. Additionally, for shrubs that flower in the spring and summer, prune the former after they flower in the spring and the latter at the end of winter.
3. Weed Aggressively During Springtime
As the daylight increases, so will weeds that thrive in summer and spring sunlight, so any aggressive weeds should be removed ASAP in early springtime. Also, cut down on weeds by following some best practices for general yard upkeep like not mowing your lawn too short, not over or underwatering your yard, always fertilizing during the springtime, and employing herbicide if necessary.
4. Loosen Compacted Soil
Often, throughout the year due to rain and weather conditions, your yard’s soil can become compacted. This is especially true for those with landscaping features such as flowers, shrubs, or garden beds. After the winter thaw, you can remove dead leaves from those areas and use them as mulch/ground cover for the rest of the yard. Then use hand tools to loosen the soil around garden beds, plants, trees, and shrubs. If the soil is too compacted, a hand tiller is an ideal tool. This will make certain that your plants thrive during the growing season and receive all the oxygen and water they need to remain healthy.
5. Keep a Regular Mowing Schedule
When it comes to mowing your lawn, especially after the winter, it’s key to keep a regular mowing schedule. However, it’s important that you don’t mow your lawn too short and risk dry patches and thatch due to excess heat/sunlight. A good rule of thumb is to mow your yard every time it reaches approximately 2-3 inches. Longer grass, believe it or not, actually creates more shade and minimizes weed growth. Additionally, keeping your mower well-maintained will serve you well. Sharpen the blades regularly to ensure you’re not simply ripping grass and increasing the likelihood of fungi and disease infestation in the yard.
6. Mulch Properly
Mulching your yard can create ground cover and keep your lawn and softscape well-maintained. However, there is a process to follow to make certain you get the most out of it. Mulching should only be done after the weather warms a bit and your yard’s soil dries out. Also, edge your lawn and garden beds and trim and prune plants before adding mulch. For those that already have mulch in their yard, you may need to replace it or add to it depending on the type. Dyed brown wood chips and hardwood bark mulches will often have a longer lifespan than other alternatives, so be sure to keep this in mind.
7. Redraw Your Garden Beds
If your garden and lawn have grown a little wild over the winter and you want to sharpen the edges of their beds, it’s easy to do so using a garden hose as your borderline. Simply line up your garden hose with the border and then carefully edge alongside it, using it to guide you in the process. This is an easy way to minimize any errors. You can dig along the hose line and remove the grass that’s grown there to create a larger border for your garden beds, adding soil where needed.
8. Seed Bare Patches
Carefully seeding any bare patches of lawn that have suffered over the wintertime will help make certain you have a beautiful yard. But don’t be too hasty when seeding, it’s important to remember whether you’re using any herbicides on your lawn because some of them can make it much more difficult for grass seeds to grow. This is why fall is often best for reseeding bare patches because you won’t be using any preventative herbicides to deter crabgrass and other weeds that crop up during springtime.
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