Whether you care for your own lawn, you hire a gardening or landscaping service to do it for you, or you pay a neighborhood kid once in a while to take care of certain tasks, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what is required to properly maintain your lawn and landscaping. And while you probably know that frequent watering is essential to keeping your plant life green and healthy, there’s a lot more you need to do if you want to have the beautiful, manicured landscape that is the envy of all your neighbors. So here are just a few tasks that you should complete on a weekly basis and why they’re necessary for proper outdoor maintenance.
- Mowing. If you fail to mow your lawn regularly it will start to look overgrown and unkempt, as you will no doubt notice. But you might not think that regular mowing is particularly important. After all, grass that grows in nature doesn’t get mowed. In truth, natural grass is often used by animals as a food source. So in fact, it does get mowed, in a fashion. That said, grass is like any other plant; when you cut it back appropriately, it’s going to grow in thicker and healthier. So consistent mowing is a must if you want your lawn to continue looking nice.
- Pruning. Just as you lawn benefits from regular mowing, the bushes, trees, and other plants that make up the remainder of your landscaping will fare better if you prune regularly. By trimming away overgrowth, dead branches and leaves, and so on, you can promote new growth and ensure healthy and beautiful plants.
- Weeding. Weeds are plants that invade your yard and choke out their neighbors, ruining your landscaping in the process. And while you might not be terribly concerned about one or two weeds popping up, you’ll find that if you fail to nip them in the bud, so to speak, they can quickly become a serious nuisance. So you need to practice regular weeding if you want to preserve your lawn and other landscaping.
- Cleaning. Once you’ve weeded, pruned, and mowed, it’s a good idea to clear away clippings. If you want to use them for fertilizer, there’s no reason not to compost, but just leaving them lying around could make your yard look and even smell bad, not to mention making it difficult for water to seep into the soil.
- Pest control. Not every landscaping or gardening service offers pest control as part of their standard procedure. So before you contract with a reputable firm like Land View Landscape Services or a recommended local provider, you might just want to make sure that they’re willing to check for pest problems at the least, and potentially treat those that could negatively impact your landscaping. Of course, you can also take care of any pest problems like ants, aphids, and so on yourself. There is a wealth of information available online that could help you, including how to get rid of pests naturally, without chemicals. But you can also go to your local lawn and garden store for assistance. It’s just a good idea to check on a weekly basis to make sure pest problems aren’t growing out of control.