Landscaping Maintenance: Dos and Don’ts

Landscaping is not just a one-time gig.  Even if you hire the services of professional landscapers, daily maintenance is solely your responsibility, unless you have a gardener to constantly look after your plants.  Still, you need to be aware of several dos and don’ts so you don’t encounter landscaping and maintenance problems in the future.

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  • Don’t forget to plan your landscaping.  You can’t just go about buying any plant that you like.  You need to have a picture in your mind of how you want your garden to turn out.  If you haphazardly choose different types of plants, you may end up dealing with a garden of chaos.  Do your research or consult a professional landscape designer to help you out.
  • Don’t place too many plant varieties that have different maintenance requirements.  On the other hand, don’t plant too many of the same thing because it defeats the purpose of landscaping.  Do plant about 6 varieties of foliage.  Make sure that you include flowers that bloom in different seasons so you will have something to look forward to every season.
  • Don’t satisfy yourself with having a big lawn as it is incredibly high-maintenance.  You will have to constantly water and provide nutrients so your plants stay healthy.  Do introduce low bushes and shrubs to create a visually appealing garden.
  • Don’t allow your landscaping design to crowd your house.  Do plant low shrubs closer to your house and tall trees farther away.  If you plant the trees too close to your house, you may need to prune them regularly so that they don’t overwhelm your house.
  • Don’t think of the short-term condition of your garden.  If you are planning to plant trees, consider their mature size so you would know the ideal planting distance from your home.  Never plant tall trees close to your home because they have large rooting systems that may ruin the foundation of your home.
  • Don’t allow vines to invade your home (unless, of course, you’re okay with annual pruning).  Once these vines overwhelm the structure of your home, they pose potential home maintenance problems.  Termites and pests may damage your house.  Also, vines may block out your windows and limit indoor ventilation. Do restrict the vines to lattice work only.
  • Don’t do it alone.  Landscaping is a fun and interesting process to undertake.  Do consult your family and friends.  They may have helpful insights that could help you bring out the best in your garden.  Make it a family affair. You can discover a lot of things about your family with a simple act of gardening. Moreover, getting professional advice from a landscape artist would not hurt.  In fact, it is very helpful especially during the planning and landscaping processes.

Landscaping maintenance should not take up too much of your time.  You need to enjoy your garden without the hassle of constantly trimming and pruning your foliage.  Maintenance would be easy if you are able to carefully plan out your landscaping.