Great DIY Landscape Projects
Some landscape companies will tell you that all outdoor tasks should be left to professionals. While it is true that professional care for your landscape will save you time, there are several tasks you can easily accomplish if you are willing to get your hands dirty.
DIY: Seasonal Clean-Ups
Seasonal clean-ups are essential for the success of your landscape. In both the Spring and Fall, we recommend pruning plants, cleaning up landscape beds, and removing leaves and other debris throughout your landscape and lawn. To effectively complete a seasonal clean-up, you will need a leaf blower, rake, pruners, and potentially a hand saw. Be sure to research the plantings in your yard so that you are pruning them back at the appropriate time and in the correct way for optimal growth. Many homeowners opt to have landscape companies complete this task because it is a lot of hard work and significant time investment.
DIY: Mulching, Planting Annuals, and Weeding
If your landscape beds have mulch, they need to be refreshed each season. This includes applying weed prevention and then installing mulch. Be sure to apply an even layer and make sure to not mound mulch around the base of trees. In addition, most landscape beds with mulch need to be edged each season to define the bed lines.
Another easy task for homeowners to complete is installing your own annual flowers. When purchasing flowers, be sure to look at the recommended sunlight for each plant, so it can thrive where you plant it. If you are planning to plant in container garden planters, be sure to include a thriller, spiller, and filler. While this is a task you can easily complete, many homeowners hire a landscape company to design and install their annual flower display.
Finally, dealing with weeds in your landscape beds and pruning your plantings can be a task homeowners can successfully accomplish. We do not recommend homeowners purchasing their own weed control spray. Professionals take hours of trainings to know exactly how much of each chemical to mix and apply to safely control weeds. What is sold at your local hardware store is not the same as the type of products professional landscapers have access to. Weeding and pruning by hand can be a lot of work, but if you enjoy gardening it can be a relaxing task! Spend time researching the type of plantings you have on your property so you know when to remove dead flower blooms to encourage a second or even third appearance of flowers.
DIY: Mowing Your Lawn
Lawn maintenance can be a great DIY task if you have some extra time to spare or are looking to save money. Be sure to sharpen your mower blades at the beginning of the season and at least one additional time. Spend time researching the correct length to mow your grass throughout the season, as cutting too short or too long can encourage disease and pests to take hold. Alternate the direction in which you mow your grass to avoid compaction and ruts. Professional landscape maintenance typically includes not only mowing your grass, but line trimming, blowing, and bi-weekly edging. These jobs can be a bit more tricky to tackle and require more time and equipment.