Simple Tweaks to Improve Your Landscape

Landscaping is one of those tedious tasks that pays off dividends after the work is complete. The problem? It seems like the work is never complete! If you own a home you know how much time and effort can go into maintaining your lawn, bushes, tress, and everything else in your yard. We’ve put together a simple checklist that will take the headaches and the guessing game out of when your yard needs to be tuned up. One problem I see is that people will let their landscape go for a long time and than feel so overwhelmed with how much work has to be done that they never get around to doing any of it. We read a post about spring cleaning that was very similar to what we’re talking about. Basically it’s the same idea where people don’t do anything around their house like dusting, sweeping, cleaning the sinks, etc., and when Spring comes around they feel like they have so much to do they just don’t do it! We’ve made a checklist for your landscaping duties to help you maintain control of your life and not freak out when you let things get out of hand.

  1. Mowing

Pick one day of the week and get busy mowing your yard for 1 hour. If you’re a neat freak like me you’ll probably want to set aside 2-3 hours every week to do this.

  1. Bush & Hedge Trimming

Pick one day every 2 weeks to trim your hedges and bushes. Most of the time, your bushes won’t get out of control as long as you do this once every 2 weeks. Just like mowing, set aside 1 hour to trim your bush and hedges.

  1. Plant Pruning

Once every 3 months will do the trick for plan pruning. If you’ve never pruned plants before, simply take some small sheers and trim the outside of them until they’re at a length you are happy with. I would personally cut them down as far as possible to make sure you don’t have to do this chore more than every 3 months.

  1. Raking Your Decorative Rocks

Once every 3 months is good enough to keep your landscape looking great when it comes to raking your decorative rocks. The great thing about performing this task is that you will uncover trash that blew into your yard and got stuck under the rocks. With so many decorative rocks it’s sometimes hard to notice these small details. While raking, be sure to even out the decorative rocks as much as possible. Raking is a huge factor if you want to keep your landscape looking neat and tidy!

  1. Cleaning the Pool

Most people have pool cleaners come out and perform pool cleaning services, but if you don’t, this snippet is for you. Set 1 hour per week to comb over your pool with a net. If you live around a lot of trees, you might need to clean your pool twice per week. Skimming your pool is going to not only keep your pool looking crystal clear and free from debris, it’s also going to help you avoid having your pool pump get clogged.

Though these tips might seem redundant and uneventful, we assure you that if you make out a schedule that includes performing these tasks on a weekly and monthly basis, you will never feel overwhelmed with maintaining your landscape.

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