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Your house isn’t just a place to rest your head at night. It’s where you raise your children, celebrate holidays and family milestones, and much more. There are few better feelings than returning home on Friday night after a long week and the weekend ahead of you, full of lazy promise.
Unless of course you notice your yard looks like a jungle! Suddenly, you may be looking at a weekend of labor: weeding, mulching, scrubbing, mowing, and more. The best way to tackle these big projects and save your weekend is to get professional help from a property care company.
Where do you start?
Below we have provided a guide to help you understand what type of property care professional you might need.
Landscape Architects and Designers plan and design your landscape. We discuss your vision for your space and help you to choose appropriate plants and materials for your budget. We look beyond the current season to plan a yard that will impress all year.
Landscape Contractors install your landscape features, including the soft-scapes, like soil and vegetation, and hard-scapes, like fences, water elements, stones, and walkways.
Landscape Managers maintain your landscape. Landscaping isn’t a seasonal project that can be neglected. If you don’t want to take on regular maintenance yourself, you may want to hire a landscape manager or property care company.
Horticulturists are plant experts. If your plants aren’t flourishing, your leaves are being eaten by pests, or you live in a particularly difficult climate for vegetation, you may want to work with a horticulturist. They can also coordinate with landscape architects or designers to plan your gardens.
Arborists plant, prune, remove, and take care of trees. They know about fertilization and nutritional needs, as well as cabling, bracing, and support for newly planted trees.
Regardless of your landscaping needs, you’ll need to sort out two factors before talking to potential contractors. First, set a budget range. You’ll want to have some flexibility when it comes to materials, and certain aspects may cost more or less than you think. You don’t want to hire a property care company to plan your perfect yard only to discover that it costs more than you’re willing to spend. If you know the budget upfront, you can set realistic expectations.
Next, consider your timeline. Unfortunately, gardens don’t grow overnight and speaking with your property care company about expected time frames will help avoid any confusion.
Everyone loves a well-manicured lawn, but it’s no secret that they take a lot of time and effort. Not every homeowner has the kind of time necessary to devote to proper lawn maintenance. However, lawn neglect carries some serious downsides. Here are five reasons why you should do what it takes to stay on top of your yard work:
1. BOOST CURB APPEAL, GAIN VALUE
Even if your grounds are less elaborately landscaped than a Better Homes and Gardens contest winner, keeping your lawn maintained adds to your home’s curb appeal. If you’re planning to sell the house at some point, buyers will take a greater interest in a home with well-tended surroundings. A weedy, unkept lawn could lower the value of not only your house but the surrounding homes too.
2. WEEDS AND THEIR RELENTLESS SEEDS
Ignoring the weeds that naturally find a cozy home in a poorly-maintained yard makes it considerably more difficult to eradicate them once you make time to bring the lawn up to speed. If allowed to grow to maturity, weeds put out thousands more seeds to anchor in your ground and blow around the neighborhood. Before long, the weeds will overtake the turf, and the grass will face a mighty struggle to reconquer its territory.
3. TIRELESS ARMIES OF PESTS
Even if you perform the basic lawn care chores of watering and mowing, insects love to burrow in and eat your grass from the roots up. It’s the go-to place for overwintering beetle species and other pests. Plus, in our humid climate areas, mosquitoes and ticks proliferate if not tamped down with regular pest control. Lawns should receive the proper applications of insecticides at the first sign of their presence. A professional landscaping service can identify the specific bugs destroying your lawn and offer the right solution at the proper time.
4. HUNGER STRIKES LAWNS EVERY YEAR
To keep the turf lush and thriving, every lawn should receive a hearty meal twice a year. Don’t forget the trees and shrubs as well! Since most residential lawns have too thin of a layer of suitable topsoil in which to grow, the vegetation eventually depletes the nutrients in the soil then begins to thin out and fail to flourish. A good feeding in the spring and a pre-winter booster application in autumn will satisfy your turf’s appetite each year.
5. COLOR SPRINGS FROM AUTUMN PREPARATION
Having the first of the gorgeous bulb flowers bloom on your block in spring will please your winter-weary soul and those of your whole neighborhood. But the spring plan happens in autumn with carefully chosen, planted and nourished bulbs. If you already have nice beds of crocus, tulips, daffodils and iris, you need to dig in, thin and fertilize the bulbs every couple of years or so to continue producing large, lovely blooms.
Those homeowners who would like to maintain lush landscaping rather than pursue the alternatives have plenty to do. But if you find that you can’t budget the time or you no longer have the energy, please call us Darling Downs Property Care. Our experienced crews would love to take care of any of your lawn upkeep. We can do as much or as little maintenance as you need. We can take care of weekly mowing or just come for fertilizations, aerations, pest control or tree and shrub grooming. Whatever your budget, we can find a plan that works for you. If you mention this article we’ll even give you 10 percent off your first service!