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5 Landscaping Maintenance Basics Every Homeowner Needs To Know

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Key Takeaways

  • Work on your landscape does not stop at the final day of construction but requires this ongoing maintenance to retain its beauty.

  • Water and weed control is essential for the health of your landscape.

Maintaining a beautiful and healthy landscape requires a lot of effort and dedication. Whether you have a small backyard or a large lawn, there are certain landscaping maintenance basics that every homeowner should know. By accomplishing these tasks, you can keep your landscape in top shape and enjoy it for years to come. Here are the top 5 landscaping maintenance basics every homeowner needs to know.


Proper watering is essential for maintaining a healthy landscape. Depending on your climate and the type of plants you have, you may need to water your landscape every day or every few days. It’s important to water deeply and infrequently, rather
than shallowly and frequently. This helps promote deep root growth, which is essential for the health of your plants. Be sure to water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Keep in mind that newly establishing plants require more frequent watering. If you plan to install a new garden be sure you have a plan in place to meet the water requirements. Landscape irrigation may be your answer to this.



Regular pruning is important for maintaining the shape and health of your trees and shrubs. Prune dead or diseased branches as soon as possible to prevent the spread of disease. You should also prune to remove any crossing or rubbing branches that can cause damage to the tree or shrub. Prune in the dormant season to promote healthy growth in the spring. Check out our blog for more tips on dormant pruning.


Mulching your garden bed is a crucial practice that offers a multitude of benefits for plant health and overall garden well-being. One of the primary advantages of mulching is its ability to conserve moisture by reducing evaporation from the soil surface, ensuring more stable and consistent hydration for plants. This is particularly beneficial during dry periods, helping to mitigate water stress and improve drought resistance. Additionally, mulch acts as a natural insulator, regulating soil temperature by keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which fosters optimal conditions for plant growth. Mulching also suppresses weed growth, minimizing competition for nutrients and water while enhancing the aesthetics of the garden.


Weed Control

Weeds can quickly take over your landscape if left unchecked. Regular weeding is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape. Left unkempt weeds can choke out plants causing them damage or even death. This is especially important with new gardens trying to establish themselves. Weeding also keeps the aesthetic of your garden in tact. It is important to remember that work on your landscape does not stop at the final day of construction but requires this ongoing maintenance to retain its beauty. Check out our spring clean up blog for more details.

Mowing and Edging

Proper mowing is important for maintaining a healthy and attractive lawn. Be sure to keep your mower blades sharp to prevent tearing the grass blades, which can also make the grass more susceptible to disease. Edging keeps the surfaces looking sharp and defined. A deep clean edge ensures spreading grass roots stop at the edge of the lawn (roots don’t grow through air – once they hit the sharp edge, they will stop). It’s a lot of work, but is less maintenance over the long run!

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Maintaining a beautiful and healthy landscape requires time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end. By following these top 5 landscaping maintenance tips, you can keep your landscape looking its best and enjoy it for years to come. Don’t have the time or desire to maintain your landscape? Hiring a maintenance professional may be the right fit for you. A team of professionals takes the thought out of your weekly maintenance and ensures all tasks are completed with the proper knowledge and care.

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Your landscape job doesn’t stop once the crews leave your yard. Your landscape has living, evolving elements and that means you will need regular care to keep it looking as good as the day it is installed. Our team of landscape maintenance professionals is ready to make your life easier and take your garden to the next level. With services ranging from biweekly or weekly maintenance, spring and fall cleanups and property enhancements there is sure to be something that meets your needs. Get in touch with us today to start your maintenance journey >>>


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