Becoming a new homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Landscaping has to be regularly addressed to maintain the visual appeal of your property. Below are 8 landscaping tips for new homeowners:
• Trees and shrubs should not be severely pruned. They may need some amount of care after you acquire the property; however, cutting back branches and limbs in an arbitrary manner will disfigure the tree or shrub and could result in future problems.
• Rake leaves, prune off vines and limbs that interfere with the home’s mechanical operation and get rid of the debris. Debris and plants that are a fire hazard should also be removed.
• Use your yard waste to start a compost pile.
• Check sprinklers as soon as possible to make sure they are working as you expect. If you are not skilled with irrigation matters, you should think about hiring a professional within the landscaping field. Replacing or installing a sprinkler system is not an expensive process; however, it should be replaced or installed by someone with some amount of knowledge about the system. If you have metered water, saving money on the water typically pays for the system within a season. There are also timed sprinkler systems designed to maximize water saving; you can just set it for a prescribed time period and it will turn off itself afterwards. If the street is wet after irrigation or you see the eruption of a geyser in your yard, it is time to pay some attention to the system.
• Trees should not be planted under power lines.
• Trees and shrubs should not be planted before carrying out research on whether it is climate-appropriate. You should also determine whether they will be suitable for your landscape when they become mature specimens. There are a number of trees that get amazingly large with age.
• Pesticides or fertilizers should not be overused. Labels should be read carefully and the instructions followed.
• Mow the lawn often enough so bag clippings will be avoided. Bagging clippings removes valuable nutrients from the lawn. If globs of grass are left on the lawn, think about raising the mowing height or mow more frequently to see if it helps.