Creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape takes a lot of time and resources, but the end results are worth the hard work. It’s important to invest in planning and research before starting any landscape project to avoid common mistakes that many homeowners make. Continue reading if you’re new to landscaping and want to learn a few tips for maintaining your lawn.
Always Plan Ahead
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is planting their landscape before planning. Start by taking inventory of your property and its features, and make a copy of your plat map. Add any existing hardscape features to the plan, such as your driveway, sidewalk, deck, and more. Mark the location and name of existing plants that you want to keep, and draw a circle to show the relative size of the plant. This will help to determine what can be planted around the area. Also, it’s essential to get your soil tested, as some plants require a certain acidity in their soil. A soil test will also show if your soil is deficient in any nutrients. Once you’ve selected the plants that you want to add to your property, add them to the plan, making sure that they have enough space in between.
Don’t Make Impulse Purchases
It can be tempting to make a purchase when you visit a garden center, but it’s essential to avoid buying plants without taking time to research and plan. When visiting a local garden center or public garden, take note of which plants are available and what will grow well in your area. Make a list of interesting plants, then research each plant’s maximum height and width, preference for sun and shade, and the preference for soil. Once you have this information, you can purchase plants that will do well in your yard, rather than spend money on plants that won’t last long.
Care To Your Plants’ Needs
Plants have needs too, and it is a crucial aspect of landscaping to care for each plant’s specific needs. Plants that are struggling to survive in your landscape are more susceptible to insect and disease problems. New gardeners should start with native plants, as they are already adapted to the environment, less susceptible to pest and disease problems, and require less maintenance.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately-owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborist specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a lawn and total landscape care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, including Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!