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Beginners Guide to a New Landscape

Water droplets on a landscape.Whether this is your first time with new landscape, or you are upgrading your current one – congratulations! Our favorite aspect of being in this industry is that people can either come back to their home or place of work and feel welcomed by nature. We are excited to have been a part of your story and hope that we hear great updates.

With that, we wanted to leave you with the information you need to keep your landscaping flourishing because we believe that happy plants make happy people.

With any installation, the earth is altered to some degree or another. We have taken plants and placed them in a new environment – their new home. Everything that has just been completed will take time to settle down and develop into the surrounding earth around you.

It can’t do that, however, without your help.

Water, Water, Water

We know you are excited about the landscape work and are ready to watch it grow. By following these key watering steps in the first year, you will make sure your plants are getting acquainted with their new environment and growing a healthy root system.

How do I water?

Many people think that watering plants involved spraying a hose for a couple of seconds. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

We suggest using a hose with a shower like head attachment, such as a water wand, and watering the base of the plant to reach the new root zone. For newly installed plants, you will need to make sure you are able to reach all the roots by following the instructions to the right. Steps are a great way to help reach areas of your landscape.

Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Give enough water to the plant so that it soaks the roots far below. If it starts puddling, stop watering. Most of the issues with plant growth and overall survival are traced back to improper watering during the early stages. Avoiding this means you can start to enjoy your new landscape sooner!

I have seed for grass, is it the same as sod and other plants?

For a seeded lawn, make sure to have initial light and frequent waterings during the early mornings. When the seeds start to develop and root, start to water more deeply and thoroughly.

A seeded lawn has been given the correct soil depth and ph level to grow, but it needs to be well maintained with water to create beautiful and healthy grass.

Mowing

Once you have grass that has grown over 3 inches, you will want to mow it. You will want to remove no more than one third of the blade height with a sharp and well maintained blade. Continue to do so until your lawn stops growing for the winter.

Pruning

Each plant grows and develops differently, but the basics of pruning are relatively the same. Pruning is an essential part of maintaining and encouraging proper growth for plants. The majority of pruning can be done during the winter when trees are dormant, though dead or dying limbs can be treated whenever. Again, this will differ with each situation and plant species.

Pruning and working with your surrounding plantsEach plant needs to be looked at individual, so feel free to contact us if you have additional questions about your specific plants.

Fertilizing

Plants need nutrients to grow. With the proper nutrients a plant will
create strong roots that will provide excellent foliage. Right now, with a new installation, there is a the correct amount of added nutrients to sustain them for a season. With the following season, we recommend adding light amount of starter fertilizer worked into the soil or mulch.

Fertilizing your plants over time will be what creates strong plants that can survive through drought, winter and other harsh weather. When you keep your plants well fed and watered, they will reward you with looking
beautiful.

Mulching

Proper mulching is a way that we can help our landscape be successful and look great. Mulch is an organic matter – typically tree material – that creates another protective cover to help retain the correct moisture, prevent erosion, and create an overall aesthetically pleasing look.

The proper amount of mulch is about 2 to 3 inches, which will need to be reapplied over time. When adding more, the mulch will need to be spread evenly around the plants and away from the base of the plant or tree to prevent potential long term damage. Your landscape will appreciate a new dressing of mulch each season.

Diseases, Insects and Animals Our Snow Creek gardening crew makes sure your home is looking healthy and beautiful.

No matter how much you want to prevent any harm getting to your plants – it is bound to happen. Whether a hungry rodent or new wave of invasive bugs, the threat is always going to be there.

The best way to be in control of the situation is to always be   aware of your plants. Catching these issues in the beginning and then reacting appropriately will allow you to treat the problem in order to prevent large amounts of damage. Once you have identified that there is indeed an insect, disease or animal problem – start with the research.

Most all situations can be prevented with either disease prevention substance, general maintenance or additional plant introduction (deer are deterred from certain plants). Take the time to understand the problem and respond correctly.