If you are new to landscaping maintenance and yard work in general, this article should be of some help to you.
Most new home owners get a lush, green lawn when moving in and sometimes forget, that it needs attention too. It doesn’t take too long to realize you need to do something about it.
One way to handle it, is by hiring someone to do the landscape maintenance, or you can tough it up and try it on your own. Doing this on your own however, is not something we would recommend. It takes special skills, knowledge and the proper set of tools, and equipment, which are not usually available to the general public. That’s why such services are best left to the professional landscapers.
What you can do to better your yard’s conditions, is try to do some of the basic landscape maintenance and save some money from that.
The procedures all home owners should be able to perform are:
Lawn mowing is what most people associate landscape maintenance with. It’s important to know how to do it properly however. You don’t want to cut the grass too low, because it will take too much energy for the grass to recover, and that poses a great health risk for your lawn. That is bad for the soil as well. When the grass is cut too low, it needs more energy to recover, which drains and depletes the soil’s food storage. Our advice is to only take about one third of the length of the grass.
Irrigation is very important. It can mean the difference between a lush garden and a desert landscape. In order to avoid the worse case scenario, we advice you get a decent sprinkler system and have your landscaper install it for you. A poorly placed system may create runoff, which will waste a lot of water and increase your utility bill. It will also create swampy areas, which in combination with high temperatures and fertile soil, create a perfect environment for growing weeds, mold, mushrooms and developing various diseases.
Insufficient watering, on the other hand, can weaken your plants and start to desert your garden, if not treated in time.
Adding Some Color Into Your Landscape
Most homes in Hawaii are beautiful because they are carefully planned and organized. If you want to have a landscape to admire, it is better to hire a Maui landscaping contractor for this purpose. The contractor will take care of your landscaping planning and its accomplishment. Your landscape design will be nothing without color management. We can help you with a few tips on this:
You must know what you want to emphasize with your landscaping. If you want to set a mood with your plantings, you should use yellow and bright red combinations. Red influences mood and adds more excitement and energy, while yellow is shiny and friendly.
Create coherence and unity in your landscape design. Choose one color that will be the main one. Then plant small plants with this color. It does not have to be the same flower. You can invest in perennials, which reproduce and divide with time. If you use a variety of colors you can draw attention to a focal point in your yard. Mixing light pastel colors with more intense ones is a good combination, especially if the intense flowers are fewer. Use the traditional color wheel, and apply the color that is opposite to your first choice of color on the wheel. Pairing these colors is …