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Your yard is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Whether you're expecting party guests, potential buyers, or friends and family, it needs to look appealing. Unfortunately, changing weather conditions and other problems can take their toll on your lawn.
Weeding, watering, mowing, pruning…are you really ready to start the process all over again? Let last year be a lesson to you: heavy-duty landscaping may be better left to the professionals. Consider these five ways a landscape maintenance firm can save you time and money. Then reconsider whether you want to spend another season as a do-it-yourselfer.
1. High-quality landscaping requires expertise.
As a science, landscaping is easy to underestimate. Most of us learned about photosynthesis in elementary school. Ever since, we think soil, air, water, and sunlight sum up the entire field. In actuality, there are complex factors that define how well our grass grows and whether or not our plantings will thrive. If you think you’re saving money by planting your own trees or building your own patio, you may be disappointed by the costs of the do-over work that will eventually arise.
2. Landscaping can involve backbreaking labor.
Caring for your lawn each year is nothing short of exhausting. And fall cleanup in New England is like a full-time job. While completing labor-intensive chores such as mowing and raking, you may even put your health at risk—especially if you are not accustomed to rigorous activity. Remember: landscaping costs are negligible compared to medical concerns. Your knees, your back, your heart…they’ll all thank you for calling the professionals.
3. DIY landscaping equipment may be cost-prohibitive.
Don't assume that hiring professionals to do your landscaping will prove to be unaffordable. In fact, landscaping service is often cheaper than DIY efforts that have you heading back to the home improvement store every half hour. Landscaping companies provide quality, heavy-duty equipment. They can dig holes, accomplish aeration, mow acres, and complete many other tasks much, much faster than you can. For the same cost of buying tools that need to be fueled and serviced every year, you can outsource the work…and save space in your garage.
4. Regular maintenance prevents long-run expenses.
Regular maintenance helps to ensure that your outdoor environment is at its best. For example, without regular pruning and tree-care, tree branches become susceptible to the effects of extreme weather. If you ignore your yard, you might wind up losing a major source of shade and greenery, at a replacement cost of thousands of dollars and decades of waiting. This makes the seasonal cost of maintenance services seem more than reasonable.
5. Landscape professionals have better buying power.
Good landscaping involves much more than trimming hedges and cutting grass. If you want to uncover your property’s full potential, get to know the most important landscaping services available. With professional advice, you can create the beautiful yard you’ve always wanted.
A typical lawn fertilization schedule includes regular applications from April through to October. Lime plays a vital role in those applications, especially as autumn descends on Massachusetts's lawns. Find out why your lawn needs lime this fall and how this essential fertilizer improves the health and appearance of turf.
Bush and hedge trimming help your landscape thrive, by encouraging new growth, removing dead portions and maintaining a manageable shape. But what's involved in this process? And does it require training and experience to get the job done right? Catch up on the basics of bush and hedge trimming.
Manual lawn and garden irrigation often results in wasted water due to run off and over-saturation. Automatic sprinklers help to reduce that issue by distributing the water gently and in a uniform pattern. Smart controllers provide another easy way to reduce the amount of water wasted, saving money and helping to preserve our natural resources.
Last week we discussed the importance of weeding, and how weeds can potentially destroy your landscape. Mulch acts as a low maintenance protective barrier against the weed threat, and is certainly worth the investment. But how do you know which mulch to buy and how thick to spread it? And does this landscaping super hero have other benefits?
What's wrong with weeds? Why do some people spend so much time and money eliminating these stubborn plants? Weeds remove valuable nutrients from the soil and absorb water, essentially stealing from your perennials, grass and trees. If you want the healthiest lawn and garden possible taking the time to remove weeds simply makes sense.