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What Can a Yard Maintenance Expert Do for You?

Oct 2, 2017 | Gardens, Lawns

Many homeowners take great pride in their landscaping. Even those who don’t know anything about caring for their lawns understand the importance of taking proper care of it. Whether you don’t have time to handle your yard maintenance or you lack the expertise, hiring an expert in yard maintenance can help you keep your yard looking great.


Eliminate Weeds

Weeds are one of the biggest problems in yards everywhere. Dandelions can pop up in yards, creating unsightly yellow flowers that spread quickly. Other weeds can quickly overtake your gardens, choking out the flowers you want to grow and overshadowing them. Sometimes those weeds are difficult to differentiate from the real plants. A landscape contractor knows the difference and will help you get rid of the weeds so your yard looks its best at all times.


Keep Your Lawn Green

Green grass is appealing to everyone. Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to keep your grass growing as green as possible. Some homeowners do everything without success. Others simply don’t know what to do. Hiring a qualified yard maintenance contractor can help. They know what types of fertilizers to use and when to apply them for the best results, even when the weather isn’t favorable to greener grass.


Prune Your Trees and Shrubs

Most homeowners have some trees or shrubs as part of their landscaping. However, these items need to be properly cared for. You can’t simply plant a tree or a bush and let them grow wild. Not only will they look sloppy, but they won’t be as healthy as they could be. The professionals know how to safely trim trees and bushes and ensure they are healthy and safe, giving you the beautiful landscape your desire. Your landscaping can have an impact on how you feel about your home, as well as how others perceive it. If you can’t take care of your landscaping on your own, hiring an experienced yard maintenance contractor will ensure everything is handled as it should be. They can perform all the routine maintenance your yard needs to always look its best.


Get the Job Done Right

The professionals know what it takes to keep your landscaping looking its best. When you maintain your own landscaping, it is up to you to do the research and determine what you need to do. This can lead to overlooking some of the most important tasks. The professionals will make sure all the smallest tasks are done.


Save Time

Proper yard maintenance can take up a lot of your time, especially during season changes. Fall and spring both involve major work to ensure your garden and landscape looks its best. If you are the type of person who would rather do something else, working with a professional landscaper will leave you free to do whatever you please.


Regular Care

In addition to the seasonal changes, a yard maintenance expert can take care of your landscaping throughout the growing season. The growing season means weeds will constantly pop up and other issues will be an ongoing problem. Having a maintenance contract with a landscaper will ensure all these problems are taken care of so your landscaping looks its best all summer long. A yard maintenance contract can be a useful tool if you don’t have the time or the skills to take care of your landscaping. Your landscaping is essential to the beauty of your home. If you can’t care for it, trust the professionals to keep your yard looking its best.


Prepare Your Fall Landscape for Next Spring

Hopefully, your landscaping season went exactly as planned. You have great visions of what you will do with your lawn and garden next year. There are a number of things that you can do this fall to prepare your lawn and garden for the best possible start in the spring, and a yard maintenance expert can help.


Planning Ahead

You benefit a lot by planning next spring during the late fall because you can take advantage of end-of-season seed sales. A great way to handle that is to ask your yard maintenance expert to help you put your garden plans on paper. Taking what you have learned from the growth this year can help you better plan spacing so that all your vegetables will thrive. Take note of any spots that tend to be shady and plan to add shade-loving vegetables next spring.


End-of-Season Cleanup

You might be tempted to leave the cleanup for next spring, but there are some things you should not put off. Leaves can cause damage to plants and lawns. It’s important to rake the leaves off the lawn because leaf-cover prevents the sunlight from reaching your grass. If you leave the weeds until next spring, you may find you have much more than you remember. Check for insects and dead spots; if you have dead spots, grass seed is the solution. Rake all the leaves and add them to your compost pile. Also, complete a late-season weeding to get a head start on next year. Add mulch anywhere you want to protect delicate roots or help retain topsoil. Alternatively, you can save yourself all these headaches by finding a yard maintenance contractor to handle these end-of-season issues for you.


Create A Winter Landscape

There are some plants that will add beauty to your winter landscape even after they have died off. Just clean up any hanging or broken branches and add a layer of mulch around the base. For winter color, Holly, with its bright red berries, will create a festive focal point. Small evergreen trees planted in pots can also add color to the winter garden. By planning ahead, you will find that your annual spring cleaning will not be as much of a dreaded chore as in years past. Your garden will be healthier and that will mean a better, and longer, growing season and harvest. If we can help you with your end-of-season garden maintenance, please contact us and let’s discuss your plans. Whether or not seeding is necessary, fertilizing in early fall is essential. The lawn will continue to use nutrients during the winter in preparation for spring. There are good brands of fertilizer to select that can be found at any hardware or home improvement store. How often should you fertilize? That will depend on your soil condition and grass type. Does this sound outside of your area of expertise? Good news, you can CONTACT US, and our experts will handle it.


Set a Grass Maintenance Plan

Mowing properly is a more complex task than most homeowners realize. Different grasses should be cut at different heights. Cool-season grasses need to be cut at 3½ inches and warm-season grasses cut at 2 inches. Grass clippings need to be left on the lawn because they help future grass growth. It recycles the grass, known as “grass-cycling.” During warmer weather, your lawn needs to be watered on the really hot, dry days, but only in the early morning or late evening. At mid-day, the hot sunlight will just evaporate the water. Your landscaping says a lot about your home and your personality. It is what people notice first when they visit your home. Organizing your landscaping is a big job; yard maintenance is another major task. If you don’t enjoy taking care of your landscaping, you need to consider contracting the task out to the professionals. So now that you know the basics of what a yard maintenance expert can do, contact us and we will be glad to help you design, landscape and maintain your yard.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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