Landscaping, Pruning Shrubs, Trimming Bushes and Grass Care
What You Need to Landscape
Some people just naturally have a green thumb, and then there's the rest of us who need a little guidance on how to take care of our lawn, pruning our bushes, and landscaping. Most of the time this comes after purchasing a new home.
You're excited, settled in, and then you realize you're not for sure how to take care of the pretty bushes and scrubs, or even how to take care of the lawn other than mowing it. Don't get overwhelmed, it's very simple. You do want to make sure to have a hose to keep your bushes watered.
Most of the time you don't have to worry about watering, but if you see the leaves getting yellow you need to water them. We'll talk about how much shortly.
How Much Do I Need to Water My Grass, Bushes, Shrubs, and Trees
In Spring you most likely do not need to worry about water any of your landscape. As Summer time approaches you need to keep an eye on the changes in weather. A lot of times we're so used to being drenched from Spring, we're so happy to see the sun before we know it we've had weeks of it and our various yard ornaments need watered.
There are two different ways to water, a surface watering and a deep watering. You want to make sure to deep water. A lot of times we don't realize how deep the roots go underneath the ground. So we usually end up not watering long enough and the water doesn't even reach the roots. It's needs to soak down 2-3 inches below the surface.
How Often to Trim Shrubs and Plants
You need to trim your shrubs and plants once or twice a year. You don't want to trim in the Summer time, if you do you're cutting next years flowers. The best time to trim your plants and shrubs is Spring and Fall. You also don't want to let them get over grown before starting to trim them. Otherwise you will get hollow spots in your bushes and shrubs.
For flowering bushes you want to trim them after they flower and are dying.
How to Take Care of Grass
A lot of people don't realize there is a method to taking care of grass. A lot of times we make the mistake of either raking the grass after it's mowed or buying a mower that collects the grass. Grass is a natural fertilizer if you just leave it on the ground after you mow. It breaks down and the nutrients go back into the soil. You also want to water your grass if it starts appearing dry and yellowish. The easiest way to do this is just purchase a sprinkler that goes back and forth. Then you can just move it around your yard after the area is saturated. Do this every couple days depending on how hot it is and how quickly the ground is saturated.