Having beautiful grounds can say a lot about your home, or your business, and is a great way of expressing your personality in a really creative way. It is often the first thing that people will see, and will therefore set the first impression, so it is important to keep your grounds well maintained; whether you decide to hire the services of a professional, or tackle it by yourself.
We have created the ultimate guide, which has been designed to help you on all essential grounds care and Grounds maintenance.
Get rid of weeds:
Weeds are one of the biggest problems in any gardens, and should be addressed fairly quickly. Immediately, you will see an improvement in your garden, if you just take some time to get rid of any weeds that are growing.
The easiest way to do this is to remove any visible weeds as they begin to grow, and then treat the area regularly with weed killer. Add a layer of mulch to landscape beds to help supress any weeds – a two to three-inch layer should be sufficient.
Some particularly invasive weeds will require specialist contractors to remove them safely and effectively. The most common is probably Japanese Knotweed. This can be particularly harmful to your garden and your home/business; but there are also legal stipulations that require you to get rid of this weed in a certain way. If you are worried that you have Japanese Knotweed growing in your garden, do not attempt to remove this yourself. Always call a professional in.
Keep your lawn well-manicured:
Failing to maintain your lawn can land you in trouble, particularly if you are responsible for any grounds that are in a public area.
Although specific lawn care and maintenance will vary from season to season, it is important to keep your lawn looking presentable, regardless of what time of year it is.
In the Spring months, it is time to prepare your lawn for the year ahead by sowing seeds; the summer months, you should be watering, mowing and fertilising your lawn on a regular basis; and finally, in the autumn months, it is important to remove any dead moss and keep it mowed.
This will ensure that your lawn not only looks good, but stays in great condition throughout the year.
If you have a large area that you need to take care of, it might be easier and more time efficient to hire in a professional to take care of your lawn.
Don’t be tempted to overwater:
This follows on nicely from lawn maintenance, as we mentioned that you should be watering your lawn during the summer months. In the hot weather, it can be tempting to overwater, but the trick is to let your lawn and plants do the talking and only water when necessary.
There are many signs to look out for, which can indicate overwatering; such as yellowing leaves, disease, folding and curling blades, fungus, black foliage, and footprints that remain visible for a long time. Of course, there are many others, but if you start to see any of these symptoms chances are you have overwatered.
Trim and Prune:
If you have planted flowers and plants, it is so important to remember not to neglect these. These will add colour and depth to your garden and can look really spectacular, so long as they are properly maintained.
Plants and foliage can quickly get out of control, but regular trimming and pruning will help to keep the area looking great all year round.
There are a number of different tips when it comes to pruning plants, such as;
- Do not prune more than one third of the plant at once – this is because the leaves are the food source.
- New plants do not require pruning. Wait until they have been in the ground for at least a year.
- Pruning should be carried out from mid-March to early October, so not to risk damaging the plant, or forcing new growth.
Keep pests at bay:
It is so important to keep pests out of your garden. They can cause a lot of damage to your garden, and may require professional intervention depending on what pests you are having problems with, and what type of grounds you have.
Remember, that in any garden, you will have bugs. Unfortunately, you will never be able to stop this; however, one bug chewing on one of your plants does not equal a pest problem. If you consider there to be significant damage, it is time to take action. Get familiar with which bugs are problematic, and find natural ways of ridding your grounds of them.
Pesticides should only be used as a last resort; always try natural remedies first, such as salt spray, mineral oil and garlic spray. Depending on what pests are present, this is often efficient. For larger pests, it might be beneficial to fit some mechanical barriers.
For larger jobs, it might be necessary to hire a professional service, particularly if you are dealing with a commercial site. Ensure that the pest control teams are trained and qualified under the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), which will ensure that they are delivering only the best standards.
Don’t neglect water features:
Finally, we must touch on water features. These can look great in any grounds, and are a great way of creating a beautiful, and relaxing focal point; however, not maintaining them properly will not only hinder the look, they will also damage the fitting.
The biggest eyesore that you are likely to face with any water feature is algae. There are two main approaches to help deal with this problem, which are chemical and aeration. It is important that you research both approaches and find the one that is most suitable for your water feature; don’t neglect the pump either, and ensure that it is cleaned regularly to ensure the water runs well. Remember the cooler weather can damage this, so, if possible, remove the pump and take it inside during the winter months. A well-maintained pump will ensure that clean water is being sent round the fountain, which will reduce any other problems from forming.
The above are just a few essential tips for keeping your grounds properly maintained. The individual needs will depend on the location, type and size of grounds that you are dealing with, and remember, if you are dealing with a large and unmanageable job, it is much better to call in the help of professionals, who can ensure the job is carried out properly and to a high standard.
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