Budgets are tight and we are all looking for ways to save. When it comes to trimming down, one area many people look toward is the types of services that perform very important duties but are considered non-essential. A few examples in this category include pest control, interior cleaning, and landscape garden maintenance services – these services are important to the continued enjoyment of your home, however, they are not essential.
Visually, your garden maintenance is important to the appearance of your overall property and reflects upon your home, indicating it cares for both inside and out. This is especially important if you are considering selling, as the first impressions can significantly impact a buyer’s perception of your home. Even if you are not planning on selling, a well-kept garden improves your own enjoyment of your space and enhances the look of the neighborhood.
Regular garden maintenance is important to more than just the appearance of your landscaping; regular maintenance helps to keep your lawn and plants healthy. A professional landscaper not only mows and trims, but also monitors the health of your garden, applies fertilizer and nutrients to the soil, removes weeds, and prevents potentially deadly plant diseases from spreading.
While non-essential, garden maintenance services do however perform necessary work for many people who are either unwilling or unable to perform the tasks themselves. If you are one of those people who are looking to reduce costs without eliminating your garden maintenance services, here are a few tips that can help you to reduce costs while still continuing your service.
When you water your garden can impact the costs, particularly for larger properties. Watering later in the evening or early in the morning helps to ensure that more moisture is absorbed into the gown and is not evaporated by the sun. As an added bonus, most grass and plant species prefer to be watered at these times.
Unless you live in a neighborhood or strata that has specific requirements for grass length, let your grass grow a little longer between maintenance visits. An extra half or whole inch can extend the amount of time between visits and can reduce weed and pest problems.
Mulch does more than just make garden beds look finished, it also provides moisture and nutrients to your lawn and plants.
Annuals can be a nice addition to your garden, however, to reduce costs, the majority of your landscaping should be made up of perennials. They tend to be heartier and with only one planting you can have a beautiful garden every year.