Any sort of landscaping done to your property is an investment. Visually appealing homes have everything from a manicured lawn to trimmed shrubs feeding into its graceful image. What you need to do is nail down a contractor for a “reliable” maintenance program to make sure that your return on investment is the best it can be.
What does a “reliable” maintenance program mean?
Most landscaping companies will come in once and fulfill the minimum requirements and leave. Others will try to come in every other day to “maintain” the land. However, a dependable and respected landscaping company that has longevity and provides excellent customer service will ensure a consistent and well-groomed appearance through a “reliable” maintenance program. To propose a plan, they will assess the needs of the property and create an individualized program with the property owner to guarantee customer satisfaction.
What will be done?
There are different layers to what needs to be done all dependent on the season. Spring, Summer and Fall have their own unique maintenance criteria.
Spring: “April showers bring May flowers” is not just a saying. You have to prepare for your garden, and the softening ground needs maintenance. This means that a spring clean up is in order, in addition to bed preparation and mulch installation.
Summer: “A summer’s sun is worth the having.” This French proverb could be taken either metaphorically or literally. Metaphorically we leave up to you to decipher, but literally—your plants, trees, grass and shrubs will absorb the vital rays of the sun and flourish. This gives room to shape the land the way you want. Mowing, trimming, edging, pruning and pest management are just a few of the things that need to be done.
Fall: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus epitomizes what Fall is all about. With all the shedding, debris build up is a given. Pond maintenance and debris and leaf removal are just a few ways to keep your property in shape. In terms of what needs to be done to prepare the ground for the harsh winter is turf aeration, fertilization, seeding and weed control. This is the perfect time to prepare for an easier Spring that is only a few months off!
Winter: A final leaf removal in December can add the finishing touches to your property maintenance. This is typically an optional service which simply depends on whether you have large trees on your property that will continue to bury your lawn in leafs heading into the winter months. This option will add little to your overall cost. Discuss this option when you meet with your maintenance professional to discuss a plan.
Why is now the time to nail down a contractor?
A contractor will not only diminish your workload, but also aid in your next landscaping project. A good contractor is really hard to find. One that knows the business and can cater to your needs is rare. With the hyperactive economy and the remodeling boom, a good contractor is the starting point. Once you have that, everything else will (spring, summer) fall into place.