The landscape around your new LGI home plays an important-role in the overall beauty of your property, as well as helps to prevent erosion. Well-maintained landscaping will help increase the value of your property. Part three of our four part landscaping series discusses Plants.
The ground cover, turf, trees, and shrubs that were installed by LGI Homes when you purchased your new home were selected for their compatibility with each other, architectural, site and soil conditions. They grow at varying rates depending on climate conditions, maintenance, and a host of other factors. The important thing to keep in mind is that the landscaping is a dynamic, living system and proper care is critical for it to mature successfully. When installing additional plants, it is important that the plants you choose are compatible with existing plants.
Shrubs and Vines
- Apply fertilizer to shrubs and vines that do not share a bad with groundcover. Fertilizing is typically best done in March, May, July and September
- Prune shrubs and plants to prevent them from becoming “rangy” and to contain their size. Prune with care not to “poodle” shrubs. Neatly prune vines and espaliered plants. Ensure they are securely attached to trellises or latticework.
- Inspect water at the base to ensure proper drainage monthly. Remove standing water.
- Check trees quarterly to determine whether staking should be added, removed, or adjusted to promote growth in the appropriate direction and protest from wind.
- At least twice a year apply fertilizers within the drip line to promote healthy growth. Fertilizing is typically best done in March and September, or as appropriate for the tree species.
- Examine tree truck diameters annually. Replace trees planted in areas less than five feet wide when the trunk diameter exceeds six inches.
- Prune to remove dead, diseased, or weakened limbs and promote the healthy and symmetric growth of the tree. Remove limbs that may impact buildings under windy conditions. Do not allow three branches to overhang roofs. Prune once a year while tree is dormant.
- Prune roots annually to prevent the potential cracking of sidewalks or driveways. Do not begin pruning roots until three years after the initial planting.
Turf and Groundcover
- Mow grass (turf) areas weekly. Gather and dispose of leaves and trash from plating areas. Remove turf as needed by hand or spray, from within 12 inches of tree trucks to eliminate potential damage from mowers and string trimmers.
- Edge grass (turf) areas at least twice a month.
- Cut back excess groundcover quarterly to prevent “choking” of adjacent trees and shrubs.
- Apply fertilizers to replenish soil nutrients required for healthy turf and plant growth. Fertilization is usually best done in March, May, July, and September.
- Remove weeds quarterly or as needed. Periodically apply appropriate herbicides to control unwanted weeds and grasses.
- Aerate and vertically mow turf areas annually to relieve soil compaction and thatch buildup, allowing air and water to reach the root system.
Lawn care tips and information provided by Compendia.