Checklist for Hiring a Garden Maintenance Contractor

Gardens should be a cause of joy for most homeowners. Every time a homeowner looks at his garden, he should feel refreshed. If his nerves are frayed, looking at his garden should calm him down and soothe his worries away. But that’s just not possible if your garden is in total disarray. Indeed, even if you try your best to spruce up your lawn, sometimes your efforts prove to be futile. If that happens very often, maybe it’s high time that you seek the help of experts. Believe it or not, there are a lot of gardening firms operating in your area, and most, if not all, of them can provide you with efficient and affordable garden maintenance services. You just need to be very diligent in looking them up in phone and online directories.

What You Should Look for in a Garden Maintenance Contractor

But so as not to scare you, let me just tell you that most of these maintenance contractors operating in your area, or anywhere else for that matter, know what they are doing and are well knowledgeable about the things that need to be undertaken in order to successfully carry out lawn maintenance and achieve the results you are gunning for. The fact that it is your garden and you will be paying the contractor’s fee is enough reason for you to draw up a checklist of the things you want the service provider to do. This checklist will also help you assess whether the provider can offer all-around service or merely a specific specialization.

Here is a list of some of the services that your contractor must be able to provide your garden with:

1) Lawn and Grass Care – This refers to lawn maintenance on the whole and encompasses cutting of the grass, applying lawn treatments, lawn scarifying or mechanically “raking” the lawn so that even thatches are removed, dressing up the top of your lawn, lawn core aeration and the replacement and removal of the existing turf or grass.

2) Maintenance of Hedges and Flower Beds – This does not simply revolve around planting flower beds and hedges and making sure they are free from bugs and pests. This includes weeding and weed prevention, trimming of hedges, pruning and of course, plating.

3) Work on Different Areas of Your Garden – This clearly shows that a garden maintenance provider is not solely to service the plants and flowers in your garden. Instead, they are also responsible for pressure washing paths, patios and driveways where there may be plants and hedges planted, removing rubbish and dried leaves that are scattered about, ensuring that the sprinkler and irrigation system are functioning well and maintaining fences and shed.

These are some of the services that a lawn maintenance provider must be able to render. Finally, you must make certain that you will be charged a reasonable amount for all those services.

Tropical Garden Maintenance Tips – Easy to Understand

Sometimes, people think they need to have a huge landscape in order to plan out their own garden themes and creativity. It’s not true. You can have a perfect tropical garden arrangement even if you don’t own a large area of land. All you need to have are skills for maintaining and keeping the plants and the elements fresh and arranged. Gardening is a hobby which is appreciated by many people. It is exhausting and frustrating in the beginning but as you get to know what ways are steadier and out coming, it becomes fun and a better leisure activity.

It should be noted that weather plays an important role in carrying out a tropical garden. If you ignore what the climatic conditions are, it might get hard for you to grow any plants or shrubs since there are different requirements for different kinds.

The tips for maintaining a tropical garden includes careful planning for the first step. You need to take in account of what area and location you are dealing with. It should have enough exposure to light; it should have plenty passage air and it should be visible for every visitor who passes by. Your tropical garden is going to be a visual cluster of all types of flowers and plants; you would need it to look sophisticated. It should be the focal point of your house.

Conditioning the soil is the next tip. Remove all the excess weeds and stones that you don’t need in your garden. Make it filled up with sand and enrich it with any possible fertilizers available. It would help the elements last long and also provide it with multiple nutrients and supplements.

Once you are done with planting, it is important to figure out the methods by which the garden would be irrigated. You could either water the plants by yourself or you can set up an artificial hose under the soil. You need to know how much your plants need to be watered and which type of drainage system should be installed.

If the season is not suitable for the plants which are potted, you might want to keep them indoors so they would flourish and bloom at the right time. Purchase some plants and herbs next. It depends what your choice is and whatever you pick. You may consider lilies, ferns, palms, birds of paradise, orchids and bamboo for your tropical garden.

General Garden Maintenance – Watering

A successful garden is the result of many factors, one of the most important of which is adequate water. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables, striking a balance that will benefit the entire garden. Early morning watering is best for an established garden. If plants wilt, be sure to check the soil and narrow down the problems before watering.

There are several different ways in which to water a garden, from a watering can to a hose, to a hand sprayer to irrigation hoses and sprinkler systems. No matter which you decide to use, you need to know your plants and how much water they need and tolerate for optimal growth. Over-and under watering can be devastating to your garden, though it is often difficult to tell which one is the problem because they cause the same result: root rot. One such sign of either is wilted leaves.

Transplants and newly sown seeds need to be kept constantly moist for the first few weeks, so water your freshly planted garden lightly every time the surface is dry, or twice a day in hot weather. It’s preferable to water early in the morning, and then in the early evening, following the hottest part of the day.

Seedlings should emerge from the ground in a week or two. If the weather is cool, it may take a bit longer. Transplants take a while to recover once they have been planted. You will know they are doing fine when you see them start to grow, usually within one to two weeks.

Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours, though, try to avoid sprayers because you don’t want to scorch leaves as the sun warms. Irrigation hoses or watering from below is the best bet and will not only prevent many fungal disease problems, but will also encourage deep roots, which will make your plants more hardy and less likely to suffer when deprived of water.

If a plant starts to wilt, don’t assume that it is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil first. Plants can wilt for a variety of reasons. You may do more harm than good if you water first and then try to narrow down problems later.

Water is the most important factor in a successful garden. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables. Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours. Do not assume that a plant is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil and narrow down problems before you water.

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