The dangers of DIY landscape maintenance


Most people who maintain their landscape by themselves often boast about the savings that come with it. However, there may be the unwanted costs of weed growth, unhealthy plants and more that lead to additional expenses that you have to spend on.

Moreover, you have already spent an adequate amount of time and resources in this project only to scratch your head to wonder why it has not paid off.

There are a few reasons why DIY landscape maintenance can be ineffective and counterproductive.

1) A lifeless look

First, most people have tried to place their plants in different places only to realise that it does not add to beautify the landscape. It is likely because most people do not know which details to pay attention to.

The grouping of plants according to their colour is vital in ensuring that each plant complements the other. One of the rules of grouping is to cluster them according to bright or dull colours. For example, orange and yellow flowers when placed together give energy and life to the surrounding environment.

Plants should also be grouped according to their textures. There are many possibilities to match different shapes and sizes to provide a variation of outlook in your landscape. However, when done inappropriately, it can look out of place and odd.

There are also other considerations that go beyond the placement of plants like lighting, irrigation, the grouping of plants and more.

2) Not having proper knowledge of plants

Second, you can place and grow a plant at a specific area while being unaware of its estimated height and width growth. Consequently, you have a plant that blocks the view of others or the window of your apartment. Next, you have to trouble yourself to find another place to place it.

The placement of plants requires specialised expertise as knowing the estimated height and width range allows one to place the plant at an appropriate surrounding environment.

Each plant also has a specific need according to its type. Grouping them according to their needs ensure that they all receive the right amount of sunlight, water, humidity and more. You do not want to group a plant that grows over the rest of the vegetation and receives more sunlight than the rest. This robs the shorter plants of available nutrients for growth.

3) Not doing proper maintenance

After the plants are placed to beautify the landscape, they need to be maintained. This can be a complicated matter as we look at the example of trimming.

Irregular trimming can lead to overwhelming growth and debris. However, overdoing it can lead to the removal of grass blades which exposes the plant stems to pests and diseases. This can also lead to weed growth as grass blades ensure that potential and existing weeds do not receive sunlight for their unwanted growth.

Additionally, there need to be the right tools in place for landscape maintenance. They must be adequately maintained so that it does not contribute to dirt and distribution of weed seeds.

Consult on your landscape!

Therefore, beautifying the landscape while maintaining its functionality warrant the need for specialised expertise.

We recommend engagingan established landscape contractor that has the specialised knowledge, manpower, tools and expertise to assist you in developing a landscape that suits your goals and needs.