Guide to Transform Your LandscapeNov 02, 2023
If you're a contractor or DIY enthusiast looking to improve the appearance of your property, there are several ways to do so, and it doesn't always require a backhoe. Enhancing your property’s landscape design does not have to involve massive construction. Simple upgrades such as seasonal planters or upgraded garden lighting can make all the difference. Consider planting trees and shrubs to enhance the appearance of your garden or hide unsightly elements such as utility boxes. To ensure successful planting and transplanting, take into account site conditions and tree stock type. Proper watering, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, staking, and winter care should also be given to newly planted trees or shrubs.
It is essential to match the plant’s requirements to the location’s soil, water, and sunlight accessibility, wind exposure, and other factors to improve performance and longevity. Drainage and soil texture are also crucial considerations. Sandy soils have large pore spaces, good drainage, and poor water-holding capacity while poorly draining clay soils can smother plant roots. You can test drainage by digging an 18-inch-deep hole, adding water, and checking in the morning. Consider planting plants tolerant of poorly drained soils or improving soil drainage if it is poor. For successful watering, apply one to one and a half quarts of water per inch of boot diameter, depending on the plant’s size.
Different tree and shrub stocks can also affect the planting and transplanting process. Bare-root, packaged, and field-potted plants all require different techniques for successful planting. Consider the level of protection offered by specific microclimates when choosing the hardiness of plants. With these tips in mind, you can transform your property into a beautiful, well-manicured space that you'll love spending time in.