The landscape beds on your Connecticut or New York property can make or break its overall appearance. When plant beds are filled with lush, colorful flowers and healthy shrubs (no weeds!), your landscape is aesthetically pleasing and looks like it is getting the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, plant beds can go downhill fast without proper care.
Weeds can overtake beds, and mulch fades. Shrubs can outgrow their spaces when not properly pruned. Leave a plant bed alone for several weeks and you’ll find out the hard way why regular landscape bed maintenance is a must.
We’re not saying you have to be a slave to your property’s plant beds—not at all. In fact, with a few general landscape bed maintenance tips, you can get the best-looking beds, and avoid the extra work and cost of dealing with an overgrown mess.
Here are five plant bed maintenance tips that will get your landscape Pinterest-ready.
#1 Start Underground—Improve Soil Health
Soil is the key to healthy plants. You can do everything “above ground,” from pruning to fertilizing, but if the soil in a plant bed is depleted of nutrients, your plants are not getting what they need to thrive. Poor soil quality is a common reason plants fail. So, how do you know if the soil in your property’s plant beds has the proper pH balance and mix of nutrients? A simple soil test tells the story.
A lawn professional can conduct a soil quality assessment in your plant beds to determine whether the soil needs to be fortified. At-home soil testing kits are available, and local university extension services also provide soil testing tools and can analyze soil samples. Don’t skip this step.
#2 Control Weeds
Weed prevention in plant beds requires a three-pronged strategy of hand-pulling, pre-emergent weed control and weed treatment. Weeds in plant beds should be removed, root and all. Pre-emergent weed control prevents germinating weeds from emerging above the soil line, allowing you to control the weeds you don’t see. Post-emergent weed control in plant beds treats weeds after they appear.
#3 Fertilize Shrubs and Plants
Before mulching landscape beds, apply a slow-release fertilizer that will feed plants with nutrients. While healthy soil is a start, plants naturally deplete the soil as they grow and absorb nutrients. Fertilization provides additional nutrition, which is essential for plants to thrive. Organic fertilizers can improve soil structure, meaning its ability to retain water and nutrients.
#4 Apply Fresh Mulch to Flower Beds
Mulch is a weed suppressant, and it also helps the soil maintain a consistent temperature and moisture levels. Plan on applying at least a thin layer of mulch to flower beds on an annual basis.
Mulch gets blown and washed away over time, and colored mulch can fade.
Not only does mulch make a plant bed look polished, it delivers plant health benefits.
#5 Consider Drip Irrigation for Plants
A drip irrigation system delivers water straight to the plant base, where it can be quickly absorbed. Drip systems are efficient, cost-effective and beneficial for plants, so you can conserve water while ensuring plants get the moisture required to grow strong.
Power Up Plant Beds with a Tailored Maintenance Program
Your plant beds need specialized care—and with these five basic maintenance tips, your plant beds will deliver the curb appeal you expect.
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