If you work in the landscape industry, you can’t travel anywhere without noticing the surrounding landscape.
Frequently, you see items that are just plain wrong, and have remained that way for months, which can make you wonder if anyone cares.
The only good thing about landscape malpractice and neglect is that it’s fixable. But you only get one chance to make a good first impression.
After reviewing the following photos, you might want to walk your property to see if you can spot similar issues.
Forgotten Tree Stakes:
This is one of the most extreme examples I’ve ever seen. The stake and tree have become one. Maybe worse, when stake ties restrict the growth and disfigure a tree.
Trees are probably the most valuable component of a landscape. Damage to a tree due to something as simple as removing a tree stake makes zero sense.
Weed-whacking your Trees:
The outer area of a tree’s trunk house the tissues that distribute water and nutrients to its upper regions. If grass is allowed to grow right up to a tree’s trunk, the bark, or protective layer can be damaged or cut away when the grass is cut back with string trimmers. Exposed vital tissues can result. If those tissues are damaged, the tree could die.
Not only does it look better but your trees will be healthier and protected, if their trunks are surrounded by a bed of mulch:
Does anyone think the shrub in the above image looks good? Maybe cruise ship fans? Extreme hedging is bad for the plant, requires more maintenance and looks unkempt in shorter period of time.
Natural, or selective pruning looks better and is a healthier alternative:
Barren, Exposed Soil:
Do your sidewalks look like this when your sprinklers are running?
During a time of drought (really anytime) it’s important to reduce your landscape’s water usage. Mulching planters helps prevent evaporation and water runoff.
Mixing Plant Material with Different Irrigation Requirements:
In the above photo, almost every plant requires a different amount of water. The result will be over watering or under watering and ultimately dead plants.
Here’s a better way:
Small Problems Becoming Bigger Ones:
The palm tree in the above photo is at least a year old. So the gardeners maintaining the property must have hedged around it for months. The result is going to require a special project or time away from scheduled maintenance.
If you have witnessed similar issues on your property, maybe it’s time to change commercial landscape companies? For a free quote, contact Heaviland Landscape Management today or complete the web form on the right side of this page.