After some gloomy and debilitating couple of months, all signs are pointing to a more relaxed spring, and potentially a summer with no lockdowns, curfews and restrictions. Talking about summer, you will be much better off getting your property landscape spruced up this spring, due to the cool weather and low human traffic. That is especially so if you want a blooming garden.
By planting all the new shrubs, flowers and mulch, you will be saving them from the searing summer temperatures, which are known to devastate young plants. Consequently, your landscape will be greener and more lively and a source of adulation.
Notably, you can’t possibly visualize, plan and carry out a decent commercial landscaping plan by yourself, unless you are a professional. As such, we recommend talking to a professional landscaper, and ideally walking them around your landscape, before anything else. They are better placed to advise you on things like where to add more shrubs, which areas need more colors and whether you need additional drainage.
After consulting an expert, there are a couple more things you may need to do to better prepare your commercial landscape for the summer. These include:
Filling Your Beds With Flowers
After months spent indoors under strict stay at home orders, we will all be craving all the colors and scents that the outdoors bring when the summer comes along. With lots of time on your hands, now it’s the time to add some life (and color) to all your landscape beds. If you are low on funds, or want a somewhat permanent solution, invest in some colorful perennials and you will be assured of full blooms for several years at least. However, if you only need something for this summer, you can look up what annuals are in season in your area.
Installing Trees and Shrubs
Interspersing your flowers with trees and shrubs does not only make your landscape appear more natural, but is also an effective way of preventing soil erosion, not to mention their wind-breaking properties. As with flowers, young trees and shrubs do better in the spring when the temperatures are cooler than in the summer where the incessant heat dries up even the underground moisture.
Further, by planting your seedlings now, you won’t have to water them much as the soil is able to hold on to moisture for longer, due to the lower temperatures. By the time the summer rolls by, your shrubs and trees will have gotten rooted and thereby in a better position to weather the drought and diseases that the season comes with.
Do an Irrigation Audit
As you install all the new plants on your landscape, you will realize that you need to either improve, or completely change your irrigation system. Also, if you have a mixture of young and mature plants in the same landscape, you will need different systems to cater for the varying irrigation needs. Before getting any plant installation works started, it is advisable to perform an irrigation audit to not only determine the suitability of your system to handle both the new and older plants, but also detect any leaks that may be causing water loss.
Sort Your Drainage
Hard rains are not uncommon during summer, and if your drainage is not in order, your landscape, as well as your property itself, may suffer varying levels of damage. It is therefore imperative to devise and implement a stormwater management plan as well as a mitigation strategy a month or two before the summer. That way, you will have enough time to get everything done, and subsequently save both your property, and our environment from debris and damage.