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5 DIY Landscaping Tips

Mar 29, 2019Lawn maintenance

5 DIY Landscaping Tips

Ready for some DIY landscaping tips? We’ve got you covered.

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) route has grown in popularity – especially among home landscapers and gardeners. That’s because this option gives the individual a sense of freedom, control and accomplishment as they complete each project themselves.

However, one of the major downsides of DIY work is individuals often end up spending an inordinate amount of time, money and resources working on each project. In fact, they often spend just as much money (if not more) as what they’d pay a professional!

Although well-intentioned, home gardeners and landscapers often aren’t aware of the most efficient ways to complete each project. And, as issues and complications arise, they often find themselves frustrated and scrambling to find cheap, short-term solutions that could have otherwise been prevented.

The good news is, DIYing doesn’t have to be painful. And, with the right know-how, you can set yourself up for success!

To help you out, we’ve provided you…

5 DIY Landscaping Tips

Use A Tarp

Want to make moving brush, leaves and weeds easier? Place them on a tarp and move them to the appropriate location. You can also use this tarp to help contain soil while digging a hole, or covering plants on the way back from the nursery.

Skip The Weed Fabric On Planted Areas

Many gardeners painstakingly lay down weed barrier fabric to prevent these nuisances from growing among their plants. However, this merely provides short-term relief, as weeds will ultimately grow in the mulch laid on top of the fabric. Save yourself the time and skip the fabric altogether. Instead, use it under mulch and gravel walkways to prevent these materials from slipping into the soil.

Give New Plants A Boost

Not just any fertilizer will do for new plantings. Opt for a starter fertilizer to provide an incredibly nutrient-rich boost for your plants. These fertilizers contain low amounts of nitrogen, a bit of phosphorous, and lots of beneficial fungi that help increase your plants’ access to nutrients.

Bulk vs Bagged

Many DIYers have experienced the challenges of carrying heavy loads back and forth across the lawn. This depletes your time – and energy – FAST. Instead, make the process easier by strategically selecting between bulk and bagged materials. If the material can be dumped in one location and left there, go with bulk. However, if you’ll need to alternate between pouring and transporting the material, opt for bagged.

Make Mowing A Breeze

Rather than mowing/trimming around individual plants, group them together into planters or islands, and mulch them well. This way, your plants remain aesthetically pleasing, and you reduce your mowing time tremendously.

DIY landscaping can be very rewarding if you know what you’re doing. Unfortunately, many DIYers come into these projects without adequate knowledge or experience – and end up spending more money, time and energy than previously imagined (or budgeted).

One of the best ways to avoid these pitfalls is by communicating your needs with a professional. For instance, our Mountain View Landscapes team has over 25 years of experience in professional landscape maintenance. And in this time we’ve gained an incredible amount of knowledge, wisdom, insight and experience in performing landscaping the right way – and making our customers extremely happy in return!

We’re dedicated to helping you bring your unique landscaping dreams to life. And whether we aid you in setting up an irrigation system for hot summer months, assist you in building a tranquil “staycation” spot for friends and family, or helping you out with “boring” routine maintenance, we ensure that everything we do fits your unique vision and budget – without the pitfalls.

When you’ve got experts like Mountain View Landscapes by your side, you can be confident that your time, money and resources are well-spent; and we’re confident you’ll love the end result!

Contact us today to start developing the landscape of your dreams!


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