Beyond BE-LEAF! Landscape Management and the Art of Preventative Maintenance

  1. Keep your maintenance costs at ground level by testing your soil! Pretty much all soil depletes of its life-giving nutrients over time. In order to keep your plants living long and strong, those nutrients should be replenished as needed. Just like a human needs nourishment, so does the ground that feeds the plants and flowers in your landscaping. Cutting out the replenishing of nutrients in order to save on maintenance costs will, no doubt, leave your plants malnourished –leaving some to eventually die off. Over time, the cost of frequent plant replacement will be far greater than the cost of proper soil nourishment,  and as such should be part of a well oiled landscape maintenance program.
  2. Don’t get bugged by pesky insects and parasites!
    Applying insecticides, fungicides, and physically inspecting plants for signs of parasites will help prevent insect damage before it starts. Even though it is tempting to reduce these treatments to save on costs, the eventual cost of replacing plants, flowers, or grass can come as a shocking burden at once. Taking preventative measures now will prevent budgetary parasites later!
  3. Have Your Irrigation Systems Inspected and Wash Away Deferred Expenses!
    Having a qualified specialist inspect your irrigation systems will help ensure that equipment is kept in good working order and that landscaping sites are receiving the right amounts of water at the right times. While upfront maintenance costs can be reduced by skipping inspections or skating by with a once-over by the maintenance crew, expensive repairs and plant and flower replacements will eventually accumulate as the result. Staying ahead of the curve now can save countless headaches and expenses late.
  4. Trim your limbs and grow your bottom line: Besides making your buildings look pretty, tree and shrub pruning is essential to healthy, robust growth as well as florid flowering and fruiting. Of course you could opt to not trim and prune at all. But, then your lovely trees and shrubs risk cracks, disease, drooping, broken branches, defects, and overgrowth—some even to the point that they can no longer be saved and are left to take over your once picturesque landscaping! Ultimately, tree-mendously costly removal and replacement would be inevitable all of which could have been prevented through a regularly scheduled trim. Just like a good haircut makes for a fresh face, so does preventative pruning make for a fresh landscape!
  5. See The Forest For The Trees: The Big Picture Matters! The historical pain of wasted hours and dollars in landscaping replacements has taught us a valuable lesson: focusing on preventive maintenance in the short term–particularly in the sections described above—will certainly lead to savings over the long term. Preventative maintenance is more than just work—it’s an artform. And you can’t paint a beautiful landscape without some well maintained tools.

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