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You want your site to stand out above the rest. Keeping your property one step ahead of the competition is a constant battle. But a lot of staying on top comes down to the basics. If you follow those, you can help elevate your commercial property.

Giving Trees Mulch Beds

Mulching plants is both functional and decorative. Mulch typically is an organic material spread on the soil surface to protect roots from heat, cold, and drought, and to provide nutrients to plants as it decomposes. Once you have chosen the right plant for a given site, and followed the proper planting procedures, you should mulch the plant and create a stable environment for root growth. Having a large, symmetrical mulch bed around your trees helps protect the trees’ trunks form mechanical damage caused by mowers and trimmers.

Avoiding Mulch Mounds

Too much mulch can be harmful. We have all seen mounds of Mulch surrounding trees tht look like they are about to erupt. But you really need to avoid that volcano look. Mulch retains moisture, and while that is helpful for soil, it can actually harm the tree if you have a mound of it touching the bark.

Cutting Ornamental Grasses in the Spring

The two most common questions we get about Ornamental grasses are “When should I cut my grass back” and “How and when should I divide my ornamental grass?” Resist the urge to cut them back during the fall: Instead, trim the grasses in spring. It is common to want to trim greenery back as the temperatures begin to drop, but ornamental grasses provide aesthetic interest such as texture and movement during the winter. All ornamental grasses should be divided when they are actively growing but not while they are flowering. If the plants are dormant when they are transplanted they won’t establish a good root system. Warm season grasses generally start growing in late spring or early summer and have their active growth period during the heat of the summer. Warm season grasses will tend to bloom in mid to late summer.

Shaping Shrubs

Prune your hedges in the shape of a trapezoid to allow light to penetrate to the lowest foliage. The smaller width should be on top with a wider base, not the other way around. Well trimmed hedges can add beauty to your landscape.

Raising or Lifting Your Tree’s Canopy

Unruly, low hanging branches aren’t only an eyesore and possible hazard: they may also be against local codes Lifting the branches can make signage more visible and allow people to enjoy the shade under them, if they are near sitting areas. You need to raise canopies around sidewalks and parking lots as a safety measure for visitors.

Changing the Mowing Pattern

Establishing mowing patterns can add beauty and professionalism to any turf area, whether it’s a professional sports field, a golf course, a commercial office complex or a home lawn. Have fun with the patterns. The more you create, the more you learn. What started out as more work will become just part of your program and be created quicker and better each time. Use patterns to help achieve the aesthetics you and your client’s desire. They promote a sense of pride for those who created it as well as beauty for those who see it. This will prevent ruts from forming and it will also give you straighter standing turf.

Limiting Fertilization

Fertilizer raises the amounts of nitrogen in your soil and too much of it can damage or even kill your grass. There are plenty of benefits to applying fertilizer to your landscape, like having greener, healthier turf. But just remember too often, we see over applying. It is recommended that you use 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year for the best results.

Leaving Your Leaves

Whoever started the trend to bag up leaves missed out on a lot of natural benefits. It is best to shred the leaves up instead of collecting them. Most commercial mowers have a mulching conversion kit to handle the leaves. Mulching the leaves adds back nutrients to the soil and helps to make your turf green in the spring.

Knowledge is Power

Don’t ignore these best grounds management practices. Be a benefactor of these landscape maintenance best practices. Choose a professional Landscape Management team and make your commercial landscape look better and more sustainable.

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