Not all landscape upgrades have to be huge, costly undertakings. Sometimes you can pull off simple and fairly inexpensive upgrades. One recent example involved replacing tired looking rock crush with 1 1/4" river rock.
One half a yard of river rock costs around $30 plus delivery and labour.
The owner was very happy with the new look just a few days away from welcoming long weekend visitors.
This past week I got to observe a new female worker mowing and trying extremely hard to put beautiful laser lines into her lawn. Sure, she didn't set any speed records but she mowed safely and her lines were fine. Gold star!
Something like ten minutes later another worker, having finished his mowing, returned to his truck and took the shortest route in. He went right across the girl's beautiful laser lines, thus committing a classic lawn care mistake.
What's the big deal? Line crossing ruins the presentation. And if you think it's too harsh, I have a true story for you. Some years back one worker crossed his own mow lines at a residential tower. One owner looked down on the lawn in horror and called the company's office to complain.
So, definitely hustle when you mow but exit your lawns with care. Don't cut across your lines. Take the extra seconds and go around the perimeter.
Landscapes should be watered regularly; and watering is mandatory for newly installed landscapes. There is nothing more frustrating than installing new plants and lawns only to see them suffer, or worse, die due to lack of moisture.
To establish properly, new lawns and plants require proper watering. And when the owners take the time to water everything should work out well.
Consider the picture below. The lawn and cedar hedge (Thuja occidentalis) are new; when I first visited this unit, there was no lawn, just two stumps. That was last year.
I'm very happy with the way things look.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT