Landscaping not only makes a home look nicer, but it serves the purpose of helping to prevent erosion while also protecting the foundation of your home.
When planning or redoing your landscaping, it’s important to make sure any bark or rock beds don’t disturb the free flow of water which is draining away from the house. Using landscape fabric can help to prevent growth of weeds while still allowing evaporation of any ground moisture. If you choose to use a landscaping company, make sure they contact Sun River St. George before tying into any preexisting drain pipes. Homeowners are responsible for any changes to drainage after taking possession of the home, so it’s important to make sure you hire a reliable, knowledgeable company when it comes to landscaping.
Installation of any spray heads or sprinklers should not be within three feet of the home. You should routinely check their positioning at least weekly during use. Never have bubbler or trickle types of irrigation systems next to the home. When considering putting in trees, think about how much space they will take up when they reach their full height as you’ll want to keep even the smallest of trees at least four feet from the home. You’ll also want to keep in mind how close any shrubbery will be to sidewalks, parking spaces, or other areas where it might get damaged.
When choosing plants, consider those that are indigenous to the area because they will grow better and have a better survival rate. Before making any changes, you’ll want to contact the local building department and your HOA to make sure your changes follow your neighborhood guidelines.
When it comes to soil use a brand that has sufficient organic material. You will want to use mulch at least three inches deep in order to hold the soil moisture in the ground and help to prevent weeds from growing and soil compaction. If the soil in your yard has a high concentration of clay, make sure to take these steps to prepare the soil before planting: spread two inches of sand and one inch of odorless manure around the area. Then, rototill the area at least six inches deep. Doing this will help the soil to retain water it needs for optimal growth of grass. Always try to use an organic weed and pest control solution to help protect the environment.
Finally, always be careful of utility lines when planting and call if you’re unsure where they are. Sometimes the lines will make a depression in the grass when it’s first laid. If this is the case, unroll the sod and put more dirt underneath, then re-roll out the sod to correct the problem.