If you are planning to plant new landscaping, or if you have already done so, you may be wondering what it takes to maintain the new plants healthily and thrive. Whether you are planting new trees or shrubs, you want to ensure that you are protecting your investment in plant material.

To help you get started, we have compiled a list of the five things you should be doing to maintain your new landscape:

1. Appropriate Irrigation

Water is the “lifeblood” of all living organisms, and plants are no exception. If you have recently planted new shrubs, trees, or other plants, you must ensure that they receive adequate water.

The truth is that these plants received a great deal of care while being cultivated in a nursery, and their initial installation on your property might be quite distressing. They were most likely irrigated daily at the nursery, thus abruptly reducing the frequency of watering at a time when this plant material is establishing itself in your environment can be very stressful.

Obviously, the actual amount of water your trees and shrubs need will depend on variables such as plant size, soil composition, and temperature. If JMC Landscaping is responsible for the installation of your new landscaping, we will offer watering suggestions.

In addition to applying the proper amount of water, you must verify that you are watering appropriately. There is no need to water your new shrubs and trees or their foliage. It’s the roots that need the water. Utilizing a soaker hose is an efficient method for watering slowly and consistently.

2. Proper fertilizers for trees and shrubs

The following step is one that is frequently overlooked when installing new landscaping. While most people recognize that thick, tree-like grass requires fertilization, they often ignore what their environment demands.

When trees and bushes are planted in a residential environment, they do not have the same availability of nutrients as they would in a forest (or their natural habitat). Here, fertilization can be of assistance.

New plants are especially in need of fertilization, as they have already endured a great deal of stress during the planting process. As they establish themselves in your environment, fertilizer can help guarantee they get the nutrition they need to flourish.

When plants are fertilized, their foliage is often greener, their flowers develop more profusely, and their bloom periods are generally longer. JMC Landscaping provides a Plant Health Care package that includes fertilization of your landscape’s main plants.

3. Protect Your New Garden from Pests and Diseases

New trees and shrubs, already under stress from adjusting to their new environment, may be susceptible to insect and disease infestations. These can be devastating to a new plant that is already expending so much energy to establish itself in its new environment.

A landscape maintenance worker sprayed shrubs.

Fortunately, there are solutions. A Plant Health Care program can aid in protecting your plants from some of the most prevalent pests and diseases.

4. Never Underestimate the Importance of Properly Pruning New Trees and Shrubs

Pruning is one of the landscaping tasks that is occasionally undervalued. People are aware that pruning is necessary to keep plants appearing neat and tidy, but they may not always realize that it also contributes to the plant’s general health.

5. Be sure to mulch properly as well!

Lastly, it is crucial to note mulching, as this is yet another approach to either ensure the success or failure of your new landscaping. Mulching can be beneficial to plants. It functions as a barrier to protect the root systems of your plants and can even inhibit weed growth. However, if mulching is done poorly, it might cause more harm than good.

The issue with putting excessive mulch on the trunk of a plant is that it might cause the bark to rot. It will also result in the development of additional roots that will eventually strangle the plant to death.

Employ Us As Your Professional Landscapers Who Will Ensure The Success Of Your New Landscaping

Ultimately, you want to be confident that your new landscaping will live and flourish. After all, paying for new trees and shrubs is not a minor investment; you now want to see them prosper.

Working with a landscaping company that can set you up for success is essential.

At JMC Landscaping in Florida, we not only handle plant installs, but also their continuous upkeep, and we take great care to ensure that the homeowners we serve are aware of their new landscaping requirements. In addition to delivering useful watering suggestions, we can also provide our clients with a Plant Health Care program, Pruning Plans, and Mulching Plans, which will set them up for success.

It all boils down to investment protection. By investing in these services, you can discard the hassles and get back to spending time enjoying your landscape. If you’d like to discuss the landscaping in detail request a free quote, get your customized plan, and relax knowing that your plants are in good hands.