Preparing for a Landscape Renovation

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Photo by William Murphy.

Getting your yard ready for a landscaping renovation can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time working with a professional landscaper. When homeowners come to Roanoke Landscapes with their plans, they typically have a lot of questions: how long will it take? What kind of precautionary measures should I take beforehand? How will this affect my grass and soil? Getting these questions answered helps to relieve a lot of the anxiety that comes with making a major landscaping change. We are always striving to provide our customers with the most accurate, detailed information available so they can make all of their decisions with a sound, calm mind. Here’s what we think you should know *before* you begin your renovation:

Review Your Landscaping Plan

There are a lot of factors to consider before you begin a major renovation. For instance, do you know the composition of your soil? Have you researched your local climate and the types of plants and animals that are native to it? Do you know the growing season and temperament of the plants you’d like to include in your plan? Do you know how much water an irrigation system or a pond install requires? A landscaping professional can help you answer these questions and draft a thorough, comprehensive plan that will fit with your budget and preferences, but doing your research is absolutely essential. You don’t want your renovation to come with too many unwelcomed surprises.

Call Miss Utility

Before construction begins on your landscape, you have to know exactly where you’re digging and what kinds of power or utility lines may be affected by construction. Your landscaping provider may do this for you before they begin an installation, but procedure vary company by company. It’s never a bad idea to check with Miss Utility or your local utility surveyor to make sure that your water and electricity lines are marked properly. That way, if an accident does occur, you won’t be liable for any utility damage.

Conduct a Thorough Clean-Up

Remove all weeds, plant debris, rocks, and waste from the construction site. You may need to remove some existing trees, shrubs, or plants to make room for new construction. The cleaner your work site is, the safer and quicker the construction will be!

Check Existing Plants

Most likely, some of your existing plants and shrubs will stay in place during the landscaping renovation. Plants you plan on keeping should be thoroughly checked for pests, fungus, and disease. If they go unchecked, the problem could easily spread to the new, vulnerable plants in your landscaping plan. Prune existing foliage thoroughly, removing all dead growth and debris. You may consider a light pesticide treatment or an extra mulching before the renovation begins, just to ensure everything stays strong and healthy.

Plan for Future Maintenance

Unfortunately, landscapes don’t take care of themselves. A beautiful, lush landscape requires regular watering, pruning, mowing, and trouble-shooting. Landscaping companies can aid you in this process through a property management plan, but it’s best to have an idea of how much landscape maintenance will cost before you invest in a landscape renovation. You want to make sure you have the time and money to attend to your landscape properly.

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