Download our handy printable landscape maintenance tips and xeric landscaping tips here.
- Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer. (This is optional if you fertilized in the fall or winter)
- Aerate the lawn to treat compacted soil
- Mulch with organic matter, if necessary
- Sharpen your mower blades at the start of the season
- Learn the signs of bug infestation, and head them off before they get settled in
- Don’t scalp your lawn. Because of our high desert climate, keeping it a little longer will help keep it from burning.
- Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them
- Sharpen your mower blade again halfway through the season
- Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched before the first frost
- But don’t over water! Plants and shrubs that drop their leaves (deciduous) should be expected to start look a little brown in October and November
- Mulch with organic material, or mow a layer of fallen leaves into the lawn
- Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent its matting under snow
- Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they’re in exposed areas
- Use a broom to brush snow away from evergreen trees gently, to keep the weight from breaking the limbs
- If ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease
- Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling snow
- Avoid walking on frosted or snow-covered lawns
- Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn’t harm plants
- Salt will damage grass, perennials, and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water
- Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping
Xeric Landscaping Maintenance Tips
Since we live in the high desert here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, where water is a scarce commodity, many landscape packages installed with new homes today are considered xeriscape packages or partial xeriscape packages. This means that you will have drought tolerant plants that require less water than the more traditional landscapes once used. However, many people forget that even drought tolerant, low water use plants need some time to establish themselves and acclimate to their conditions. Please follow the tips on our xeric landscaping tips (pdf download). to keep your landscaping package healthy and beautiful for years to come.
And as always, if you have any questions about your new landscape, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an e-mail.