For many people, homeownership includes not only a house to maintain, but a yard or two as well. And nearby neighbors and others in your community rely on you to put some effort into your home’s appearance, so do it yourself or hire a crew—either way, the task of yard upkeep should be at the top of your list of chores. To get you started, here are some important must-do tasks related summertime landscape maintenance in Las Vegas to help keep your yard looking good all season long:
- Remove yard debris: After months of stormy weather, yards with tall trees could mean you’ll see broken branches, leaf clusters and a lot of sticks littering the ground. Tree debris tends to get stuck in twisted branches, only falling out when they dry or when summer breezes come through. You’ll also want to ensure front yard curb appeal and backyard tidiness, so take a weekend to remove any weeds or unwanted plant parts from garden beds and landscape edges. Add debris to your green waste bins along with pulled weeds, wilted flowers, grass clippings and dead annual plants.
- Do light trimming: Like trimming to maintain healthy hair, you must also trim trees and shrubs to encourage healthy growth. This is because trimming and pruning are essential tasks if trees are to stay strong and keep their shape. And since spring likely brought about a flurry of rain showers and warm sun, your yard may be overgrown with hardy foliage, which is why it’s recommended you remove some of it and perform year-round trimming for seasonal property maintenance. Home security is another good reason to cutback those bushes—burglars are less inclined to attempt a break-in if they can be seen.
- Get rid of vines on your house: As beautiful as climbing vines and ivy can be, it’s not good to allow these types of plants to grow up the side of your house. Plants create moisture against your siding, which may attract pests, encourage mold growth and create unsightly drip streaks. Furthermore, vines are notorious for invading the insides of homes after getting in through exterior vents and even sizable wall cracks. Cut and pull vines from your home’s surface, then dig out the plant at its roots to prevent new growth.
- Inspect for pest infestations: Invasive insects and pests can transform a lovely plant into a sickly eyesore. Take immediate action to rid your garden of pests by way of insecticides or simply through cutting off infested leaves, stems or limbs, or contact a plant expert to help you. If the problem is not taken care of quickly, you are likely to lose the entire plant.
- Check your irrigation system: Whether you have drip systems, sprinkler heads or small hand-dug trenches, consider making an appointment with the professionals to inspect and service your home’s irrigation system to ensure proper function throughout the summer months. Until then, do your own basic inspections for damaged sprinkler parts or clogged hoses.
If you need assistance with landscape maintenance in Las Vegas this summer, give the team at 2 White Guys a call today—we’ll get the job done right!