5 Gardening Services To Ask Your Landscaper About

Your landscaping consists of more than just grass and trees. Don't overlook the garden and border beds around the house when scheduling your landscaping service. Tending to these areas properly can make your yard a much more pleasant and attractive place.

1. Topdressing 

Topdressing the garden beds is best done in early spring before the planting season, or in the fall when the bed is cleaned up for winter dormancy. Your gardening service will apply fresh compost to the beds, tilling it into empty beds and carefully spreading it around the perennial plants in planted beds. The compost adds nutrients and organic matter to the soil, which helps it maintain its qualities that lead to healthy plant growth.

2. Mulching

Mulch applications are done after spring planting. An attractive mulch, such as bark chips, is spread around the plants to provide soil protection to prevent weeds and hold in moisture. The mulch does decompose over time, which adds nutrients to the beds. In perennial beds, you may want an additional mulch application in late fall to protect overwintering plant roots. 

3. Border Edging

A good border around the garden beds prevents mulch from washing out into the lawn, and it also keeps lawn grasses from invading the garden beds. The simplest edging your garden service can install is trench edging. This is no more than a barrier trench dug around the bed. Decorative permanent edging is another option. This can be simple rubber edging strips, or it can be made of bricks, concrete, or lumber. Choose a border edging that complements your garden and your home's exterior.

4. Deadheading

Deadheading is a seasonal garden pruning task that keeps plants compact and full while also encouraging new blooms. After flowering, a plant will go to seed and it may not flower anymore. Having the old flowers trimmed off prior to setting seed is called deadheading, and this process can make your flowers much more productive and beautiful over a longer period of time. Deadheading can benefit both perennial and annual flowers.

5. Seasonal Swaps

Swapping out flowers and plants in the garden beds keeps them interesting for every season, which is why it's nice to have a combination of annual and perennial flowers in the garden. The perennials provide the year-round structure for the garden, and then your gardening service can swap out the annual selections each season for one that blooms the best during that time. 

Contact a gardening service for more help with your garden maintenance this year.