Trees, vegetation, and a lush, green lawn in your backyard provide for an attractive and comfortable outdoor space that is only steps from your porch steps. Trees provide shade and create evotranspiration to cool the air and provide protection from the wind and weather.
A healthy lawn can give you a soft cushion underfoot that also cools your backyard and home during the summer. But to get the yard of your dreams, you need to install and plant all the necessary elements.
Planning and planting a new yard does not have to be difficult; you only need to have the right knowledge and landscaping professionals and the proper installation. Use these installation and care tips for your yard's landscaping and irrigation to create a beautiful and healthy yard.
Plan for Irrigation
Step one of installing your yard should include planning for an efficient watering system for your yard's many new types of vegetation, including the lawn, bedding and border plants, flowers, trees, and shrubbery. Set up the irrigation system on a programmable timer so you don't worry about your yard's health while you are at work or out of town.
To water a lawn, consider low-flow rotor or spray sprinkler heads to cover all areas of the yard, specifically ones with pop-up heads for coverage in your lawn. You don't want to accidentally trip over an above-ground fixed lawn sprinkler.
Also, measure the amount of PSI your yard's water source provides so your sprinklers have appropriate pressure to operate and irrigate all areas of your lawn. Talk to an irrigation professional to set up the most efficient irrigation for your new yard's landscaping.
Plant and Maintain New Trees
Planting a tree is relatively easy, but you need to follow the right planting process and practice ongoing care to give your tree the best start and ensure its optimal health and growth. First, select a spot in your yard where your tree will have adequate space for its trunk, canopy, and root system to grow to their full size.
Just before you remove your tree from its pot, dig a hole that is the same depth as the height of your tree's pot and root ball. The hole should be two to three times the width of the pot. After removing the pot, use your fingers to massage and loosen the root ball. This technique helps the tree's roots grow outward instead of tightly in a ball.
Place your tree into the hole, making sure there are no pockets of air below the root ball or around the roots when you cover it with soil. You should compact the soil around the root ball with your foot to remove any pockets of air, and then water the tree thoroughly.
Keep its roots moist with regularly watering each day or every other day when there are no heavy rainstorms until your tree becomes established in the soil.
Prepare for Your New Lawn
Sod installation gives you the instant gratification of a lush, landscaped yard. But your soil needs to contain the right mixture of texture between clay and sandy soil to ensure your lawn thrives.
You can have your soil's pH tested for the level of acidity and alkalinity. For the test, take least 10 different samples from around your yard, digging down into the soil 4 to 6 inches to get an adequate test sample. If necessary, a local landscaping company can supplement nutrients and organic materials to the soil in your yard before installing the sod.
You can hire the expertise and help of a landscaping professional any time to help you with your irrigation and planting new trees and lawn. Contact CDS Landscaping & Tree Service, LLC, for the best care and for ongoing maintenance of your new yard.