— From the pages of FLL#25 • Written by Chad Diller
We’ve all seen them—those beautiful properties: manicured, clean and envy inducing. “Wow, I wish my place looked like that!” If you’re a property owner, it won’t take you long to figure out how expensive it can be to maintain your investment. In fact you may be thinking of the common excuse, “I don’t have the kind of budget to keep mine looking like that.” However, planning ahead will save you lots of money on property maintenance. Being proactive can help you not only save your hard-earned money, but it can spare you from the aggravation of many “emergency situations,” as well as keep your property looking beautiful all the while.
Have a beautiful lawn that is highly “sod” after.
Problems are more expensive to fix than they are to prevent. For instance, when you have a lawn that is overrun with weeds and crabgrass, it’s going to take a more aggressive, more expensive approach to get it looking nice again. If you find out in late summer half of your lawn died from grub damage, it’s going to be about ten times the cost to fix the problem than it was to prevent it. Having a proactive plan to keep your lawn looking its best can drastically reduce the potential for lawn damage. Adding an occasional extra measure for aerating and seeding the lawn can improve thickness before it needs a more costly renovation.
Make sure your trees and shrubs don’t become an “arbor eat’um.”
There are hundreds of varieties of pests common in our area that will damage your landscape plants. Ignoring these insects, mites, and fungi is expensive. By the time most property owners question the health of their plants and call in a pro, it can be too late for recovery. Even if a professional can provide a plan to treat these issues, the cost is often more on an annual basis than it would have been had the property owner proactively planned a more minimal approach each year to keep things remaining beautiful. Not only does this reduce pesticide use, it keeps plants looking their best rather than waiting until they decline.
Find someone who will “go out on a limb” to help you save you some money.
Pruning trees and shrubs proactively can provide savings. A properly and regularly pruned young tree will require less pruning in its lifetime, reduce its ability to be affected by pests, and lower its chances for breaking in its old age. Pruning shrubs helps them maintain their size. If you wait until they are out of control, not only does it mean more labor and more debris, but then drastic pruning leaves them looking unappealing. You may even face the likelihood of removal and replacement which means even more financial investment.
Hire a “hedge-fund manager” to get the most out of your investment.
Landscapes don’t take long to get out of control and turn into a giant renovation project. However, if you carefully execute a plan to maintain them with annual mulching and periodic weed control treatments in the beds, you can avoid costs for days of workers pulling the ugly weeds that somehow grew to 3-feet tall in a couple days. Even the selection of materials and their proper installation can save you money in the long run. Choosing the improper varieties of plants, spacing them inappropriately, using poured concrete over paver materials can create big problems later that careful planning and foresight would have avoided.
Get solutions for the unanswered questions that “bug” you.
Not only do pests pose risk to your plants, some can cause structural damage as well as become major nuisances in your home or business. A pest control service can formulate a plan to keep the amount of these pests so low that you will be very unlikely to be infested. A thorough inspection and necessary treatments for these pests on a quarterly basis can achieve this and also keep an eye out for additional pests, such as termites. Treating them early prevents major damage from occurring later on.
All you need is a plan and the right source to ask for help. You don’t need to have all the answers. That’s why there are professionals like us. No matter whom you choose to use, find a firm that is willing to educate you on the options so you can choose what is best for your property. You stick to what you know best—loving your property. We will stick to what we know—keeping it lovable.
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