Tips for Landscaping a New Home Build

If you’ve just purchased a new build, you’ll be starting your yard from a clean slate. You may not know what to expect when dealing with a recently excavated area. However, there are a few things to expect that will help ensure whatever landscaping you decide on stands the test of time. Here are a few key items to consider:

Ask What the Builder Provides

When you buy your new build home, be sure to find out just what is offered by the builder. Often, you can expect to receive topsoil and sod, at least in the front yard. Some builders may offer other yard perks, so find out what their bare minimum is and what extras (if any) they have in mind.

Be Aware of Your Property’s Grading

Builders will often grade the ground. This is meant to control the flow of water or stop erosion and ensure that not only your home but other neighbouring homes as well are protected from water pooling or basement flooding. Be mindful of your yard’s grading when you begin your own landscape projects.

Allow Time For The Natural Settling Process

The earth that was disturbed in order to lay the home’s foundation needs time to properly settle. Ideally, depending on your location and climate, you want the ground to go through four seasons, with natural rain cycles and freezing/thawing to occur to help settle the ground around the home. It isn’t advisable to “speed up the process” by watering the area with a garden hose around the foundation as you may inadvertently flood your basement. Be patient and let time and gravity do the hard work for you.

Choosing Your Plants

Once the area has had enough time to settle, the real work of adding your own flair to the yard can begin. Be sure to choose plants and shrubs that are consistent with the climate as well as your expertise. There are plenty of options that are low maintenance and easy to care for. Others may require more work. Some may thrive in drier conditions, while others may require irrigation systems to keep their thirsty roots well hydrated. Do your research and choose plants that work best for your environment.

Consider Maintenance Requirements 

Once everything is in the ground, the real work of maintenance begins. If you aren’t sure just what to expect from a certain plant, tree or shrub, it’s a good idea to get advice. Visit your local garden centre, or hire a professional landscaper that can help you plan your yard and choose foliage that will compliment your personal style as well as the amount of time you want to put into maintenance.

Do you need assistance with unlocking the possibilities of your new yard? We’re here to help. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you transform your outdoor environment.

Spring Maintenance Must Do’s

It’s finally here!  Spring is in the air and we couldn’t be happier to see the end of the cold weather.  Now it’s time to take a look around and see what a toll the snow and ice took on the yard.  If you’re looking forward to getting your patio on, it’s important to get spring maintenance underway as soon as possible so that your property is ready in time for that first BBQ of the season.

So, where do you get started?  Here are a few must-do’s to get the most out of your backyard this year:

  1. Revive Your Lawn. Spring is a great time to rake and de-thatch your lawn.  This lifts up any old dead grass and debris, and allows, water, air and sunshine to get to the healthy grass below.  Aerating your lawn helps as well – especially in high traffic areas.  Next, be sure to fertilize your lawn, and apply seed in any bare patches for even growth.
  2. Spruce Up Your Trees and Shrubs. Over the winter months, snow and ice can accumulate on trees and shrubs, causing some damage and breakage.  Make sure to prune in spring to remove any dead or broken branches to allow for healthy growth and more appealing greenery.
  3. Tend to Your Flower Beds. Now is the time to add mulch to your beds to help retain moisture and add visual interest.  You should also replace any perennials that did not survive the winter, and consider what annuals you want to add, if any.
  4. Plan any Backyard Upgrades. If you’ve been thinking about adding a retaining wall or a water feature, now’s the time to do it.  Construction on these projects is best done in the spring or late fall, when damage to existing landscaping can easily be repaired without impacting the short outdoor season.

If you need help with your spring maintenance work, planting suggestions or landscape construction, give the team at Okanagan Yard Works a call.  Our friendly professionals always deliver on quality, price and service.  Trust us for all of your landscaping needs.