Owning property is an amazing experience but one which also involves certain responsibilities, including the upkeep of your land. Whether or not you consider yourself to be the outdoorsy type, you are likely to spend quite a bit of time taking care of your lawn and landscaping.
As a new land owner, you might not be an experienced “green thumb”, so we here at Santa Cruz Properties would like to offer you a few essential landscaping tips that will help to ease the process and get your property looking as beautiful as you could ever imagine.
Because not only do we provide owner financed properties, we also want to offer you some quality advice to keep your land looking amazing once you get there.
- Get to know your land.
Before you plant anything, you should get to know your land and the way weather affects your property. This is especially important here in the Rio Grande Valley where heat and an abundance of sun can quickly kill plants and flowers.
Get a good understanding of what area of your land gets a decent amount of exposure to the sun (and rain when it falls) so you know where to plant. This makes things easier for you and allows trees and plant to grow with little care
- Easy on the mowing.
It’s just mowing, right? Wrong.
Mowing too low to the ground can mean your grass will struggle to grow and stay green. It also allows for weeds to take root more easily (and soak up valuable water).
While mowing, try not to cut more than ⅓ of the grass surface. This can be accomplished by setting the cutting deck higher, especially during the summer months. Keeping the grass “tall” will help it to develop deeper roots that can survive droughts.#Landscaping tip: dont cut the grass too short so it can survive that #RGV sun #SantaCruzProperties Click To Tweet
- Starter fertilizer is a great option.
When you decide to plant some flowers or a tree, starter fertilizer can provide it just the right boost to keep it healthy and growing. Look for products that are low in nitrogen and which offer fungi that can improve the overall quality of the soil in and around the area where your new plant will place its roots.
- Think ahead (but it’s OK if you change your mind).
If you really want unforgettable landscaping, you’ll want to create a master plan of sorts. It doesn’t have to be a perfect. In fact, a simple sketch that includes the structure of your property, trees, shrubs, and other landscape features will work just fine.
Then you can begin including all the different landscaping elements you want to eventually add in the future, whether it be flower beds, a gardening shed, shrubs, etc.
Having a plan will go a long ways in helping you fulfill your landscaping goals and keep you from creating something that is just too “busy”. (And you can also go back to your sketch and change things as you desire.)Create a #landscaping #masterplan as a roadmap to your property’s amazing future Click To Tweet
- Don’t forget to go native.
Native plants and trees are usually the best options because they are most accustomed to the weather and environmental conditions of the region. Because of this, native trees will be much more likely to grow up healthy and strong, especially in deep south Texas where summers and heat can be overbearing.
Native trees and grasses to the Rio Grande Valley will also require less watering, which means you get to save some money on the back end. Plus, you might just encourage some beautiful butterflies to make their way through your property.
- Bricks and stones make awesome borders.
You’ll want to keep grass and weeds from creeping into beautiful flower beds or vegetable gardens, and the best way to do this is by making a border around your planting space. Stones or bricks are great options for this tasks as they create a definitive border while also providing a visually appealing look in comparison to just plastic landscaping edges.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day.
We all love those home and gardening television shows that miraculously convert old gardens into amazing landscapes in just a few days. Of course, that’s the magic of television. The truth is that these sorts of long term projects take lots of time (and money), so don’t worry about getting everything done over a weekend – or a few weeks for that matter.
Start off small by planting some trees or making a little flower bed. You should do tasks that only take a few hours to complete at a time and not worry about getting your entire landscaping project done in just a single day. This also gives you the chance to change your mind if need be. There’s nothing worse that completing a project only to realize it isn’t exactly what you wanted.
- Pruning is important.
Trees, shrubs, and vines will continue to grow indefinitely, it’s just the way it is. In order to keep them from damaging your property or from making your land look messy, you’ll want to do the occasional pruning.
The best time to get some pruning done will be just after they bloom. This will keep them from getting out of hand and potentially spreading all over your property.
Looking for your dream property to landscape? Santa Cruz Properties has properties all over Edinburg available through owner financing.
Looking to buy some property in Edinburg? We have great owner financing options, even if you have bad credit or no credit. Reach out to Santa Cruz Properties today at (956) 383-0868 to find out how we can get you into the owner financed property of your dreams!