So, you’ve signed the dotted line and can now officially call yourself a homeowner. Congrats! Now comes the fun part: getting to know all the ins and outs of your new digs.
Once you’re acquainted with the inside of your home, step outside and get to know your landscape. From figuring out how to prep your plants for spring to pinpointing a potentially unhealthy tree, there are lots to learn about your new yard.
Keep reading for a new homeowner’s guide to keeping your landscape in tip-top shape.
Got a free Saturday to spend in the yard? Great! Take some time to inspect your plants, plan for seasonal landscape maintenance and brainstorm ideas for adding a little flair to your new home.
Even if you got a good look at your new landscape before buying your house, there may be red flags you didn’t know to look out for. But don’t worry—it's not too late to inspect your yard for potential hazards.
Take a walk around your landscape and look for:
If you have any concerns after roaming around your yard, get in touch with your local Davey arborist for a free inspection.
Okay, okay. You just moved into a new place and a big task like removing a tree is probably not something you want to think about. But here’s the deal—a dead or dying tree poses a huge threat to you and your landscape, so you need to know if you have a risky tree on your hands ASAP.
Sometimes the signs of a dying tree are subtle. Here’s how to tell if your tree is dead or alive.
Declining shrubs don’t pose an immediate risk, but you should still give ‘em a look to decide if they need to be replaced. Inspect your shrubs with the same process you’d use to inspect trees.
Your new yard is a completely blank canvas. Will you opt to plant a new tree, add color with annuals or put in a new patio? The options are endless.
Here are just a few ways you can make your new landscape your own:
With each season comes a new way to care for your plants and trees. Follow these seasonal landscaping tips to help your yard flourish all year long.
Bonus tip: Get to know a certified arborist. Sure, there are plenty of landscaping tasks you can handle on your own, but let’s face it—sometimes you just want to put the work in the hands of a professional. Or, other times a tree or plant problem might have you stumped. In either case, nothing beats having an arborist that’s just a phone call away.