In this article from Angie's List, Jason Evans, district manager of Davey's East Bay office, gives readers 5 ways to ensure a healthy landscape in 2015.
Posted: Jan. 20, 2015
Gardeners are a reflective group, always looking back to see what worked and more importantly, what didn’t. And like most people at the start of a new year, gardeners are thinking about ways to improve upon last year with resolutions.
Laying the groundwork for a healthy landscape is the key to success for those garden resolutions. To learn how to create a healthy landscape and to cultivate fresh ideas for the 2015 gardening season, try these tips:
1. Create a plan
Use these colder winter months to decide what changes your garden needs once spring arrives. Create a regular maintenance schedule to ensure trees, shrubs and flowers receive consistent, quality care. Make sure to include a diverse range of tree species in your plan. Trees and shrubs provide structure and add drama to a garden. And as they grow, trees can save you money. Their cooling shade in summer and the wind reduction they provide in winter can reduce home energy bills by as much as 50 percent.
2. Inspect trees and shrubs for insects or disease
Mature trees increase property value by as much as 10 percent, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But a tree can shift from asset to liability when branches, trunks or roots suffer injury and threaten to cause property or personal damage. Protect your home and save lives by inspecting trees and addressing potential problems now.
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