Written by Sarah Rancuret, Savor Imports Marketing Manager

Jeremy Nickel, Dot’s facilities landscaper, could write pages and pages of tips and tricks for maintaining and designing landscaping. He has maintained Dot’s landscaping, including Dot East, Dot West, Dorothy’s house, the North Street house, Dorothy’s Market, and some at the airport and airport sign, as well as some of the plants inside the admin offices, since July 2018.

Enjoy these top tips from Nickel.

Maintenance Tips: 

1. Mow your lawn to 3”-4”. The taller height leads to a healthier lawn and shades out weeds. This is the number one, best thing someone can do for their lawn and it’s free! We mow the lawn at Dot between 3.5” and 4.5″

2. Take soil sample tests from your lawn and apply nutrients accordingly

3. Apply pre-emergent herbicide, such as Preen, to your flower beds to reduce the number of weeds to pull. Follow instructions on the label

4. If you have moles in your yard, treat it for grubs—the moles’ food source. The moles will move on to find food elsewhere

Flowering Season

When to Trim

Spring

Summer

Summer

Fall

Fall

Spring

5. Trim flowering shrubs as needed, after they flower

6. Trim trees from late winter to early spring

7. Aerate your lawn in the fall and apply fertilizer. Aeration alleviates soil compaction, helps air, water, and nutrients reach the roots more easily, reduces thatch in the lawn, and improves drought and heat resistance, making for an overall healthier lawn

Landscape Design Tips:

1. Don’t impulse buy plants, do research before you buy

2. Read tags on plants at the store for information such as mature height and width, light and soil requirements, USDA hardiness zones, and flowering times to make sure they will thrive where you plan to plant them

3. For a lower maintenance landscape, plant perennials and groundcovers along with evergreen and deciduous shrubs

4. When selecting flowering shrubs and perennials, select plants with different flowering times so something is flowering all season long

5. Don’t waste money on flower bed edging material. Instead, choose nice border plants to create a natural edge

6. Use a tape measure when arranging plants to ensure even spacing. Refer to plant tags for mature height and width and space accordingly

7. Curved flower bed lines are more aesthetically pleasing than straight lines

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