We serve clients throughout the Okanagan Valley

Lawn and Property Maintenance

If you are a busy individual who has no time for yard maintenance, it may be a wise idea to consider hiring help. Our maintenance personnel can come by weekly to keep your yard in picture perfect condition. We pay attention to the smallest details, whether we’re weeding, mowing or mulching.

Our Approach to Maintenance
Different landscaping elements and designs require specific maintenance requirements. At Emerald Irrigation & Landscape Construction, we generate a yard maintenance checklist that is custom suited for your yard. Included on this page is a simple guide we might follow for your specific requirements.

Planted Sections
As part of a spring check-up, all plants should be checked for signs of disease or damage that occurred over the winter. It is also a good idea to cover the areas around plants with organic mulching material every spring to help the planted areas retain moisture as well as fight off weeds. Some plants like roses should be hilled up with mulch to help them survive the winter better and then removed in the spring. Most flowing plants do better if you pinch off dead flower blooms so new plant growth is encouraged. In late spring plants that are looking a little malnourished should be fertilized with either store bought fertilizer or manure.

Insect Management
Plants and lawns are checked for pests, and remedies are recommended to the homeowner. Pesticides may be suggested, and natural methods are considered as well. For instance, a shallow plate filled with beer placed at ground level in a slug-infested garden will kill off the pests.

Pulling weeds the old-fashioned way is ideal, but in areas where there are too many weeds, herbicides are often more effective. Great caution is used when applying herbicides; if the application is not done carefully plants that are near the weeds could be killed off. You can reduce weeds by placing mulch a few inches thick on the soil around your plants.

Lawn Mowing
A longer grass length will result in less water and fertilizer required to keep the lawn green. We prefer the mulching method of mowing, so nutrients from the cut grass are returned back to the lawn.

Leaf and Needle Removal
We recommend removing leaves and coniferous tree needles on a regular basis. This allows more light through and reduces rot brought on by trapped water near grass roots.

Depending on the usage of lawn areas and the condition of plants in your landscaping, fertilization is typically required between two and five times per year. Many chemical fertilizers as well as organic fertilizers are available for your plants and lawn areas.