5 Ways To Protect Your Landscape During A Home Renovation
Are you planning a large-scale remodel project on your home? While the end result is going to be a great, nearly new home, the actual process of renovation can be difficult on your home life. One area that many homeowners may overlook is the damage that can be wreaked on the surrounding landscape. How can you protect your landscaping? Here are five key tips.
1. Boost Your Landscape.
In the weeks before the actual remodel starts, use the time to prepare your lawn and plants. This might include fertilizing them, trimming and pruning damaged sections, and stabilizing the ground or adding drainage. When plants are in better shape going in, they can survive more. Follow up by using a professional landscape service to maintain the landscape during the work.
2. Plan Pathways.
Workers will likely need to come and go from your home on a regular basis, which can lead to heavy foot traffic on the lawn, damage to nearby beds, or damage to overhanging trees. Try to outline a few pathways that everyone can use instead of crossing the landscape at the most convenient location. Ideally, make these paths clear with solid surfaces, such as permanent pavers or just temporary boards to protect what's underneath.
3. Prune Trees.
Trees can take serious damage from heavy equipment, contractors carrying tall or long building materials, and house walls being added or removed. Prepare trees by having them professionally serviced before the remodel. When you trim back branches and remove lower-hanging limbs, less damage will occur.
4. Be Careful With Debris.
Any homeowner who has remodeled knows that construction debris will end up all over the site. While it's easy to think that throwing it on the lawn or bushes will cause no harm, this debris can damage delicate shrubs and strip leaves. And materials left on the ground will kill plants or grass underneath them. So make a plan to safely dispose of materials and remove things promptly.
5. Mulch the Beds.
Add a protective layer around plants and trees to help protect them. A layer of mulch provides cushioning for roots when debris or equipment may be set on top of them. It protects the base of a tree from foot traffic and construction materials. And it helps reduce any heat damage if reflective material like glass focuses the sun too intensely on the landscape.
Can you put your landscape in the best position to not only survive the remodel but to thrive during it? For more ideas and help preparing the yard, consult with a landscaping service in your area today.