Landscaping Tips

The custom home building process is a very personal, hands-on project that involves a lot of collaboration. From start to finish, you’re working with the builder and interior designer. Whether it’s the cabinets, tile, carpet, or furniture, every aspect of your home is tailored to suit your style. That’s what makes a custom home a custom home! But you probably didn’t realize that even your landscaping is handled by an architect. 

 

During the construction process with Perkinson Homes, you will meet with their Landscape Architect, Gary Hubbard of Salisbury Nursery. Gary will walk you through what plants and trees can be installed on your property based on sun exposure, soil, and topography. We will create the optimal landscape plans for your plants and trees to thrive! 

If you want your lawn and landscaping to look as #perkpretty as it did the day you moved in, maintenance is the key! So here are some summer maintenance tips to keep your grass looking lush and lovely!

 

Tip # 1 – Watering Your Lawn

The summer heat and droughts in Virginia can cause immense stress on your grass and plants. It’s critical your grass gets at least 1.5 inches of water once a week. Our partners at Virginia Green recommend watering 2-3 times per week between 4:00-7:00 am. What this does is allows the water time to seep down into the soil and to the roots of the grass. If you water during the middle of the day, up to 50% of your water is evaporated by the sun, meaning the roots of your lawn won’t receive the water they need. With that said, watering at night isn’t a good idea. The water sticks to the grass blades without evaporating, making the foliage wet and causing fungal growth overnight. 

Our irrigation specialist can help you set your system to properly water your grass and show you how to adjust your system throughout the seasons.

 

Tip # 2 – Sign Up For Lawn Maintenance

Perkinson Homes recommends maintaining your lawn after construction is complete with a local professional company such as Virginia Green. By providing you with a personalized landscape program and schedule, they keep your lawn looking healthy and weed-free while monitoring the landscape for any issues. 

 

Tip #3 – Adding Pops of Color

If you’re looking to add some color on your front steps and porch, or a project to do with the family, adding plants to the front of your home will accomplish both! There’s plenty of bright flowers and plants you can pick, but be sure to consider the sunlight your porch and steps offer, along with what conditions the plants need. You can even have your kids paint some of the pots or let them help in the decision of which plants to get. Whether it’s petunias, geraniums or hydrangeas you can’t go wrong with bright and beautiful flowers!