Landscape Longevity: The Ultimate Aftercare Guide for Your New Yard

How to Maintain Your New Landscape Design: Post-Project Care

Congratulations -You’ve just embarked on a landscape project journey with Cityscapes Landscaping. You’ve seen the transformation magic right before your eyes, but remember, your outdoor paradise isn’t just built—it’s nurtured. Buckle up for a fascinating trip into the aftercare that will keep your investment radiating beauty through our mesmerizing four-season tapestry.

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and discover the essential aftercare that will keep your investment thriving through our distinct, four-season climate.

How to Clean and Maintain Hardscape Elements in Your Landscape

Think of your hardscape as the backbone of your outdoor haven. It’s solid, practical, yet undeniably attractive. Here’s a few tips for preserving hardscapes like retaining walls, walkways, and paver patios:

  • Gentle cleaning is key. Regular sweeping or rinsing keeps them looking fresh and new.
  • A sealing coat every 3-5 years will keep paver patios glowing like they’ve just been laid.
  • Respect weight limits to prevent any unwanted damage and maintain the structural integrity of your hardscape.
  • Avoid salts and ice melt products as they can etch and chip your hard surfaces.

Essential Planter Beds Maintenance: Watering, Fertilizing, and Weeding

Your planter beds are the unsung heroes of your landscape, bringing color, variety, and drama. To keep them looking their best:

  • Water regularly and use fertilizers to provide essential nutrients.
  • Stay on top of weeding to keep your plants from competing for resources.
  • Remember that every plant is unique. Research or consult with us to cater to each plant’s specific needs.

Tree Maintenance Tips: Watering, Mulching, and When to Call an Arborist

Trees are the hardy giants of your landscape, providing shade, privacy, and natural beauty. Here are a few tree care tips to ensure their health and longevity:

  • Maintain a regular watering routine, especially during dry spells.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay.
  • Don’t shy away from professional advice. Improper pruning can harm trees, and an arborist can spot signs of pests or diseases early.

Shrub Survival: Effective Watering, Fertilizing, and Pruning Tips

Shrubs offer texture and balance to your garden. To keep these botanical beauties thriving:

  • Like trees, they need regular watering, especially in dry periods.
  • Fertilizing helps provide necessary nutrients for robust growth.
  • Prune at the right time. For spring-flowering shrubs, prune after they bloom. For summer-flowering shrubs, prune in early spring.

Flower Beds: How to Take Care of Your Blooming Landscape

Flowers are the final brushstroke on your garden masterpiece. Here’s a few tips to keep your garden canvas vibrant:

  • Different flower varieties have different care needs. Make sure to provide for each accordingly.
  • Regular deadheading not only keeps your flowers looking tidy, but also encourages more blooms.
  • Remember the differing needs of annuals versus perennials, and plan your care accordingly.

Lawn Love: Cultivating a Lush Green Lawn All Summer Long

Your lawn is the lush green canvas that frames your landscape art. Here are a few watering, mowing, and fertilizing tips for a lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood:


  • Water is vital. In the initial weeks, soak with water 2-3x daily to establish the roots, then adjust according to weather conditions.
  • Hold off on mowing until the grass reaches about 3.5 inches high.
  • Feed your lawn with a lawn fertilizer to encourage lush growth and a healthy green color.
  • Water regularly and use fertilizers to provide essential nutrients.
  • Stay on top of weeding to keep your plants from competing for resources

Seasonal Strategies: Four Seasons, Four Care Plans

Spring: It’s time for your landscape to shake off its winter slumber. Start by clearing winter debris, pruning where needed, and beginning your regular watering schedule. It’s also the perfect time to add some fertilizer to give your plants a spring growth boost.

Summer: Ensure your landscape gets plenty of hydration during those hot North Dakota summer days. Add mulch around your plants to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. It’s also an excellent time to monitor your plants for any signs of disease or pests.

Fall: As the season turns, prepare your plants for the upcoming cold by giving your lawns, trees, and shrubs a deep watering. This allows them to freeze fully hydrated, which can significantly help prevent winter kill. Also, don’t forget to rake up and compost those falling leaves!

Winter: Winter can be hard on your landscape. Protect your plants by applying winter mulch after the ground freezes, and use burlap screens to shield them from winter winds and heavy snow. Be sure to remove heavy snow loads from your trees and shrubs to prevent damage.

Understanding Plant Loss in Your Landscape: Winter Kill and Failure to Thrive

All things in nature have a lifespan, including the elements of your landscape. Despite a proper installation and our best aftercare efforts, some plants might not survive due to factors beyond our control. In fact, even under perfect conditions, there’s still a 5% chance of plant loss due to elements such as failure to thrive and winter kill. By understanding this, you can set realistic expectations and enjoy the evolution of your landscape over time.


Your journey with your landscape doesn’t end with installation. It’s an ongoing dance with nature, filled with learning, growth, and a deeper appreciation for the environment. But remember, even if you have two left feet, Cityscapes Landscaping is here to guide you every step of the way.

Got questions or need more advice? Don’t hesitate to reach out. At Cityscapes Landscaping, we’re always here to help you keep your landscape healthy, vibrant, and beautiful. Give us a call!

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