Landscape renovation is an important part of property improvement, adding to the curb appeal of an estate or business. Most first impressions of your property, and its level of maintenance and value are made from the street. Even with conscientious trimming and maintenance, all foundation plantings get crowded after 15 years. That’s when it is time to renovate!
Depending on how close your trees and shrubs were originally spaced, and what types were used; this overcrowding could begin much sooner, sometimes as early as 5 to 7 years after planting, especially if pruning has been minimal.
The current trend in several areas is to “over-plant”, or plant way too much. While this style of planting creates an established look much sooner, it also creates a need to renovate foundation plantings much sooner. Trees and shrubs that grow too fast, or much too large for their allotted space are the main cause of overcrowding.
At this advanced stage of growth, shrubs are blocking windows and overpowering the building they surround. A once inviting front entrance may now be overgrown and hidden. These overgrown plantings can crowd sidewalks, getting visitors and clients wet as they brush past them on rainy days. They also give houses places of business that “abandoned” or neglected look.
When is it time to renovate your landscape?
It often comes as a great surprise when clients learn that foundation plantings have a limited lifespan, and should be renovated once they are 15 years old. If the right trees have been planted in the right places in lawn areas, they can remain much longer. It’s the close proximity to foundations, windows and sidewalks that create an earlier need for foundation planting renovation work.
While you can attempt to salvage whatever existing foliage is still in good shape, and will still blend with new plantings, it’s been our experience that “starting from scratch” makes the most sense in the long run. Mixing new plantings with old plantings often creates too much of a “generation gap.”
*Carl Ray Nursery collaborates with only the best, highly respected, and quality landscape businesses in the area; to provide the finest, full-service care for your property.