Renovations can wreak havoc on landscapes. The combination of heavy materials, equipment and foot traffic, can compress the soil and tear up sections of the grass, leaving bare muddy patches behind. To avoid dealing with repairs and resodding, here are some essential tips to remember for protecting your landscape during renovations.
Talk To Your Contractors
First up, have a conversation with your head contractor about the work they’re doing and how it will impact your lawn and landscape. Address any concerns right from the get-go and ask for their recommendations. It’s important to communicate clearly and come to an understanding to ensure the workers will be mindful and respectful of your landscape when moving around. There also might be other equipment they can use that’s less damaging on the lawn, such as a scissor lift as opposed to a telescope lift.
Use Plywood or Grass Mats
Sometimes, it can’t be avoided – if there’s only one direct path and your lawn is in between, there’s no way to prevent foot traffic or equipment from trudging on it. But you can help to reduce the impact. Plywood or lawn protection mats can be used to disperse the weight of machinery or people, reducing the risk of the grass and soil from being torn up. Just make sure to remove the plywood or mats as soon as possible.
Remove Any Debris
Any debris should be disposed of or placed somewhere away from the lawn. Materials like concrete, glass, or tiles can damage the grass in a relatively short amount of time if they’re left there. Anything that needs to stay on the lawn should be moved around every so often to protect it.
Add A Layer of Mulch
Before the renovations begin, we recommend placing down a thick layer of mulch around the base of any young trees and plants that could be damaged. This can help buffer the roots, creating an extra layer of protection.
Hire a Landscaper
If you’re concerned about the landscape, a quick and efficient way to repair any damage and get it looking its best again is to hire a landscaper. They can come and assess any issues or damage that might have been unavoidable during the renovation process. With dedicated care and attention, you’ll be able to enjoy having a beautiful lawn and landscape in no time.
When you need landscape services to restore your lawn or garden in Ottawa, Hansen Lawn & Gardens has you covered. Contact us today to arrange a service or to learn more about how we can assist you.