If you always struggle to have a lush and green lawn and healthy flowers and shrubs, you may not need to give up just yet. A few simple tips and tricks, along with the right landscaping supplies, can often give you that beautiful lawn and those gorgeous flowerbeds you want. Note a few of those tricks here, and then ask for advice from a landscaper or your landscaping supply company if you still need more help.
Patchy lawn; no seed growth
If your lawn is patchy, meaning that there are just parts of the lawn that don't seem to grow and thrive, seeds might not be the best solution. Birds easily eat the seed before it can germinate or your lawn may get too much sunlight for new grass to take root and thrive.
Sod plugs are small patches of sod or turf that you can easily cut and then plant in those patchy areas; these plugs have stronger roots that easily take hold once installed. Be sure you break up the soil where you want to plant the sod plugs, and keep the plugs well-watered during their first few days and weeks so the roots thrive.
Brown and wilted flowers
Flowers are only as healthy as the soil in which they're planted, so if your flowers are always withered and brown, tear up the areas of your flowerbeds and put down a layer of fresh, healthy topsoil. Add fertilizer over this and then water the area so the fertilizer gets absorbed into the soil. You can then add seeds or your plantings, and they should thrive. Be sure you only fertilize as recommended for your particular type of flower, and don't assume "the more the better." Too much fertilizing means too many nitrates and other chemicals for flowers, and they easily die away.
Weeds that thrive
If you've tried mulch and river rock to cover your flowerbeds but weeds keep thriving, you might need to upgrade to a plastic weed bed. This is a type of woven nylon and plastic material that you cut and set just under the soil, around your flowers and shrubbery. The fabric's dense weave allows some moisture and sunlight to reach the soil but it isn't large enough for weeds to grow through, and they should die away. A root barrier system can also be installed underground; this is a type of mat that you bury vertically, and which then stops weed roots from spreading out and growing.
For more information, contact a landscape supply business.