Whether you rent or own your home, you know that the way it looks on the outside is just as important, if not more than how it looks on the inside. You want your guests to have a great first impression of the place you call home, and that all begins with the exterior appearance. Even if you have a beautiful house, you can give off a bad impression if your lawn doesn’t look well taken care of.
Taking the time, even once a week to care for your garden and lawn is hugely beneficial. Your neighbors will be sure to appreciate the effort you put into making your street aesthetically pleasing. A manicured lawn and beautiful flower beds or trees can go a long way to improving the look and feel of even the most humble abode. In this blog we’ve listed the four most important tips for keeping your lawn consistently kept up, so that your house can be the best looking on the block.
The first tip is actually about spending less time on your garden, so it should be easy to follow. Although all plants need water, different plants need different amounts of it. You can actually give some plants too much water if you’re not careful. The easiest way to spot overwatering is wilting leaves. If you notice one of your plants looks a little wilted, you might think about cutting back on how much water you give it, and seeing how that affects it. As for grass, never water it if it’s already wet from rain. The general rule of thumb is you only want the soil to be moistened 4-6 inches below the surface.
It might seem like mowing the lawn is so simple that you can’t really mess it up. However, you can actually cut your lawn too short, which is detrimental to its health. Be careful to only cut the very top of your lawn. Only trim the top third of the grass in order to avoid “stressing” your lawn and attracting pests.
Pull weeds consistently
Most people dread pulling weeds more than any other gardening task. That’s understandable, as it’s a monotonous and sometimes even labor intensive job. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to avoid it if you’re trying to keep your landscape looking it’s best. Weeds will take nutrients and soil from your plants, and even block sunlight. They grow quickly, so your best bet is to pick one or two days per week to pull them up by the root and get rid of them.
Hire a gardener
The easiest way to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful is hiring a professional to help you. You might think this sounds like a service only wealthy people invest in, but this is simply not true anymore. Although people who live in mansions drive fancy cars can certainly afford to hire a landscaper to come multiple times a week, this isn’t really necessary for the average home. Call your local landscaping company and ask about periodic services that can save you time and effort, all for a reasonable cost.