Prep Your Yard To Look Its Best

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A lush green lawn makes any home’s yard more inviting. Whether you’re hosting neighborhood barbecues or enjoying a night around the fire pit with your family, or just want the option to take your morning coffee out into the garden, you want your yard to be in a condition that makes it a pleasant place to spend time.

Fertilizing

One of the first things anyone notices about a lawn is the grass. Even, thick, and green are the signs of a healthy lawn and are all dependent are properly nourishing your grass. Fertilization isn’t just a process to be done once in the spring; it’s something that should carry on all through your yard’s active seasons.

The best fertilizers to use depend on the kind of grass you have on your lawn, how often it rains in your area, local regulations regarding the kinds of fertilizers allowed for residential use, and other factors. Working with lawn care professionals helps ensure that you’re using the right fertilizers. Look for companies that offer recurring services to guarantee treatments are occurring with the best frequency for lawn fertilization.

Watering

You’ve invested too much time and money into making sure your lawn looks its best to let it turn brown and crisp due to lack of appropriate watering. Whether you have an irrigation system installed or set up your own hose and sprinkler, be sure that you’re maximizing the effects of any watering you’re doing.

Try to water either early in the morning or later in the evening rather than in the afternoon, as the heat of the sun can cause water to evaporate before it can be effectively absorbed by your grass. If you have a built-in irrigation system, consider setting it to go off before sunrise.

Be aware of any watering restrictions in your area, particularly if you live in an area that is prone to drought. Even if you don’t live somewhere where droughts are common, check for any special regulations that may be put in place if your area is experiencing a dry spell.

Mulching

If you have flowerbeds or other plant-based landscaping, they are likely surrounded by mulch. While many different materials can be used as mulch —from shredded leaves and hay to cocoa hull and wood chips — they all provide the central benefit of preventing unsightly weed growth. Laying down mulch can also provide insulation to plants’ root systems, and as natural mulch breaks down, it puts nutrients back into the soil.

Applying new mulch every season helps restore the appearance of your landscaping as well as replace any material that has broken down since last season. Take time to consider what materials are best for your particular lawn, as well as any mulch materials that may do more harm than good due to the kinds of nutrients they release or potential toxicity to pets.

Make your yard the envy of the neighborhood with these lawn and garden care tips and start enjoying life outdoors from spring to fall.