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Even if you have the most beautiful home in your neighborhood, it will all be for naught if your yard is less than spectacular. Though you may think it may be impossible to have a yard that matches the beauty of your home, the fact is doing so may be much easier than you ever imagined. If you are ready to get down and dirty in your yard, here are five tips you should keep in mind that will turn your yard into perfection.
Yes, there is a right way to mow your yard, and by doing so you will have a yard that everyone around you will envy. First, it is always best to set the height of your mower so that your grass stays just a bit taller. This will help it to look lush, while preventing it from totally drying out if rain gets a bit scarce. Also, always mow when your yard is dry, since mowing a wet yard will leave unsightly tracks and ruts.
Just like any other living thing, your yard needs food to stay healthy and grow. The best way to ensure that your yard is getting the nutrients it needs is to have a soil test done. A soil test will give you information on the current nutrient levels in your soil and will also provide recommendations for what type and how much fertilizer to use. Once you have this information, you can create a fertilization schedule that will help keep your yard healthy and prevent problems such as nutrient deficiencies and lawn diseases. In addition to regular fertilization, you may also need to add other amendments to your soil, such as organic matter, depending on the results of your soil test.
Install a Fence
One of the best ways to keep your yard looking great is to install fencing. After all, if you can keep people and animals from walking on the grass and making some messes along the way, your yard will always look wonderful. Whether you choose chain-link, vinyl, wood, or wrought-iron fencing, a beautiful fence will enhance the look of your yard.
Know How to Water Your Yard
When you need to give your yard a drink, knowing how and when to do so can make all the difference. Grass needs less water in the spring and fall, meaning watering once a week is fine. However, in the summer when temps are hot and rain is nowhere to be found, watering three times per week may be necessary. Take into account the type of soil you have. Clay soil holds moisture better than sandy soil, so you will not need to water as often.
Control the Weeds
Finally, control the weeds that want to grow in your yard. If you let dandelions and clover take hold, they will quickly spread all over the place. By spot-controlling weeds as needed, you can maintain a beautiful yard. In addition, you can use herbicides to kill weeds. However, be careful when using herbicides, as they can also damage desired plants. Be sure to read the label carefully and only apply the herbicide to the weeds.
Proper yard care is essential for maintaining a healthy lawn. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your lawn will be green and lush for years to come. Watering, fertilizing, and mowing on a regular basis are key to keeping your lawn healthy. In addition, be sure to remove any dead leaves or debris from your yard to prevent pests from taking up residence. With a little time and effort, you can enjoy a beautiful lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors.
By Lizzie Weakley
who is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.