While most homeowners take pride in their property and want to do all they can to keep it maintained, repaired, updated, and looking fantastic, the sad truth is that many adults have a lot on their plates. Our busy, modern lives are filled with work, commuting, raising kids, running errands, and trying to find a few precious hours for sleep each night. And although we want our homes to look beautiful, cleaning and maintenance may be the least of our daily concerns. The unfortunate result can be a patchy or overgrown lawn as the summer progresses. However, there are ways to get around this in order to have the beautiful lawn you crave year-round. Here are some tips to get you on your way.
- Planting appropriately. Choosing the right grass can be difficult – you need to take several factors into consideration. For example, you want a grass that’s hearty enough to withstand temperature extremes in your climate, and whether you suffer from severe heat in the summer, freezing cold in the winter, or both, it could impact the type of grass you choose for your lawn. You might also be concerned about water conservation, in which case the species of grass you choose could make a big difference. And of course, you have to consider the usage your lawn will get. If your kids like to run around barefoot you’ll obviously want grass that is soft and springy. In short, there may be several things to consider when choosing the right materials for your lawn.
- Mowing and weeding. There’s really no getting around the fact that your lawn may need frequent weeding and mowing in order to look neat and presentable. You can find low-growing grasses to help you out, and you can spray the lawn to prevent weed growth, but eventually you’re going to have to attend to this basic maintenance. Of course, you could always hire a neighborhood kid to help you out once in a while for a lot less than you might pay a gardener to come on a regular schedule.
- Watering concerns. In addition to sunlight and soil, your lawn needs water to remain lush. But this can be a complicated process if you have to water manually and you’re trying to keep track of the city’s summer watering schedule (if there is one). Instead, think about installing in-ground sprinklers set on a timer to alleviate any hassle. You might also want to consider planting drought-resistant grass that requires less water altogether to stay green.
- Pest control. When your landscaping is overrun by ants, beetles, caterpillars, rodents, or any other type of pests, you’re going to see the signs of the infestation in dead patches, chewed leaves, and other unsightly reminders of their presence. So nipping pest problems in the bud is an essential part of maintaining your lawn. You can use natural methods, depending on the type of pest, spray pesticides yourself, or hire a pro to do the job for you.
- Professional help. If you simply can’t find the time in your schedule to maintain your lawn and other landscaping, perhaps it’s time to concede defeat and call a company that can help you. A good bet is to find neighborhood homes that feature particularly green and vivid lawns and ask the owners who they use. Recommendations are the best way to get a gardening crew you can trust to do a good job.