Spring is finally creeping into the air, and the effects of winter are beginning to fade. As the breeze starts to warm, and the flowers start to blossom, you will once again remember all the joys that come with the changing season. Children playing outside, barbeques in the backyard, and being able to layout under the stars. With all of the outdoor entertaining you’ll be doing, you may wonder how you can upgrade your outdoor scenery. With these three landscaping tips, your backyard will be the envy of your neighborhood in no time.
Care For Your Lawn
Assessing your lawn care needs at the end of winter can help you keep a green home throughout the entirety of spring and summer. The condition you left your lawn in at the end of fall will determine the amount of work you will have at the cusp of the new season, but here a few basics to keep in mind.
Remove Yard Waste
Allowing yard waste to hang around is the quickest way to kill your lawn before you even have the chance to enjoy it. Removing the waste can include raking any leftover leaves from fall, picking up sticks and rotten tree fruits like crab apples, and throwing away discarded gardening items that may have been left in your yard during the winter.
Inspect For Damage
Once you have removed all of your yard’s waste, you can begin to inspect for damage your lawn may have suffered over the winter. The most common problem homeowners run into is dead patches of grass and surprise holes that animals have dug. To fix dead patches of grass, or to expand the perimeter of your yard, consider hydroseeding. With hydroseeding, grass should start to grow within seven days. Within four weeks, a new lawn will be well established and ready to mow. This is significantly faster than traditional grass growing methods that can take months to produce a well-established lawn. If any holes have been dug, determine if the problem is likely to reoccur due to nearby animals. If not, simply fill the hole with topsoil and hydroseed the area after at least a week has passed to give the soil time to compact.
Maintain Your Lawn’s Health
Prepping your lawn for spring is the most difficult part of the lawn care process. So once you have cleared any yard waste and repaired damages to your lawn, all you need to do is mow your grass regularly. If you mow about every five days for the first six weeks of spring, you will help promote healthy grass. Allowing grass to grow too tall in between mowing sessions can actually stunt the roots and cause your lawn to fade by the end of the summer. This can, in turn, make the prep work next year more difficult and time-consuming.
Repair Your Landscape’s Features
Having a green home means more than just taking care of your lawn. Developing and repairing your landscape’s features can help accentuate your house’s features, as well as help show off your pristine lawn. Check out these top two ways you can improve your landscape’s features:
Install Bushes And Shrubs
Bushes and shrubs are a green home’s best friend because they stick around throughout the changing seasons. This not only keeps your landscape looking maintained year-round, but also gives you a variety of options to choose from. For planting shrubs at the beginning of spring, opt for a forsythia shrub as it will bloom earlier in the season than other types of shrub.
Hardscapes refer to the non-plant components of your landscape. These can include decorative rocks and stone, gazebos, and fencing. Many dog owners opt to fence their perimeter, as most dogs are considered fully grown when they reach 18 to 24 months of age. This not only helps contain the dog when it runs around, but can add a decorative touch to your lawn.
Invest In Your Outdoor Furniture
Nearly 70% of households have an outdoor living area, and it’s not hard to see why. Outdoor furniture is designed to give you a comfortable place to lounge and relax. When investing in your furniture, it is important to keep these two things in mind:
Consider The Climate You Live In
When buying new furniture, it is important to consider the climate you live in. For example, wicker furniture can fall apart if it gets exposed to water too often. And in dry climates, wood furniture won’t be able to withstand the elements either. If you aren’t sure what material will work best for the climate you live in, consider buying aluminum furniture as it is the most versatile.
Caring For Outdoor Furniture
It is important to clean and repair your furniture at least twice every year if you want your furniture to experience its full lifetime. The method you’ll use to clean the furniture will depend on the material it is made out of. For example, you want to avoid using water to clean wicker as it will hinder the integrity of the material. For wood furniture, applying an annual coat of protectant can help your furniture look brand new for years to come. And if you notice any chips in outdoor glass tables, a quick fix with an automotive glass repair kit can have it looking new in no time.
Keeping a green home is easy if you know how to care for your lawn and landscape year-round. Little actions like picking up yard waste and utilizing hardscapes can have a huge impact on the health and overall aesthetic of your property. Maintaining additional aspects of your landscape, like outdoor furniture, can give you a comfortable place to relax that feels and looks new for years. Regardless of the aesthetic you choose, enjoy the process of creating a space you want to be in. As with any green home, it will only be as nice as you choose to make it.