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A healthy and beautiful lawn is crucial to every property. When well-cared for, it defines your premises and sets your house apart from the rest of the neighborhood. It becomes your quiet place to relax with nature and an entertaining ground for your kids and pets. And not just that, it attracts visitors and more potential buyers when you decide to resale.
But getting close to these advantages does call for a lot of devotion, patience, and information. When it is spring season, the plants bloom with lesser effort; things change during extreme weathers when the sun is on its high or chilly winds are. To encounter such seasons, you have to prepare your garden ahead of time. Here is the list of some landscape maintenance measures that you must undertake to keep it stronger and long-living –
- Do Regular Cleaning
Cleanliness is the best type of beautification measure that you can give to your lawn in the spring. By removing all the dead grass, leaves, stalks, perennials, pine cones, branches, etc., which winter months left behind, your yard, can instantly look a hundred times better than what it was.
- Mow the Right Way
People often end up over-mowing their lawn to make it look perfect. They don’t know that every grass type has an optimal cutting height, and you should rather be on the high side of that height. If you cut the grass too short, it cannot generate enough food and shade for the soil. Keeping the blades long help cool the soil and prevent the water from evaporating fast.
- Bring In Appropriate Plantings
One of the most important aspects of landscaping is the thoughtful planting of trees and shrubs. Don’t plant them very deep into the soil that the crown of the root ball gets covered. Plant the trees directly into the native soil in a hole just as deep as the root ball and twice as wide.
- Replace Grass with Clover
If you wish to make your lawn more sustainable, it is best to plant a clover lawn. Clovers are affordable, drought-tolerant, and fill the soil up to the brim with desired nutrients, requiring no fertilization. Clovers prove to be the best alternative to grass in high-traffic areas.
- Get the Weed in Control
You don’t have to wait for the weed to emerge before pulling it out. Weeds multiply pretty quickly, without you even knowing and make your gardening more challenging than it usually is. So, start taking control over it before they take over the health of your plants. Some of the methods to use for the purpose include hand cultivation with hoes, powered cultivation with cultivators, smothering with mulch, wilting with high heat, burning, and chemical control with herbicides.
- Use Appropriate Fertilizers
The decision of using fertilizers for plants or not isn’t an individual choice. Your soil condition tells its actual nutritional value and any requirements over and above. So, test your soil every year for its pH balance and nutrient mix. Choose the fertilizer that matches its needs, and fertilize at the optimum time of the year.