You’ve recently purchased a new home. The property valuer says it’s worth a lot more than it looks on the ground, however, it needs a bit of work. A fresh coat of paint, maybe a few flower beds strewn along the pavement leading to the main entrance, or perhaps even a patio. So as wave after wave of ideas sets off sweet sensations down your spine, you look around the yard momentarily and you realise that something is missing. Both of your neighbors yards have lush green lawn whilst yours appears as if it was uprooted from a disaster hit Texas ranch and dropped right where it rests now. A properly maintained lawn not only gives your home a lively appeal and raise it’s value overnight. It gives you a sense of belonging, which is every home owner’s truest desire. However, without lawn care tips you might find yourself struggling to keep up.
Fertilizer vs Garden Manure
A rather familiar coin toss between two equally effective options. Organic fertilizers are fast acting and produce noticeable results in record time. Their application -in granular or liquefied form- is fairly easy and requires very little manpower. However, the cost of industrial fertilizers increases in proportion to the land area to be covered.
In comparison, organic garden manure is considerably cheaper. Nonetheless, applying it is labor intensive as you will require more manure than inorganic fertilizer per square inch. Otherwise, it stays much longer in the soil than inorganic fertilizers which, in the long
run, tend to damage your soil ph levels and lead to bleaching.
Weeds: A Perennial Solution To A Perennial Problem
Once asked what it took to get rid of weeds completely, one landscaping expert simply replied: “Time”. Apart from avoiding animal based manure -which introduces foreign weed seeds into your lawn- you ought to make sure that you get weed your lawn constantly whilst applying herbicides moderately over time.
Becoming a new homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Landscaping has to be regularly addressed to maintain the visual appeal of your property. Below are 8 landscaping tips for new homeowners:
• Trees and shrubs should not be severely pruned. They may need some amount of care after you acquire the property; however, cutting back branches and limbs in an arbitrary manner will disfigure the tree or shrub and could result in future problems.
• Rake leaves, prune off vines and limbs that interfere with the home’s mechanical operation and get rid of the debris. Debris and plants that are a fire hazard should also be removed.
• Use your yard waste to start a compost pile.
• Check sprinklers as soon as possible to make sure they are working as you expect. If you are not skilled with irrigation matters, you should think about hiring a professional within the landscaping field. Replacing or installing a sprinkler system is not an expensive process; however, it should be replaced or installed by someone with some amount of knowledge about the system. If you have metered water, saving money on the water typically pays for the system within a season. There are also timed sprinkler systems designed to maximize water saving; you can just set it for a prescribed time period and it will turn off itself afterwards. If the street is wet after irrigation or you see the eruption of a geyser in your yard, it is time to pay some attention to the system.
• Trees should not be planted under power lines.
• Trees and shrubs should not be planted before carrying out research on whether it is climate-appropriate. You should also determine whether they will be suitable for your landscape when they become mature specimens. There are a number of trees that get amazingly large with age.
• Pesticides or fertilizers should not be overused. Labels should be read carefully and the instructions followed.
• Mow the lawn often enough so bag clippings will be avoided. Bagging clippings removes valuable nutrients from the lawn. If globs of grass are left on the lawn, think about raising the mowing height or mow more frequently to see if it helps.