By Megan Wild, author of Your Wild Home blog
Your lawn is one of the first aspects of your home guests notice — which makes maintaining your greens even more crucial.
But that doesn’t mean you have to spend every weekend digging in your dirt at the first sight of spring, either. In fact, creating the perfect lawn is not only feasible, but simple, too.
You can uphold a polished look while saving your precious time, so you can focus your free hours on what truly matters — and all it takes is a few lawn-perfecting tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
Creating an Enviable Lawn With DIY Efforts
Whether you have a small backyard that needs some grooming, or a more extensive yard overflowing with weeds and wildflowers, sometimes you just need a bit of elbow grease and a plan to transform your yard into the perfect lawn.
It’s not only possible, but easy to create a lawn all your neighbors will talk about. Pull on your favorite gardening gloves and break out the hose — here’s a list of three simple ways to create the perfect lawn with a few DIY tips.
Fertilize and Water Regularly
There’s a reason farmers are well-known for their ability to produce healthy and nourishing crops — and the secret lies in fertilizers. If you want your land to product luscious flowers that blossom at the start of spring, you need to make sure you invest in a few bags of fertilizer first. But you may be wondering what makes fertilizers so crucial in the first place.
Fertilizers contain valuable nutrients, such as nitrogen and potassium, that assist with a plant’s growth. Think of fertilizer as the nourishing food plants need to thrive — in much the same way you require vitamins and minerals to live a healthy life, too.
Water your fauna, grass and overall lawn regularly to guarantee these nutrients disperse appropriately, while quenching your yard’s thirst in the process.
Sharpen Your Blades
Be it your weed whacker or pruner, remember to keep all your necessary blades sharp and ready to handle your yard renovation tasks.
Grooming your lawn with dull blades will only leave you in an endless cycle of exerting too much effort with minimal results to show for it. As the temperature begins to warm up and the first sights of spring start to appear, remove all your tools from the shed and give them a careful sharpening.
When the time comes to put them to use, you’ll be prepared to handle any cutting job with the tools necessary to do the job excellently.
Invest in the Proper Equipment
So you may have done your research and learned a thing or two about landscaping along the way, but do you have the proper tools to put your knowledge into action?
Make sure you own superior-quality mowers, trimmers and shovels that help you get the job done right the first time around. It’s essential to go beyond the ordinary yard tools when achieving that perfect and polished look, too.
Invest in a spiral tiller that helps you break down soil treatments for higher levels of efficiency. This piece of equipment is especially important for homeowners with large plots of land. Just attach the tiller to a compact track loader and allow your equipment to do the heavy lifting for you.
Hiring the Project Out
Depending on the size of your yard or the amount of work you need to renovate your lawn, hiring a landscaper may just be the ideal solution for you. It’s always better to enlist a helping hand than to tackle an extensive project alone.
If you’re not sure how to create the perfect landscape when hiring a project out, be sure to keep the following tips in mind for added assistance.
Brainstorm New Trends
One of the perks of outsourcing your work is having the ability to talk to professionals about stylish and popular landscaping trends. When it comes to brainstorming new ideas, two heads are always better than one.
Ask your landscapers what vision they have for your yard, so you can all agree on what best suits your style. Be sure to bring up new landscaping trends, such as grass varieties and plants that encourage pollination, too.
Sometimes the key to achieving the perfect lawn is first finding a source of inspiration. A brainstorming session that encourages sharing ideas may just create the ideal look you didn’t even know was possible.
Consider Buying Your Supplies
Some landscapers may let you purchase your own trees, flowers and shrubs — a feature you should take advantage of whenever possible.
You may not want to do the labor, but you’re likely to still have an image in your head of how you want your lawn to appear. If you have a sweet spot for roses, or just love the smell of a certain flower, make sure your landscaper uses your desired fauna by choosing your flowers and accessories yourself.
You’ll be able to choose the perfect supplies for your yard while saving yourself the excess fees of having somebody else buy your goods, too.
Emphasize Weed Reduction
We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of seeing one single dandelion in our yard one morning, and waking up to a field full of these pesky weeds the next. While weeds are a common occurrence and can destroy the polished look you hope to achieve, that doesn’t mean you can’t get them under control.
Stress the importance of reducing the number of weeds in your yard, and discuss measures you can take to keep wildflowers to a minimum with your landscaper.
Remember to do your part as well in maintaining a clean yard — even after your contractors provide the perfect lawn display. Be sure to follow a few simple weed control tips that help keep these intruders at bay.
Whether you decide to pull out your gardening gloves and give it a go yourself, or opt to enlist the help of a professional instead, achieving the perfect lawn is well within your reach this year.
And who says your greens can only shine at the start of the spring season? With a few gardening tips and tricks in mind, you can produce an envy-worthy garden year-round — starting with the efforts you create this spring.