Have you looked at the front of your home recently and thought that you would really like to do something to improve, or change, your home’s curb appeal? Many homeowners have this idea, but may be limited by an excess amount of money in their budget for home improvements.
If you are interested in ideas on how you can brighten up the exterior appearance of your home, without depleting your bank account, then take a moment to glance at the list below. Perhaps one of these ideas is exactly what you are looking for, or one idea may inspire you to create something on your own.
Either way, it is a win-win for you as you arrive at your home, once you have put some thought (and just a little bit of money) into your home’s curb appeal.
There is nothing quite like enjoying the physical appeal of a beautiful lush lawn, especially your own that you have invested time and energy into making it so beautiful. As you may know, maintaining an inviting-looking lawn does not happen without some proper attention and effort. One vital step to ensuring a healthy lawn is the aeration and fertilizing process. Some property owners like to perform their own lawn aeration, while others like to hire a professional for help. Below you will find a list of reasons why a professional may just be the right choice for you.
Aeration is the process of creating holes within the soil in order to allow water, oxygen, grass seeds, and fertilizer the ability to reach deep into the ground and touch the base of the grass roots. The result is a healthier, heartier lawn. The holes in the soil are referred to as ‘plugs’ or ‘cores’. In order to provide your lawn with high-quality care, you may wish to hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you. Continue reading to learn why.
Many conscientious property owners pay special attention to their lawns throughout the year. They spend time mowing, watering, seeding, and fertilizing their grass in order to provide for the best environment for healthy growth and stabilization of a strong root system. Did you know that special attention also needs to be given to your trees and shrubs?
All too often, people tend to take the strength of landscaped trees and shrubs for granted. Even though they don’t usually require the same amount of attention as green grasses do, they will thrive easier and better with a tree and shrub care plan.
For many shrubs and trees that are already planted around your lawn, one thing to watch for is leaning or a “falling” appearance of the plant. If you have a shrub or tree (that isn’t too mature) that is leaning, you can use stakes around the perimeter of the plant in order to prop or pull it back to an upright position.
It’s December and winter holidays are just around the corner! Family festivities, gift giving, celebrations, and holiday decorating are all underway. Many homes will be decorated with a Christmas tree (or more) in honor of the Christmas season.
While some folks enjoy the sturdiness and easy-care maintenance of an artificial tree, other people favor a live Christmas tree, along with all of the traditional processes of hunting for the perfect tree, setting up the tree stand, and enjoying the distinctive smells of the fresh cut decoration. While artificial trees do tend to have a lot lower maintenance level than a real tree, a real tree can thrive during the holiday season if the owner follows just a few simple steps. Below you will find some suggestions that can enhance the appearance of your Christmas tree and help keep your tree healthy and strong until the new year is ready to spring upon us all:
*When preparing your Christmas tree for a tree stand, avoid whittling down the sides of the trunk in order for it to fit into the stand. It is best to buy a tree stand that already fits your tree trunk, instead of trying to fit your tree trunk into an already existing stand. The purpose for this is because the outer layers of the tree are where water is most easily absorbed; therefore, you will want to leave the outer layers of the tree as natural as possible.
To rake or not to rake - this is an important question for homeowners who have trees in their yards that shed leaves during the autumn months. This is a question that has many different answers. Consider for yourself some of the arguments we have listed below regarding the chore of raking or not raking fallen leaves. Perhaps these tips will help you decide which answer is best for you and for your own surrounding landscape.
Traditionally, many people spend their autumn and early winter weekends raking, collecting, bagging, and dragging off their fallen leaves for proper disposal. For some, they do this annually in order to provide their lawn with the best possible care because the thought is that the fallen leaves will smother the underlying grasses if the leaves are left there for an extended amount of time.
Other people remove their fallen leaves because they strive for a perfectly clean and crisp appearance on their lawn. Whether you rake leaves off your yard for the health of your grass or for aesthetic reasons, the choice is yours, if you wish to continue to rake, collect, bag, and drag your leaves away.
Finally, the long, hot days of summer are beginning to cool and the leaves are starting to turn. For many of us, this past summer was extraordinarily hot and dry. Many people experienced high water bills as they made the attempt to keep their lawns quenched and free from drying out too badly. Even though the days are now becoming a bit cooler, the best advice is to not completely stop the watering process…just yet.
As many people who live within the southern part of the United States already know, just because the calendar says “Autumn”, the thermometer may still be saying “Summer”. Lawn experts generally agree that property owners should continue to water their lawns well into late fall. In fact, in areas that receive very little precipitation, say an inch or less during a week’s time span, then you may need to continue watering throughout the winter months, as well.
Most lawns, especially warm weather grasses, require moisture on a year-round basis. In the cooler months, even though your lawn will not require quite as much water as it does in the extreme heat conditions, it will remain “thirsty” and require some water all the time. The best practice is to monitor your grass on a regular basis and water as needed throughout the fall and winter seasons.
September is the perfect time of year to pay a little extra attention to your lawn and prepare it for a cool season ahead. The long days of intense heat are slowly coming to an end and cooler days are just around the corner. It’s easy to fall under the notion that the arrival of fall means no more yard work, but the truth is, that this is the perfect time of year to perform certain lawn care activities. If you engage in just a few lawn care activities now, your lawn will reward you in the Spring with a rich green color and healthy growing grass blades. Below we have listed some fall lawn care tips that help provide such a promising environment.
A couple of things that are important to do are to continue mowing and watering your lawn as needed. Often, more rainfall occurs in the fall than in the summer, so you will need to decide when to water your lawn based on local weather conditions. As you draw closer to the last one or two mowing jobs of the year, cut the grass a little lower than you have throughout the hot summer months. When you leave your grass cut short throughout the dormant winter months, the sunlight can easily penetrate the crown of the grass. Also, the shorter the grass blades, the less amount of grass that can turn brown during the winter months.
Any lawn is susceptible to getting a disease or fungus. However, the healthier the grass, the better chance it will have to fight off a disease that tries to invade it. Lawn diseases are no fun to deal with. Nonetheless, they must be dealt with, and the sooner the better. Some diseases that are left untreated can actually become so engrossed in the grass and the grass roots that the only solution is to kill any remaining grass blades and start with brand new grass. This can be very costly, if this is the only solution. There are certain things that you can watch for that could be signs of a formulating disease on your lawn. Following is a list of some of the things to look out for.
Keep tabs on color changes
Some grass blades will change colors due to extenuating circumstances, such as the presence of grubs, unbalanced nutrients, or dog urine that has come into contact with the grass. However, if you notice areas of unexplained color changes on the grass, then it could be a sign of lawn disease. Keep an eye on color changes and consult with a professional lawn care company if you suspect the presence of a disease.
The heat of summertime weather can be a challenge for the well-being of your lawn. Homeowners may find themselves struggling to keep the grass green or the weeds under control. More and more people spend time outside during the Summer, so the desire to keep the lawn healthy and inviting is very important for many people. Below are five tips that will help you maintain a green, healthy, and welcoming lawn for all to enjoy throughout the warm season.
It’s that time of year once again when the daylight is longer, the temperatures can’t get any hotter, and the greenery all around us requires vigilant overseeing by a caretaker. One activity that a lot of property owners engage in during this time of year is the watering processes of their lawns. Grasses need to receive water throughout these hot summer months, but there are some particular techniques that landscape caregivers should consider.
Within this article, you will find some of the main watering mistakes that people make when it comes to watering their lawns. There is a fine balance between providing the right amount of water that a lawn needs and not wasting water, time, or unnecessary attention to the lawn. This guide should help you improve the beauty, healthfulness, and longevity of a beautiful yard for all to enjoy throughout the summer months and beyond.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, then one common mistake people make is to set the sprinkler system on automatic and then forget about it. Local weather changes all of the time, and it is important for you to keep an eye on changing weather patterns. For example, during times of heavy rainy periods, you will not need to run your sprinkler system because nature is providing adequate water for your lawn. However, when you turn off your automatic setting, you will need to make sure you reset the switch for another time. By depending on mother nature to provide water when she can, you are responsibly conserving water resources.