The front yard is the presentation of your home and so it’s important to make sure it’s always looking sharp and beautiful. It’s really sad when the health of your front yard starts to diminish. It can be hard to determine the cause of the issue and how to fix it. However, rather than wait for a problem to pop up, it’s important to stay on top of the problem. The best defense is a great offense. Here are 5 ways to keep your front yard in pristine condition, without wasting too much time or money.
1. Plant correctly
If you want your garden in pristine condition, you have to lay a good foundation. Planting the right way the first time around can be the difference between the plant surviving or dying. It’s good practice to ensure you take care with each plant. Ensure you’re keep bare roots damp and inspecting them. Remove all damaged roots before planting and ensure you use sharp pruning shears to prune the roots as this will decrease the likelihood of disease. Also ensure you dig a proper hole, planting too high or too deep can stress the plant and threatens its health. Then backfill the hole halfway, and water gently to settle the soil around the roots. Do not pack down the soil with your foot because it may break some roots.
2. Cut your grass correctly
While it may seem like a mindless task, there is an art to cutting your grass correctly. If you’re not using the correct equipment you are risking the health of your lawn. Lawn mowers come in a range of size and prices, the size of the mower you get will depend on the size of your backyard. It’s important you choose a mower to suit your lawn because if you clip off growing points your lawn will suffer. If you don’t mow at all your lawn will look more like a forest than a lawn.
Tip: For a thriving lawn, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. If the grass “gets ahead of you” because of wet weather or your busy schedule, move up the cutting height of your mower to the highest possible setting and mow.
3. Create a walkway
You can totally transform the look and feel of your front yard by creating a walkway. A walkway not only makes entering the house more convenient and safe, and means there is less greenery to take care of. Keep it interesting by choosing your materials carefully and keep it interesting with materials like bricks, pavers or flagstaff. These materials will offer a more traditional charm, over a material like concrete. If possible you should also create a small curvature to the path for a softer look.
Quick tip: Edge your walkway with flowers. Edge your path with easy care plants such as hosta and boxwood flowers.
4. Go Green
If you want your front yard to look luscious all year round, you need to plant a variety of evergreens. You can’t go wrong with greenery as it brings life to any space including your home or office. If your office is boring it’s a great way to make it more appealing! Larger trees, shrubs and groundcovers will provide foliage and a wealth of textures and colours all year round. Ensure you choose plants that are suited to your garden because you don’t want an overgrown mess that you cannot contain.
If you plan on going on holiday, ensure you get someone to maintain your yard whilst you’re away. There’s nothing worse than letting it run wild and having to fix an out of control yard.